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So Chef! 2017: School workshop with chef Wandile Mabaso

East London’s Alfresco International School of Food and Wine has had the honour and privilege of having Chef Wandile Mabaso, a world renowned chef, to come and teach some of his skills.

Wandile Mabaso is a highly trained chef in classical ​French cuisine and has worked in Miami, New York and Paris in various 2 and 3 star​s​ Michelin restaurants, including le Meurice, Alain Ducasse and H​ô​tel Plaza Ath​énée in Paris​.

So Chef 2017: A one of a kind gastronomic experience

Once again the Alliance Française of East London brought to East London a one of a kind gastronomic experience.

The 3rd edition of the So Chef event took place at Key Largo Restaurant at Hemingways Hotel on Saturday 21 October 2017. Soweto-born chef Wandile Mabaso was the guest of honour, and together with the executive chef of Hemingways, Shaun Gibb, cooked a four handed contemporary French gastronomic dinner. French cuisine is famous for being authentic and a pleasure on the eye as much as a pleasure to the stomach. Contemporary fine cuisine takes cooking to another level and transforms any dish into a unique piece of Art.

Chef Mabaso who is the ambassador of French gastronomy in South Africa, excelled in combining ingredients to stimulate all the senses. The 4 course menu was a succession of surprising colours, tastes and textures to the delight of the 58 guests who attended the dinner. Each dish was paired with a different wine and guests were served Cognac as a digestive. The dessert of white chocolate soil, lemon sculpture, citrus parfait and charcoal smoked salted caramel, was an explosion of visual and taste sensations as impressive as the final shots of a firework display.

The magnificent chandeliers and décor of Key Largo Restaurant accompanied by a pianist on a grand piano added a charming French flair to the event. The management and staff at Key Largo Restaurant captured the precision and quality of service expected from the top restaurants in France, which ensured So Chef was a gastronomic fine dining experience.

The Alliance Francaise looks forward to hosting So Chef in 2018 and bring the flavours of France to East London.

SO CHEF! 2017 Edition – 21st October 2017

Following the success of previous editions, So Chef! is coming back to East London on Saturday 21st of October 2017. Celebrate the diversity of French cuisine with us and treat yourself to a unique and memorable gastronomic experience à la française!

This year, the Alliance française of East London is welcoming chef Wandile Mabaso, ambassador of French gastronomy in South Africa. He will work with a local chef from Key Largo restaurant at Hemingways for this 4-handed (2 chefs) gastronomic dinner.

When:          Saturday 21st October 2017
Venue:          Key Largo at Hemingways
Time:           18:00 Pre-drinks
19:00 Dinner
Dress Code:  Smart
Price:           R450/person for the dinner – All drinks will be to your own acount

RSVP by Wednesday latest to afeastlondon@gmail.com – Limited seats

Menu designed by chef Wandile Mabaso:

AMUSE BOUCHE

Summer baby vegetable garden. Marinated sardine in garlic confit. Calamata and anchovy puree. Coriander & cumin salsa verde

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 MAIN COURSE

Lamb loin. French lentil ragout cooked in raz al hanout spice. Saffron potato case. Caramelized artichoke. Lamb citrus jus.

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DESSERT

Lemon sculpture, Citrus parfait, White chocolate soil. Charcoal smoked salted caramel

About chef Wandile Mabaso:

He is the new, young and fresh Soweto born chef who is set to disrupt the culinary scene in Johannesburg. Wandile trained in classical French cuisine in New York City, following his culinary education in South Africa. He currently specialises in contemporary French haute cuisine, where only the finest ingredients are used and treated with extreme perfection. Wandile gives special attention to detail complimented by his creative presentation.

Most noteworthy, Wandile is back in Paris cooking at the world renowned 2 Star Michelin restaurant, Le Meurice, under legendary chef Alain Ducasse. His contract with him ends this year, with the option to extend into 2018.

More info http://www.wandilemabaso.com/ and Today’s Beautiful news on News 24 http://beautifulnews.news24.com/Beautiful-News/the-soweto-born-chef-bringing-local-heat-to-french-cuisine-20171012

Save the date:

17 November: End of year Function

MOVIE CLUB – 2 Automnes, 3 Hivers

The Alliance Française of East London will be screening this Friday 2 Automnes, 3 Hivers a comedy (with English subtitles) directed by Sébastien Betbeder.

When:           Friday 13 October
Where:          Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club, 83 Harewood Drive, Nahoon
Time:             6:30pm for 7pm
Entrance fee:  Free for members; R20 for non-members
A cash bar will be available. Please support it!

Please RSVP to afeastlondon@gmail.com

Cast: Vincent Macaigne, Maud Wyler, Bastien Bouillon

About the movie:

Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie – slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely – on the jogging path, he’s dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman’s best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.

Save the date for the So Chef! evening, a four-hand gastronomic dinner on Saturday 21 October. More info to come this week…

MOVIE CLUB – MOVIE CLUB – MOVIE CLUB – MOVIE CLUB

This month movie, “Jules et Jim” (with subtitles) to be screened on Friday, will be a tribute to the French actress, Jeanne Moreau, who died in Paris on 31 July 2017 at the age of 89.

During her career she won several Best Actress awards including The Cannes Film Festival Award, the BAFTA Award for the Best Foreign Actress and the César Award. She was also the recipient of several lifetime awards including a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996.

She made her theatrical début in 1947 and became one of the leading actresses of the Comédie Française. She continued to appear in films into her eighties.

When:           Friday 25 August
Where:          Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club, 83 Harewood Drive, Nahoon
Time:             6:30pm for 7pm
Entrance fee:  Free for members; R20 for non-members

A cash bar will be available. Please support it!

Please RSVP to afeastlondon@gmail.com

About the movie:      

“Jules & Jim” is a 1962 French romantic drama film, directed, produced and written by François Truffaut. Set around the time of World War I, it describes a tragic love triangle involving French Bohemian Jim (Henri Serre), his shy Austrian friend Jules (Oskar Werner), and Jules’s girlfriend and later wife Catherine (Jeanne Moreau).

The film won the 1962 Grand Prix of French film prizes, the Étoile de Cristal, and Jeanne Moreau won that year’s prize for best actress. The film ranked 46 in Empire magazine’s “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” in 2010. The soundtrack by Georges Delerue was named as one of the “10 best soundtracks” by Time magazine in its “All Time 100 Movies” list.

REMINDER:

The “September Jive” exhibition brought to East London by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Southern African Music Right Organisation (SAMRO) still be viewed daily at the Anne Bryant Art Gallery.
Th​e​ exhibition closes on Saturday 19 August.

“September Jive” exhibition

The Alliance Française d’East London invites you to the opening of the ” September Jive ” exhibition on 4 August at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. 

The exhibition, which had a run at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, is proudly presented by the Alliance Française Southern Africa with support from the French Institute South Africa (IFAS) and the SAMRO Foundation.

When:            Friday 4 August

Where:          Ann Bryant Gallery, 9 St Marks Road, Southernwood

Time:             6:30pm

Entrance fee:  Free for all – Welcome drink

 About the exhibition:

Two exhibitions in one for a tribute to the South African musical heritage:

1- SA musical graphics – classics and collectables presents 150 of the most interesting, important and beautiful sleeve covers, with a special focus on truly South African designs, which could have emanated only from this country. The selection was made by a group consisting of collectors and designers (Siemon Allen, Rob Allingham, Caroline Hillary, Molemo Moiloa).

This exhibition offers a reflection on the political, social and musical history of South Africa through the design of album sleeves.

Starting in 1957 with Boere Musiek it follows the history of the South African musical landscape, up to 2016, showing the emergence of new genres and political demands through the lens of the music industry.

At the opening, journalist Percy Mabandu said, “Each album tells a story”. As a whole, this exhibition illustrates the history of the country, as told by musicians, from King Kong to Soul Brothers, Margaret Singana to Voelvry, Lucky Dube to Zonke….

2- My favourite sounds – Music and media personalities speak out about their favourite tracks and albums, consist of 47 photo portraits (shot by Dwayne Kapula) of music and media personalities including Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Johnny Clegg, Brenda Sisane… accompanied by short interviews about their favourite South African music and explaining why they chose it. This exhibition is the work of photographer Kapula.

This exhibition is a testimony of the power of music, how some artists can have a life-changing effect on some of their listeners. It is also about transmission, influence and cross-pollination between genres and great artists.

Rob Allingham served as the Archive Manager at Gallo Record Company from 1990 to 2008, overseeing a physical archive that is the largest on the African continent as well as a back catalogue that collectively comprises approximately 85% of all the recordings made in South Africa in the 20th century.

Siemon Allen is a South African artist whose research based studio practice reflects a number of distinct yet interconnected processes where overlapping interests in aesthetics and politics lead to works loaded with historical significance and visual magnitude.

Caroline Hillary has been active in the music industry for over 22 years, beginning her journey, like most, in a music retail environment, breaking into a major label and eventually starting her own company.

Molemo Moiloa is Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), and one half of artists’ collaborative MADEYOULOOK. She has degrees in Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, writes sometimes, and is interested in popular social pedagogies and everyday socio-political imaginary.

Bastille Day

What a fun evening of celebration,​ ​
music and good food!

Thank you to all who supported the A​lliance ​F​rançaise of ​E​ast ​L​ondon​ on the 14 July at La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day)
The ambiance for the evening was set by the ​’bleu,​ ​blanc,​ ​rouge’ bunting festooning and transforming the hall into a festive French venue. The tables were striking in the French national colors, twinkling lights, candles,​ ​red and white flowers and small arrangements of lavender.

The ladies of the Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club designed and prepared a delicious French menu.The waitresses, dressed in black and white and wearing ​black bérets and white gloves added a special touch – as did the men from the Bowling club who ran a busy bar.
As a surprise,​ ​there were three lucky draw hampe​r​s of wine and French chocolat​es and all the ladies present were given gift packs of ​​skin care s​amples from the Beauty Clinic.

Thank you to the Committee of the AFEL for organizing a most enjoyable evening.

Bastille Day: 14 July

Bastille Day is around the corner and the Alliance Française d’East London invites you to their annual dinner to celebrate this special occasion.

Join the AFEL on Friday​ 14 July with a three-course meal at the Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club. A lucky draw will be held at the dinner.

Where: NMBC, 83 Harewood Drive, Nahoon

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm

Dinner price:

  • R165 pp for members
  • R185 pp for non-members
  • A cash bar will be available
  • Please note: No drinks may be brought onto the premises.
  • RSVP by emailing us atafeastlondon@gmail.com by 10 July

Bastille Day Menu 

Rillettes de saumon – Salmon Rillettes

Salade niçoise

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Boeuf Bourguignon – Beef Bourguignon

Poulet rôti Provençal – Roast Provençal chicken

Ratatouille – Ratatouille casserole

Galette de pomme de terre croustillante avec ail et persil – Crispy potato cake with garlic and parsley

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Crème caramel

Mousse au chocolat

Known in France as le quatorze juillet, Bastille Day is the name by which English-speaking countries refer to the French national holiday. The 14 July celebration calls to mind two important events during a turbulent time in the country’s history.

One of those events is the 1789 Storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. The other was a celebration of unity known as the Fête de la Fédération, which was held exactly one year after the storming of the infamous prison.

The national day is celebrated throughout France with pride, pomp and ceremony. The military parade on the Champs Elysées and the fireworks display at the Tour Eiffel are televised around the world.

Movie Club: “T E R R A”

Our Movie Club is showing ” T E R R A “, a beautiful documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

When: Friday 30 June
Where: Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club, 83 Harewood Drive, Nahoon
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm
Entrance fee: R40 for members; R60 for non-members

Includes soup and bread. A cash bar will be available. Please support the NMBC bar and do not bring your own drinks.

Please do not forget to RSVP before Wednesday June 28 for catering purposes to afeastlondon@gmail.com

About the movie: Terra (2015) is a film by French filmmakers Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, produced by Hope Production. The 90 minute documentary was produced over a period of 18 months, with more than 60 days of filming from the air, and 60 days of filming on the ground.

Visually stunning and often thought-proviking, Terra considers humanity’s natural history and our existence on Earth. It places our unique journey as a species within the many different phases of the planet’s growth, and it showcases the remarkable characteristics of various other life-forms with which we share the planet.

In doing so, the film encourages us to question how we now wish to interact with those other species, and shows how our own imaging and representation of nature can change the course of future events.

Tour de Force 2017 and forthcoming events

The Alliance Française d’East London is delighted to report that this year’s Tour de Force was a resounding success. We also have a couple of exciting events coming up, so be sure to diarise the dates so you do not miss out on any of the fun.

Tour de Force

Held at 3 Silos on 11 June, the Tour de Force attracted scores of entrants and visitors. The rustic venue was transformed into a vibrant French market; the air filled with laughter, music, and the aroma of savouries, sweets, and freshly-brewed coffee.

Of the total 251 registered entrants, 176 were cyclists and 75 were runners or walkers. This was a significant improvement on last year’s 159 entries, and proves that the Tour de Force is becoming a popular event on the local calendar.

First place in the men’s 20km cycle race went to Zachary Swart, who completed the course in 00:59:52. Paul Steyn placed second with a time of 00:59:55, and Ryno Owen placed third with a time of 01:03:58.

Shannon Kirkhoff placed first in the women’s 20km cycle race, with a time of 01:05:51. Second place went to Lara-Ann Van Der Venter, who finished in 01:05:52, while Michelle Powell placed third with a time of 01:07:59.

First place in the men’s 10km cycle race went to Bradley McLaren, who finished with a time of 00:31:40. Lourens Spies placed second with a time of 00:41:17, and Alex Fanicchi placed third with a time of 00:41:17.

The winner of the women’s 10km cycle race was Madison Mann, who finished with a time of 00:41:19. Tina du Plessis placed second with a time of 00:42:57, and Erin Batting placed third with a time of 00:55:23.

Tiaan Wessels won the Under 6’s 2km cycle race. Second place went to Nicolas Koch, and third place went to Christiaan Koch.

First place in the men’s 5km Fun Run/Walk went to Bradley Saunders, who finished in 00:28:02. Yannik Zinser took second place with a time of 00:29:15, and Michael Zinser placed third with a time of 00:29:41.

Andrea Saxton took first place in the women’s 5km Fun Run/Walk with a time of 00:29:41. Kara Batting placed second with a time of 00:29:55, and Joanne Batting placed third with a time of 00:29:56.

Visit the Alliance Française d’East London website or Click here for the results for all Tour de Force 2017.

The 5km Fun Run/Walk was enjoyed by all who participated. Competitors vied for the “Best Dressed Frenchie” prizes. Lynda and her children, Caylin and Bradley proved they know how to add a new concept to “best dressed” section. And Mr and Mrs Boeke embraced the “joie de vivre” of France with their innovative outfits.

The AFEL committee thanks convenors Pierre and Pat Viaene, as well as the other members, volunteers, stall holders, entrants, sponsors, and visitors for their outstanding work and tremendous support in making this year’s Tour de Force one to remember!

Like the Alliance Française d’East London Facebook page to view photos of the event https://www.facebook.com/AllianceFrancaiseOfEastLondon/


Save the Dates:

Friday 30 June:

Our Movie Club is showing ” T E R R A “,
a beautiful documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Where: Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club, 83 Harewood Drive, Nahoon
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm
Entrance fee: R40 for members; R60 for non-members

Includes soup and bread. A cash bar will be available. Please support the NMBC bar and do not bring your own drinks.

Please do not forget to RSVP before Wednesday June 28 for catering purposes to afeastlondon@gmail.com

About the movie: Terra (2015) is a film by French filmmakers Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, produced by Hope Production. The 90 minute documentary was produced over a period of 18 months, with more than 60 days of filming from the air, and 60 days of filming on the ground.

Visually stunning and often thought-proviking, Terra considers humanity’s natural history and our existence on Earth. It places our unique journey as a species within the many different phases of the planet’s growth, and it showcases the remarkable characteristics of various other life-forms with which we share the planet.

In doing so, the film encourages us to question how we now wish to interact with those other species, and shows how our own imaging and representation of nature can change the course of future events.

Friday 14 July: Bastille Day

Celebrate Bastille Day with the Alliance Française d’East London on 14 July. We are planning a feast for France’s national day, so make sure you add the date to your diary. More details to follow.

Friendly Reminder: 2017 Membership Renewals

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their AFEL membership for 2017. If you have not already done so, please send us an email at afeastlondon@gmail.com and we will send you a membership form as well as our banking details for EFT.