Slow Food Johannesburg

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We have been in existence since 2001 and have around 80 members. We host monthly events varying from taste workshops, to visits to small producers and themed dinners where we aim to learn about different products and cultural foods.

Contact Name: Slow Food Joburg
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Slow Food at 'Cheese' in Italy - a celebration evening of everything Italian

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Friday, 13th October 2017 @ 9:55pm

Dear All

Slow Food Johannesburg, together with generous donors have sponsored cheese industry specialists enabling them to travel to Bra, home to the largest cheese show in the world, knowing that the experience will positively impact the industry and the individuals in particular. 

Every two years (alternating with Terra Madre) Slow Food hold an event called ‘Cheese’ held in the town of Bra, south of Turin, where over 400 artisan cheese makers and thousands of their wares are displayed in the closed-off streets of the town.  Between 15thand 18th September the eleventh ‘Cheese’ brought together the artisan cheese makers, affineurs and retailers from over 50 countries to share their knowledge, heritage and tastes. 


Italy and food – an almost unbreakable bond which conjures up iconic images of cheese, pasta, coffee and ice cream, to mention a few. 

We invite you to attend a dinner celebrating all that is Italian and a presentation of our participation and impressions from the largest cheese show in the world.  We will be tasting cheeses from Italy smuggled back to highlight unusual international tastes as well as local cheeses that were presented by the team to the world cheese fraternity in Italy.  

We will, in keeping with the trip, be serving a delicious 4-course Italian inspired dinner and will be joined by special guest Danie Crowther from Noah’s Cheese in Clarens who travelled with us to Italy.

So do we measure up in South Africa?  Join us and find out!


When:         Thursday 19th October 2015

Time:          18h30 for 19h00

Where:        Cheese Gourmet

                   Corner 3rd Avenue and 7th Street

 Cost:          R275 per person  Guests welcome.

Bookings & Payments: 
Contact Brian to book:

When your booking has been confirmed you will be called upon to pay into Slow Food Johannesburg, A/C# 224199358, Standard Bank, Sandton Branch, 00019205. 

Bookings will be a first come, first pay, first served basis.

Evening at the Red Chamber featuring Duck

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Sunday, 13th August 2017 @ 4:02pm

The Red Chamber in Hyde Park Shopping centre has been an icon of Johannesburg’s cuisine for close to 30 years.  Emma Chen occasionally offers special evenings and on Tuesday 22nd August she will be hosting an evening of Duck.  It’s an eat as much as you like evening and Slow Food has secured only 30 spaces.

The menu …



Duck Spring Rolls
Duck Skewers and Salad

Peking Duck (served with plum sauce, pancakes, spring onion, cucumber and pancakes)
Spicy Gongbao Duck (stir-fried duck with chilli, leeks and ginger)
Steamed Rice
Chocolate Tart



Considered one of China’s national dishes, Peking duck has inspired poetry, been a staple for the ruling class for generations, and has its own museum in Beijing.   It’s usually served with thinly sliced spring onions, cucumbers and sweet bean or hoisin sauce, all wrapped up in small crepes and eaten like a soft taco.

A version of the dish appears in Yinshan Zhengyao (The Proper and Essential Things for the Emperor’s Food and Drink) written in 1330 by Hu Sihui, who was a dietary physician for the royal court. His version calls for roasting the duck inside of a sheep’s stomach. The book, which is as much about health, diet and traditional medicine as it is about food, contains recipes for such exotic fare as tiger bone liquor, donkey’s head gruel and snow leopard soup, none of which have made it to the menu - thankfully.

Hu Sihui’s recipe appears to be the best documented version, but the Chinese were eating roast duck several centuries before Hu Sihui put ink to paper. A dish called Shaoyazi (literally “burning duck”), goes back to the 400s during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (429-589).

By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Peking duck was a well-established dish and wasn’t just reserved for royalty. In 1416, a restaurant in Beijing, Bian Yi Fang, began serving Peking duck and continues to do so today. In business for 601 years.  How impressive is that!  It’s a dish with history in every bite.


Where:    The Red Chamber, Hyde Park shopping centre
When:     Tuesday 22nd August
Time:      19h00
Cost:       Slow Food members R 295.00  per person
               Non Members  R 335.00
Bookings: Email Brian on
Banking details supplied once your booking is confirmed.

The Red Chamber is licenced.

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