Restaurants cook up a storm for a good cause


The menus have been set and all that is left now is a bit of fine tuning and a lot of prep work before the Gourmets & Gourmands culinary evening on Saturday, 27 August 2011. 

The restaurants taking part in Carpe Diem’s Gourmets & Gourmands are all passionate entertainers with great hearts as all the proceeds from the event go directly to the Carpe Diem School. The most amazing restaurants in the Garden Route vie for a place in the select pool of restaurants who partake in this annual event. For the 2011 event, this is no exception and so for the next two weeks we will be introducing you to the dining destinations that have gone beyond the call and given from their hearts. 

Caloroso Cafe was born out of a passion for great coffee and a desire to extend world class coffee where average is considered good enough. While many places offer coffee, at Caloroso it’s the main focus, which is why George’s first and only dedicated espresso bar stands centre stage in the shop & where every rich espresso is pulled from only freshly ground beans by our artisan barista. 

Located in the secure and upscale King George Protea Hotel, the Fairway Terrace Restaurant offers a superb blend of classical and contemporary cuisine with a gastronomic twist. With buffet breakfasts guaranteed to satisfy even the most famished guest and an aroma of coffee in the air, mornings are guaranteed not only to be good, but great. Head chef Conrad Jonck also serves up an exquisite range of light meals, well paired with some ofSouth Africa’s top wines, whilst friendly staff members ensure an all-round pleasurable culinary experience.  

Situated in the old railway station of GreatBrakRiveryou’ll find a gem of a little place.  With its open rafters and ostrich egg shell chandeliers, overlooking the estuary and Indian Oceanyou are quickly transformed to a bygone era of steam locomotives and Gatsby lookalikes. And the food compliments everything amazing about it. Having already received a few accolades for their cuisine, the Transkaroo lives, cooks and thrives by its motto “local, fresh, tasty”. 

ChefAlma@Groenvlei is a Rustic Country Style restaurant nestled in a bird sanctuary. Situated just 3km outside of Sedgefield towards Knysna at the Groenvlei turnoff, the relaxed and tranquil surroundings and wonderful food aromas and tastes ease the soul. For those chilly winter days they have a roaring fire inside, with Curries, Stew, Burgers and many more. Decadent desserts from cupcakes to Choc & Pecan nut Mud Pie. 

The Café Gannet Restaurant isMosselBay’s seafood House, acclaimed for local seafood specialties, ingeniously prepared. Coastal oysters, black mussels and Mossel Bay Sole are delivered daily from the harbour to make a delectable and varied a la carte menu, which includes pizza, salads, meat dishes, light lunches and Rainbow Cuisine. 

Kafe Serefe is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in the stunningGarden Route. After opening in 2005 as a Turkish Coffee Shop, it soon became a must-do on the local eating out calendar, which prompted owners to offer dinner on certain evenings. Today it is open from Monday-Saturday. The great ambience, friendly service and the quality of, and passion with which the food is prepared and presented contributes to patrons returning again and again. 

What happens when Italy’s food passion meets a bit of local lekker? La Locanda Restaurant. It is run and owned by the Soresi & Battaini families from Milano inItaly. They pride themselves in only using traditional recipes (like grand ma taught them), and they produce they own cold meat and cheese. All their pasta is fresh, most of them handmade. Every day’s menu is a uniquely Italian experience, but the quality is always top and the recipes are always truly Italian. 

Make sure you watch this space next week for the rest of the restaurants, their caring cuisine and heart-on-their-sleeves chefs and staff members.   

If you would like to know more about the event, tickets, or the Carpe Diem School and how you can get involved, feel free to contact Karools Hauptfleish on 044 874 4074 or email

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