Treat of the year!

Dinner at 500at The Saxon

We were very generously given a gift of dinner at 500 at The Saxon by special friends. I am not generally the biggest fan of very “Cheffie” restaurants but I had heard such good reviews about 500 that I was dying to go there.

The small restaurant is beautifully laid out with a kitchen you can see into and you know from the minute you walk in that you are in for a treat.

The staff are warm and friendly and attentive but not intrusive. I realized that what I had not liked in the past about “Cheffie” restaurants is that they can make you feel like you are basking in their glory and are very lucky to be there
and I land up feeling intimated. Not the case at 500 . Everyone from David Higgs down is friendly and relaxed.

We had 6 courses of the most amazing food I will probably ever eat in my life. Wow – each one was an absolute delight for every sense. Each course paired so beautifully with wines, served by a friendly and knowledgeable Sommelier.

Its not the sort thing you are going to do every odd Friday night but for a special treat or special occasion, it is so worth it.

Next time I am going to book the Chefs Table….

Cooking classes in the bush

I love what I do! Especially when I get to go to a beautiful game lodge to teach a wonderful couple a few cooking tricks…

Mondays have a sneaky way of coming round just a little too quickly – and this last one was no different! I packed quickly, raced to the office to collect a few things and then set off on the 3-hour drive. Only then did I start to think properly about what it was I was going to do for the next few days. It’s not often that one has the solitude of driving alone with time to think. I realise that the industry that I have spent so many years in really does run through my blood. What I do comes so naturally – as it should after 23 years – that I seldom take the time to reflect on what it is Nikki and I do on a daily basis.

I was met at the main gate of the game farm by the charming couple with whom I would be spending the next few days. Their warm smiles got rid of any remnants of anxiety I may have felt, and we got straight to talking “food”.

We spent the next two days cooking endlessly, talking about food, books, restaurants, service and anything and everything industry-related.

After those two days, I left with huge admiration for the people that choose the isolated life of living and working in the bush , making other people’s weekends away an absolute treat. I am a real city slicker by comparison, one who wouldn’t dream of swopping my life for the sticks – but it was deeply satisfying to spend a peaceful and productive time sharing knowledge and skills.

~ Vicki

Katy’s Palace Bar Market Day

What a great day we had today. The morning dawned crisp and clear and we set up the most decadent and beautiful Sunday lunch on a groaning wooden table inside Katy’s Palace Bar. Katy’s is a spectacular space that soars above the rooftops of Kramerville with a view across the Sandton skyline. We are the preferred caterers in this space and we decided, together with the Katy’s crew and Guy and Mitch from Straight Up bar services to do a great lunch set up with live music, good food and lots of booze!

We set up cosy tables for 4-12 guests and stocked the bar with Laurentina and loads of bottles of cold wine. We also set up a selection of delicious home cooked food. Chicken and leek pie, rare roast fillet, great salads and creamy potato bake were among the main course options and we had cupcakes and double chocolate brownies for dessert. The idea was for people to choose the food they wanted and weigh their plates and the day was a great success

Jozi is somewhat lacking in great venues for casual lunches and we think Katy’s on a Sunday totally fits that brief! The combo of our tasty food, lots of drinks and lazy Sunday music proved to be just what people wanted. Combine that with Cath Corry’s successful “Collective Market” offering and it was a good day out

Can’t wait for the next one – watch this space – Sunday 5th May here we come

Golf tournaments, product launches and a mall camp-out

Ah – the varied, interesting and never-a-dull-moment life of a catering team!

This last week we catered:

  • A golf tournament at two different courses in the Rustenburg area. We organised B&Bs for our staff so they’d be ready for the 6AM start each day.
  • A gorgeous wedding at the bride’s parents’ home. It was lovely and very emotional.
  • A product launch at Constitutional Hill
  • A cocktail party for an art auction
  • The opening of Bethlehem’s first mall! Our team set off at 2:30AM only to be met by a police escort. Why? They’d closed the roads because the people of Bethlehem had camped out waiting for the doors to open! Now when last did that happen!?

What do they say? Variety – it’s the spice of life.

Bethlehem Mall Event

Gauteng Wedding Workshop – Katy’s Palace Bar

On the 28th February Katy’s Palace Bar and Little Pink Book played host to a group of beautiful brides and their special guests attending the first wedding workshop for 2013. If you have not yet visited this venue, do yourself a favour and get there! We were lucky enough to have the owner of Katy’s Palace Bar, Mark Valentine, give us a brief history of the venue. I’m not going to give the whole story away, but let me assure you that it is a result of passion and a ‘just do it’ attitude.

The suppliers who entertained and enlightened our brides included Niki from Fresh Catering, who laid out a feast for the guests and really shed light on various aspects and options of wedding catering. Vanessa from Delicious Gifts was there to talk about cakes and gifting. Should you be looking for gifts for your guests or bridesmaids, you will find many options to buy online at her lovely website. Luxury Brands sponsored these gorgeous Evian water bottles, beautiful enough to put on any wedding table!

Bonita from Deliciae was busy from early that morning setting up the flowers and décor, which complimented the venue very well! Nadia from Cut Out Design showed off some of her stunning laser cut invitations and wedding stationery. If you want to add a creative and special element to your day, then have a look at their website and get some inspiration.

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A large part of what every bride is thinking about includes dress, shoes and lingerie and we had some very trusted and special people there to talk the brides through their options. Odelia from Joy Bridal Shoes has a range of shoes that really caterers for so many styles. Olga from the The Wedding Box had a stunning display of dresses and spoiled every bride with a very special gift! Virginia from Vanita enlightened the brides about some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing your bridal underwear.

An element of every wedding that actually takes place center stage, but might not get enough attention, is the first dance.  Charis from Kaliente, along with her dance students, entertained us with a flash mob Tango performance. Her passion is turning non-dancers into dancers and her analogy of creating the perfect ‘burger’ is fitting for every couple.

Bringing all these elements to life, as the sun set over the Sandton skyline, were Sunet and Le Roux from LJ Sound Productions. Their choice of music was perfect and set the soundtrack for the evening, which transported us all somewhere very exotic and romantically foreign.

With the reputation the legal sector has, nobody would have expected the lawyers from Bhika Calitz to be so entertaining!

The whole event was captured by Lorette from Lorette Appel Photography as well as Nicholas from Romanza Films.

Ford Gala Dealers Dinner

I do like a bit of a large function – it definitely keeps our eye in and the thrill of feeding 700 guests all at once with delicious hot food is a great challenge for us. We love it

We had the opportunity to work with the girls from Ice Solution. They put on a fantasy carnival-themed evening for the guys from The Ford Motor Company. Our brief was to do passed around carnival food – think popcorn, baby hotdogs, candy floss, and all that jazz. We went a little wild with masks and feather boas and stadium trays wrapped with bright ribbons. We really got to be a little out there. This was followed by steaming plates of lamb shank on creamy mash and as the plates of hot and delicious food went out in a flash of waiters I couldn’t help but be proud of our team. We finished off with baby golden apple tartlets – so sweet, and other yummy desserts. All in all it was a brilliant evening.