Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: April 26, 2012

Image courtesy of the Good Food & Wine Show

A star-studded line-up of the world’s most inspiring chefs return to Cape Town for South Africa’s premiere food, wine and lifestyle exhibition: The Good Food & Wine Show.

Considered South Africa’s finest food and beverage exhibition, The Good Food & Wine Show will be taking place from Thursday, 24 May 2012 till Sunday, 27 May 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Celebrity chefs from around the world will showcase the latest in global culinary trends from state-of-the-art kitchen theatres with a variety of speciality shows and hands-on workshops.

These include such famous names as Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, James Martin, Ainsley Harriott, Atul Kochhar, Rachel Allen and Jeremy Mansfield who will all be whipping up their signature recipes as part of the Chefs in Action Theatre.

Other exhibits include a Lindt Chocolate Theatre with a line-up of decadent chocolate appreciation workshops, a Good Food For The Kids program hosted by popular children’s arts and crafts showman Mister Maker, and a Fine Brandy Emporium designated for sipping on the world’s finest brandies or enjoying delicious cocktail and canapé pairings.

Our very own Harpreet Longani – Executive Sous Chef at Bombay Brasserie – will be at the exhibition on the 25th of May for the Well Being Theatre Cook Along at 14:30 and the BBC Woolworths Theatre at 15:30. The delectable  Khichree with Tulsi Raita, Andhra Chicken Fingers and Malabar Fish & Mango Curry with Basmati Rice is defiantly a must see.

A Specialist in Indian Cuisine and passionate about using ‘organic’ ingredients in cooking, Harpreet Longani has effectively conducted innovative food promotions like “Chilli’s of India” and “G.T Road Food” at the Taj.

Her research in Indian Food includes exploring the various regional cuisines of India, while her work at the landmark Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai helped her to gain skills in the cooking of Maharashrian, Gujarati, Parsi and Bohri food.

Among the highlights of her career, she played an instrumental role in the opening of “Masala” brand restaurants at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as well as representing Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces at ‘The World Gourmet Summit-2005′ in Las Vegas.

Tickets to The Good Food & Wine Show can be purchased at the door or online at Computicket and are R95 per person (R50 for children between the ages of 5 and 12).

Taj Cape Town is a culinary attraction in its own right with the finest in contemporary Indian cuisine served at the Bombay Brasserie as well as delicious local and international dishes at the Mint restaurant.

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in central Cape Town and is close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and many other unique Cape Town attractions.

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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: April 23, 2012

Image courtesy of Cape Town Opera

Bel canto, or “beautiful singing”, is a sophisticated model of singing that evolved among practitioners of operatic and sacred music in late 17th-century Italy.

Bel canto saw its first widespread use during the heyday of opera seria, da capo aria, and the castrato voice in the 18th century. Although it wouldn’t be employed as an operatic term to distinguish the traditional Italian vocal model from more forceful, less ingratiating styles of singing until the mid-19th century.

Demanding formidable technique and wide ranges from singers, bel canto is characterised by lyricism, legato phrasing and a beautiful tone. It inspired the greatest exponents of the style to write virtuosic display arias for their leading sopranos and tenors.

It is with great pleasure that Cape Town Opera will be presenting a Bel Canto Gala Concert with American tenor Lawrence Brownlee making his Cape Town debut with South African-born soprano Sally Silver and mezzo-soprano Violina Anguelov. Jeremy Silver will conduct the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in a spectacular gala concert of bel canto showpieces.

Lawrence Brownlee has been described as the finest bel canto tenor of our time by the Washington Times and is best known for his performances in operas by Rossini and Donizetti, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola and La fille du régiment.

The Bel Canto Gala Concert will be taking place on 13 May 2012 at 18h00 in the opera house at the Artscape. There is also a ticket special where patrons can see both La Bohème on Friday 11 May and the Bel Canto Gala Concert on 13 May and enjoy a R100 discount on the purchase of the two tickets. Contact for more details.

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in the heart of the Mother City and is close to the Artscape Opera House and many other unique Cape Town attractions.




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