Luddite Wines and Genevieve MCC will sprinkle a little Bot River cheer this festive season at three exciting events.

Bot River cheer

Shining their light for a region known by its credo of ‘real wine made by real people’, red-wine maestro Niels Verburg and MCC whizz Melissa Nelsen will team up with chef extraordinaire Matt Manning to present three very special food and wine extravaganzas.

Born in England, Matt perfected his trade in London’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants. Upon relocating to South Africa, his inherent entrepreneurial spirit saw him embarking on a career as a private chef to expand on his love of a hyper-social style of dining and so, his Chef’s Studio and Grub & Vine Restaurant in Cape Town were born.

The festive dinner events with Luddite and Genevieve MCC will take place on 5, 6 and 14 December 2019.

Bot River cheer – on the menu

The first two take place on a Thursday and Friday, where an exclusive gathering of just 20 people will be treated to Matt’s One Ingredient Dinner, an interactive dining experience that showcases a hero ingredient over five courses. This time, however, there’s a special festive season twist, as Chef-Santa Matt will pay homage to the decadent, nostalgic foods traditionally served around the table at this most happy time of year.

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Bot River cheer

For the event on 14 December, it’s Niels’s turn to put on the Sommelier Santa suit and be joined by wife Penny and bubbly Melissa, aka “The Merry Elves”. This time, it’s a Grub-‘n-Vine takeover for a joyous five-course feast. An exclusive set menu will be presented, designed to showcase the excellence of the Botriver wines.

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The featured wines for the events will be the latest offerings from Genevieve MCC – the Genevieve 2015 and Genevieve Zero Dosage 2015, as well as Niels’s Saboteur White, Saboteur Red and famous Luddite Shiraz.

What: Bot River cheer

Where and when: The Chef’s Studio and Grub & Vine Restaurant, 103 Bree Street, Cape Town on 5,6 and 14 December 2019

Tickets: Tickets for each dinner are R750 pp