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STARBUCKS LAUNCHES THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE IN SA

STARBUCKS LAUNCHES THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE IN SA The wait is over! Starbucks fans can look forward to enjoying the most iconic Starbucks seasonal beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Making its South African debut this Spring, this seasonal treat is a perfectly handcrafted espresso beverage infused with pumpkin spice, creamy steamed milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. The beverage is finished with whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping. If you fancy a cooler version on a warm spring day, you might even want to go for the PSL Frappuccino! Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte will be available from September from Starbucks stores in Rosebank and Mall of Africa. SUBSCRIBE CLICK TO READ FOLLOW US          SUPPLIER...

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CATHARINA’S DISHES UP CONTEMPORARY HERITAGE

CATHARINA’S DISHES UP CONTEMPORARY HERITAGE A home-grown chef is set to take the helm of the first Jamie Oliver restaurant in South Africa. Situated among high-end fashion stores and café cultures in the bustling hub of Melrose Arch, the highly anticipated Jamie’s Italian restaurant has appointed a Group Head Chef, Shane Smit. Alongside Shane and his team, Jamie’s Italian, which was founded by celebrity chef and healthy food campaigner, Jamie Oliver, will bring a menu full of local flavour and rustic Italian-inspiration. Shane spent the best part of a decade travelling the world and falling in love with the flavour, freshness and honesty that is synonymous with Italian cuisine. Hailing from Springs, Gauteng, Smit gave up the chance to become a lawyer to pursue his passion for food. He spent a year working at the first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Oxford, which opened in 2008, learning about Italian cooking from Jamie and his team. It was just the beginning of Smit’s career and his eventual growth within the business. On his return to South Africa, Shane worked in numerous leading international five-star establishments and consulted for a variety of restaurants across the country. It was while working as Executive Chef for the illustrious Mount Edgecombe Country Club that he was offered the opportunity to bring Jamie’s Italian to South Africa. “My heart nearly stopped,” said Smit. . The authenticity of...

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WINE POPSICLES SET TO MAKE A SUMMER SPLASH

WINE POPSICLES SET TO MAKE A SUMMER SPLASH Fine wine and the freezer don’t often go hand in hand, but that’s all about to change as an eye-catching new range of wine-based frozen popsicles launches just in time for spring. Inspired by a product seen abroad, Pierre Jourdan Wine Popsicles, or PJ Pops are an accessible yet elegant introduction to the world of wine. Alcohol-based popsicles have already proven a runaway success in major overseas markets, and the launch of the PJ Pops marks the first time a home-grown, wine-based popsicle product has landed on local shelves. The PJ Pops launch in September with two offerings, a Pierre Jourdan Brut Cap Classique, and Pierre Jourdan Tranquille, both by made by Haute Cabrière. “We take our wine seriously, but we also want people to have fun with wine, to be enthusiastic about wine, and we see the PJ Pops as a fantastic way to do that,” says winemaker Takuan von Arnim. PJ Pops are not only ideal additions to a braai or picnic, but also as a refreshing treat at the end of a long day. Having a dinner party? They work beautifully as an aperitif or as a sorbet-type palate cleanser. They are even great as an alternative dessert. Key to the appeal of the PJ Pops is the stylish packaging mirroring the elegance of the wines: dark-green for...

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CAMPHORS’ COOKE JOINS CHEFS WHO SHARE

CAMPHORS’ COOKE JOINS CHEFS WHO SHARE Michael Cooke, the Executive Chef at Vergelegen Estate’s signature restaurant Camphors in Somerset West, has been selected as one of 14 highly acclaimed South African and international chefs (plus seven outstanding sommeliers) taking part in the charity initiative Chefs who Share. Cooke and his peers have been allocated to seven teams (two chefs and a sommelier each) which will create culinary feasts, with outstanding wine, for a black tie gala dinner and art auction on Saturday 24 September in Johannesburg. This event will be the grand culmination of a fund-raising week organised by Opulent Living – a magazine, events and travel brand. The charity initiative begins with a cocktail party and art preview evening, and also includes three dinners with an international chef. The aim is to raise funds for youth development in South Africa. “The three previous events raised a total of R6,1 million and with the support of some of South Africa’s best chefs, various international Michelin Star chefs, outstanding sommeliers and the generosity of celebrated artists, we look forward to another unforgettable night,” said Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast, the founders of the project. “With the funds raised we will be able to change the lives of a lot of children in South Africa.” Cooke teams up with chef Chris Erasmus of Foliage in Franschhoek and Carl Habel, the head...

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CHEFS GO WILD FOR SEDUCTIVE NUTRITION

CHEFS GO WILD FOR SEDUCTIVE NUTRITION The Unilever Food Solution’s global Seductive Nutrition campaign for healthy and nutritious dishes that taste and look great, is gaining traction in South Africa among customers and chefs alike – in a range of restaurants and other eating establishments. The campaign, now in its fourth year, was launched following a study in 10 countries where 5 000 respondents were presented with the same healthy dish described on two menus, one neutrally and the other seductively. The overwhelming preference was for the seductive description. Craig Elliott, Unilever Food Solutions’ executive chef, says the buy-in to the campaign has been extremely encouraging. “Healthier choices remain a leading consumer trend globally – but seldom at the expense of taste, which continues to be the leading factor in food choices. This is where Seductive Nutrition is winning fans – it’s all about taste and health.” The latest Seductive Nutrition booklet, Edition 4, developed and produced by UFS, gives practical advice and guidance on developing menus to attract and entice old and new customers with healthier dishes, equal in taste, value for money, and as filling as more indulgent menu options. Explains Elliott, “With an increasing number of people living with high blood pressure, diabetes and life-threatening diseases, people are consciously trying to make healthier lifestyle choices every day with popular trends such as Banting and veganism. Serving customers...

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JAMIE’S ITALIAN APPOINTS GROUP HEAD CHEF

JAMIE’S ITALIAN APPOINTS GROUP HEAD CHEF A home-grown chef is set to take the helm of the first Jamie Oliver restaurant in South Africa. Situated among high-end fashion stores and café cultures in the bustling hub of Melrose Arch, the highly anticipated Jamie’s Italian restaurant has appointed a Group Head Chef, Shane Smit. Alongside Shane and his team, Jamie’s Italian, which was founded by celebrity chef and healthy food campaigner, Jamie Oliver, will bring a menu full of local flavour and rustic Italian-inspiration. Shane spent the best part of a decade travelling the world and falling in love with the flavour, freshness and honesty that is synonymous with Italian cuisine. Hailing from Springs, Gauteng, Smit gave up the chance to become a lawyer to pursue his passion for food. He spent a year working at the first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Oxford, which opened in 2008, learning about Italian cooking from Jamie and his team. It was just the beginning of Smit’s career and his eventual growth within the business. On his return to South Africa, Shane worked in numerous leading international five-star establishments and consulted for a variety of restaurants across the country. It was while working as Executive Chef for the illustrious Mount Edgecombe Country Club that he was offered the opportunity to bring Jamie’s Italian to South Africa. “My heart nearly stopped,” said Smit. . The authenticity...

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SANDWICH BARON ANNOUNCES EAT-OFF WINNER

SANDWICH BARON ANNOUNCES EAT-OFF WINNER   Sandwich Baron, South Africa’s fastest growing sandwich franchise, is pleased to announce Philani Mlatshwayo, from the University of Johannesburg (UJ), as the winner of its ‘Varsity Eat Off’ competition. He was crowned as the 2016 ‘Ultimate Sandwich Baron’ following the defeat of two other finalists. Each was in turn the winner of a series of round-robin events held in June at each of three Johannesburg universities. Mlatshwayo will now receive a free sub-sandwich every week for one year. The Varsity Eat Out was one of 20 activations initiated by Sandwich Baron in order...

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TASHA BRINGS AUSSIE R&BS TO MZANSI

TASHA BRINGS AUSSIE R&BS TO MZANSI South Africans won’t need to fire up the barbie to indulge the full flavour that’s made Ribs & Burgers a phenomenon in Australia, the United States and UK with the boutique casual dining restaurant announcing it will be opening its doors, right on our doorstep. Pretoria is about to become part of the Ribs & Burgers legacy, with the first local restaurant, and 20th in the group, opening in Menlyn Maine, in September 2016. In a country where red meat dominates most menus, Ribs & Burgers crafts a niche by offering something special...

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Beer cocktails set to make a splash this summer

Beer cocktails set to make a splash this summer    The coming warmer weather has reinvigorated creative thinking, and Beer is no longer just a braai-and-rugby staple, as South Africans embrace the on-trend beer movement, galvanised by the craft beer industry and its explosion of different beer styles. Now, the beer gurus at SAB have come up with a host of delicious new beer cocktails just in time for summer. Brewer Denis da Silva at SAB’s Newlands brewery says people have a deeper appreciation of beer, and beer is showcased through a multitude of taste experiences from beer and food...

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McCain calls for entries in Tribute to Good Taste competition

McCain calls for entries in Tribute to Good Taste competition   It’s time for all student and professional chefs in South Africa to be inspired by McCain’s new sides and enter the 2016 McCain Tribute to Good Taste competition – the ultimate pairing challenge – for top cash prizes of R10 000 and R15 000 respectively. “Our Tribute to Good Taste competition is called Pair Off because we’re looking for the best pairing of flavours with McCain as every chef’s perfect partner,” explains Rob Stevens, Managing Director of McCain Food Service (SA), who adds that the most innovative, tasty and practical...

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Samsung Aircon blows hot and cold

Samsung aircon blows hot and cold   Samsung Electronics delivers air-conditioning that is effective in summer and winter, with specialised appliances that are able to heat rooms faster, more efficiently and more cost effectively than most heaters. Samsung Electronics South Africa has vast experience in the development of air conditioning and has long been committed to creating cooling solutions that are both powerful and convenient, thereby ensuring optimum comfort for users. However, what many consumers are unaware of is the fact that Samsung air conditioners are equally effective at warming up a room and they can perform more efficiently...

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