Culture Kitchen’s festivities
● Former Bay pair bring fun food trailer to Morgan Bay, writes Louise Liebenberg
Former Port Elizabeth couple Vanessa Marx and Mark Dorward are back in the province with their fun food trailer this festive season.
The well-known pair - she’s a renowned South African chef who put the kitchen at Savages on the map and many will remember him as past owner of The Music Kitchen in Newton Park – are bringing their Culture Kitchen concept to Morgan Bay from December 15 to January 7.
They will serve breakfast and lunch from 7am until about 3pm daily in what is their third stint in the popular holiday village.
“The menu will change dayto-day but we will have the favourites – BBQ pulled pork buns, smoked sirloin buns, Eggs Benedict, homemade muesli cups, gourmet hotdogs and a few fresh salads – along with ice cream, coffee and sweets for the kiddies as well,” Vanessa said.
“And for all those wondering, yes, our famous bacon and peanut butter cookies will be on the menu!”
Culture Kitchen will be doing special evening catering again, but by prior booking only.
“We’ve teamed up with Hillock Wines again and will offer food-and-wine pairings for groups of eight or more,” Mark said.
The two have had a busy year and recently bought a huge truck called the Chefs Bench.
It is a more premium offering than their trailer and has been up and running since the end of November.
“The kitchen in the new truck is incredible and the exciting things we will be able to create from there have no bounds,” Mark said.
“We have also built a new industrial kitchen in our double garage at home in Joburg for all of our prep, as the work was too much for our little home kitchen.”
Mark and Vanessa have grown their business from employing just a chef when they left PE in August 2016 to five.
“Some of our favourite events of 2018 have been the launch of the new Absa branding, all our work for Montblanc which allowed for some travel as well, and all the beautiful weddings we have done.
“As far as the festivals, Comic Con and SA Bike Week were my favourite because I am both a bit of a petrolhead and a nerd when it suits me,” Mark chuckled.
“This year has been really great and we can't wait to end it off in style in Morgs,” Vanessa added.
Both, however, still miss the Bay. “PE is where Vanessa and I grew up, and where we first fell in love 19 years ago. It will always be home to our hearts,” Mark said.
“We do come home for visits quite often because our families are still there – and we also still have EC number plates!”
The couple said when they first built their Culture Kitchen trailer it was their dream to do pop-up events at the beach.
“We both love Morgan Bay and know lots of people who holiday in the area, so it was an easy choice,” Mark said. “The locals and holiday makers are all beginning to know us and look forward to us being there.” ● For more information about Culture Kitchen, and to book for food-and-wine pairings for groups of eight or more, contact 082-873-9759 or e-mail: [email protected]turekitchen.co.za
FOODIE CONCEPTS: Vanessa Marx and Mark Dorward, along with their Culture Kitchen food truck, will be in Morgan Bay this festive season