The demo KITCHEN opens in Stellenbosch

Ilse van der Merwe, also known as The Food Fox, in her new demo KITCHEN

Ilse van der Merwe, also known as The Food Fox, in her new demo KITCHEN

In the second week of July the demo KITCHEN opened its doors in Stellenbosch. This unique new food studio and kitchen shop is co-owned by popular food blogger Ilse van der Merwe (www.thefoodfox.com) and Mari Kleynhans.

the demo KITCHEN is a multi-faceted contemporary food workspace where guests can book one of 12 seats around the spacious walnut countertop – an intimately designed kitchen fit for cooking demos, product launches, wine showcases and private functions. Twice weekly dinner demonstrations prepared by Ilse van der Merwe include wine pairings from D’Aria Winery in a relaxed atmosphere, with recipe cards to be taken home at the end of the night. Average costs of these dinner demos average R300 per person including wine pairings and after-dinner coffee.

the demo KITCHEN - interior

the demo KITCHEN – interior

The kitchen, designed by Dave Leatt, is used as a food content development studio by day where recipes, text and photographs are generated in conjunction with leading photographers and stylists for digital and print use.

As a daytime retailer, the kitchen shop is now open. Globally recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of small appliances, KitchenAid remains a favourite for cooks around the world. the demo KITCHEN stocks a selection of KitchenAid mixers, blenders and food processors, but can order your choice and colour. For world class glassware, they have a range of stemmed Riedel Vinum Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc and Champagne glasses, as well as Chardonnay-Viognier tumblers. They also stock a range of German engineered Classic and Silverpoint Wüsthof cook’s knives, paring knives, steak knives, bread knives, carving sets and utensils.

The fabulous stove area

The fabulous stove area

While the demo KITCHEN is not a restaurant, it is a remarkably fresh addition to the growing culinary offering in Stellenbosch. the demo KITCHEN will also cater to foreign guests who want to experience and learn more about local Winelands heritage food. Situated inside a recently restored official heritage site built in 1785, the demo KITCHEN is also a landmark destination for guests who appreciate the rich history of Stellenbosch.

Don’t hesitate to contact the demo KITCHEN for a tailor-made experience that will suit your brand or your private celebration.

Upcoming dinner demos
Tuesday 29 July: South African classics
Starter: Smoked snoek pateé on freshly baked “potbrood”
Main: Ostrich bobotie with sambals & chutney
Dessert: Malva pudding with vanilla custard
Cost: R285/p including 3 wine tastings by D’Aria and after dinner coffee
Time: 19h00-21h00

Tuesday 5 August: Low carb feasts
Starter: Roasted butternut & goats cheese salad with toasted seeds and Clemengold dressing
Main: Spicy baked hake with cauliflower rice
Dessert: Blueberry, ricotta & cream cheese hotcakes
Cost: R285/p including 3 wine tastings by D’Aria and after dinner coffee
Time: 19h00-21h00

Thursday 7 August: Laid-back Italian
Starter: Oven baked caramelized onion, feta & rosemary flatbreads
Mains: Fresh tagliatelle with pork & fennel ragu
Dessert: Chocolate ganache tart with fresh berries
Cost: R285/p including 3 wine tastings by D’Aria and after dinner coffee
Time: 19h00-21h00

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 09h00-17h00
Sat: 09h00-13h00
Demo dinners: Tue & Thu, 19h00-21h00
Closed on public holidays.

Contact
info@thedemokitchen.co.za or ilse@thedemokitchen.co.za
Tel: 021-813 5932
Address: 3a Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch, 7600
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedemokitchen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_demoKITCHEN

Photography by Tasha Seccombe – click here

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