I love and appreciate this post by And Lollipops about the One Ingredient Launch evening that happened a few weeks ago! Make sure you check out her blog, it’s filled with a whole bunch of goodness – much like the One Ingredient events are.
“For a while Chef Matt Manning has been hosting One Ingredient pop-up dinners in Cape Town & Jozi. A few weeks ago, he introduced us to a beautiful space at the 7th Floor Innovation Centre in Black River Park, Obeservatory; the new home of One Ingredient.
So what is this One Ingredient menu all about, anyway. Sit up and take notes, peeps. It is a gastronomic feast of note.
In advertising, I learnt that one simple concept separates a good idea from a great one and that is what Matt Manning had. A simple idea to use one ingredient in all the courses which make up a menu.
Be it mushrooms, tomatoes, chillies, fennel or quince, any culinary flavour which translates seamlessly from savoury to sweet is used. Yes fruit in a starter or herbs in dessert. Sound totally nuts or bananas but the man is onto a winning formula.
One launch night, in between sips of Mooiplaas dainty sips of pinotage and
shameless gulps of their Duel MCC, we tasted a smorgasbord of meals from his various menus. Each dish proved uncomplicated, with a beautiful balance between flavour and texture.
For example, the crusty croquette shell hid a melt-in-mouth soft beef shin which came as a surprise while the BBQ pork rib sat just the right side of crispy so not to sacrifice moisture. As for that risotto, wow! Societi Bistro, which in my opinion is the only Cape Town restaurant to serve a decent risotto, should look warily over their shoulder at this one. (Still love owner Pete & Chef Stefan tho;)
Anyhoo, who wants to read about food when they can take a look.
Or wait, better still, Why look at a menu when you can taste? Get in on the action for the September Carrot menu. Book a seat at Matt Manning’s table for R450 per person and have the time of life because…, (deal clinker alert!) you’ll get to share the kitchen with him and prepare your own meals. Meals are all paired with a selected wine which can be purchased at One Ingredient on the night.
This unique dining experience has a limited number of spaces and seating is awarded on a first come first serve basis. Make that reservation right now, right HERE.
Cheers to Matt Manning and his team in the kitchen, PR guru Kirsten Hopwood at Prestige Communications; Mooiplass Wines, Siris Vintners, Three Streams Smokehouse, Tribe Coffee, photographer Francois Pistorius and musos Fiona Hare, Carla Conradie and Tim Smal for a perfectly balanced evening.
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Photo credit: Francois Pistorius
PS: September Carrot menu & dates: Friday 12, Saturday 13, Friday 26 and Saturday 27.
Or would you prefer for the Asparagus in October? Hmmm! ”