Cul­ture Kitchen’s fes­tiv­i­ties

● For­mer Bay pair bring fun food trailer to Mor­gan Bay, writes Louise Lieben­berg

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Weekend Life -

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

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