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September 30, 2013

A Foodie Day in #LoveCapeTown

A Chefs Table lunch at one of the world’s premier hotels, followed by an eight-course ice cream midnight feast… Does this sound like your dream foodie day? If so, you’d best add #LoveCapeTown to your “foodie destinations” Bucket List!

We treated our international visiting foodei blogger Rachelle Lucas to a a decadent Chef's Lunch at the Mount Nelson Hotel. Photo by Cape Town Tourism

We’ve got US food blogger Rachelle Lucas from The Travel Bite in the Mother City at the moment and our goal is to show her the very best of the best of the Cape Town food scene. From gourmet gastronomy to local hidden gems, Rachelle is eating her way through our hometown one meal at a time.

The Chef’s Table Lunch at Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel

"Lunch behind the scenes at @themountnelson at the Chef's Table. Curious to try the "noem noem" fruit since it sounds like "nom nom" ;) #lovecapetown" - Rachelle Lucas

Chef Rudi Liebenberg is renowned for his passion for locally sourced, grass-fed, raw and foraged food, which is reflected in his menu for this intimate, interactive lunch. Served at the Chef’s Table inside the kitchens of the Mount Nelson Hotel, the chef’s table lunch is a tasting menu of what’s in season, prepared and served by Chef himself.

A beetroot salad served with raw cashew cheese, a lemon and lime kingklip ceviche with avocado and sweet corn, a broadbean and lamb risotto with beans sourced from Khayelishta’s urban farms, ribeye steak and finally, a noem noem tarte tatin, with noem noems foraged from the local community. Each course paired with a local wine.

Chef Rudi’s passion for serving whatever is fresh and in season is reflected in his menu, with dishes like the broad bean risotto, which was invented after he received a call from one of his Khayelitsha farmers; “We have 40 kilograms of broad beans for you”.

The Chef’s Table lunch is available on Fridays, with a maximum booking of 8 people. The Chef's Table can also be booked for dinner, 7 nights a week, with a minumum of 6 and a maximum booking of 10. For reservations, call +27 (0)21 483 1948 or visit the website.

The Creamery’s Eight Course Midnight Feast

Late night ice cream feast, anyone? We joined Rachelle for a tasty icecream tasting course with The Creamery. Photo by Cape Town Tourism

Part of a series of intimate secret dinners hosted at various locations by various suppliers, The Creamery’s Midnight Feast dinner was an initiative by Spier Secret Festival.

"Just had an entire 8 course meal of sweet and savory ice cream. Heaven! @TheCreamerySA #lovecapetown This one is a chorizo ice cream (yes, I said chorizo) with baked apples and candied bacon. Yummeh!!!" - Rachelle Lucas

The Creamery just opened their doors to a quaint little ice cream bar in leafy Newlands, which is where the feast was hosted. Our taste buds were confused and delighted by frozen feats like a carrot, green bean and sweetcorn ice cream terrine, chorizo ice cream with candied bacon and baked apple and a pulled beef shortrib waffle with orange and beetroot ice cream!

There are a few more dinners leading up to the Spier Secret Festival, a celebration of good food and wine at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch from Friday 25 to Saturday 26 October, 2013. Find out more about the dinners and the festival on the Spier Secret website .

If reading this doesn’t whet your appetite for Cape Town’s cuisine scene, I don’t know what will.

Want to know more about what our #LoveCapeTown bloggers are up to in the Mother City? Get the latest updates on our wall.

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