By William Baldie
An empty, unassuming courtyard in the heart of Cape Town has been temporarily transformed into a trendy destination where locals and even tourists are flocking to hang out and enjoy amazing food prepared by various chefs and foodies.
Secret dinners take place every Thursday where guests can sit back and enjoy being served divine creations conjured up by local chefs, bloggers or foodies. The concept is brilliant actually as you only know the location of the courtyard. You book your ticket weeks in advance, unaware of what you’ll be feasting on or who’ll be preparing the food. You only receive your tickets a few hours before dinner time!
I was lucky enough to attend a secret dinner hosted by none other than the fabulous Caro De Waal with #streetfood as the theme for the evening on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Walking in, a large festive table with candles, goodie bags and friendly smiling faces greet you. Guests were ushered through to the courtyard in the back where you can take your pick at any of the top quality Spier wines or a tasty, herb cocktail, mixed by a friendly Assaf Yechiel (@potion_poet). In keeping with the #streetfood theme, waiters distributed divine portions of ribs that were cooked on the braai right there in the courtyard and guests could help themselves with delicious other tasters like lamb with baba ganoush and pomegranate prepared and served by Carey Erasmus who own the lovely blog Bits of Carey.
Once everyone had settled and took up their seats around the big table, the feast started! Peruvian ceviche, sweet and sour Asian soup, pulled pork and lamb kebabs. The food was presented casually, typically of street food fare, yet with gorgeous innovation. The kebabs came in lit up, smoky glass jars. A palate “exhilarator ” of basil tea was served, into which guests poured basil seeds and rubbed fresh basil leaves between their hands before drinking. Desserts were served in the courtyard again and consisted of churros with chilli chocolate sauce, baklava and date and tamarind truffles.
Caro De Waal was an impeccable host, explaining dishes with enthusiasm and ensuring everyone was looked after by her friendly and efficient team.
The Spier Secret Courtyard runs till the end of April. In the meantime, it’s open from 16.00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Live music begins on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:pm.
Press release received via Go4ward on 5 March 2014
Image 1: Received via Go4ward on 5 March 2014
Image 2: Received via Go4ward on 5 March 2014