The Duchess Valentines Forest Feast with Flavamingo in Cape Town

If the thought of yet another Valentine’s Day dinner-and-a-movie bores you to tears, step right up! The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic has teamed up with Karoline Kristen of Flavamingo to bring you a forage & feast adventure that will take you and your Valentine into the woods to gather indigenous ingredients, and back to […]

If the thought of yet another Valentine’s Day dinner-and-a-movie bores you to tears, step right up! The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic has teamed up with Karoline Kristen of Flavamingo to bring you a forage & feast adventure that will take you and your Valentine into the woods to gather indigenous ingredients, and back to the kitchen to whip up some rather spectacular plant-based canapes. In between you’ll sip on delicious non-alcoholic cocktails prepared with The Duchess as the star ingredient and learn more about Cape Town’s exciting foraging culture.

Highlights

  • Enjoy an intimate gathering in a beautiful location.
  • Gain a better appreciation of plant-based cuisine & foraging for ingredients.
  • Learn special culinary techniques & presentation tips.
  • Feast on a beautiful spread of whimsical dishes.
  • Bond with loved-ones while experiencing something different and unique.
  • Indulge in The Duchess cocktails – Floral and Botanical (headache free morning after guaranteed!).
  • Take home food and cocktail recipes & stunning images of your adventure.

Duration

3 Hours (17hoo – 20h00)

Schedule

  • Wednesday, 14 February ’18 (past experience, see private bookings below)
  • Any day by request

Price

R750 p.p.

SOLD OUT – this event is in the past

Similar private experiences can be booked for any day – min group size 8, or on a quote basis for smaller groups. To enquire email: bookings@eatsplorer.com

Overview

Lovers of all things gorgeous, outdoorsy, and delicious, assemble! The Eatsplorer team adores a good collaboration, and this one is particularly epic. Our favourite contemporary plant-based magician, Karoline Kristen from Flavamingo, will be joining forces with The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic to bring you a completely unique, once-off forage & feast Valentine’s experience in the forests of Newlands.

The Duchess is the coolest new non-alcoholic beverage on the block – a fresh, sugar-free, grownup alternative to the decidedly lame cordial-and-soda vibe that often becomes the refuge of adults who prefer to avoid alcohol. Oh, and it’s based on the classic gin & tonic! What’s not to love? We’ve taken this ready-to-drink marvel for a spin, and we’re happy to report its full-on refreshing and delicious without being cloyingly sweet. Think lashings of juniper overlaid with beautiful aromatic layers of orange peel, all spice, star anise and devil’s claw. YUM. To keep things exciting, a new dame was also recently added to the line-up – the blooming delicious The Duchess Floral. Infused with the natural extracts of primrose, citrus blossom and indigenous honeybush, this botanical beauty is just the ticket if you like your tipple richly aromatic.

All this botanical loveliness pairs wonderfully with the singular foraging excursions led by Karoline, who has the inside track when it comes to finding the most inspiring ingredients in Cape Town’s hidden nooks and crannies. This Valentine’s Day, join her and The Duchess team in Newlands for a stroll through the forest at dusk, where you will gather the makings of a (delicious!) plant-based canape feast before heading to the kitchen to assemble some breath-taking eats.

Three hours from start to finish, this inspiring outing is just the thing for a Valentine’s Day that falls on an awkward school night. Eat well, indulge in guilt-free cocktails and be home in time to emerge bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning. Perfection!

What’s included

  • Foraging session with internationally renowned plant-based chef Karoline Kristen.
  • Hands-on cooking session.
  • Canapes
  • The Duchess Cocktails
  • A recipe booklet to take home.
  • Professional pictures of the evening to share on social media (?)

What’s not included

  • Transfers

Important Information

  • Please specify dietary requirements at time of booking, or latest 2 days prior to event

Itinerary

17h00: Arrival at 10 Orchard Heights + welcoming cocktail.

17h15: Introduction by Karoline from Flavamingo.

17h30: Depart on short foraging trip in the woods + refresh cocktail.

18h30: Return from foraging, get involved with some hands-on cooking with Karoline instructing + enjoy next cocktail.

19h30: Enjoy the canapes + another The Duchess cocktail.

20h00: Make your way home with a recipe booklet + a The Duchess Botanical 4-pack.

About the Supplier

Expertly developed by Johannes Le Roux, a Cape Town native with a background in advertising and brand launches, and Inus Smuts, his long-time friend and collaborator, The Duchess is a feat of botanical alchemy that saw the light of day with the help of some very talented brewers.

Exactly how they managed to create a refreshing ready-to-drink beverage that hits all the right spots without leaving you Uber-bound or every so slightly less-than-fresh the next day, remains shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that they crafted it using the natural botanical extracts traditionally found in gin, which is why The Duchess retains those very authentic gin-ish notes with zero alcohol or sugar (it is sweetened with Xylitol and Stevia).

Keep an eye out for a whole bunch of upcoming The Duchess experiences! There’s plenty more where this fresh & tasty foray came from.

 

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Production: Eatsplorer / Photography: Jomeri Mouton

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