Media, bloggers and celebs were out in force for a celebratory dinner for Casa Bella's first birthday!
Montecasino’s Casa Bella this month celebrates a year of bringing authentic Italian cuisine to the Tuscan village it has called home for the last 12 months.
To honour this special occasion and thank loyal guests for the wonderful support over the past year, the Italian-style restaurant is hosting a dining extravaganza featuring a delizioso selection of hand-pressed and wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastas, salads and expertly prepared grills for only R85 until 31 October.
Nestled in the heart of Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, Casa Bella, meaning “Beautiful Home” in Italian, is a place where everyone is always welcome. It is a home that runs on love, laughter, delicious food, outstanding wines and exceptional quality and service. The stylish interior combined with a warm, inviting ambience provides an upmarket yet friendly dining experience.
The standard menu features fresh, authentic and carefully considered cuisine made from the finest quality ingredients such as imported Italian flour, 100% Durum wheat and locally sourced fresh food items.
The restaurant is ranked in the top 10 according to TripAdvisor, as well as a recent nomination from the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA).
Reserve your table today and celebrate this momentous occasion with Casa Bella at their beautiful home.
Make a booking via Dineplan or visit www.CasaBellaDining.co.za
Address: Cnr. William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton
011 568 4845
Trading hours: 11h00 till late
Coffee, from its creation to its consumption, is a craft. The ritualist process of crafting the perfect blend - the care, the commitment, the community around it - is reflected in the experiential value of making and enjoying that perfect cup of coffee. This ritualistic routine is entrenched in our culture - whether enjoying a cup after a long day or pairing it with your favourite cuisine, the moments that coffee makes better are boundless.
The taste sensations of coffee brought to our cups are mastered by craftsmen, and encapsulated by Nespresso’s new Master Origin collection. This finely crafted range coffees include five distinct coffee sensations all inspired by the land from which they originate.
Each of the Master Origin coffees has been on a unique journey of discovery. The Nespresso coffee experts scoured the world to discover the finest coffee sourcing regions, from the forested mountains of Sumatra through to the highland vales of Nicaragua. Within each selected region, Nespresso formed a partnership with the local farming experts and embarked on a mission to test innovative and demanding farming practices, all with the goal of crafting incredible new coffee aromas and tastes.
In Ethiopia, the coffee beans had a meticulous raking every hour by hand to ensure even drying throughout the batches. In Colombia, the typical harvest time was pushed to the limit – each coffee cherry was left on the tree, risking fermentation, until it was exactly the right shade of deep purple to be picked. Over in Sumatra, Indonesia, farmers used a traditional and uniquely local wet-hulling method, whilst in Nicaragua, a sweet approach was taken, using the ‘black honey’ method which involves leaving the coffee bean in its natural fruit layer whilst it is drying to allow it to soak up the natural sugars. The coffee sourced in India experienced an age-old ‘monsoon’ technique that was once a natural occurrence when coffee, historically transported via boat, took on a high level of moisture from the ocean, making the beans swell and reveal a unique new flavour. This process was applied to Master Origin India, where Robusta beans were ‘monsooned’.
Karsten Ranitzsch, the Head of Coffee at Nespresso, explains: “Processing techniques play a hugely important role in the final coffee profile and with the new Master Origin coffees we wanted to expand on this idea further and see how we could use a mix of traditional, new and adapted methods to produce five distinct and original coffees. Together with the local farmers, we took risks and challenged ourselves to achieve these tastes, and this was only made possible thanks to the mutual trust and supportive relationships with the local coffee farmers, established through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program.
Through this program, we worked closely with knowledgeable and passionate farmers at each origin’s location to master the craft of these origin coffees.”
Master Origin: Indonesia
● Flavour profile: Rich & Woody
● Processing technique: Wet hulling
● The constant humidity in Sumatra has led farmers to hull their beans when still wet, creating a distinctly rich, velvety texture and wild, woody taste.
Master Origin: Ethiopia
● Flavour profile: Flowery & Bright
● Processing technique: Natural dry processing
● The local farmers in Ethiopia have perfected the ancient dry-processing technique over many years, drying their whole coffee cherries in the highland sun to cultivate delicate fruity flavours.
Master Origin: India
● Flavour profile: Intense & Spicy
● Processing technique: Monsoon
● The powerful wet monsoon winds sweep into India’s Malabar coasts for months. Our partner farmers harness their power to cultivate a coffee of incredible intensity.
Master Origin: Nicaragua
● Flavour profile: Sweet & Harmonious
● Processing technique: Black honey
● In the highland vales of Nicaragua, our black honey coffee is hand raked every hour under the hot sun to absorb the sweet flavours from its fruit.
Master Origin: Colombia
● Flavour profile: Fruity & Vibrant
● Processing technique: Late harvest
● We introduced the late-harvest technique to the high forests and rolling hills of Colombia. The coffee is left to mature on the branch much later, and with each new day that dawns, each individual cherry must be assessed and picked only if it’s perfectly ready.
Each of the Master Origin coffees can be enjoyed as an Espresso (40ml) or as a Lungo (110ml) and they will be a permanent addition to the Nespresso coffee range, available from 24 August 2018 from Nespresso Boutiques and Booths worldwide, as well as through orders from the Nespresso Club on 0800 637773 or online at www.buynespresso.com
Is your relationship with exercise starting to lose its spark? Are your current workouts leaving you feeling unfulfilled? Maybe you’re looking for something different; something new to make you fall in love with fitness all over again. We’ll we have something special to introduce you to, meet the #FitAffair presented by Fitness Magazine.
FitAffair is the all new workout event that wants to whisk you away from your dull, lifeless routine and bring that first time excitement back into exercise.
“This is the very reason, why we are delighted to be able to host not one but two FitAffair fitness events at FIBO Global Fitness Africa presented by Dis-Chem Pharmacies in October. Both the FitAffair After Dark and FitAffair Sunrise Edition are guarenteed to have everyone finding their fit in fitness,” says Martin Hiller, GM of FIBO Africa.
FitAffair After Dark:
Friday 26 October 2018
FitAffair Sunrise Edition:
Saturday 27 October 2018
Book your spot at FitAffair After Dark or FitAffair Sunrise Edition now!!
The FitAffair tickets will be sold seperately to the FIBO entrance tickets. However, their ticket price includes FREE Entry into FIBO. FitAffair Packages are also available at R400.00.
To learn more about FIBO, our partners, vendors, schedule of events, what to expect and of course how to plan your weekend at FIBO, please visit: FIBO Global Fitness Africa presented by Dis-Chem
Get your tickets to FIBO Global Fitness Africa Presented By Dis-Chem now at www.Computicket.com R120.00 pre-sale and R150.00 at the door. Excludes R20.00 parking fee.
The 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player will bring some of the biggest names in world golf to Sun City this November, including four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia.
From November 8-11, the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City will witness the strongest field since the tournament became part of the prestigious Rolex Series on the European Tour in 2017.
Branden Grace will lead the South African challenge as the world number 38 returns to defend the title he won in style last year, and which ended a 10-year wait between South African victories in ‘Africa’s Major’.
Brandon Stone, who represented South Africa in golf’s historic return to the Olympic Games in 2016 and a three-time European Tour winner, will also be in the field.
It’s a field that already delights tournament host Gary Player.
“It’s very important we have all the best South Africans here to show the world why we are one of the best golfing nations on the planet. We are going to have a fantastic field and we are all very excited to watch the drama on the course unfold in November.”
The Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player is one of world golf’s most renowned tournaments. When it made its debut in 1981 it offered the richest prize money in the history of golf of $1 million.
Throughout its history it has seen Major winners, world number ones and the legends of golf compete for the famed crystal trophy, from Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros to Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
The tournament is one of only eight tournaments on the entire European Tour to enjoy the premium status of a Rolex Series event, and this year offers a total prize fund of $7.5 million.
The tournament also comes at a key time on the European Tour as the penultimate event before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the Race to Dubai.
Tickets for the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player will be on sale soon with further information here.
SecretEATS is an exclusive dining experience unlike any other. Top, talented chefs and young, rising stars are invited to step out of their everyday kitchens and into a mystery location to create a once-off dining experience that leaves guests hungry for more.
Invited guests are treated to an exclusive, intimate dinner party featuring course after course of gourmet food, and premium wine pairings from some of the country’s top wine farms.
The idea is simple – SecretEATS brings together outgoing, adventurous food and wine lovers looking for a decidedly different dining experience. Our guest chefs take diners taste buds on a culinary journey in the most unusual, unexpected and awe-inspiring locations across South Africa.
Founded in 2013, SecretEATS made waves on the dining scene by inviting guests to join thirty or so adventurous, outgoing food and wine lovers for a ‘by invitation only’ secret dining experience at an undisclosed location. SecretEATS has worked with some of the country’s top local and international chefs, including Brad Ball, Bertus Basson, James Diack, Vicky Crease, Michelle Theron, Kobus van der Merwe, Vanessa Marx and more.
From wineland homes to stunning art galleries, private gardens, ancient Milkwood forests and anywhere in between, our evenings are always hosted somewhere guests can’t simply go and make a booking. To add to the intrigue, the Secret chef and menu are only unveiled upon confirmation of your password at the secret location on the day of the event.
Since mid 2016, SecretEATS South Africa has been on a hiatus as the founders explored the culinary tastes and flavors of Southeast Asia and established the first series of secret dining events outside of Africa. With events now hosted on three continents, SecretEATS is quickly becoming an international dining phenomenon but we haven’t forgotten our strong South African roots.
By exploring, traveling and living in cities around the world, our team has had the opportunity to see first-hand how food brings people together and how bonds are made, and solidified, over a shared meal. Whether it’s on the sandy shores of Vietnam, in the small mountain villages of Thailand or at an upscale Italian restaurant in Melville, there is a magic that happens around the dinner table. Now, it’s time to come home to Africa.
Leading our return to South Africa is SecretEATS regional event director, Darren Meltz. Darren brings a wealth of experience in marketing and hospitality and a real passion for food, wine, people and all things magical.
“There’s something truly unique and special about meeting and connecting over a beautiful meal. Moments are shared and friendships are made. I am beyond excited to bring the enchantment of SecretEATS to our guests.” – Darren Meltz, Events Director JHB/PTA
A SECRET SPRING CELEBRATION
Here’s a Secret to good not to share: our first dinner back in the Rainbow Nation is blooming up brilliant this Spring. While we can’t say too much, our Secret Spring Dinner welcomes back one of our all-time favourite guest chefs for an unforgettable evening in a uniquely unusual space in central Johannesburg.
As always, every dinner hosted helps raise funds for a local charity in need, an important aspect of the SecretEATS brand. This has allowed us to support and give back to the local community where we - and our guests - live, work and play.
“SecretEATS is about bringing people together around a shared, communal dinner table. It is about strangers coming together, breaking bread, sharing a laugh and, more often than not, leaving as friends,” says founder Gregory Zeleny.
Beyond our first evening back, our 2018 plans include a return to hosting our evenings every 4-6 weeks in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Space is limited and guests are encouraged to reserve their Seats early to avoid disappointment.
To be the first to know when our next Secret evening appears, interested food and wine lovers are encouraged to Request an Invitation at -
Mugg & Bean (M&B), has launched their nationwide #GiveMore campaign with their scrumptious giant muffins to drive awareness and help raise funds for #cupcakes4kidswithcancer in support of Cupcakes of Hope during the month of September 2018.
To coincide with International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, M&B is (and has since 2012) supporting this inspiring initiative, by donating proceeds from the sales of their giant muffins towards Cupcakes of Hope for #cupcakes4kidswithcancer. Cupcakes of Hope - a Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation, was established to help with not only financial and emotional needs of the warriors and their families fighting the disease, but also to help drive awareness about early cancer detection in children, through the love of baking.
Mugg & Bean (M&B) will be driving this initiative throughout their 200+ restaurants countrywide where for every giant muffin purchased; R5 will be donated to #cupcakes4kidswithcancer. Once purchased, customers will receive two stickers – one to stick onto the poster available in the restaurant to monitor the #GiveMore contributions; and the other to keep for yourself as proof that you are a #GiantofGenerosity and have helped make a difference in the life of a little warrior.
To make an even greater impact you will also be able to donate through the gifting option on the M&B app. #GiveMore and donate your reward beans to Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer. Once you download the app you will automatically receive R25 worth of reward beans which you can choose to donate to this worthy cause through a special gifting profile and become a Giant of Generosity.
For more information, visit www.muggandbean.co.za or connect with us on
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