Spier Se­cret Court­yard

AN INVIT­ING SET­TING, AN IMAG­I­NA­TIVE MENU, A CON­CEPT IN STEP WITH THE POP-UP TREND – THIS IS A DIN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE WORTH RE­PEAT­ING AT HOME

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FASHIONABLE FOOD - WORDS DEB­O­RAH RUD­MAN PRO­DUC­TION MA­RI­ETTE THERON RECIPES VANESSA MARX AND TE­BOGO MARAMZA PHO­TO­GRAPHS MICKY HOYLE

Be­hind a ge­o­met­ri­cally pat­terned screen, on a quiet stretch of Cape Town’s Wale Street, hides the aptly ti­tled Spier Se­cret Court­yard. Part of the Spier Se­cret Fes­ti­val, this once-empty space served up a tapasstyle menu de­signed by chef Vanessa Marx to in-the-know din­ers from Fe­bru­ary to April. And, in the spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion, guest chefs hosted Se­cret Din­ners on Thurs­days. Vanessa Marx (of Dear Me renown) Her path to kitchen-queen sta­tus be­gan at the In­sti­tute of Culi­nary Arts in the Cape Winelands. Ap­pren­tice­ship with Pete Goffe-Wood and a stint over­seas fol­lowed where she learnt the skills in­volved in cre­at­ing menus daily us­ing only the fresh­est sea­sonal pro­duce. Te­bogo Maramza – guest chef A self-taught ‘food en­thu­si­ast’ from Jozi, now based in Cape Town, Te­bogo heads a cater­ing com­pany, kopanong ko moveine, spe­cial­is­ing in gourmet braais matched with ‘the finest drinks and wines’.

Clock­wise from above Tucked away in Cape Town’s CBD, the bar area at Spier Se­cret Court­yard is al­lur­ingly retro; chilli and buchu salted can­died peanuts; boeren­jon­gens (brandied grapes). Op­po­site Lamb and apri­cot ke­babs.

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