Food Wine Design Fair – This weekend……. in Jozi

Live in Jozi and a fan of the deliciously beautiful things in life?

Then you need to prioritize a visit to the second annual Food Wine Design Fair, taking place on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Shopping Centre from 25-27 November.

Here you will sample top local produce, taste brilliant boutique wines and brews, and find furniture and decorative pieces as well as fashion items and jewellery from hom…e-grown designers – this year the _ line-up includes the likes of Taste of Karoo, Bar Bar Black Sheep, &Union, Graham Beck, Grande Provence, Missibaba, Koop, Mingo Lamberti, Goet and Tinsel (just to name a few).

We are particularly looking forward to seeing at the Graham Beck Wines stand for a good few glasses of our delicious bubblies.

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Rural women to celebrate success in the Langeberg

Posted by – 08:00, 23rd November, 2011

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Rural women to celebrate success in the Langeberg

The Graham & Rhona Beck Skills Centre outside Robertson saw 19 rural women receiving certificates after recently completing a training programme for tasting room assistants.

This piloted training programme, which is hoped to become an annual course, is a joint venture between Robertson Wine Valley, the Graham & Rhona Beck Skills Centre and the Cape Winelands District Municipality.

This modular programme was developed by the Graham & Rhona Beck Skills Centre after the need to skill tasting room personnel in the area was identified by the Robertson Wine Valley and the District Municipality had come on board with a sponsorship.

“Through this programme we not only wish to eradicate the backlog of skills and knowledge in the local industry by training existing and part-time personnel,” says Elizma Spangenberg, Manager Robertson Wine Valley. “We also wish to create a pool of candidates from which future positions can be filled, to curb costs and time spent on training new recruits, to create job opportunities and to build a positive image of the local wine and tourism industry.”

The course, which includes theoretical and practical components, was specifically developed for local unemployed, seasonal or temporarily employed women, preferably from a previously disadvantaged background and younger than 35. It covers modules ranging from technical wine knowledge, communication, basic finance management and introductory computer skills to more personal development aspects such as emotional intelligence, personal leadership and self-development.

This programme is part of a long-standing empowerment culture in the Langeberg municipal area, not only through the key role of the Skills Centre as a training facility, but also through private and public-private partnerships. Recent years have seen a range of diverse upliftment projects in Robertson, Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor.

As guest speaker, Elna Boesak, accomplished South African journalist, community activist and skills developer, paid tribute to their success during the Certificate Ceremony which was held at the Graham & Rhona Beck Skills Centre.

Results of the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards

22 November 2011 by Eat Out Magazine

On Sunday 20 November, the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, South Africa’s prestigious restaurant awards, announced the winners for 2011. The gala ceremony was held at The Rotunda at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town where guests sampled gourmet creations from award-winning chefs. The 20 exceptional nominees were judged on stringent criteria, recommendations from Eat Out’s national panel of professional restaurant reviewers as well as their very vocal online audience of 75 000 users, were taken into account by Judge and Eat Out Editor Abigail Donnelly.

Restaurants are judged on food, service and ambience and other aspects that make or break the eating out experience. This year’s awards also boasted a host of new categories, making it the most extensive culinary award in the country. 2011’s long awaited winners are:

Chef of the Year Luke Dale-Roberts

Restaurant of the Year The Greenhouse

Top 10 Restaurants 1. The Greenhouse 2. The Test Kitchen 3. The Tasting Room 4. The Roundhouse 5. Overture 6. Terroir 7. DW Eleven-13 8. Jordan Restaurant 9. Nobu 10. La Colombe

Service Excellence Award The Roundhouse

Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Paarl Media) Garth Stroebel

Best Asian restaurant (new category) Kitima

Best Italian restaurant (new category) 95 Keerom

 Best Steakhouse (new category) The Local Grill in Boksburg, Parktown North and Sandton

 Best Country-style restaurant (new category) The Table at De Meye

Best Bistro (new category) Bizerca Bistro

Boschendal Style Award (new category) Makaron

Woolworths Taste Bursary Zahir Isaacs

City Press VIP Sunday Breakfast Award Salvation Café

 Donnelly said: “The winners this year have shown astonishing talent in world class establishments.” Nick Thorogood, Managing Director at Food Network EMEA: “All of the award winners and nominated restaurants tonight should be very proud of their achievements. We’re pleased to be involved in these awards and supporting local industries, as they really showcase the very best of South Africa’s culinary delights. This is particularly important to us as we aim to produce more local content throughout 2012.” Carmen Bennett, DStv Brand Manager: Marketing and Sales: “We are proud to be associated with the Eat Out Awards and we would like to congratulate everyone who participated in making this a mementos occasion.”

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