La Cucina di Ciro, set in a delightful old house off 7th Ave Parktown North, and Osteria Tre Nonni in Grafton Ave Craighall Park (5 minutes from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse), have both had their membership renewed for the 2012 American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards. The prestigious programme has strict criteria relating to quality, cuisine, decor, service, creativity, ambience, wine list and acceptance of American Express Cards. The judges of the 2012 awards were the well-known Johannesburg-based writer and food critic, Victor Strugo, who has been a judge since the inception of the programme in 1999, and Cape Town-based ‘foodie’ Tamsin Snyman. These 2 restaurants are amongst 78 around the country who meet the strict standards of the programme. Congratulations to them both – more fine dining expriences on offer in the Parks area of Joburg.
Yesterday Boekehuis hosted Mark Gevisser, Mbeki’s biographer, in conversation with Fiona Forde, Malema’s biographer. Mark engaged Fiona to expand on some of the issues raised in her biography of Malema: ‘An Inconvenient Youth’. An informed, informative, measured and fascinating interchange followed. Forde’s take is that it is not over till the fat man sings, (my label for Malema not hers), it’s all about internal Party politics and the succession battle in the ANC, and the party/Party continues in carnivalesque mode with no discipline in the ANC and an ethos (or non-ethos) of ‘anything goes’. Very sobering but completely rivetting. And shockingly in the midst of all this broader national turmoil, it seems that Media 24 is pulling the rug on Boekehuis and it will soon close down. This extraordinary venue has become an institution in Jozi’s vibrant cultural sceme. It has provided a much needed space for critical debate and an informed exchange of ideas outside the sometimes restrictive and elite framework of academe and tertiary institutions. It will be a very sad day if this extraordinary intellectual and cultural beacon closes, one which has been a showcase of critical engagement for its holding company Media 24.
The nationwide winners of the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were announced last night. Congratulations to 3 restaurants in the Parks Region who scooped awards. –
- Best steakhouse countrywide: The Local Grill Parktown North
- The City Press ViP Sunday Breakfast Award: The Salvation Cafe 44 Stanley Ave
- no 7 in Best Restaurants nationwide D-W 11-13, Dunkeld Square (All other 9 restaurants in the top 10 were in the Cape.)
D-W 11-13 is 5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster, Parktown North is adjacent to Craighall Park. 44 Stanley is 10 minutes from Liz at Lancaster.