FRIDAY FOOD FEATURE: Stargazing Dinner Evenings at the Twelve Apostles Hotel
FRIDAY FOOD FEATURE:
Stargazing Dinner Evenings at the Twelve Apostles Hotel
During the summer months in South Africa, the ocean front, five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa will once again host its famous Astronomy Gastronomy evenings, which will take place once a month from October 2014 to March 2015. Guests are treated to an unforgettable sunset dinner in the light and airy Café Grill before embarking on a starry journey to the hotel’s outdoor events space, namely ‘The Kraal’, accompanied by the astronomy experts of ‘Over the Moon Tours’.
The Kraal is located on the slopes of Table Mountain offering spectacular vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. This historical site, used as a milk shed in the olden days, today presents a rustic outdoor setting which is ideal for stargazing. Thanks to the unique seaside and mountain location of this most luxurious hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town, there is minimal light pollution, making for spectacular night skies.
The 3-course menu served provides delicious choices such as Executive Chef Christo Pretorius’ starter dish of Prawn Dhal with cauliflower, pickled cucumber, sultanas, coriander yoghurt and mango chutney, and the famous Vanilla Crème brûlée as dessert. Named one of eight WWF-SASSI (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) Trailblazers at this year’s SASSI Seafood Circle Awards, Pretorius is an enthusiastic fisherman himself. He loves working with green listed, sustainable fish such as hake, farmed cob, monk, pole caught yellowfin tuna, salmon trout and dorado to create his delicious Fresh Catch of the Day as main course, served with dill pancake, Malay spiced butternut, mung beans, confit baby fennel and curried velouté.
After dinner guests will walk up the path to The Kraal via the hotel’s fragrant herb garden, passing ancient Milkwood trees and taking in Table Mountain’s magnificent flora. During the 1.5 hour stargazing experience on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles the astronomer will enlighten guests on the spellbinding stars in the Southern Hemisphere – a professional telescope allowing for a close-up look at the Milky Way.
Over the Moon Tours is run by Kechil Kirkham and Chris de Coning, who are well known South African astronomers. Kirkham is a member of the Cape Town branch of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), while de Coning is Director of the Historical Section of ASSA. Both are Founding Members of ‘The Friends of the Cape Town Observatory’. They are highly experienced in running outreach events and astronomy tours, making it their mission to share the wonderful southern hemisphere night skies with everyone.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Monday, 15 December 2014
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Arrive from 18h00 Dinner from 19h00 to 20h45
Stargazing 21h00 to 22h30
The Café Grill & The Kraal
R 435.00 per person.
Combine this unforgettable stargazing dinner event with a most luxurious stay over at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay, Cape Town.
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