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EXPERIENCE “WOW” at HOLDEN MANZ
The Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz Wine Estate is launching a healthy and tasty new menu for the summer season. In addition to harvest platters, sumptuous riverside picnics and freshly grilled de-luxe Wagyu burgers, straight from the ex-army converted food truck, guests’ senses will be scintillated by Chef Christiaan Hellinger’s menu.
Christiaan is a true son of Franschhoek having grown up with his parents on the Chamonix wine farm. He believes his passion for cooking began early in life being spoiled by his regular lunches and dinners cooked by Marjot Janse at Le Quartier Francais.
As a youngster his first introduction to the kitchen was working for Craig at Roca which sparked his culinary obsession.
Over the last four years Christiaan has undertaken a global exploration to satisfy his hunger for culinary stimulation.
Visits to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Philippines ensured a broad experience of different Asian cuisines. A short stint in Central America allowed an appreciation of Mexican focused cooking before a season as chef onboard a super yacht in the Mediterranean and at the leading Dutch restaurant, Die Libraije, with its 3 Michelin stars.
Christiaan is joined in the kitchen by Christo Liebenberg who recently joined from Eat Out nominated Chef’s Warehouse @ Maison and previously worked for Darren Badenhorst.
Building on Christiaan and Christo’s combined cooking experiences this new á la carte menu explores the combinations of texture, flavour and appearance to ensure our guests enjoy the natural beauty of our vineyard setting, fantastic award-winning wines and the freshness of our local ingredients.
The new menu highlights vegetables in season, introduces a number of healthy salads, incorporates fresh fish from our oceans and hand-reared beef from Paarl.
Christiaan’s favourite dish on the new menu is a grilled Karoo lamb rump with charred seasonal greens and a soft polenta cream and Christo’s is a light summery Franschhoek trout tartare.
Moët & Chandon declare the festive season open at the Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony
Capetonians and visitors alike opened the festive season in glamorous champagne style at the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday 29 November at SILO 7 at the V&A Waterfront.
The SILO District came to life as a crowd of more than two thousand gathered to experience the lighting of Cape Town’s grand Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, created entirely from champagne bottles.
With Table Mountain’s iconic silhouette framing the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, merry-makers and late-night shoppers came together in celebration on a perfect balmy Cape Town evening. MC Maps Maponyane opened the night’s festivities with the reminder that the Tree’s 2000 bottles represented 2000 special #moetmoments enjoyed by champagne fans from all over South Africa.
Excitement filled the air as members of the SA Youth Choir set the festive mood with a repertoire of choral music and carols which elicited an emotional response from the audience. A polished performance by the Cape Town City ballet to Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ followed as sparklers were lit in anticipation of the tree lighting ceremony.
SA’s very own golden girl, Boitumelo Thulo (aka ‘Boity’), was given the honour of lighting the impressive four-storey high Moët & Chandon Golden Champagne Tree. An impressive lighting display ensued, with 230 metres of LED lights individually programmed to illuminate in sync with themed festive music and giant sparklers. Crowds cheered and watched in awe – Cape Town really had given the Times Square tree lighting ceremony a run for its money.
The Moët Golden Tree will be situated in the Silo District until Sunday 6 January, wrapped in a shimmering gold ribbon created with over 2000 discs. This year Moët & Chandon have also created the ‘Moët Music Box’ which allows visitors the opportunity to personally interact with the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree – by simply turning the music box lever they’ll activate a magical 40-second lighting show, bringing the tree to life.
“Epitomising warmth, generosity and grandeur, the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree has become synonymous with the opening of the festive season in South Africa. Moët & Chandon is known as the champagne of celebration globally, so what better way to share festive joy with everyone visiting the V&A Waterfront over the festive season,” says Pascal Asin, Moët Hennessy Director Africa Middle East.
So gather friends and family and make your way down to the Silo district to visit the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree and ring in the festive season in style!
EASY LIVING ON JACKIE O
Jackie O, a classic luxury 115 ft. motor yacht, was built in 1964 on the Seine in France in an era when the rich and famous had the pleasure of escaping into a world of luxury & elegance.
You can now do the same…
Moored in the calm waters alongside the V&A Hotel, in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, Jackie O enjoys an enviable location with the most magnificent panoramic vistas of Table Mountain and in the centre of the shopping, business and entertainment precincts. She offers guests direct access to the vast variety of restaurants and scenic offerings of the V&A Waterfront.
Jackie O has luxurious and spacious en-suite cabins, dining- and boardroom, elegant lounge and bar, and an upstairs sundeck for dining and cocktails. Service is 5-star, with superb cuisine, panoramic scenery and easy access to the lifestyle that makes Cape Town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Jacqui O sleeps eight in four luxurious and spacious cabins with all the comforts, privacy and attention to detail that you would expect from a luxury super yacht. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, TV and DVD players. Guests have access to the lounge, bar, dining room, gourmet kitchen and sun deck.
Enjoy a sumptuous continental breakfast on board. Dinner options are endless. The V&A Waterfront, with over 80 eateries to choose from, is home to some of Cape Town’s best restaurants. Cuisine from around the world and options to suit every palette are available; all within walking distance from the yacht. Alternatively, order in and let Jacqui O set the tone for an incredible dining experience on board!
Enjoy this unique destination for a weekend getaway, boutique wedding, private meeting or elegant function – all in the heart of the V&A Waterfront and with the privacy and cachet afforded by a super yacht.