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Starlit long-table dinner at Bartholomeus Klip

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Wine pairing with each of the 6 courses

In the midst of nature’s unbridled spectacle, the scenic expanse of Bartholomeus Klip rests quietly within the parameters of the tranquil Elandsberg Nature Reserve. It is here, in secret tucked-away locations, where resident chef Louise Gillet will be hosting starlit long-table dinners prepared in a delicious haze of smoke and fire alongside a line-up of visiting chefs.

Highlights

  • Exclusive outdoor dining setting on Bartholomews Klip in the Elandsberg Nature Reserve
  • Imaginative 6-course menu by resident chef Louise Gillett & guest chefs
  • Fresh produce and ingredients sourced from the farm, its neighbours & other local producers
  • Personal interaction with the chefs in their outdoor kitchen as they cook throughout the evening
  • Expert wine pairing with vintages from nearby estates

Overview

Bartholomeus Klip is one of the Western Cape’s hidden gems. Situated a mere 90 minutes away from Cape Town, this beautiful farm is located in the midst of the 4000ha Elandsberg Nature Reserve, which safeguards a remaining swatch of two highly threatened renosterveld and fynbos plant communities.

 

“Bartholomeus Klip has signed up with Cape Nature’s Stewardship programme to safeguard the reserve in perpetuity,” explains Lesley Gillet, the estate’s General Manager. “We offer our guests a variety of guided nature drives, day trips and on-site activities throughout the year, and we have now decided that it’s about time that we combine our love for our region’s fauna and flora with our resident chef’s flair for creating fresh, imaginative dishes using ingredients and produce from our farm and those of nearby makers.”

 

Louise Gillet, the resident chef in question, just so happens to be Lesley’s twin sister and has a sincere love and appreciation for food that celebrates locally-sourced ingredients without overshadowing it with a bunch of unnecessary hoopla. “It’s about the quality of ingredients,” says Louise, a self-taught chef who plied her trade in the kitchens of celebrated restaurants throughout South Africa and the UK before settling in as Executive Chef at Bartholomeus Klip 19 years ago. “Our menu at Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse features a bit of everything. There is a strong French influence in the way we prepare our dishes, as well as lots of Italian inspiration. My mother is Italian and over the years I’ve learned much from the folders of vintage recipes left to her by our grandmother.”

 

The food that will be served at the series of upcoming pop-up dinners, however, will be a different kettle of fish entirely. Well, a different kettle of fish, guinea fowl, wild boar and home-grown springbok and Wagyu beef, to be accurate.

Long table dinners Schedule

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30 March 2019 - Smoke & Fire On The Water’s Edge, Autumn Edition

Look forward to a magical starlit dinner with a view, a long table, long stories and bold flavours. Chef Louise and her team have created an unique menu that will be paired with the incredible wines made by Chris and Andrea Mullineux. Expect another heart-warming, tastebud titillating experience in true Bartholomeus-style! Think sensual, unusual culinary compositions of plates bursting with flavour.

The encounter itself is poised to be pretty stylish and amazing in its own right. “Once guests arrive at the farmhouse, they will be transported to the nearby dinner location, where they will be greeted with welcome drinks and canapes,” explains Louise. “The rest of the 6-course menu will be made up of honest-to-goodness local ingredients and surprising combinations – all washed down beautifully with the award winning wines from Mullineux Leeu Family Vineyards.”

Details

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  • Important Information
  • Itinerary
  • Transfers from Forage restaurant to the dining location & back
  • 6-course menu paired with local wines
  • Water & other refreshments
  • Service charge
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers from your location to Wildekrans Wine Estate & back
  • Additional beverages
  • Dress warmly & comfortably
  • Participation is booking dependent
  • Any special dietary requirements to be specified in advance
  • No children under the age of 18 please

17:30 Arrive at Bartholomeus Klip Homestead

18:00 Transfer from Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse to the secret dining location

18:05 Arrival at secret dining location

18:10 Welcoming drinks & canapés

19:00 First course served

22:30 Last course served

Late Transfer from secret dining location to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

What eatsplorers are saying

“It’s about the quality of ingredients,” says Louise, a self-taught chef who plied her trade in the kitchens of celebrated restaurants throughout South Africa and the UK before settling in as Executive Chef at Bartholomeus Klip.

Louise Gillet, Bartholomeus Klip resident chef
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Starlit long-table dinner at Bartholomeus Klip

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