Froth comes to top at the Castle
Ale & hearty fest milk stout menu in store
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.