Froth comes to top at the Cas­tle

Ale & hearty fest milk stout menu in store

The Sunday Independent - - LIFESTYLE -

ON A BLAZING hot Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon I joined some celebs and in­flu­encers at the swanky Gemelli Res­tau­rant in Bryanston for the pre­view of the Cas­tle Milk Stout menu for the DStv De­li­cious In­ter­na­tional Food and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which kicks off on Satur­day. We took shel­ter from the scorch­ing sun on a porch with cover and waited in an­tic­i­pa­tion to see what chef Paulo Sonto and Te­bello “Tibz” Mot­soane had for our rum­bling tum­mies. The three-course meal they dished up at the ex­clu­sive Cas­tle Milk Stout chef ’s table was an ex­clu­sive tast­ing of what will be in store at the much-an­tic­i­pated DStv fes­ti­val. With Robert Glasper and Mar­sha Am­bro­sius ser­e­nad­ing us in the back­ground, the co-owner of the res­tau­rant, Alessan­dro Kho­jane, kept us en­ter­tained with his per­son­al­ity and loud voice. Our table was set and the sig­na­ture drinks were served. I’m not a beer drinker, but I sipped some be­cause I be­lieved it’s there to com­pli­ment the meals. Chef Paulo said even though the food was hearty and syn­ony­mous with win­ter, he had to keep to the theme of cook­ing with the stout beer. “This menu was con­cep­tu­alised in the rocky ends of win­ter, and we were very much in­flu­enced by the season and ob­vi­ously by the com­ple­men­tary flavour pro­file of the Cas­tle Milk Stout. You are not per­haps hav­ing the most suit­able meal for the weather, but it’s cer­tainly apt for the drink and the oc­ca­sion as well.” The main course was lamb ribs and loin. The ribs were braised, with Cas­tle Milk stout bar­be­cued-seared loin and caramelised squash, also pre­pared by Paulo. The dessert, a Chapo la mousse, paired with the choco­late­in­fused stout beer, was pre­pared by Tibz who runs a pro­ject called Café Tibz. He says he named the dessert after Mex­i­can drug lord El Chapo. “My recipe concept for Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8, is based on my favourite mob characters or gang­sters, be­cause I just sit at home and cook and watch mob movies.” Wed­nes­day night was a hive of fes­tiv­i­ties with the Mu­vhango 20-year cel­e­bra­tion be­ing held at the plush Mel­rose Arch. The cast and guests all turned out in hordes for the three-part cer­e­mony. An en­sem­ble of danc­ing Venda women and beat­ing drums wel­comed us,and re­minded that the soapie was es­sen­tially about the Venda cul­ture. We kicked off the cel­e­bra­tions with cock­tails and a min­gling ses­sion at Mel­rose Arch Art Gallery. Part 2 was the vis­ual art in­stal­la­tion, where we were free to stroll about and peek at the works in the gallery. We were en­ter­tained by a poet who per­formed in dif­fer­ent lan­guages and a drum­mer. While look­ing around I came across a (broom) stick that costs more than my salary. This left me gasp­ing and at a loss of the art lingo words needed to de­scribe the work. An­dre Stead’s gi­ant sculp­ture in the Re­birth of Di­ver­sity collection stood out. The work costs a whop­ping R222 300. It wasn’t the price tag that made it stand out, but the fact that it’s a gi­ant naked sculp­ture. Part 3 was a walk away from the gallery at The Venue, where a red carpet was rolled out for the stars. The theme for the cel­e­bra­tion was quintessen­tially African, and ac­tress Lite­boho Molise dressed by An­ther­line Cou­ture kept to the theme. Be­fore we en­tered the room, small screens on the foyer dis­played our ta­bles – a con­ve­nient way of en­sur­ing a smooth seat­ing ar­range­ment. At the helm was actor Din­gaan Mokebe and the cre­ator of the se­ries Duma Ndlovu said what gave him a nudge to cre­ate the nar­ra­tive at time was based on the fact that South Africans had no story unique to their own cul­ture and iden­tity.

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