Cheese con­quers Cape chill

Sur­vive win­ter Sun­days with fam­ily, friends and the jazzy warmth of Del­heim Es­tate’s fon­due feasts, writes Bianca Cole­man

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

WIN­TER has ar­rived, here and in Wes­teros and along with it the an­nual cheese fon­due and jazz lunches at Del­heim ev­ery Sun­day from to­mor­row un­til Au­gust 28.

These take place in the cosy tast­ing cel­lar with its low ceil­ings.

Res­i­dent chef Bruce von Pressentin swirls his cheese fon­due to a Swiss recipe that oozes de­li­cious­ness and com­bines Em­men­tal, Gruyère and white wine. It ar­rives at the ta­ble in a cast iron pot and is pip­ing hot.

“When you spear a piece of bread and dip it into the pot of melted cheese, hold the fon­due fork still for a mo­ment to let the ex­cess drip off. Use your din­ner fork to slide the cheese-cov­ered bread on to your plate, then to eat it.”

Piles of torn pieces of crusty bread and veg­etable cru­dités are there for the dip­ping. Don’t ig­nore the lovely crispy crunchy cheesy crust that’s left at the bot­tom of the pot. Called “la re­ligieuse”, ) it is con­sid­ered a del­i­cacy. And re­mem­ber – if men drop their bread into the pot, they are re­spon­si­ble for buy­ing the next round of drinks. Women, you have to kiss the man next to you, so plan your seat­ing ar­range­ments care­fully.

“At Del­heim we em­brace the chill fac­tor to the max this win­ter. When it is chilly out­side we in­vite you to come and chill with us. These Sun­day ses­sions are for friends and fam­i­lies who want to hud­dle around siz­zling fon­due pots for a taste of nos­tal­gia and most im­por­tantly have a good time,” says Char­lotte Terblanche, Del­heim’s des­ti­na­tion man­ager.

The price of R200 a per­son in­cludes a steam­ing glass of Glüh­wein and all other starters, desserts and wines are ex­tras. The live jazz is free. Fon­dues are served from 12.30pm. Call 021 888 4607 or email restau­rant@del­heim.com. Del­heim Es­tate is in the Si­mons­berg sub-re­gion of the Stel­len­bosch Wine Routes, on Knorhoek Road, off the R44.

A jazz band livens the at­mos­phere.

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