Garden Route on a Plate – plated pleasure awaits guests

“A lifestyle festival that will showcase some of the best gourmet delights the Southern Cape has to offer, all under one roof!” That’s how famed Garden Route chef and founder of the festivities, Francois Ferreira has to say about this exciting new event. 

On 16 and 17 September 2011, the Southern Cape’s best restaurants and wine farms will pair and share their best kept culinary and cultivar secrets on the school grounds of the PW Botha College in York Street, George. Patrons will be able to indulge in bite sized shares or full meals of restaurant creations at every stand, whist they can sample the full bodied bests from a variety of winemakers. Cocktail lounges will provide the perfect platform to mix and mingle. 

The Garden Route has from the most talented chefs and winemakers in the business, but very often people miss having an extra special culinary experience by rather choosing to dine at a franchised restaurant rather than trying out something new. This event is set to change those perceptions by giving guests the opportunity to experience a taste (or a sip) of something new. 

Participating restaurants already include the likes of Transkaroo, Chef Alma, La Locanda, Top 2 Catering and The Rose, guaranteeing guests an unequalled day of festivity, taste and flavour. The wines and wine farms partaking in the event include the bold tastes from NLR wines, Ladismith Wines, Karusa, Oudtshoorn Cellars, and Barrydale. 

The Eden School of Culinary Art will also present a series of workshops in the main hall of the Culinary Art School once the thrill of cooking has enticed guests to follow their culinary dreams. 

The workshops will be presented by local chefs like Karen du Plessis from Unilever, Chef Dario Soresi from La Locanda, and François himself. Workshops on Brandy and Port, and sessions on the secrets of wine cultivars like Chardonnay will be presented by the winemakers. 

Tickets are available from participating restaurants and the PW Botha College and will be sold in the form of booklets containing 50 Loerie vouchers each at R125 per booklet. Vouchers will be traded for food and wine. For more information, feel free to contact Francois Ferreira at Eden School of Culinary Art @ 044 884 0765.        








Mount Meru Hotel & Precision Air supports charity event by promoting Tanzanian tourism




Gourmets & Gourmands is a culinary evening of tastes and flavours where 16 restaurants team up with 16 wine farms and offer guests a unique menu and experience, all in aid of the Carpe Diem School for special needs in the Garden Route in South Africa.




The evening’s events end off with a big ticket auction, where guests are encouraged to bid on items to further increase the funds raised. One of this year’s premier auction items is sponsored by the Mount Meru Hotel in collaboration with Precision Air. The Mount Meru Hotel sponsored a five night stay at the hotel and promises the winning bidder and partner a magical experience. The recently renovated hotel is set in a beautiful part of Tanzania, Arusha, at the foothills of Mount Meru. Luxury rooms create a tranquil and private atmosphere. Guests can rest assured that all their stresses will float away on a cloud as they experience the lavishness for themselves. Boasting 4 restaurants, pristine swimming pool, cigar lounge, relaxing spa, beautifully manicured gardens and an adjacent golf course the hotel caters for every taste and whim. Precision Air was more than happy to come on board to support such a worthy cause with double return tickets from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro. Flying with Precision Air means your holiday starts the moment you check your baggage in. They take great pride in providing only the best service, the tastiest food and snacks and an all-round flight experience that will leave you wishing they can fly you everywhere. The winning bidders will experience first-hand that a vacation starts when you leave home and not when you arrive at your destination.




The Carpe Diem school provides education to children with learning disabilities and their staff members go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a safe and motivating environment where these children can not only learn, but be empowered as well. The funds raised are used to increase the functionality of the school and add to the personal and educational value that benefits the learners directly. Last year, the school was able to purchase 4 electric wheelchairs for wheelchair bound children with the funds raised at the 2010 Gourmets & Gourmands. For 2011, the school aims to build an outside lift in order to increase the mobility of wheelchair bound students.  




This auction item is truly a premier lot and the hope is that someone will scoop up this incredible prize and have a wonderful vacation in Tanzania, complements of the Mount Meru Hotel and Precision Air. For more information about the event, the school or how you can become involved, please feel free to visit

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