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Genevieve MCC and Luddite set to sprinkle ‘feastive’ cheer

Indulgence awaits in the trio of top-notch food and wine dinners at Chef Matt Manning’s Grub & Vine / The Chef’s Studio on 5,6 and 14 December.

Get set for a ho-ho-happy time as Luddite Wines and Genevieve MCC pile Santa’s sled high and wing their way to Cape Town. The recognized duo will sprinkle a little Bot River goodness this festive season at three exciting events.

Shining their light for a region known by its credo of ‘real wine made by real people’, red-wine maestro Niels Verburg and MCC whizz Melissa Nelsen will team up with chef extraordinaire Matt Manning to present three very special food and wine extravaganzas.

Born in England, Matt perfected his trade in London’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants. Upon relocating to South Africa, his inherent entrepreneurial spirit saw him embarking on a career as a private chef to expand on his love of a hyper-social style of dining and so, his Chef’s Studio and Grub & Vine Restaurant in Cape Town were born.

The festive dinner events with Luddite and Genevieve MCC take place on December 5, 6 and 14.

The first two take place on a Thursday and Friday, where an exclusive gathering of just 20 lucky people will be treated to Matt’s dazzling One Ingredient Dinner, an interactive dining experience that showcases a hero ingredient over five courses. This time, however, there’s a special festive season twist. Chef-Santa Matt will pay homage to the decadent, nostalgic foods traditionally served around the table at this happiest time of year.

To book for one of these two evenings, go online to and make a reservation via the Dineplan calendar.

For the event on the 14th, it’s Niels’s turn to put on the Sommelier Santa suit and be joined by wife Penny en bubbly Melissa, aka “The Merry Elves”. This time, it’s a Grub-‘n-Vine takeover for a joyous five-course feast. An exclusive set menu will be presented, designed to showcase the excellence of the Botriver wines.

To book for this event click on Or send an email to [email protected].

The featured wines for the events will be the latest offerings from Genevieve MCC – the Genevieve 2015 and Genevieve Zero Dosage 2015, as well as Niels’s Saboteur White, Saboteur Red and famous Luddite Shiraz.

Extra wine will line Santa’s sled, so there’s plenty to purchase on the evenings too. Great opportunity to replenish the holiday vino collection, no?

The Chef’s Studio and Grub & Vine Restaurant are located at 103 Bree Street, Cape Town.

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