Sumptuous Chef’s Tables & Stays at Angala in the Cape Winelands

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Angala in Franschhoek has gathered local creators, crafters, chefs, winemakers and beverage producers for a diverse selection of sumptuous chef’s tables and stayover’s that will roll out throughout 2022. It is the kind of interactive dining experience that culinary dreams are made of, so get ready to be inspired and uplifted.

On this amazing planet we call home, there are certain spaces that serve as backdrops against which wonderful stories and delicious experiences are free to unfold. 

Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands among the undulating foothills of the mountains that rise majestically between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, Angala is such a place. 

It’s a destination of beauty, peace, tranquility, and contentment that has been shaped to celebrate it’s astounding location and provide visitors with passage to precious moments of reconnection and abundance.

In fact, the name ‘Angala’ refers to the time eons ago when the earth was first being formed. Legend has it that this was a period during which the Divine was gathering the energy to create our planet – an instant of limitless potential.

For its custodians, Angala emerged as a refuge at the end of a winding road. They immediately recognised how special this destination was, and set to work to create an amazing retreat that celebrates all the beautiful and restorative things in life.

Today, the barefoot 5-star sanctuary seamlessly integrates luxury with nature – from the self-contained eco-pool, to the expansive indigenous gardens that wrap around the hotel, nestling it in an exclusive oasis of calm and tranquility.

Angala features an intimate selection of 11 luxurious rooms that have each been designed to be unique and inviting, boasting sensory stimulating amenities like outside showers, working fireplaces, private pools, and secluded garden access. 

At the heart of Angala is conscious nourishment of beautifully balanced food with dishes crafted from wholesome ingredients and locally sourced produce by experienced in-house chef Max responsible for delectable breakfast lunch and dinner, 365 days a year, catering for any and all dietary requests and requirements.

Now, the visionary proprietors of this sanctuary are inviting local gourmands and touring foodies alike with the opportunity to rediscover the bliss of immersive dining encounters by throwing open their doors to some of South Africa’s most inspiring chefs to create innovative chef’s tables. 

8 inspired chef’s tables, 8 local beverage brands, one magnificent location…

The upcoming chef’s tables are much more than just a food and wine pairing and a stay in a gorgeous location, but instead provides guests with the rare opportunity to relax with food-inspired makers, creators and creatives that seek the golden thread that runs between nourishment and joy.

Be sure to arrive by midday, and take your time to settle in and soak away the stress of everyday life with Angala’s aquatic wonders such as the infrared sauna and steam room, ozonated pool and heated plunge pool. The revitalising eco pool allows you to bathe in a living ecosystem of water plants that cradle a clear, natural pool in a lush aquatic garden.

Keen hikers and relaxed wanderers can work up and appetite and take in some fresh air by exploring sections of the hiking routes along the mountain, which are directly accessible from the grounds. Or perhaps you simply want to read or relax whist taking in the expansive vistas?

Dinner itself starts at 18:00. Meet your chef and their drinks partner over a welcome drink, before heading to the long table to take your seat. Here, surrounded by an intimate group of likeminded food lovers the chef’s tables will unfold as a series of delectable courses expertly paired with tailormade drinks or hand-selected wines.

Eat, drink, be merry and learn more about your chef’s food philosophy and what inspires them to make edible art. The chef’s tables are concluded on a sweet note with a delectable dessert and will leave you satiated and ready to enjoy a sumptuous night’s rest. The next morning you get to wake up to the beauty that is Angala in the morning, and an irresistible breakfast of course.

The eight chef’s tables of the Angala Supper Club Series

Included:

  • A sumptuous one-night stay for two in a double room at Angala – ideal for a couple or close friends/family members (all suites feature double beds)
  • A multiple-course chef’s table with innovative menu paired with bespoke wines and/or beverages
  • An evening of convivial engagement with some of South Africa’s most celebrated makers
  • Breakfast the next morning
  • Access to the hydro facilities at Angala
  • The option to book a second night’s stay at a special discounted rate of 25% off (including a 60-minute massage for two)

Chef Lapo Magni – 6 May 2022

& Leonista 100% Karoo Agave Spirits

Chef Lapo will be serving an Italian menu paired with amazing cocktails and drinks that include Leonista 100% Karoo Agave Spirits.

Chef Lapo, of Lapo’s Kitchen fame, descends from true-blue Italian cooking royalty, and learned the incredibly subtle art of creating hearty yet delicate dishes from his passionate Tuscan mother. It’s really no wonder he won the Italian version of MasterChef in 2013!

Since then, we were lucky enough that he hopped the pond to join us in Cape Town, where he has immersed himself in the local food landscape to dream up incredible dishes that wrap that innately Italian flare around seasonal, South African ingredients.

Think along the lines of traditional Tuscan meatballs paired with a grape-and-honey crumble infused with burnt sage and charred orange, served with a black coffee reduction. Other signature dishes you might get stuck into is his homemade ravioli filled with butternut and ricotta, served with sage butter and crumbled amaretti biscuits or his wild boar bolognese with homemade pappardelle. Bellissima!

R6850 (Deluxe room) | R8750 (Luxury Room) per couple

Chef Julia Hattingh – 28 May 2022

& Black Elephant Vintners

Julia’s inspired menu will be paired with wines from Black Elephant Vintners.

Chef Julia Hattingh of Reverie Social Table has been around the block, and the globe! She is the winning mind and deft hands behind the success of celebrated eateries like Waterkloof Restaurant in Somerset West and also spent some time in Parisian kitchens like those of Lucas Carton.

Today she runs the amazing Reverie Social Table in Observatory, where foodies of all walks of life take a seat at her table to tuck into stick-to-your-ribs mains like chicken with a green-olive crumble and classic, hug-on-a-plate desserts  like peach and almond bake. In short, her food fills both your heart and your belly.

R6850 (Deluxe room) | R8750 (Luxury Room) per couple

Arabella Parkinson – 4 June 2022

& Longridge Wine Estate

Sustainable food advocate and plant-based cheffing maven Arabella Parkinson is all about showing people how tasty it can be to make better choices about the foods we eat and suppliers we support.

Her plant-based meals combine the principles of Ayurveda with classic French cooking techniques. Think spiced ginger and miso broth with pak choy, aubergine dumplings and plenty of chilli heat.

“It is a privilege to have access to nourishing, healthy whole foods and ingredients. Access to health is steeped in socio-economic inequality, and I am humbled and grateful for access to education around how to fuel my health through the foods I eat. I continue to find purpose in my craft as food has the power to trigger healing from the inside out,” says Arabella.

Her amazing plant-based menu will be paired with vintages from the world-renowned biodynamic Longridge Wine Estate.

R6850 (Deluxe room) | R8750 (Luxury Room) per couple

Chef Santi Louzan – 17 June 2022

& Sugarbird Distillery

Chef Santi will be serving un a 7-course menu with Spanish fusion flair, paired with the beverages of Sugarbird Distillery.

Chef Santi is a colourful character and talented maker who likes to play with his food. Having grown up in Cee in Spain, surrounded by fishermen and farmers, he knows what it means to seasonal and to eat well. His abuelas inducted him in the ways of making beautiful meals using basic but amazing ingredients, and then he learned some fancy tricks working for Michelin-star chefs in the UK.

With these powers combined, he now runs the Chef’s Table in Cape Town, where he treats visiting foodies to some very entertaining fine dining dinnertime theatre. Think along the lines of something that looks like a simple tomato, which, when cut open, reveals all the flavours of a classic prawn cocktail…

R7800 (Deluxe room) | R9800 (Luxury Room) per couple

Luke Wonnacott – 2 July 2022

& Spider Pig Wines

Chef Luke Wonnacott is the golden boy of the Capetonian cheffing scene. Not only does he almost a decade and a half worth of experience at some of the world’s top eateries and accommodation venues – he’s also just super cool.

His current, highly revered, project is called Table Seven. He runs it with none other than Katie Wonnacott, who earned her stripes at a Ramsay restaurant no less. Together this passionate pair have cut their teeth on super yachts, in the private kitchens of famous sports stars, and at the helm of some of SA’s most celebrated restaurants.

Luke’s incredible menu will be paired with Spider Pig Wines.

Aliya Ferguson – 23 July 2022

& Arendsig Single Vineyard Wines

She will be serving up a Persian feast for Angala Supper Club guests, paired with Arendsig Single Vineyard Wines.

Straddling the divide between her Middle-Eastern and Scandinavian heritage, nutritional therapist and naturopath Aliya Ferguson actually only ever wanted to cook for her boisterous family.

But her food is so incredible that people kept pestering her to bring her amazing meals to a wider audience! So today we are lucky enough to have her around as a chef who hosts Persian cooking encounters throughout the Mother City.

But her food is so incredible that people kept pestering her to bring her amazing meals to a wider audience! So today we are lucky enough to have her around as a chef who hosts Persian cooking encounters throughout the Mother City.

This MasterChef UK contestant is renowned for dishes with big, bold flavours that chase the horizon between sweet and sour, spicy and soothing, saltiness and bitter. It’s a continuous and energetic dance that yields creations like Persian pilaf with saffron-infused rice, crispy onion, barberries, and toasted nuts; rose and walnut baklava with saffron-orange blossom ice cream; and so much more.

R6850 (Deluxe room) | R8750 (Luxury Room) per couple

Adele Maartens – 20 August 2022

& Lozarn Wines

Adele Maartens is the vegetarian braai master! This sought-after chef knows her way around the coals and have found the most amazing ways of using ancient flame-cooking techniques to bring plant-based foods to life in ways you cannot even imagine!

After attending various cooking courses in Europe, the East and North Africa, and earning her stripes at countless events and food festivals, she launched a cookbook (which was promptly given a rather spectacular industry award!) and opened a cooking school and long-table restaurant. Her plant-based menu will be paired with Lozarn Wines.

R6850 (Deluxe room) | R8750 (Luxury Room) per couple

Chef Nathalie Larsen – 17 September 2022

& Atlas Swift

Natalie’s plant-based menu will be paired with Atlas Swift premium wines.

Chef Nathalie Larsen loves and understand the human body, and knows what it needs to thrive. As a certified nutritional coach and classically trained plant-based chef, she uses her insight into the needs and wants of our glorious Earthside vehicles to cook consciously and create marvellous, health-boosting meals.

This includes delightful creations like creamy silken tomato + miso noodles; beetroot fritters with beet leaf and coconut chutney; and custard tarts with vanilla-roasted strawberries in a rooibos tea and lemon balm jelly.

R6850 (Deluxe room) | R8750 (Luxury Room) per couple

Go ahead, spoil yourself! When was the last time you were truly captivated by a dining experience? The chef’s tables of the Angala Supper Club Series will leave you stepping away from your meal feeling nourished, pampered and connected.

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