Heritage Day salutes weekend braais at Grande Provence - Monday, 24 September, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek Enjoy the laid-back side of Franschhoek with delicious country-style food and weekend family braais at The Bistro at Grande Provence, starting on Heritage Day, on Monday, 24 September 2018, on this picture perfect wine estate. The Heritage Day Braai will be held under the oaks on the lawns of the new Bistro. Meat lovers can delight in a variety of braai specialities prepared on the coals in traditional half drums. This is authentic South African heritage at its best for family and friends. The Bistro’s harvest table, laden with fresh salads, home-baked breads and sweet treats, completes this easy-going lunch experience. Wine is as important as the food at a braai and with the wide selection of Grande Provence wines, you will be spoilt for choice. The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and offers daily specials such as quiches, soups, salads and the most glorious cakes. Platters of local artisanal cheeses and fresh west coast oysters can be ordered separately. The Heritage Day Braai and subsequent weekend braais on Saturdays and Sundays, are available at R320 per person for adults and R160 per child under 12. The braai starts at 12h00 and pre-paid booking is essential. Call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Mother City has long been a fertile birthing ground for the creative arts, and a renewed impetus over the last decade has seen Cape Town transformed into a top-tier arts destination. One of the most significant game-changers that cemented the city’s status as an arts hub worthy of international acclaim was the launch of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in 2017. Bestowed with weighty accolades, such as ‘The 8th Wonder of the World’, this architectural masterpiece has done much to enhance Cape Town’s standing as a home to innovators pushing the limits of groundbreaking art. The South Africa 2018 Wealth Report cites African art as accounting for around $1bn (about R12bn) of the total global top-end art market valued at $75bn. Of that, $450m (R5.5bn) African art is held in South Africa. Estimates show that local fine art prices have risen by 28% over the past 10 years in dollar terms, while global fine art rose by 12%.Top sellers include Irma Stern (R30m per painting) and Maggie Laubser (R5m per painting). The ensuing interest in art tourism has made Cape Town galleries an excellent viewing point to experience exceptional local art at its source. Standout galleries forming the backbone of the city’s art route include three V&A Waterfront exhibition spaces - the Zeitz MOCAA (envisaged to rival London’s Tate Modern and New York City’s MoMA); Everard Read, South Africa's oldest commercial gallery, and Southern Guild. Inner city galleries include Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko); Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Gallery MOMO, Cape Gallery, Eclectica Contemporary, boutique Salon Ninety One, plus Sandy De Bruin’s elegant No 5 on Hudson in trendy De Waterkant. Woodstock’s eclectic African art scene veers towards the contemporary at Goodman Gallery Cape, Stevenson Gallery, 34 Fine Art Gallery, Art It Is and Whatiftheworld; while perimeter galleries such as Rust-en-Vrede offer a clay museum; Artvark has a keen eye for . . .
According to Trekksoft, solo female travellers are the fastest growing segment in the international travel industry. Forget uncharted waters and budget-savvy tips – safety is the biggest concern of women travelling on their own. It’s worth the time investment for solo female travellers to consider a few safety steps when planning their next trip whether it be for business or adventures to a new destination. “Even though The Capital Hotels and Apartments has an impeccable safety record, we always take extra measures to make sure our female guests travelling without the security of a larger group feel safe and secure when visiting any of our properties,” explains Natalie Botha, general manager at The Capital On the Park, in Johannesburg. Botha offers the following suggestions to women travelling solo, locally or abroad, to help reduce the risk of becoming victims of crime or harassment in environments that may not have the same safety protocols in places The Capital on the Park does: 1. Read reviews of where you’re planning to stay and avoid any hotels that are criticised for their approach to safety or how they treat women and solo travellers. 2. Before you leave home, book your transfer from the airport, and your first night’s accommodation. 3. When you get to a new destination, pop into a local supermarket (not a tourist shop) and buy something small so that you can carry a local shopping bag, making you look a lot less like a tourist. You could also buy a local newspaper and tuck it under your arm. 4. When you check into your hotel, make sure you’re aware of all the possible exits. This is simple good sense in the event of a fire, but also gives you the power to choose alternate routes out if you’re not feeling safe. 5. If you’re travelling for business, choose a hotel that has meeting rooms so that you don’t have to travel around town unnecessarily. Similarly, choosing a cheaper hotel on the outskirts of town may be false economy, as you’ll have to . . .
A case for the out-of-town conference Remember the days when going away on conference, whether it was an hour out of town or an international or domestic flight to a cool destination, when budgets were bold and bolstered and you could even take your other half, was ever popular? Not anymore! The past few years have seen in-house conferences or those close-to-home getaways becoming the norm and with bottom-lines being paramount, groups got smaller and time spent out of the office less and less. But with business slowly gathering momentum and a resurgence in the economy the conference landscape is once again changing and the out-of-town conference is gaining popularity for businesses large and small. Why? Well, it has enormous benefits, apart from an increase in employee retention and improved motivation – there is less absenteeism which all contributes to a better bottom line and therefore bigger budgets to get your team out of the office. Craig Scott, CEO of Langebaan Country Estate, a lifestyle estate and conference venue up the West Coast, says, “We have definitely seen an upsurge in conference bookings, particularly for destinations that offer more than just a room. Conference-goers are wanting to be able to work while they stay and play, and venues are having to up their game in terms of their offering.” Conferences may be expensive – from venue hire, to the plane ticket, car hire, meals and the ever-burgeoning bar tab, never mind the time away from the office where you could be doing ‘work’; however, conferences provide a unique opportunity to learn, engage, uplift and have some fun in a single package, allowing staff to grow and challenge themselves. And, if you are the boss man or woman, allowing your employees to get out of the office, gain confidence in their abilities and bring new ideas back into the business, is quite simply an investment for the company. Scott adds, “Many venues offer great specials and packages to accommodate any pocket, . . .
Dining out is not a binary experience according to Greenhouse’s Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff, whose menus are meticulously designed around a holistic sensory dining experience. Whether it’s a smell, image or feeling that inspires, Peter creates modern, complex dishes that earned Greenhouse Restaurant the Eat Out accolade of Top Five restaurants to visit in 2017. Laying further testimony to Greenhouse’s legacy of excellence, Eat Out has billed the restaurant as one of the Top Ten eateries to visit for eight years running. To boot, Greenhouse Restaurant took home the trophy for best South African Restaurant of the Year in the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards. This string of praise proves Peter to be a stalwart on the South African culinary map, and a shape-shifter behind the country’s rise in stature as an international destination for progressive world-class cuisine. Peter began his chef training in Cape Town at the Institute of Culinary Arts, before being awarded a bursary to study abroad at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America following which he made a trans-Atlantic leap to London and worked his way through a series of Michelin-starred restaurants. Mentored by globally renowned chefs, Peter cut his teeth at London’s Quo Vadis with Marco Pierre White at the helm before moving on to Hambleton Hall under Aaron Patterson, a restaurant that boasted a Michelin star. Building on this experience, Peter took his knives to the Michelin starred Zafferano under the guidance of renowned Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli and in 2005, his British tenure culminated in a move to American Brasserie, Automat where he crafted the restaurant to be one of the best places to dine in London, heralding nods from Harpers And Queen Restaurant Awards (nominated for Restaurant of the Year) and a vote as Top Table in London 2005. Arriving back in South Africa in 2007, Peter was appointed Executive Chef at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek . . .
TOKARA, home of exceptional wines, olive oil and top notch dining on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, has been richly rewarded across its entire range of cold pressed extra virgin olive oils at the 2018 SA Olive Awards. Top performer this year, is the 2018 TOKARA Mission Single Variety, one of just three contenders to clinch a gold medal in the ‘Delicate’ category. The Mission variety stems from America and is mild and gentle with a finely balanced grassy, herbaceous character. It is one of two single variety oils and two full flavoured blends produced from TOKARA olive groves on the foothills of the Simonsberg. South Africa produces world class olive oil and every year the SA Olive Awards reward excellence by acknowledging the best of the vintage as judged by a panel of international and local taste experts. TOKARA’S olive oil journey began in 2000 when owner Anne-Marie Ferreira decided to produce single variety oils that would set them apart from the handful of South African olive oil producers at the time. TOKARA focuses primarily on Tuscan varieties, each with its own distinctive character and flavour profile. For olive oil master and operations manager, Gert van Dyk, TOKARA olive oil is all about capturing the goodness of the fresh olive in the bottle, a task he pursues with vigour and passion. “A good oil is made on the tree, and at TOKARA I’m lucky enough to be hands on from the olive groves right through to the final pressing stage,” says van Dyk who makes sure that the olives are pressed within 24 hours of being harvested to safeguard their diverse flavour profiles. TOKARA olive oil is certified 100% pure as no chemicals are added to the process of extracting the oil. “Some of the finest quality olive oils in the world are produced on home soil, yet many South Africans tend to think that ‘real’ extra virgin olive oil can only come from the Mediterranean,” adds van Dyk who makes it his mission to change this mindset with every olive oil . . .
Make Steenberg’s delightful Ruby Rosé your go to spring and summer wine and take any happy occasion up a notch by creating your own frosty frosé sensation. This invigoratingly dry and vivacious Rosé is a fabulous blend of Syrah(69%) and Cinsault(31%). Steenberg Ruby Rosé 2018 teems with scents of watermelon sorbet, toffee apple, red licorice candy and ripe sweet melon. Refreshing with a mouthful of juicy raspberries, wild strawberries and hints of spice, this dry, fruit-forward Rosé is light and flirty, yet shows lovely depth that lingers on the palate. It’s the perfect sip for picnics, light lunches and sundowners. “Rosé is such a joyful wine,” says Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius. “It’s growing in popularity which is great news as we should be drinking more of it in our climate, especially over lunch.” The Steenberg Ruby Rosé 2018 sells for R93 at the cellar door and can be found at wine shops country-wide. Adding her creative touch, Chef Kerry Kilpin of Steenberg’s popular Bistro Sixteen82 has added her signature twist for the ultimate frosé recipe: Steenberg Ruby Rosé Frosé Ingredients: 500ml Steenberg Ruby Rosé 50g strawberries 50g raspberries 100ml sugar 100ml water 3 peppercorns ½ vanilla pod 1 star anise 1 stick of cinnamon 1 cup ice Method: Blend the berries and set aside. Combine the sugar, water and spices in a pot and allow to infuse and heat on a very low heat for 10 minutes. Do not boil the sugar syrup but the sugar must dissolve. Allow to cool. Combine the wine, sugar syrup and berries and mix well. Place in a container and freeze overnight. To serve, blend the semi frozen wine with 1 cup of ice in a blender. Sip and enjoy. For more information visit www.steenbergfarm.com or join the conversation on Twitter @SteenbergWines and Facebook at facebook.com/steenbergestate. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African commercial property firm Rosh Pinah Properties is delighted to announce that it has opened a satellite office in London, United Kingdom. The office, to be overseen by South African entrepreneur Dan Greenberg, will assist South African buyers, in particular, who want to invest in commercial properties both in the UK and Europe. In addition, the firm has enlisted the support of close associate Joseph Schiff from OEH International, who will oversee investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Commenting on the decision, Rosh Pinah director Patricia Potgieter said: “While South Africa continues to yield opportunities, current market uncertainties mean investors are looking elsewhere in the world to balance their property portfolios.” “Even despite volatility surrounding the Brexit negotiations, commercial property Investments have hardly fluctuated in the United Kingdom, and provide buyers with stability and limited risk exposure,” added Rosh Pinah Director René Styber. Demand for housing close to city nodal hubs, for example, remains high throughout the United Kingdom. According to Greenberg, office conversions to apartments offer higher yields than new builds and in most cases funding is immediately available on completion of purchase. “Investors in the UK property market can generally count on a seven per cent annual yield on a property, while borrowing at three per cent. This makes commercial investments extremely attractive. Access to Europe While Europe may have appeared out of reach for local buyers, according to Rosh Pinah there are a number of cherry picked investments on the market at significant yields, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. To this end, the company has established a number of associations with European property groups, which can provide access to commercial property deals within specific countries. The increasing affluence among former Eastern bloc countries and the emergence of aspirational . . .
Discount Traveler celebrates National Tourism month this September by honouring South Africa’s leading hospitality establishments with the fourth annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards. The awards have been specifically designed to honour South Africa’s key players within the South African Tourism sector and serve as a platform for nominees to compete for the title of Top Destination in ten categories and five Star Gradings respectively, as voted for by the public. Winners will be announced at a Gala Award Ceremony held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Thursday, 20 September. Votes are now closed and the finalist establishments across the categories and star grading are being contacted. Jonathan Pepler, Managing Director of Discount Traveler and Founder of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards explains, “The support for this year’s awards has been incredible, with more nominees than ever before.” This year the Sanlam Top Destination Awards has added the Water Sustainability Award. The award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the country’s most water conscious establishment. The prestigious ceremony will be hosted by radio and TV heavyweight, Tracey Lange – presenter of kykNET’s Bravo! and KFM’s mid-morning show. Tracey will be joined by voice-over artist, MC and fellow KFM presenter, Mamohau Seseane. Title sponsor of the awards is financial giant Sanlam, while finalists can expect treats from David Green, Disaronno, Carabao, Ayama Wines, Romatex Hospitality Textiles, Healing Earth, Sir Juice, Zang Chocolate, Foxbox and Jekyll & Hide SA to name a few. Additional sponsors include Santam, Phangela Group, Cape Town Tourism, Water4CapeTown, 3-D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV and Magic 828 AM. For those who didn’t manage to get a ticket to this year’s award ceremony, the evening will be streamed live via facebook.com/sanlamtopdestinationawards. Alongside the winners’ announcements, viewers can expect live . . .
Shishangeni Lodge by BON Hotels introduces bush walks The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park has added Shishangeni Bush Walks to their list of things to do. This new excursion has been welcomed with much excitement and interest by visitors and guests looking to engage in the ultimate African encounter. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa and is well known for the 'Big Five'. In addition to the Lodge’s early morning and late afternoon game drives with an expert guide, and the more than 500 species of birds the bird watchers can ogle, the bush walks bring guests closer to nature than ever before. Head Ranger, Promise Silinda says, “It’s always a pleasure to introduce guests to walking in the bush for the first time - the animal tracking, spotting and approach is so beautiful that the feeling is beyond any explanation, but witnessing their awe and wonder is something to behold.” The walk at sunrise is most popular, ending in a bush breakfast under the rising sun and, if that is too early for you, then an afternoon walk is also a must with a light snack break provided on the way. With safety being paramount, two highly trained armed guides positioned ahead and behind lead the groups in single file formation, an arm-distance apart from each. A de-briefing is given before setting out and guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes, long pants, neutral colours and no shiny jewellery. Talking is not recommended and most importantly they are cautioned not to shout! Salinda advises, “To stop the group you must use natural sounds like a low whistle or tap lightly against your hip, softly clap your hands or snap your fingers.” So if you suddenly spot something, stand on something or need a call with nature, best to remember that sage counsel. General Manager Siyanda Zindela says that they are striving to create the optimum balance . . .