Kate +27 (0)72 377 8014
Online Cape Malay Cooking Class, Thurs 18 March, 5 – 6:30pm

Online Cape Malay Cooking Class, Thurs 18 March, 5 – 6:30pm

Learn how to make a yummy and healthy Cape Malay supper, then enjoy eating it afterwards, in the comfort of your own space.

Fayruza Abrahams has led many online cooking classes from her home in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap. And many of us have enjoyed her suppers and lunches after a Culture Connect tour or cooking demo. This is the first time we have collaborated online, so I have chosen my and my family’s favourites: vegetarian bobotie – ingredients include brown lentils, butternut, goji berries and for that yummy crust/top eggs (sorry, vegans), accompanied by Fayruza’s special yellow rice and sambal (mainly vegetables, except for Fayruza’s special addition of chopped banana).

Join from your computer, phone, or tablet. Have the ingredients to hand, with a bit of preparation needed beforehand (don’t worry I’ll remind you that morning!). You can do the class anywhere but you’ll need to have an oven for the bobotie and stove top to cook the rice.

I’ll send you the Zoom link the morning of the class, along with the instructions for the preparation (eg washing and chopping veg).

Price per person: R400.

Book now with me: kate@cultureconnectsa.com +27 (0)72 377 8014 (WhatsApp is great); I’ll then send you payment details and ingredient list.

For an online supper party – book your own date via me. I’ll be organising more public/open ones with this and different recipes (eg butter chicken, fish curry, chilli bites and dal). Requests warmly welcomed – samosa folding is popular.

Impress yourself and your family/friends, and change your curries for ever!

Bree Creativity – Pierre Vermeulen, Whatif, Wild Olive & Skinny laMinx Tues 2 March 10am

Bree Creativity – Pierre Vermeulen, Whatif, Wild Olive & Skinny laMinx Tues 2 March 10am

Join me (Kate Crane Briggs) for an inspiring morning walking in a creative corner of Cape Town. We start with meeting young, modest but successful, Pierre Vermeulen in his spacious studio – an industrial office space with a large windows and mountain view. This visit never fails to disappoint. Using unusual materials, including his own hair and sweat, Pierre creates striking, bright almost abstract artworks. They are deeply grounded in his own meditative practice and can be found in collectors near and far (eg (ZMOCAA, Germany, USA and UK).

We’ll walk five mins to one of my favourite South African galleries, whatiftheworld. Ashleigh McLean, the head curator, will give us a quick tour of a selection of their artists’ work, including Chris Soal’s major new solo. Like Pierre, Chris is youngish, charming and uses unusual materials (typically wooden tooth picks). But he is based in Victoria Yards (Joburg) otherwise I would have invited him along too. (His fans include fellow Joburger, William Kentridge.)

For another sensory treat, olfactory as well as visual, Maria de la Tara, the founder of Wild Olive African Artisans, will host us briefly in her apothecary and perfume house, 29 Pepper St. It is in a beautiful, traditional old Cape Town house, with a huge sugar bird painted on the corner, as only local and natural ingredients are used in this atelier.

We’ll pop to see Skinny laMinx founder, Heather Moore, in her cute shop (201 Bree St) – the first cool place in this previously uninspiring area. Her Orla Keely inspired textiles and early Modernist aesthetic has an international following, especially in the States, but she only works with independent retailers.

For jewellery, there is another local design star, Dear Rae,164 Bree St, as well as a vintage clothes shop and Missibaba – I’m saving up for one of their gorgeous leather handbags. But we’ll not have time for every shop in this delightful enclave.

Very small group so contact me soon to book: kate@cultureconnectsa.com 072 377 8014 (I like WhatsApp)

Tues 2 March; 10am to 12 noon

R400 each pre-pay (R500 on the day)

Do come another time – get a group of family and/or friends together (seven/eight max)

Please remember your mask (and hand sanitizer – although each ‘stop’ has some – Wild Olive’s should be amazing!)

Lunch if you have time – Sea Breeze for some yummy “Vitamin Sea”, 213 Bree St; pay your own bill

This is the first of our tours of Cape Town’s Creative Quarters

Images: main one above – Pierre in his studio in Jan with American Culture Connectors; below Chris Soal’s “As below, so above” taken by Chris Bradley, Heather Moore – Skinny LaMinx founder (Visi) and Wild Olive (TripAdvisor)

East Central Creativity – Labotessa, Pierre Fouche, Spier Arts Trust, A4 and 24/7 – ask for a date

East Central Creativity – Labotessa, Pierre Fouche, Spier Arts Trust, A4 and 24/7 – ask for a date

A really special opportunity to visit contemporary artists, artists and art in situ, in a really small group (seven max). Get together a group of mates/family and give me a shout when you would like to do it (weekday mornings/lunch time best).

Start at the beautifully recently converted Labotessa hotel in the corner of Church Square, with coffee and a quick visit to their penthouse suite with its stunning views and  contemporary art, including by Pierre Fouché (see below) if it isn’t booked, of course. Then we’ll visit Pierre in his studio – two minutes walk away. His beautifully crafted artworks, either lace or dice, are in big demand internationally. He considers himself primarily a lacemaker and teaches online to students internationally. (He might not be available as he is so busy.)

Next up is the stunning Union House, a subtly but beautifully converted warehouse. It is again a few minutes walk. We’ll meet artisans (either fine art mosaicists and/or beaders) and see their work, often destined for distant shores – it is, afterall the home of Spier Art Trust. whose partners/clients include Nando’s and Hollard. (This is only open weekdays, office hours.)

We finish in viby, dynamic and foodie Fringe/District 6/Zonnebloem. It Harrington we’ll pop into Open 24 Hours to see the installations there which I always enjoy and hopefully meeting their curator, if she is free. We’ll finish at the brilliant artist led, A4 Art Foundation on Buitenkant, providing it is open (of course!).

R950 per tour; allow two hours. Seven people max.

Optional lunch afterwards at your own expense. My favourites are Haas which always has gorgeous and changing art and design to enjoy and buy. And Haldane Martin’s beautifully “French” designed, Swan Cafe, for the best gallates/crepe in town, also on Buitenkant St.

Ellerman House: art tour and drinks, Wed 24 March & Wed 7 April 5-7:30pm & Sat 27 March 10am-12:30pm

Ellerman House: art tour and drinks, Wed 24 March & Wed 7 April 5-7:30pm & Sat 27 March 10am-12:30pm

An exceptional opportunity for an art tour, followed by drinks and canapes, at one of South Africa’s top, small, luxury hotels. Many say its South African art collection is one of the best in terms of its breadth, quality and depth. The art is beautifully placed around the hotel, garden and gallery; it is as if the art was in a home (it is even in their pantry!).

Our tour is by Talita Swarts – one of the country’s top art guides who has been giving the tours at Ellerman House for nearly a decade and is currently researching key artworks for the owner, Paul Harris.

Enjoying the spectacular sea view, we’ll be treating ourselves to a glass of Colmant Brut Reserve NV (for the non-alcohol drinkers, a fabulous cocktail) and four different kinds of canapes (including some that are wheat and pork free), plus plenty of special water.

R850 per person.

It will be a small group – 12 max in total.

The highest Covid-19 protocols are in place but please bring your own mask.

Architects attending can get 0.5 CPD points and will have to sign a “register” to show they attended.

Extra info

Colmant Brut Reserve NV is a blend of Pinot Noir (52%) and Chardonnay (48%) grapes grown in Franschhoek, Robertson and Elgin. A portion of the base wine – just 10% – was fermented in French oak barrels. A further 20% of the blend comprises reserve wines from previous vintages. Each bottle matures a minimum of 30 months before it is released. It can be enjoyed now but will develop beautifully over four to five years.




Cape Malay Cooking online date soon or own event in the Bo-Kaap

Cape Malay Cooking online date soon or own event in the Bo-Kaap

Be inspired and enjoy Fayruza Abrahams’ cooking, tips and stories. She’ll show us how to make samoosas, we’ll then have a chance to fold our own before we cook them to eat there, and/or take home afterwards. We’ll also mix her special sambal and learn her surprising ingredient for it.

“A blast”, “so refreshing”, “such fun” and “already I’m using what I learnt, from little touches like adding cumin seeds in rice to mixing three lentils for the best veggie curry” – recent feedback.

Upcoming: Wed 2 Dec 5:30pm, Sat 12 Dec 12pm or book your own.

You decide on fish and veggie curry. Or beef and, for vegetarians, lentil bobotie. They will be served with sweet yellow rice and sambal, followed by spicy tea or peppermint tea. Fayruza will explain how she makes them and mixes spices. We’ll hear how she has travelled the world when she was an air hostess, tasting all sorts of food. She’ll also share recipes from her online tutorials and her new cook book.

Fayruza is assisted by her neice, Imaan Abrahams, also pictured below.

Afterwards  there is the option to pop to Fayruza’s neighbour, Tracy Rushmere, to enjoy her colourful house and Shine Shine shop/front room. At Fayruza’s we use Shine Shine aprons which we loved so much, we decided go see her emporium for ourselves, full of colourful African infused fabrics for bags, placemats, tea towels, masks…fabulous presents and a fabulous host.

R450 pre-pay, including Fayruza’s sample spice mix to take home (R400 early bird – paying at least a fortnight in advance).

Small group, book/enquiries: kate@cultureconnectsa.com 072 377 8014.

In her home: 5 Lion St, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town (street parking outside, don’t leave anything valuable in sight).

Please remember your mask (one will be available to buy at R50)

Cape history – city centre walking tour, 9:30 – 11:30am Sat 6 March, Thurs 11 March and/or Thurs 15 April

Cape history – city centre walking tour, 9:30 – 11:30am Sat 6 March, Thurs 11 March and/or Thurs 15 April

First Nations to democracy: three centuries of stories about the shaping of the Cape Town as we know it. Hugely knowledgeable and experienced, Lesley Cox, is leading this new walking tour. We start by the main yellow gates of the Castle of Good Hope, 9:30am and finish at 11:30am, by the war memorials, just up from Company’s Garden Restaurant.

Book your own (three people, or more) – wonderful for your friend and/or family ‘bubble’.

At the Castle moat, we’ll get a sense of life before the European settlers arrived. We’ll absorb the views of the City Hall and Grand Parade, before walking to the front of City Hall where there is the newish statue of Nelson Mandela, where he gave his speech on the day of his release. Next will be Church Square, which Lesley calls the Slave Precinct. Here we’ll get an understanding of early settler life at the Cape. We’ll then stop in front of St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the segment of the Berlin Wall. Then we’ll head through Company’s Gardens. On route we will we engage with South Africa’s political history, especially when we are outside South Africa’s Parliament. We’ll pass the statues of Queen Victoria, Jan Smuts, Cecil Rhodes and World War memorials.

Lesley, with 169 reviews in TripAdvisor all five out of five, has been guiding for 18 years in and around Cape Town. She has an Honours Degree in History from the University of South Africa and specialises in walking tours in city centre. Some of you may have met Lesley as she regularly attends Culture Connect’s open tours and lectures about South African history. Lesley has just been voted onto the committee of the Simon van del Stel Foundation of Cape Town, nationally known as the Heritage Association of South Africa.

R250pp pay a week prior, or R300 each.

This walking city tour can be commissioned for a private tour at a mutually convenient date.

All tours will be small but please wear a mask and cancel if you are ill.

To book: click here to email kate@cultureconnectsa.com or WhatsApp/tel 072 377 8014.

Remember to wear footwear good for walking on pavements. Please dress according to the weather and, if you are likely to get thirsty or peckish, water and snacks. As with all cities around the world, please keep your phone and wallet safe during the tour; leave jewellery at home.

Images: The Castle from the Parade by TW Bowler, c1854 (from Parliament’s collection); view of Grand Parade and City Hall taken by Lesley from the top perimeter ring of the Castle; Parliament of South Africa, c1888 (from Parliament’s collection) and a detail of Lady Anne Barnard’s panoramic view from the Castle, watercolour, c1799.