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How to improve the customer experience at your restaurant
How to improve the customer experience at your restaurant

If you think that you could be doing more to improve the customer experience at your restaurant, read on for some ideas on how to make this happen...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 16 Feb 2018

Twelve Apostles introduces vegan high tea
Twelve Apostles introduces vegan high tea

With the rise of conscious eating, awareness surrounding sustainability and rapidly growing health trends, it's no surprise that many restaurants and hotels are giving focus to more plant based options on their menus...

By Ruth Cooper 15 Feb 2018

Celebrate this Valentine's with an indulgent menu from 15 On Orange
Celebrate this Valentine's with an indulgent menu from 15 On Orange

The much dreaded or celebrated V-Day is just around the corner and depending on your situation or sensibility, you might either want to hide under a rock or get your lovely-dovey feels on...

By Ruth Cooper 8 Feb 2018

A multi-sensory feast at Muizenberg's Cucina Labia
A multi-sensory feast at Muizenberg's Cucina Labia

It's easy to be charmed by the Cape Town suburb of Muizenberg. There's the seaside dotted with colourful beach huts and teeming with ardent surfers, the quaint coffee shops, and a casual coastal flair that suburbs along the Atlantic Seaboard stand little chance of replicating.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 7 Feb 2018

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#MeetingsAfrica: Sharing the benefits of tourism

The importance of Meetings Africa in terms of its contribution to the macro-economy of the country cannot be underestimated. "It serves to boost tourism revenue while driving employment."

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Feb 2018

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Five holiday experiences to own in 2018

The world has shrunk. What hasn't shrunk, is our hunger to experience unusual, exotic, exciting places, and that's what's overwhelmingly taking over travel for 2018...

By Avukile Mabombo 24 Jan 2018

Villa 47 opens new fusion cocktail lounge
Villa 47 opens new fusion cocktail lounge

There is no denying that fancy cocktail and gin bars with intriguing infused concoctions on the menu are trending all over the world.

By Ruth Cooper 18 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Travel trends for youth travellers
#BizTrends2018: Travel trends for youth travellers

These are the top trends that will drive youth and millennial travellers in 2018...

By Kelly Jackson 18 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Hospitality trends set to dominate 2018
#BizTrends2018: Hospitality trends set to dominate 2018

It's that time of year when businesses examine what's forecast for the next year. As competitors in a growing tourism and hospitality market, we need to be driving the trends rather than reacting as late adopters...

By Avukile Mabombo 17 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Six food trends for 2018
#BizTrends2018: Six food trends for 2018

The trend is still leaning to eating light and healthily, diners want to know the source of their food (farm to table is still very popular) and they are also considering eat-in options where they enjoy the best of both worlds by ordering their favourite dishes from their preferred restaurants.

By Janine Fourie 11 Jan 2018

Keeping the romance alive with a Date Night at Vista Marina
Keeping the romance alive with a Date Night at Vista Marina

Our most recent couples evening out took place at Vista Marina, a chic little Mediterranean restaurant on the water's edge in a quieter corner of the V&A Waterfront...

By Cari Coetzee 4 Jan 2018

Hilda's Kitchen from on high
Hilda's Kitchen: A 21st century take on Victorian recipes

If the cooking channel had been around in the early 1900s, Hildagonda Duckitt would have probably given the likes of Nigella Lawson (minus the cleavage) a run for her money...

By Nicci Botha 14 Dec 2017

#NewCampaign: Ocean Basket's latest campaign is a fine expression of food art
#NewCampaign: Ocean Basket's latest campaign is a fine expression of food art

Ocean Basket's unique 'Mediterrasian' sushi offering is on dazzling display in the recently launched #TheArtOfFusion brand campaign...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Dec 2017

Bilboa joins Kove Collection's Camps Bay eateries
Bilboa joins Kove Collection's Camps Bay eateries

The Kove Collection has a bevy of eateries under their name, most residing alongside the popular Camps Bay strip. Latest addition Bilboa joins its seaside siblings - Zen Zero, La Belle, The Marley, Paranga, Umi and the soon to launch Chinchilla - and is a worthy addition to the family.

By Ruth Cooper 30 Nov 2017

Down the rabbit hole with the Kove collection's new addition, The White Rabbit
Down the rabbit hole with the Kove collection's new addition, The White Rabbit

Situated right next door to Dalliance at the V&A Waterfront, you'll find the place Alice wish she'd found when going down the rabbit hole. The White Rabbit offers an all-day coffee shop and patisserie with a fun play on the scenery and tea-time quirkiness from Alice in Wonderland...

By Angie White 27 Nov 2017

Boschendal opens farm shop and eatery in Stellenbosch
Boschendal opens farm shop and eatery in Stellenbosch

Boschendal Farm, on the outskirts of Franschhoek, has long been a family favourite. I have many fond memories of lengthy, laughy lunches with the fam over holiday times.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Nov 2017

The importance of culinary tourism to travel destinations
The importance of culinary tourism to travel destinations

Modern-day travellers are more experiential in all aspects of their journey; from cultural immersion to local food sampling, a trend that has become a major influence in the growth of travel destinations...

By Josephine Wawira 22 Nov 2017

New season, new head chef for Societi Bistro
New season, new head chef for Societi Bistro

Societi Bistro has long been a favourite of mine, so with the appointment of a new head chef, Robert Giljam, I had to confirm that my old favourite still offered all the greatness I have come to love. I was not disappointed...

By Angie White 16 Nov 2017

Behind the Eat Out Awards - Q&A with Abigail Donnelly
Behind the Eat Out Awards - Q&A with Abigail Donnelly

One of the biggest South African foodie events on the map, the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes- Benz Restaurant Awards will be recognising the best local restaurants and chefs this coming Sunday, 19 November at GrandWest in Cape Town.

By Ruth Cooper 15 Nov 2017

A winning recipe is born with Four Coursemen
A winning recipe is born with Four Coursemen

Take four prestigious Western Cape winelands chefs, add a base of outstanding produce and liberal amounts of creativity, allow to simmer and serve with splashes of award winning wines.

By Ruth Cooper 26 Oct 2017

A fantastic feast at 1Fox
A fantastic feast at 1Fox

The city is a feast of purple blossom this time of year. Yes, spring has arrived in Johannesburg and so has Urbanologi's new menu...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: At the forefront of customer feedback and online reputation management
#EntrepreneurMonth: At the forefront of customer feedback and online reputation management

How can establishments in the hospitality industry manage the masses of online reviews and reviewers out there? This is where Go Review, launched by Social Places, comes in...

By Cari Coetzee 10 Oct 2017

Steenberg Hotel: a luxury Cape Town escape
Steenberg Hotel: a luxury Cape Town escape

Established in 1682, Steenberg is the Cape's oldest farm. Fast-forward to the present day, and it's still going strong thanks to its luxurious offering for locals and tourists alike.

By Eugene Yiga 10 Oct 2017

How to stay motivated on your career path as a chef
How to stay motivated on your career path as a chef

Food channels and reality cooking shows glamorise the industry and make a chef's life look as if it is all fun and joy, but the reality is very different. Here's how to remain faithful to your chosen career path as a chef...

By Janine Fourie 4 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: Meet the small business turning the biltong industry on its head
#InnovationMonth: Meet the small business turning the biltong industry on its head

Maxime Eon created BiltongBoard to link local lovers of biltong with the small producers whose quality products were going unnoticed...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Sep 2017

New Asian inspired seafood eatery Firefish opens at V&A
New Asian inspired seafood eatery Firefish opens at V&A

It's not even been open a month, but the new East Asian inspired seafood grill eatery Firefish looks set to be the place to dine this summer season.

By Ruth Cooper 28 Sep 2017

Foodies meet #Brewfood - Beerhouse launches new menu and food trend
Foodies meet #Brewfood - Beerhouse launches new menu and food trend

Remember a time before craft beer? Strange to think that only a few years back, your local beer options were pretty much Castle or Black Label. Now beers come artfully packaged and flavoured with anything from cinnamon to pineapple...

By Ruth Cooper 14 Sep 2017

#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future
#THINCAfrica: Developing Africa's hospitality professionals of the future

Associate Dean and Professor at ESL, Dr Achim Schmitt, participated in a panel discussion on HR and education issues in the hospitality industry at the THINC Africa conference...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

#WomensMonth: Ten tips for women considering a career as a chef
#WomensMonth: Ten tips for women considering a career as a chef

This Women's Month, I take a look at how female chefs cope in today's hospitality industry. The days of male dominated kitchens are definitely a thing of the past as women increasingly make their presence felt.

By Janine Fourie 29 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: Female family heritage Cooked into contemporary cuisine
#WomensMonth: Female family heritage Cooked into contemporary cuisine

Cooked is a quaint eatery serving up traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare infused with a contemporary twist...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Aug 2017

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