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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.


  • 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


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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14 September 2018 - Smoke & Fire, Spring Edition

Springtime in the Swartland is a thing of beauty. With the last shimmers of frost still clinging to nearby mountaintops, an abundance of new life courses through the Riebeek Valley as canola fields burst into buttery bloom and even the shyest wildflowers emerge to paint the undulating countryside in myriad hues of marigold, ivory, lilac and rose


It is here, surrounded by the blooming spectacle of nature, that the first of this season’s pop-up dinners will see Chef Louise pair up with Sam Lindsell from Drizzle & Dip fame. “Sam has been a guest at Bartholomeus Klip with her family and we got to know her while they enjoyed their stay here,” says Lesley. “We got her on board for the first of the pop-up encounters because of her amazing knack for storytelling and fresh, imaginative cooking style.”


The encounter itself is poised to be pretty fresh 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 prepared by Sam,” explains Louise. “The rest of the 6-course menu will be made up of venison and beef from our farm, foraged herbs and flowers and some locally grown vegetables from the neighbours, all paired with gorgeous wines from Groote Post Vineyards.”


As for the location, that’s still firmly under wraps, but Lesley did give us a few hints. “Think partially open-air, but snug, rustic and comfortable. Guests should dress warmly, come hungry and be ready for a convivial evening of eating, sharing and laughing around the long table as Sam and Louise cook up a storm in their open-air kitchen.”

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7 December 2018 - Smoke & Fire On The Water’s Edge, Summer Edition

The second pop-up dinner will be a fully open-air event hosted on the water’s edge and is set to take place in the height of summer with the supporting talents of Gil Ferreira from The Flying Pig Charcuterie in Darling.

And according to Lesley it is shaping up to be quite the shindig. “Gil will be bringing his smoker along for the evening, so there will be an outdoor American-style BBQ vibe, with a touch of Bartholomeus Klip magic touch of course!”


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  • Not Included
  • 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

Starlit long-table dinner at Bartholomeus Klip
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