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Soweto Eat-in - Flaming Mile chefs challenge, Skaftini cooking schools challenge, HUGE market and Conference on food in collaboration with University of Johannesburg.

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Wednesday, 25th April 2018 @ 6:36pm

Evening all

The third Soweto Eat-in will take place at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday 5th May.  We have gone all out to stage a significant event to showcase numerous small scale producers.  They are coming from all over the country - Cape Town, Giyani, Haenertsburg, even Zimbabwe and of course Soweto and Orange Farm.  There will be lots of amazing fresh produce to buy as well as all sorts foodie things from all over SA. 

The Flaming Mile will feature some of Johannesburgs emminent chefs, tasked to cook their chefs interpretation of Soweto Street Food, using nose-to-tail cuts of Nguni Beef.  Five tasting portions for R100 - an absolute bargain with some stunning food expected from the team.  

Students from eight of Gauteng's cooking schools have been tasked with developing the ultimate 'Skaftini' (lunch box) for a mere R20 you can sample any of the schools imaginative creations.  They will be judged by a panel on the basis of nutrition, local, cost and of course taste.

University of Johannesburg will host 'The free peoples conference - Agriculture for radical economic transformation'.  there are six hourly discussions and each consists of an distinguished panel of academics, activists, farmers and experts and promises to be a significant event on the Soweto food scene.

The Soweto Theatre is an iconic space and provides a perfect backdrop for this ambitious event.

Bookings for The Flaming Mile and Skaftini Challenge available on  http://qkt.io/Wo9QA1


The Eat-in defines the true identity of Slow Food and we need your support at this event to support the producers and the team who have put it all together.




 


 

Invitation to the Slow Food National Conference

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Thursday, 12th April 2018 @ 9:00pm

Evening Slow Fooders

Once a year all Slow Food members get together to discuss the road forward and share their experiences and challenges.

This year the conference is taking place on Friday 4th May at the Soweto Theatre from 10h00.  Slow Food is going through an evolution and the new direction promises to be a far more inclusive approach bringing a new exposure to the producers, farmers and artisans of our country.

You are invited to attend this event and be part of the process, contributing to the new direction as well as learning more about the initiatives undertaken across the country.

The conference is free and will include both lunch and dinner and will conclude at around 20h00

To register, simply email headed ‘Slow Food Conference’:

Name, cell number and email address

to sacheese@gmail.com   We will confirm your attendance by email.

 

Proposed National Meeting Agenda Framework

Friday 4th May 2018

10h00 – 20h00

1.  Our message

How do we define what we are and what Slow Food is, externally

2.   Our voice

How do we tell the world about ourselves – web, social media, and interviews?

3.   Our action

What projects are we going to do this year – Ark, Gardens, Events, Chefs Alliance?

4.   Our path

The evolution to Food Communities – creating, mentoring and growing.

5.   Our Story

What will we tell the world at Terra Madre – vision and planning.

6.   Our commitments

Each of us has a contribution. Shape these to our objectives and goals.

7.   Our challenges

Finances, organizational structures, visibility and communication.

Wine Pressing, Tasting and Raw Milk Cheese appreciation

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Tuesday, 13th March 2018 @ 4:22pm


In the heart of Johannesburg is a hidden secret.  On the banks of the Braamfontein Spruit is a winery - Gerakaris Family Wines - and we have an invitation to a wine pressing and tasting of the family wines.  Few of us get to watch the process of pressing the grapes and this will be an opportunity to learn more about the process involved in wine making.

The winery in Craighall park is beautifully set under the trees and we will serve a range of South Africa's premiere raw milk cheeses, breads and pickles to compliment your wine tasting.
 

Time:-             14h00 - 17h00

Date:-             Wednesday 21st March 2018   (Public Holiday)

Where:-          20 Marlborough Avenue, Craighall Park.

                     (Next to Colourful Splendour Nursery)
                     Find 'Gerakaris Family Wines' on Google Maps

Cost:               R 120 per person

Bookings:         
http://qkt.io/CYam6N

           Because of the venue, there is limited space.  Book early!!



Bald Ibis Harvest Festival

There is a second unusual wine event taking place this month. 

The Bald Ibis harverst festival will take place at Rose Cottage Fouriesburg on Saturday 24 March 2018.

The festival is all about the wine and it is both unusual and very special.

In 2008 John Critchley planted Pinotage, Shiraz and Pinot Noir vines. The first two were chosen because they are low risk cultivars and Pinot Noir was planted as a test cultivar. Added to these were lesser well-known vines such as Tannat,
Chambourcin and Viognier.

The vines are grown organically and fed with worm compost that is made on the farm. They are watered on a drip irrigation system with water coming from the mountain, 1.5km away. The grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed and crushed and fermented in tanks in the cellar and then stored for about 15 months in oak barrels.

John tells us 'In 2013 we picked enough grapes to make 4 barrels of wine which made 1 200 bottles and The Bald Ibis was born. The wine is named after the 11 Southern Bald Ibis that nest on the Kopje and feed in the vines. Like them, the vineyard in the Eastern Free State Highlands – at 1 700m above sea level, one of the highest in the world – is unique and soaring to new heights. Under The Bald Ibis label, we made a Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Pinotage/Shiraz blend and a Shiraz.'

Also read the article here https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/crops/field-crops/making-wine-in-the-malutis/

A small selection of local food producers and restaurateurs has teamed up to provide a selection of food to compliment the wine. All the produce on the day are locally sourced from small scale farmers and slow food producers. The festival would make a wonderful weekend away in a sunning part of the country
 

 

Raspberry picking and Cooking Demo day - Sunday 4th March 11h00

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Monday, 26th February 2018 @ 10:58am

Tiptoe through the fields of raspberries with us, on the 4th of March at The Field Berry Farm, De Deur. (Search in Google maps for The Field Berry Farm)

Jenny Kay (past Angela Day) will be with us, showing us how to make a quick Berry jam and chatting about how to use this beautiful fruit, using the berries from the farm. We will also taste some recipe ideas.

We will then set out to pick our berries. 

You will know the exact weight to make your own jam or just take home and enjoy with cream......yummmm.

There is a food court with a variety of choices for your lunch or perhaps order a picnic basket  Go to: http://www.picnics4all.co.za.  (We are not allowed to take our own picnics)

(Lunch not included in the ticket price)


Bring your own drinks ie. wine or beer.  Cool drinks on sale.

The costs to you will be  R100 and R60 for children under 12.
Bookings on:

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/41749-raspberry-picking-day/
 

So looking forward to having you once again with us.

Join the Slowfood Community on Sunday 4th March at 11h00

A lazy day in the country for the whole family.


What to bring:

A hat
Cash/card for berries and lunch

From the North – N1 South

  • Simply get onto the Nl South traveling towards Bloemfontein.
  • Keep following signs to Bloemfontein.
  • About 10km before the Grasmere Toll Gate, turn into the “Grasmere Engen One Stop” Garage.
  • Keep left and pass the truck parking around the back of the building.
  • Drive through the open  gate -this is our road.
  • Follow the “Berry Farm” signs to our farm, about 2km away.

From the North – M1 South

  • Take M1 South. Continue until the M1 becomes a two-lane road (R82 to Vereeniging).
  • Pass Southgate Mall on your right.
  • After 2 robots, pass the Lido Hotel and Shell garage on the left.
  • At the 3rd robot-turn right onto the R 554 towards Lenasia.
  • Pass Evergreen Turf on the left. Continue until you cross over the highway.
  • Turn left at the first road (Opposite Eldo Tours sign)- this is our road.
  • Once  you are on that road follow our “Berry Farm” signs, they will guide you to our farm- we are about 2km away.

Raspberry picking and Cooking Demo day - Sunday 4th March 11h00

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Sunday, 25th February 2018 @ 9:45pm

Tiptoe through the fields of raspberries with us, on the 4th of March.

Jenny Kay (past Angela Day) will be with us, showing us how to make a quick Berry jam and chatting about how to use this beautiful fruit, using the berries from the farm. We will also taste some recipe ideas.

We will then set out to pick our berries. 

You will know the exact weight to make your own jam or just take home and enjoy with cream......yummmm.

There is a food court with a variety of choices for your lunch or perhaps order a picnic basket  Go to: http://www.picnics4all.co.za

(Lunch not included in the ticket price)


Bring your own drinks ie. wine or beer.

The costs to you will be  R100 and R60 for children under 12.
Bookings on:

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/41749-raspberry-picking-day/
 

So looking forward to having you once again with us.

Join the Slowfood Community on Sunday 4th March at 11h00

A lazy day in the country for the whole family.


What to bring:

A hat
Cash/card for berries and lunch

From the North – N1 South

  • Simply get onto the Nl South traveling towards Bloemfontein.
  • Keep following signs to Bloemfontein.
  • About 10km before the Grasmere Toll Gate, turn into the “Grasmere Engen One Stop” Garage.
  • Keep left and pass the truck parking around the back of the building.
  • Drive through the open  gate -this is our road.
  • Follow the “Berry Farm” signs to our farm, about 2km away.

From the North – M1 South

  • Take M1 South. Continue until the M1 becomes a two-lane road (R82 to Vereeniging).
  • Pass Southgate Mall on your right.
  • After 2 robots, pass the Lido Hotel and Shell garage on the left.
  • At the 3rd robot-turn right onto the R 554 towards Lenasia.
  • Pass Evergreen Turf on the left. Continue until you cross over the highway.
  • Turn left at the first road (Opposite Eldo Tours sign)- this is our road.
  • Once  you are on that road follow our “Berry Farm” signs, they will guide you to our farm- we are about 2km away.

Andrew Adrian - Memorial

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Thursday, 4th January 2018 @ 7:30pm

Dear Slow Food friends

Next Sunday the 7t
h January, at 3.00 pm at the Randpark Golf Club, Slow Food Johannesburg members, who knew Andrew, are invited to celebrate his life.

Andrew was our past chairman, a long serving and highly active committee member of our movement for over 19 years; and who sadly passed away a few weeks before Christmas.  Andrew’s vast and fine knowledge of wine origins, his love of healthy food, connected profoundly with Slow Food’s original philosophy of knowing where your food comes from and how it is prepared.

In committee he gave of his time as generously as he shared his fine breads, compared rare wines from his cellar; in addition to the successful Slow Food events he directed.

A life well lived and shared with friends and colleagues - and for which we will long remember.

The club address is 
Setperk Street, Randpark, Johannesburg

Linden's Urban Food Garden Launch - Sunday 10th December

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Sunday, 3rd December 2017 @ 5:46pm

Greetings Slow Fooders

Linden is a suburb on the move and now an new initiative which will change the face of the suburb for ever.

Geoff Green, Slow Food's convenor of the 10 000 Gardens project has been contracted to develop a model urban farm in 7th Street.  This garden will grow a wide variety of heirloom vegetables and we know will have huge influence on schools, residents and restaurants.

We invite you to join us on Sunday 10th December to hear about the vision that the land owners, Geoff and Slow Food share, learn about the methods and share in a long table lunch, right in the garden-to-be.

It is also Terra Madre Day, the day that Slow Food celebrates eating local around the world - a perfect launch for this great initiative.

The menu will include a range of salads and a fire pit-roasted hind quarter of indigenous Nguni beef.

We will supply banking details with your booking confirmation.

 

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. 


AND WE WERE THERE!

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
                   Linden

 Cost:          R275 per person  Guests welcome.


Bookings & Payments: 
Contact Brian to book: sacheese@gmail.com.

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 …

 

MENU:

Duck Spring Rolls
Duck Skewers and Salad

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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
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Chocolate Tart

 

 
Background

 
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.

Details

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 sacheese@gmail.com
Banking details supplied once your booking is confirmed.

The Red Chamber is licenced.


Help send our cheese makers to Italy

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Monday, 24th July 2017 @ 4:30pm

Dear Slow Fooders

I am appealing to you to assist six industry specific delegates realize a dream and represent South Africa internationally at ‘Cheese’, being held in Italy in September this year

In a world where mechanisation and mass production dominates, smaller producers often get run over.  South Africa has a unique environment where raw milk cheeses have been made for years and are now the choice of many cheese makers.  Slow Food are using ‘In defence of Raw Milk’ as the theme for this year’s event.  SA is one of only two countries where raw milk cheese has received special international recognition.

I am asking for your donation of R 150 (or multiples thereof) towards a target of R 55 000.  Click on…

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/32369-send-our-cheese-makers-to-italy/

In some way I would like to believe that those who have had this opportunity before have found the experience life-changing.

Your name will be placed on the list of invitees for a special report back dinner which will take place in mid-October.

Thank you in anticipation

Brian Dick

Chairman Slow Food Johannesburg

Coordinator South African Raw Milk Cheese Presidium

The Slow Folio

Projects of Slow Food

South Africa

Promoting nutritious, bio diverse food that is Good Clean and Fair

Project Cheese

History

Since 2011 South Africa has been involved in an international cheese show held in the city of Bra, south of Turin, Italy.  The show takes place every two years and is one of the showcase events of the Slow Food movement whose headquarters are in this city.

The city closes down and the streets lined with cheeses from around the world, over 4000 of them, and attracts over 250 000 visitors from all over Europe.  In 2013 and 2015 South Africa has been represented by 6 individuals each year.  Chosen specifically because of their involvement in both cheese making and cheese selling, it has proved to be a particularly valuable experience for all.

We have long believed that our cheeses are second rate and surpassed by the international offerings, shows like this help to position SA cheese makers in a world context and reinforce the reality that we have product which compares favourably with a world standard.  It is incredibly motivating and I believe has had a very positive influence on the industry in general.

In a world where mechanisation and mass production dominates, smaller producers often get run over.  South Africa has a unique environment where raw milk cheeses have been made for years and are now the choice of many cheese makers.  Slow Food are using ‘In defence of Raw Milk’ as the theme for this year’s event.  SA is one of only two countries where raw milk cheese has received special international recognition.

In fact, in 2013 SA presented our cheeses at the show to over 70 international cheese experts and received a standing ovation for our products.

Proposal

‘Cheese’ is taking place between 15 and 18 September 2017.  SA has been invited and will feature strongly because of our raw milk cheese producers.http://cheese.slowfood.it/en/

Slow Food SA needs assistance for airfares for industry specific people to attend the event.

Once reaching Italy all transport, meals and accommodation are covered by Slow Food International, with many delegates hosted by families in and around the city.

The SA stand has been a pasted together collection of pictures and banners from the suitcases of delegates.

Brian Dick

Chairman Slow Food Johannesburg

Coordinator South African Raw Milk Cheese Presidium

sacheese@gmail.com  Cell 0846 192 792

The Roving Bantu - An evening of African Food

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Tuesday, 11th July 2017 @ 12:41pm

The Roving Bantu

Join us on the 20th July for an evening in Africa!!!!

We will enjoy an African meal with lively sounds and good company.

125 Caroline Street, Brixton, Johannesburg

EatOut describes the venue as follows :

The people

The Roving Bantu himself is Sifiso Ntuli, a wryly amusing and popular host who has lived as an exile in foreign lands. He says that while many people consider drink as an excuse to get talking, “food is the best Mzansi conversation inspiration”. Sifiso Ntuli and his wife, artist Ashley Heron, were behind House of Nsako, the music, poetry and food spot that you may remember from across the road.

Food

At last, a place that provides a real South African experience. It’s wholesome soul food, as Sifiso says – a different take on traditional dishes. Almost all of the dishes are made from scratch, with items sourced from local communities rich in South Africa’s food traditions and ingredients. The menu changes according to what’s available and what’s fun to serve.

Venue

It’s very eclectic, with Ashley acting as curator. There’s a wonderful section devoted to the infamous World newspaper posters with their ubiquitous exclamation mark: Man Takes Boere out of Wors! There are old vinyls on the walls, a Bob Mugabe poster, a kitschy fairy-lit guitar, posters of Athol Fugard plays, and a Remington typewriter.

Sifiso has worked out an amazing menu of:

·         Jerk pops.

·         Beef and spinach Injiro.

·         Magoedoe

·         Slow cooked Imbusi.

·         Cabbage African Style Butterbeans, Carrot salad, Marogo.Pap and samp.

·         1or 2 surprises!

·         Rasta jelly and custard.

·         Pineapple desert

·         Ethiopian coffee.

 
Bring your own wine.

Soweto craft beer for sale.

Details

When:    Thursday 20th July

Time:     19h00

Where:   125 Caroline Street Brixton

Cost:      R 225 per person

Bookings on Quicket Simply click on the link below:

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/31948-slow-food-roving-bantu-african-evening/

Rex Union Oranges, Picnic lunch and Preserving workshop - Fathers Day with a difference

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Monday, 5th June 2017 @ 11:17am

 

Greetings all

Fathers day with a difference.  Bring the whole family, join in the picking and then enjoy a picnic between the trees and watch a preserving workshop. The Rex Union orange is the icon of our efforts to preserve our countries biodiversity because without it, we threaten the planet.

For that reason, on a recent visit to SA, Professor Francesco Sotile, Slow Foods advisor on agronomy, proposed that the Rex Union be declared a Presidium.  This means that worldwide awareness will be increased and efforts made to preserve the trees.

We will use this day to launch the process of creating a presidium - only the 4th in South Africa!

Its Citrus month and we have a very special event highlighting these seasonal fruits:

Remember when your mother searched the town to get hold of Rex Union oranges to make the best marmalade?  I do and I fondly remember the results.

The Rex Union is a South African variety created by George Rex and planted in an orchard opposite Hunters Rest Hotel outside Rustenburg.  It is a cross between a pomelo and seville orange, undoubtedly the best marmalade orange in SA. Apart from a few trees in private gardens, these are the only trees in existence worldwide!


Rex Union Picking

The farm was recently sold and the new owner has agreed to allow us to raid the farm and pick the oranges (pay per bag) - as many as you like. 


Preserving Workshop

Hilary Biller, food editor, author, TV chef, consummate cook and committee member of Slow Food JHB, will take us through a demo on RexUnion marmalade making.

Picnic table

Laid out amongst the trees will be a sumptious lunch of smoked chicken, roast beef, salami, salads, pickles, olives, breads, cheeses, pate, jams and honey, all of which will be sourced from small producers.
After lunch take a peaceful stroll through the olive groves and buy some of their exceptional products.

When: Sunday 18th June 12h00 (allow yourselves 90 minutes travel from Linden/Northcliff area)

Where: Dunedin Farm - opposite the entrance to Hunters Rest Hotel (16km before Rustenburg on the R24 from Magaliesburg.)

Cost   Members:                   R 140
         Non-members             R 180 

         Children under 12        R  80
  

Bookings online only - click on:

http://qkt.io/gBpZ3w

Space is limited.



But thats not all...

Although the Rex Union has traditionally been used as a marmalade ingredient, we would like to challenge you to create new and exciting uses for the orange.

Send us your recipes and we will publish them.  Bring us a sample to taste if possible and by this means we will extend the use and preserve these trees in perpetuity.



The Rex History
 

George Wellington Rex III, the grandson of the more famous George Rex of Knysna,was said to have been the illegitimate son of King George III of Britain.

George Rex had nine children, but his grandson George Wellington Rex fathered no fewer than 14 with his wife, Georgina.

George Wellington Rex came to the Magaliesberg area in the mid-1880s to hunt big game. He stayed on, and became firm friends with President Paul Kruger, who by then had become a substantial land owner in the area.

Kruger ceded part of his Magaliesberg land to Rex, who then built Hunter’s Rest on the property. At first, it was a private hunter’s lodge for George Wellington Rex and his friends. It was later developed into a hotel, but the olde worlde charm and Victorian character was retained.George was a very knowledgeable, intelligent man and was given the right to practice medicine in the Rustenburg district by President Paul Kruger. 

George Rex was the pioneer of grapefruit in South Africa and he ‘evolved’ a new grapefruit known as “Rex union.” He passed away in Rustenburg on 28 March 1923.

The graves are in the family cemetery at Hunters Rest.’

Slow Food AGM - guest speaker Anna Trapido and Ark of Taste Dinner (Menu included) - Wednesday 17th May

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Monday, 15th May 2017 @ 1:57pm

It’s time for our AGM once again and we have a special evening planned.  The past year has been mementous with the visit of Carlo Petrini and affirmation of the South African initiatives by Slow Food international.  We are on the brink once again of some big plans and offer you the opportunity to get involved and share our vision of the road ahead.

A great deal of work has been done over the past year on the 'Ark of Taste'  It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the year past with a specially prepared four course dinner dedicated to these identified products.  Nguni beef, Potchefstroom Koekoek chickens and a range of specially prepared Ark of Taste veggies will tantalize your palate.

Our Host Chef, Adrian Vigus-Brown is the chairperson of the South African Chefs Association (SACA) Young chefs Club and is an ambassador for World Chefs Young Chefs Africa and Middle East.  Adrian is also an avid supporter of Slow Food and has been a participant in all the Slow Meat Eat-ins held to date.



Menu

Amuse                                                               
Charred pumpkin soup, thyme and cinnamon crème fraiche with popped sorghum and sour dough melba

 
Starter                                         
Chicken Fricassee, Nyimo ragout, thepe puree, baby carrots, baby beats roasted, crispy chicken skin and savoury tuile 

 
Main
Sous vide beef short rib, charred baby onion, candied celeriac, dehydrated parsnip, popcorn puree, millet and short rib croquette, pickled radish and buttered asparagus

 
Dessert                                 

Lemon and blueberry cheesecake, berry puree, macerated kumkwat, honey and lavender ice cream, popping candy, shortbread crumb and honeycomb





 Our special guest speaker this year is Dr Anna Trapido


We are very privileged to have Anna address us.  Her knowledge and enthuastic support for Slow Food has been remarkable and I know that our evening will be memorable!


Anna initially trained as an anthropologist at Kings College, Cambridge and later achieved a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand but her passion for food soon pushed her out of the library and into the kitchen. She trained as a chef at the Prue Leith College of Food and Wine and subsequently worked for the great, the good and not so good.


'My first love has always been the delicious diversity of African food genres. I do not understand why the numerous great cuisines of our continent are not better known. I have made it my life’s work to discover, record and promote the flavours of Africa both ancient and modern, rural and urban, classic indigenous and settler fusion.'


'Ultimately, mine is not an intellectual interest in matters epicurean but rather rooted in love, greed, joy and wonder. It reflects my fascination with the people doing the cooking and how their flavour repertoire interacts with their lives.'


Convivium report

Financial Report


New year objectives


Committee Election


We have kept the costs the same for the fourth year in a row.

DETAILS OF THE EVENING


When:     Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Time:      18h30 for 19h00 sharp.
     


Where:     March Restaurant
                  African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel 
                 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch

Cost:       MEMBERS R220 pp / NON-MEMBERS R265 pp.

Drinks:    This will be for your own account. Please do not bring your own wine.


Bookings:  Please note that bookings are online. Once open, simply click on the link below 

 
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/29377-slow-food-agm-with-anna-trapido/

Reminder - Slow Food AGM with guest speaker Anna Trapido and Ark of Taste Dinner - Wednesday 17th May

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Thursday, 11th May 2017 @ 11:16am

It’s time for our AGM once again and we have a special evening planned.  The past year has been mementous with the visit of Carlo Petrini and affirmation of the South African initiatives by Slow Food international.  We are on the brink once again of some big plans and offer you the opportunity to get involved and share our vision of the road ahead.

A great deal of work has been done over the past year on the 'Ark of Taste'  It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the year past with a specially prepared four course dinner dedicated to these identified products.  Nguni beef, Potchefstroom Koekoek chickens and a range of specially prepared Ark of Taste veggies will tantalize your palate.

Our Host Chef, Adrian Vigus-Brown is the chairperson of the South African Chefs Association (SACA) Young chefs Club and is an ambassador for World Chefs Young Chefs Africa and Middle East.  Adrian is also an avid supporter of Slow Food and has been a participant in all the Slow Meat Eat-ins held to date.


 Our special guest speaker this year is Dr Anna Trapido


We are very privileged to have Anna address us.  Her knowledge and enthuastic support for Slow Food has been remarkable and I know that our evening will be memorable!


Anna initially trained as an anthropologist at Kings College, Cambridge and later achieved a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand but her passion for food soon pushed her out of the library and into the kitchen. She trained as a chef at the Prue Leith College of Food and Wine and subsequently worked for the great, the good and not so good.


'My first love has always been the delicious diversity of African food genres. I do not understand why the numerous great cuisines of our continent are not better known. I have made it my life’s work to discover, record and promote the flavours of Africa both ancient and modern, rural and urban, classic indigenous and settler fusion.'


'Ultimately, mine is not an intellectual interest in matters epicurean but rather rooted in love, greed, joy and wonder. It reflects my fascination with the people doing the cooking and how their flavour repertoire interacts with their lives.'


Convivium report

Financial Report


New year objectives


Committee Election


We have kept the costs the same for the fourth year in a row.

DETAILS OF THE EVENING


When:     Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Time:      18h30 for 19h00 sharp.
     


Where:     March Restaurant
                  African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel 
                 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch

Cost:       MEMBERS R220 pp / NON-MEMBERS R265 pp.

Drinks:    This will be for your own account. Please do not bring your own wine.


Bookings:  Please note that bookings are online. Once open, simply click on the link below 

 
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/29377-slow-food-agm-with-anna-trapido/

Slow Food AGM with guest speaker Anna Trapido - Wednesday 17th May

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 @ 9:17pm

It’s time for our AGM once again and we have a special evening planned.  The past year has been mementous with the visit of Carlo Petrini and affirmation of the South African initiatives by Slow Food international.  We are on the brink once again of some big plans and offer you the opportunity to get involved and share our vision of the road ahead.

A great deal of work has been done over the past year on the 'Ark of Taste'  It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the year past with a specially prepared four course dinner dedicated to these identified products.  Nguni beef, Potchefstroom Koekoek chickens and a range of specially prepared Ark of Taste veggies will tantalize your palate.

Our Host Chef, Adrian Vigus-Brown is the chairperson of the South African Chefs Association (SACA) Young chefs Club and is an ambassador for World Chefs Young Chefs Africa and Middle East.  Adrian is also an avid supporter of Slow Food and has been a participant in all the Slow Meat Eat-ins held to date.


 Our special guest speaker this year is Dr Anna Trapido


We are very privileged to have Anna address us.  Her knowledge and enthuastic support for Slow Food has been remarkable and I know that our evening will be memorable!


Anna initially trained as an anthropologist at Kings College, Cambridge and later achieved a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand but her passion for food soon pushed her out of the library and into the kitchen. She trained as a chef at the Prue Leith College of Food and Wine and subsequently worked for the great, the good and not so good.


'My first love has always been the delicious diversity of African food genres. I do not understand why the numerous great cuisines of our continent are not better known. I have made it my life’s work to discover, record and promote the flavours of Africa both ancient and modern, rural and urban, classic indigenous and settler fusion.'


'Ultimately, mine is not an intellectual interest in matters epicurean but rather rooted in love, greed, joy and wonder. It reflects my fascination with the people doing the cooking and how their flavour repertoire interacts with their lives.'


Convivium report

Financial Report


New year objectives


Committee Election


We have kept the costs the same for the fourth year in a row.

DETAILS OF THE EVENING


When:     Wednesday 17th May 2017.

Time:      18h30 for 19h00 sharp.
     


Where:     March Restaurant
                  African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel 
                 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch

Cost:       MEMBERS R220 pp / NON-MEMBERS R265 pp.

Drinks:    This will be for your own account. Please do not bring your own wine.


Bookings: Bookings will open on Thursday 4th May at 14h00


Please note that bookings are online. Once open, simply click on the link below 


 
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/29377-slow-food-agm-with-anna-trapido/

Afroecology Workshop - this Saturday 22nd April

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Friday, 21st April 2017 @ 10:27am




"For more than a year now we as "Permafunk and Social Fermentation” have done events around food activism in Johannesburg with the aim of growing a network of friends who are passionate about making a change in their communities and beyond. 

Access to land and healthy food can’t be the privilege of a few. Growing our own food and reconnecting with the deep knowledge of our ancestors is an essential part in an ecology of struggles for a more just world beyond capitalist and colonial values.

We believe that this change won’t happen overnight. It’s a process of building alternative and autonomous infrastructures and of growing connections based on radical care and decolonial love. As gardeners we know that in order to grow a new culture we need a fertile soil. 

Through our events we want to envision and experience the growth of this new culture. We want to celebrate and strengthen us as a movement and gain new enthusiasm and energy for the work still to be done. 

We invite everybody who feels drawn to this work to come and share with us. Bring your skills, your passion, your ideas, your music and poetry. Bring seeds and other gifts and let’s create something that is bigger than the sum of our egos." 


The programme for the event is:

  • 10:00-12:00: Miling, Ethiopian coffee ceremony, interactive stalls, planting with children
  • 11.30-11:45: The Greenhouse Project presented by: Itumeleng Pooe
  • 11:45-12:20: Seeds of our ancestors: on indigenous knowledge and practices presented by: Method Gundidza
  • 12.30-12.40: Talking about land: Introduction followed by personal interviews throughout the day) presented by :Chuma Mgcoyi + Sizwe Nyuka
  • 12.40-13.20: Women, land and permaculture presented by Yoliswa Mahobe + Zola Ndimande
  • 13.30-14.30: Decolonizing food discussion with: Zayaan Kahn, Sun Mabengeza, Linzi Lewis, Patricia Mlangeni, Constance Seletshoge, Mpho Old-John
  • 14.30- Open Indigenous/vegan food buffet hosted by: Patricia Mlangeni, Constance Seletshoge, Mpho Old-John
  • 15.00-17.00 Permafunk jam session, interactive stalls, planting with children, art


Date:      Saturday 22 April

Time:      10 am - 5 pm. 

Free entrance

Venue:    The Greenhouse Project, Joubert Park
Parking available at the JHB Art Gallery Parking
Address:  Cnr Klein & King St Joubert Park

Contact:  Claire Rousell 074 694 4623 / sebastian.dieterich@gmx.de

Slow Food - Durban Curry Evening - Unique cuisine explored.

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Wednesday, 12th April 2017 @ 3:39pm


Some like it hot…………

Tasty, spicy, packed with flavour… it's no surprise that the curry is a favourite dish for many.  The history of the 1860 settlers and their profound impact on South Africa in many dimensions, has it's origins in the growth of the world sugar economy.  The story of sugar cane and the early Indian development of sugar in the 6th century will be covered as a backdrop to their story.

Join us in an evening of "Curries," Mutton, Chicken Biryani and Vegetarian…

Dennis Conway is our host for the evening and will be filling us in, with the History of Durban Curry, the uniqueness of the cuisine itself, its roots and its evolution as a class on it's own. 
 

There is limited space so book soon and join us for this exciting workshop…

Date     Thursday 20th April 2017

Time     18h30

Cost      Non-Members R 175.00 p/p     Members   R150.00p/p

Venue:  Orchards Bridge Club  Hilson Street

Bookings :   
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/28388-durban-curry-evening/

Click on the above link to book online.

Please remember to bring you own drinks.

Directions:    Come off the highway M1 at Glenhove Road

Head East towards Louis Botha Avenue.

Go straight at Oaklands Shopping Centre which will be on your right-hand side, the Road becomes Pretoria Street.

Continue straight ahead go through a robot and the road goes into a dip

First Road which is Hilson Street go Right (the park will be on your right). 

Go straight ahead and drive into the Bowling Club in the Cul de sac.

See you there.


Slow Food - Durban Curry Evening

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Friday, 7th April 2017 @ 8:15pm


Some like it hot…………

Tasty, spicy, packed with flavour… it's no surprise that the curry is a favourite dish for many.

Join us in an evening of "Curries," beef,  lamb and vegetarian…

Dennis Conway is our host for the evening and will be filling us in, with the History of Durban Curry.
 

There is limited space so book soon and join us for this exciting workshop…

Date     Thursday 20th April 2017

Time     18h30

Cost      Non-Members R 175.00 p/p     Members   R150.00p/p

Venue:  Orchards Bridge Club  Hilson Street

Bookings :   
https://www.quicket.co.za/events/28388-durban-curry-evening/

Directions:    Come off the highway M1 at Glenhove Road

Head East towards Louis Botha Avenue.

Go straight at Oaklands Shopping Centre which will be on your right-hand side, the Road becomes Pretoria Street.

Continue straight ahead go through a robot and the road goes into a dip

First Road which is Hilson Street go Right (the park will be on your right). 

Go straight ahead and drive into the Bowling Club in the Cul de sac.

See you there.


The best six-course meal? - join us this Saturday and be the judge

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Monday, 20th March 2017 @ 1:07pm

Morning all

We are really excited to host the Serengeti Eat-in - a day of brilliant food, market, music and more.
The Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate is just a few minutes from OR Tambo airport and the clubhouse offers a wonderful venue for this event.

We have assembled ten of the most respected chefs from across the province to cook for you so gather the family, all your friends and join us for this exciting day.

Buy your tickets by clicking on:    https://www.quicket.co.za/events/27041-serengeti-eat-in/

SLOW MEAT – What’s on your plate?

For more than 100 000 years Southern Africa has provided both the hunter and the hunted.  It’s not surprising that meat plays such an integral role in our daily lives, so deeply ingrained in the psyche of a nation. Rich and poor alike share this obsession, defining both culture and lifestyle.

The launch of Slow Food SA’s initiative “SLOW MEAT” during 2015 was indeed a watershed project for Slow Food. It was the first time that a major multi-city food event was held that brought together farmers of indigenous breeds, food processor (in the form of butcher and charcuterie maker), chef and consumer and was not sponsored by large food companies. Now an even more inclusive event – Serengeti Eat-In offers us an opportunity to eat nose to tail dishes prepared by a startling list of Gauteng’s premiere chefs…

Who’s cooking ….


CONVENER CHEF - Arnold Tanzer (Head of Slow Food Chefs' Alliance SA)

  1. Klaus Beqman - Coach & Manager Junior Culinary Team SA ,Owner La Luna & Exec Chef Serengeti & HOST CHEF
  2. Adele Stiehler vd Westhuizen - Prue Leith and Slow Food Chef's Alliance representative
  3. Adrian Vickus–Brown - African Pride Melrose Arch and Head of Young Chefs Club
  4. James Diack - Coobs, National, Federal
  5. Shane Smit - Jamie's Italian
  6. James Khoza - Exec Chef Sandton Sun Convention Centre and Vice Chairman SA Chef's Association
  7. Matthew Foxon - 54 on Bath
  8. Hansjee Kalpesh - Chef at Michaelangelo Hotel
  9. Shaniel Dinna - Head Chef at Hyatt Rosebank 
  10. Rocco Venter - Exec Chef Emoyeni

But there is more…

 
Also on the day will be

An artisan producers market selling the products – bring your cooler box to stock up

A display by Slow Food Youth Network

Live music

Full cash bar, craft beer & Vrede en Lust wines 



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