Chef Jeroen van Buren used his culinary expertise to create a menu that perfectly complimented the delicious South African wines.
Guests were received with a champagne toast, while Chef Jeroen prepared a twist on the traditional South African Boer Chicken Pie, serving Chicken Mousse with fresh herbs as an Amuse Bouche. A creamy and spicy Pumpkin Soup was served with a Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc, which surprised the visitors with its feast of tropical fruit notes, especially gooseberry, fig and mango. The first course, King Prawns with Yellow Rice, was matched with a creamy and fresh Two Oceans Chardonnay that offered subtle notes of lime, citrus and apricot; a perfect match to the seafood starter. For the main course, a traditional South African Bobotie, consisting of spiced minced meat with peach and raisins, potato gratin, fresh vegetables and gravy, was served alongside a Rust en Vrede Merlot. The Merlot’s ripe plum aromas and notes of dried fruit, combined with a subtle dark chocolate undertone and oak spice finish, held up perfectly against the hearty main course. Offering up a light and refreshing dessert, Chef Jeroen prepared seasonal fruit with sweetened sour cream, which was paired with a Merryvale Antigua Late Harvest. The golden colored dessert wine impressed the discerning palates of the guests with its rich mouth-feel and complex combination of nuts and orange-peel aromas.
Faustin, who is responsible for the Wine Portfolio and is the Account Team Leader at Romar Trading, reports that La Bodega wine store, located at Gutenbergstraat 4, Oranjestad, sells a variety of wines from Australia, Argentina, Chile, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand, Portugal, the U.S.A. and South Africa, which are imported to the island by Romar Trading. Every last Friday of the month, La Bodega hosts a night of food and wine pairings, highlighting a specific region or wine-making country.
As you can see from the photos, the night of South African wine and food pairings was a resounding success.