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Foliage Honoured at the 2017 Eat Out Restaurant Awards
Launched in 1998, the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards, celebrates the South African restaurant industry with accolades including the Top 10 Restaurants, Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and Service Excellence Awards. This year the Top Resturant was awarded to Luke Dale Roberts and his establishment, The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town).
Franschhoek Life congratulates all the nominees and a special mention to our very own Chris Erasmus and Team Foliage for placing number 12 in the country.
Chris, former head chef at Pierneef à La Motte has consistently been in the news for various awards namely Gourmet Double silver plate and Eat Out 2016, position 9! What is relatively unknown about Chris is all the charity and community work that he does particularly in the Franschhoek Valley. Together with Team Foliage and his gorgeous wife Alisha who manages the neighbouring Ilse Schermers, IS ART Gallery, Chris gets stuck in, assisting with many varied community programs and always seems to make time available. In between aiding social development projects, Chris gets his hands dirty cooking up a tornado (storm is to passive for this motley crew!) in the Foliage kitchen or foraging around the rich terrain that makes up the Franschhoek Valley. All this to create his delectable dishes which confirm that the name Foliage is synonymous with forest-to-table food.
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To find out more about the winners of the Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards visit http://www.eatout.co.za/awards/
A Soufflé a day……
In a village dense with fine dining options, Ryan’s Kitchen offers a cozy, home style feel where almost all tables are a “Chef’s Table’s”.
Ryan has worked in some of the top kitchens in the world, including The Royal Astoria in St Petersburg. With a career spent mostly at Michelin schools worldwide, he was adamant that he would serve “modern South African cuisine driven by local and indigenous ingredients, historical and cultural references…and I would like to think imagination, flair and ingenuity.”
Since 2010, his bold and creative dishes have reflected his vast knowledge and international experience inspired by his South African roots.
Ryan and his beautiful Russian born wife Lana, have created a comfortable and elegant atmosphere, with plush upholstery and loads of light making the restaurant an ideal space in both summer and winter months
As a recent reviewer stated …” We applaud everything about the meal. The food was creative, decorative and divine. Service exemplary with knowledgeable staff. The atmosphere was relaxed with wines complimenting the excellence of the kitchen. We left with every intention of returning” .
Franschhoek Life managed to persuade Ryan to part with his notorious Soufflé recipe…. you are welcome!
Ryans is open from Monday- Saturday.
Call 021 876 4598 or email email@example.com
TransCape riders to sample Award-winning wines at La Couronne
Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be treated to a selection of award-winning wines during the mountain bike race that finishes after a taxing 614km at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek on February 10.
Not only will riders experience a tranquil finish to one of South Africa’s premier multiday races, the team at La Couronne will ensure the riders have a memorable experience off the bike too!
“The La Couronne estate covers 40 hectares, of which half is under cultivation for wine production. Wine-maker Henk Swart uses only the best viticulture technique to produce top-quality wine from the grapes that are hand-picked on the farm. Grapes had been cultivated on the mountain slopes surrounding Franschhoek for over 300 years and we are passionate about continuing the legacy” said Eldorette Carinus, who will be on hand to provide information on their brands.
The community is invited to join them at the finish to welcome home the riders, who include former Springbok captain John Smit and Proteas batsman Gary Kirsten.
Picnics, pizzas, a variety of other food, live music and designated play areas for children will be on offer
La Couronne’s wines that received gold-medal recognition this year are their 2015 chardonnay (Vitis Vinifera), 2014 portside red (Goldwine Awards) and this year’s merlot rosé (Vitis Vinifera, Michelangelo Awards, Rosé Rocks and Goldwine Awards).
The organisers have also opened the race to e-bikes, the first event of its nature to do so in the country.
“Our mission is to motivate as many people as possible to ride. This falls in with our philosophy to spread the message of wellness, fun and family time through the privilege of riding.” said ASG Events chief Wynand de Villiers.
The fourth Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter starts in Knysna on February