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
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.