Upcoming cooking classes and foodie events
Talented Bay foodie Angie Creaven (above) is hosting several cooking demonstrations and dinners at 19 Dyason Street, Mount Croix, this month. On Thursday, August 6, there’s a winter entertaining menu with red wine pears served with springbok carpaccio and parmesan shavings for starters; slow-roasted lamb shanks and butternut parmesan mash for mains; and quick baked butter puddings with creamed syrup sauce for pud. The cost is R190. Angie is repeating her popular pasta session on Tuesday, August 11, where you’ll learn how to make five different pasta sauces to accompany different types of pasta, and how to make spinach gnocci (R180). On Tuesday, August 13, there’s cheese puffs with chilli and tomato jam on the menu, plus roast fillet of beef with balsamic rosa tomatoes, red wine risotto and creamed horsradish sauce, while pud involves frangipane and pear phyllo tartlets with gingered crème fraiche (R190). There also are classes on Tuesday, August 18, and Thursday, August 20, so keep an eye on The Global Table for details, or contact Angie at 082-446-7156 or email: email@example.com. Bookings and pre-payment are essential and all courses start at 6pm.
Ralph Gottschalk (above) from The Pastryworks in Port Elizabeth has been extremely busy these past months. He’s held cooking demos at a Bay school, jetted off to Kuwait to do training there and even had a trip to Shanghai on the cards. The Pastryworks has started up a new Junior and Teens Chefs Academy, a new Domestic Class, as well as a three-month, twice-a-week pastry certificate course. There’s also a beginners’ course for cooking as well as for pastry and baking. With winter under way, they’re offering several classes with comforting foods, breads and desserts as the main theme, besides also hosting their regular curry nights and sushi sessions. There are also several new classes like French bistro and English pub food on the menu. Another innovation is a class where parent and child can spend quality time in The Pastryworks’ kitchen together. For inquiries and bookings, call 041-364-3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Algoa FM’s Charl Leslie, on of the province’s top foodies and the host of the ‘Charl Cooks’ show, is again offering several cooking demonstrations over the next few weeks. Call the venue, Valley Harvest in Sixth Avenue, Walmer, for dates and menu details on 581-3486. There is usually a demonstration every second Tuesday, at 7pm, with the next one on July 28, but you will need to book.
The Lady Slipper Farmers’ Market operates every Saturday at Old Cape Road, St Albans, next to St Albans prison on the outskirts of PE. Visitors can enjoy a farm breakfast under the trees and various stalls selling local produce ranging from fruit and veggies to cheeses, fresh farm eggs, meats, biltong, preserves and more. There’s plenty of parking and a safe play area for kids. Contact Denise on 082-727 3252 or Marzane on 082-696 6799.
The Good Food Market, an open-air initiative of Jeffreys Bay chef and Infood Deli owner Jayne Davies,operates in the town on the second Saturday of every month. The focus is on natural, organic and hand-made produce. Beautiful artisan breads and organic baby food are just some of the goodies on offer. It’s on the corner of Schelde and Jeffrey’s Streets, in front of Infood Deli. The deli, by the way, is now also a restaurant. Contact Jayne on 042-293 1880.
The Wild Oats farmers’ market on the outskirts of Sedgefield on the N2 operates every Saturday, 8am to 11.30am, no matter what the weather.
There’s a Great Brak River fresh produce market every Saturday from 7.30am in front of Ouma Bettie se Winkel (between Spar and L’Art).
There’s a food and craft market from 4-8pm on the field at the Montessori school in Knysna every Friday night (except in winter). It includes a variety of foods, a bar and entertainment. Marnica Terblanche (above), who runs a little gem of a shop called Simply Marnica’s in the valley of the Goukamma River, is one of the regulars at the Friday Evening Market. Marnica’s piece de resistance are her cupcakes, each of which is a mini work of art as well as tasting absolutely delumptious. (Contributor: Timothy Twidle)
The Timberlake Village food and craft market operates every Friday evening. Timberlake is on the Wilderness side of the N2 from Sedgefield and it offers interesting foods, live entertainment and safe fun for children, with fairy walks in a fantasy garden.
There’s a Friday night market at the Milkwood Village in Wilderness, with over 40 food and craft stalls. Contact Tanya, 082-464 8202.
The much-anticipated five-star Radisson Hotel finally opened in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth in June. Award-winning executive chef Stuart Cason, ex The Saxon in Sandton, is heading all things culinary, including the hotel’s posh restaurant Filini.
Mike Glover, the brains (and brawn!) behind Red Cherry Adventures, recently opened classy new venue Cherry Place at 161 Heugh Road, Walmer. This swish cafe and cocktail lounge boasts a state-of-the-art conference venue upstairs, besides functioning as the Red Cherry Adventures nerve centre. Glover attracted considerable attention lin 20o8 for managing to persuade Britain’s Princes William and Harry to take part in a fund-raising off-road Enduro the Eastern Cape, and we’re sure he’ll be just as savvy at attracting clientele to his newest venture. Cherry Place Cafe and Conference Centre is at 161 Heugh Road (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue), Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
Brioche French toast with berry compote at Ile de Pain (Picture: Salvelio Meyer)
Liezie Mulder and Markus Farbinger, the talented duo behind Thesen Island’s popular Ile de Pain cafe and bakery (see pictures above), have opened another outlet in Knysna. Mon Petit Pain (‘my little bread’) is in Gray Street in the Knysna CBD and caters more for the takeaway market, but there is a quaint area where you can also sit and enjoy their wonderfully wholesome samies and other treats at your leisure. Mon Petit Pain: 044-302 5767.
Café and cocktail bar Mint opened a branch in Sixth Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth at the end of May and is a good spot for an affordable meal – plus it’s open at night when most other Walmer cafe’s aren’t. The first branch opened in Summerstrand in December 2008 and now has a new menu, including additional breakfast, lunch and dinner options.