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Stellenbosch at Summer Place – Culinary Artistry

Powerhouse Stellenbosch pairings to entice Gauteng palates

Wednesday, 25 November 2015: If you are serious about food and wine, then Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2015 is your gourmet ticket to exceptional culinary prowess, paired with the finest cellar gems from the City of Oaks, when this stellar showcase beguiles all senses in Hyde Park on Wednesday, 25 November.

Each year five of the country’s finest chefs hailing from Stellenbosch make a sumptuous pilgrimage to Gauteng to cook up exquisite culinary artistry at one of Jozi’s most sought after social events. Stellenbosch at Summer Place, which is annually tastefully presented by Sanlam Private Wealth and the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, offers an engaging Winelands experience that the most discerning palate would appreciate.

“Stellenbosch has a recipe for living that is hard to resist and it is this enviable lifestyle that we bring to Johannesburg through fine food, wine, art and music talent. Our chefs and winemakers work the floor for guests to hobnob with them, whilst enjoying their tantalising fare and acquainting themselves with the latest vintages,” shares Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes and organiser of the event.

“This year our chefs, of which four are amongst the Top 20 nominees for the 2015 Eat Out Top Ten Restaurant Awards*, will team up with prominent winemakers to create unique gourmet sensations paired to perfection with a curated selection of more than 80 top flight Stellenbosch wines,” she adds.

This year’s chef line-up includes Michael Deg, Head Chef of the world-class Delaire Graff Restaurant on the Helshoogte Pass, who will make his debut at the event with his locally inspired, bistro chic style featuring fresh and vibrant flavours. His Karoo lamb enriched with date and almond terrine and a spiced red onion gel will share the spotlight with elegant Shiraz and Pinotage renditions in the red wine corner.

Also joining culinary forces in the red wine section will be the multi-crowned Michael Broughton, who heads up Terroir Restaurant at Kleine Zalze Wine Estate. This master saucier is celebrated for his classic French cooking presented in contemporary, seasonal fare and his confit shoulder of lamb with peas, tomato and basil will stand its gastronomic ground against serious Cabs and red blends.

Another foodie to get his gourmet glitz on amongst the reds is Gregory Czarnecki of Waterkloof Estate’s signature ‘Restaurant in the sky’. His food is art with a whimsical edge and this clever Frenchman is recognised for his unique combinations of textures, tastes and flavours. This year he will whet appetites with a crusted beef fillet with smoked potato foam.

Chenin and Sauvignon Blancs will share the limelight with George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant, one which regularly shines within South Africa’s top 10 restaurant ranking. Precision and spectacular flavours are what make George’s food stand out and he has been sharing his culinary know-how at Stellenbosch at Summer Place since the event’s inception in 2009. This year he will conjure up a delicious Joostenbergvlakte duck, with artichoke purée and seed crisps to tone with alluring whites.

Joining him will be celebrity chef Bertus Basson of Overture Restaurant at Hidden Valley Estate and the Ultimate Braai Master TV show. Guests can look forward to his Asian inspired, crisp ham hock with cauliflower and parmesan, which will be matched with a polished line-up of Chardonnays and white blends.

Stellenbosch at Summer Place is all about sharing the pinnacle of Stellenbosch’s finest pleasures with Gauteng for one night only. This unique gastronomic collaboration is not a sit-down experience, but rather a swanky mingling affair for guests to delight in all these culinary creations while they casually linger in an ambiance of sheer luxury. There will also be a Brandy Lounge with a grand selection of cheeses and sweet treats, where guests can relax in between all the tastings.

This will all be experienced against a backdrop of live music entertainment and rare art pieces from the extensive Sanlam Art Collection.

“Stellenbosch at Summer Place is the perfect event for you to treat your clients and friends to an evening of glamour, culinary artistry and fine art. All the wines will also be on sale on the evening, offering guest a golden opportunity to fill their Christmas stockings with quality and good taste,” explains Annareth.

Tickets for Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2015, proudly brought to you by Sanlam Private Wealth, cost R500 per person and include all the wine, food and entertainment on the evening which starts at 18H30. Book now as they sell out fast.

For more information or to buy your tickets contact Elmarie Rabe at Tel: 021 886 8275, send an email to events@wineroute.co.za or book online at www.wineroute.co.za. Also follow @StellWineRoute on Twitter.

*The Eat Out Top Ten Restaurant winners will be announced on 15 November. Terroir, Waterkloof Restaurant, Jordan Restaurant and Overture style on this year’s enviable Top 20 hotlist.

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