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2015 AMERICAN EXPRESS® PLATINUM FINE DINING PROGRAMME
We reached the prestigious milestone of our TENTH American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Awards: De Oude Kraal (Bloemfontein);
The award ceremony was held at Queen Victoria 54, Cape Town on 23 September and broke several records:
According to long-time restaurant critic for the Saturday Star and convenor of the American Express® judging panel since the inception of the awards 16 years ago, Victor Strugo, these numbers convey not only strong optimism in the future of the South African restaurant arena, but also a broadening of vision in line with global trends.
Vriesenhof Food & Wine Pairing Evening
Sample dish of 9 April 2014 our Vriesenhof food and wine pairing evening. Dish is Kingklip & Prawn with mascarpone risotto with avocado toasted cashew & pomegranate from the garden paired with the Vriesenhof Chardonnay. Amazing cousine by Marie Lombard!
Groote Post Wines & De Oude Kraal Cuisine
It was an evening of excellence – food, wine & company.
Marie Lombard prepared a stellar menu with each dish specially crafted to suit each wine. Nick Pentz of Groote Post shared some of his family’s history and told us more about the wines that we were tasting.
The unwooded Chardonnay was a light wine and Marie made a Thai influence Tom Yum Goong broth with chicken meatballs, tortellini, fresh coriander and slivers of black truffle.
A goats milk, feta tart with granadilla yogurt ice cream introduced the Old Man’s Red Blend.
Main course was Merino leg of lamb with a thyme crust and Matured Kudu loin wrapped in bacon with farm style vegetables and guests had the opportunity to compare both dishes with the Merlot and Shiraz.
Dessert was a fun affair with a white chocolate sambucca mousse with litchi and a feast for the palate as well as the eyes.
Thank you to all the guests that attended.