If you are one of those Capetonians’ who has been happily enjoying their quiet bubble (and there are many) over the last few weeks, you would have just missed out on a fantastically, fabulous new foodie trend, launched last night (13.11.13) by eat.art.
The Food Craft dining experience (although this probably would have been better termed ‘extravaganza’!) launched the first of its events at Pink Bistro in Kenilworth, Cape Town. Food Craft guests will be basking in the glow of brilliance today after being wined, dined and de-vined…although perhaps with slightly heavy heads.
Note to guests: we have made note of the few requests for stretchers – and will be sure to pander to these needs at the next experience.
Hosted by eat.art, the Food Craft concept was borne from their love of food and flavour, and the innate need to inspire others to feel the same through bringing together like-minded local, artisinal food and beverage producers. Food Craft aims to allow people to experience a unique collaboration of foodie flavours showcased in an intimate environment that best serves to represent the flavour of the dining experience we wish to create.
This, the first of our Food Craft experiences, joined forces with Magpie Creative (that would be me) and Pink Bistro – managed by the quietly brilliant Ian Hamilton, to showcase a team who are all experts in their trades and passionate about their ware and fare: eat.art / League of Beers/ The Flying Pan/ Waverley Hills Organic Wines and Saszali Chocolates.
Our guests arrived keen and thirsty, and were greeted with a chilled glass of the Boston Whale Tale Ale on arrival; expertly paired with a Brazilian Gaucho prawn and mango taco Simply a taste of things to come as we moved through Pink and all her delights to commence with a craft beer and finger starter pairing of excellence presented by Roby Heyns (League of Beers) and Matthew Hoepner (The Flying Pan).
The Flying Pan most certainly did eat.art proud through their inspiration and perfect incorporation of eat.art spices into the starter recipes including amongst others:, Japanese Togarishi 7-spice encrusted seared tuna taco with Asian slaw, Indian Vindaloo lamb and Argentinean Chimichurri smoked pork. Our favourite though, was definitely the mini Ribeye and gruyere cheese pizza sprinkled with eat.art applewood smoked salt.
Guests soaked it up and begged for more, just as the Waverley Hills Organic Wine crew stepped up to the plate with a poignantly delivered tasting by Terence van der Walt from Siris Vintners. A 2012 Pinot Grigio to suit a softer palette, followed by a more robust chilled 2011 Viognier Semillon Chardonnay before bringing down the house with a prized 2010 Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier. A perfect complement to Pinks’ homemade ostrich burger dusted with eat.art’s Za’atar and including macadamia nuts and rooibos infused peaches; served with avocado , homemade tomato jam and a saffron aiöli. Really!?! Yip folks…..really!
The intimate and beautifully quirky setting, coupled with friendly, energetic staff (including us gorgeous eat.art gals….grin) and flavour feast of note – meant that there was certainly no shortage of conversation or lull in boisterous banter – bringing strangers who share a love of food together in the best possible way.
But before anyone had a chance to take a deeper than normal breath, Saszali Chocolates gracefully presented more than an afterthought with a selection of hand crafted truffles to melt the hardest of hearts. Jane Jager is Saszali and she treated our guests to little parcels of pure magnificence…from the classic truffle, to a fusion with their ‘Balsamic Chic’, to a moment in time with their ‘Golden Thyme’ and of course a ‘Salted Caramel’ craftily making use of eat.art’s purest CyprusSea Salt Flakes.
It’s a wondrous thing to watch pure joy on people’s faces, and it was even better to know that we played a part in creating it.
With prizes sponsored by our Food Crafters and goodie bags galore – the evening was its own kind of magic. One that will only be experienced through Food Craft, and one we intend on creating time and again in the near future.
The warmest of “thank-you’s” has to go to Pink, the Food Crafters, sponsors and contributors for making the event possible…and then, to our guests and media! Catch you at the next, and the next, and the next, and the next…….and, and, and…we can’t wait – can you? I bet we could guess your answer to this.
Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.