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Sunday, 3 February 2013
"It was one of those evenings that exceeded even the highest expectation. Picture this… a perfect summer evening, sunset is close. You enter. Carefree chatter, the clink of crystal and chime of chandeliers greet you. A flute of chilled Graham Beck meets you and before your first burst of bubbles you’re captive to the magic.
Without a wall insight, and the cliff-face view, your attention is lured out to the vast Atlantic blue and her sparkling diamonds. Popping corks and effervesce lull you back to beautiful women in spaghetti straps and happy laughter pregnant with anticipation; a quiet excitement lurks for what is to come. It’s what A-list parties are made of. You could be anywhere or right here in the breathtaking Salt Restaurant for BOY’s Summer Magic Sunset Soiree. Favourite classics were brought to life like never before by three good men performing together in aid of raising up a generation of more good men for Build Our Youth (BOY).
Staged by a trio of extraordinary talent: Steinway virtuoso Christopher Duigan, Baritone extraordinaire Federico Freschi and classical guitar maestro, James Grace. BOY is about fatherhood and crime prevention. Its focus is boys; to heal, nurture and protect our boys to prevent them from growing into violent or criminal men. It is rooted in prevention being better than cure and the rationale that fatherlessness is inseparable from dangerous, high-risk-behaviour, youth violence and crime. With almost three out of four children missing their father it’s a big problem. The Soiree on Sunday, 16 December was BOY’s first event, a coming-out party so to speak and it wasn’t only the performers who had ovations and encores.
The audience response was overwhelming and the Summer Magic Sunset Soiree is set to be an annual event. The secret to such an extraordinary evening? It’s magic? Our headline act with Christopher, Federico and James , all musicians at the top of their game, would have been incomplete without the ebony and ivories. Fresh out-of-the-box, best- you-can-get sponsored by Ian Burgess-Simpson Piano’s.
A sparkling evening could never truly sparkle without an excellent sparkling wine like that bestowed by Graham Beck. Wine without food? The palate would be left wanting which brings us to Salt Restaurant’s delicious food, breathtaking view and generous dedication by the Ambassador Hotel.
Of course, Wizardz Print’s quality printing brought Matthys Ras’ gifted design to life and helped to conjure up everything the evening promised. But all of this would be nothing more than a random file in the memory banks without the exceptional photography by Jomerie Mouton sponsored by the delightful Sybil and Peet of Come Wine With Us.
The secret? It is everything and more; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts with a little of a lot of divine intervention. An evening where even the sun seemed to linger a little longer, for one more melody, before dipping under for the night; BOY’s Summer Magic Sunset Soiree was a night to remember where our souls soared and inspiration was reclaimed."
ISSUED BY: BUILD OUR YOUTH (BOY) ABELENE LLOYD abby@BOY.org.za 083 704 6740
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012
The past 5 months has been an epic journey and has been a learning curve for us – and we want to thank everyone who supported us on our journey thus far– and hope to see you all in 2013.We also want to thank our past sponsors – Rococoa Restaurant with Bon Courage, Sutherland by Thelema wine estate with Five Flies Restaurant, Super Single vineyards with Sinn’s Restaurant and last but not least Graham Beck with Grand Daddy Hotel (twice) for trusting in us and giving us the opportunity to help promote your product, service and brand.
Cool – so all the thank you’s are done and dusted –Silly season got off to corks popping and bubbles flowing at the Grand daddy hotel with our last Come Wine with Us event.
After a brief welcome, Bubbles Ferreira gave us a brief intro about Graham Beck Method Cap Classique. Pieter, who has been with Graham Beck for the last few years, is one of the top Method Cap Classique wine makers in the country and has an undying passion for bubbly.
He introduced us to the very well-known Graham Beck NV Brut. This specific bubbly has been enjoyed by many famous politicians such as Nelson Mandela (end of Apartheid in 1994) and Barack Obama (inaugural address).
We decided to pair the Brut NV with the ever so popular Freshly shucked oysters with Vietnamese Dressing and bruchetta with basil pesto, mozarella and cherry plum tomatoes.
The fresh grassy characters of the Brut went very well with the Vietnamese
dressing, making the flavours quite pungent and impressionable. We even converted non oyster eaters to bona vide oyster eaters with this dish! So if you keen to try them out be sure to visit Graham Beck’s “Gorgeous” Restaurant on Steenberg.
Guests were sorely tempted and immediately tucking into the dishes before them. Each guest also received a deconstructed sushi salad with a sesame Mirin dressing.
Pieter introduced us to the second and 3d bubbly for the evening aka – Vintage Rose 2009 with Brut Zero 2005. These two bubbly’s were the highlights of the evening. Both bubblies are very complex which has been left on the lease for a long time, thereby giving it those special characters which makes vintage cap classique so unique.
The Brut Zero is known for NO added sugar... so girls and guys who are watching their waistlines, this is the bubbly to drink this holiday season! The Rose Vintage is an exceptionally delicate and also a fantastic food bubbly.
Bubbly’s are very delectable alcoholic drinks that pair very well with delicate and clean foods like salmon, oysters, artichokes and sushi. An absolute no no when it comes to bubbly pairing is to pair spicy food with bubbly! It just does not go down well with CO2 bubbles!
We decided that a lovely Strawberry mousse with crushed meringue and fresh fruit was the ideal choice. The soft mousse and soft notes of the Bliss Bubbly was a complete marriage and the cherry on top for the evening.
A specail thanks to our amazing freelance photographer Jomeri for her amazing pics yet again! View here website or book her for any special occasion! She is brilliant!
PS. If you missed out on the evening have a look at the following clip captured and edited by the fabulous girls, Meagan and Tarryn Pascall from UFilm