Shimmy Movie Nights – An Absolutely Dazzling Occasion
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Bored of the same old? Join us in star style this winter for the new series of Shimmy’s Absolut Movie Nights! The Shimmy cinema, screening French classics like Amelie, Chocolat and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, offers guests an elegant cinematic experience with all the bells and whistles.

Tickets are priced at R300.00 a pop, available through Quicket [INSERT LINK] and include an Absolut Vodka arrival cocktail, Margarita pizza and… what would the movies be without popcorn and candyfloss.

The space will be cosied up with the integrated heating system and lavish lounging cushioned with blankets for Absolut comfort.

Debuting the series of winter movies, on 28 June, 2018, is the British-American romantic comedy-drama, Chocolat. Created in 2000, the five times Academy Award nominated French film tells the story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, and her daughter, who transform the repressed people of the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her chocolaterie, La Chocolaterie Maya. The motion picture was also nominated for eight BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. Judi Dench won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the film.

30 August, 2018 will host the screening of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Set in 18th century France, the film tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Whishaw), an olfactory genius, and his homicidal quest for the perfect scent. Released in 2006 the movie grossed over $135 million worldwide.

The winter film finale wraps on 27 September, 2018 with Amélie, a French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Starring Audrey Tautou, the film, set in Montmartre, is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life. Receiving critical acclaim Amélie was a major box office success winning Best Film at the European Film Awards; four César Awards in 2002 (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.

Tickets are limited to 60 seats and are available on a first come first serve basis.

Jade Allen
No 5 on Hudson Showcases Contemporary Art and Fine Objects

Open to the public from Friday, 15 June 2018, No 5 on Hudson is an elegant new Art gallery based in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant. The gallery is spearheaded by former Country Living SA owner, Sandy De Bruin.

Drawing on themes like Women and Art and Shade of Grey, the former Miss South Africa has used her platform to focus on the empowerment and upliftment of female Artists in South Africa. When speaking of how she has selected the gallery’s featured Artists, Sandy explains, “My focus is not only on beautiful and meaningful Art, but how art translates into our environment and how it fits into our aesthetic space.”

Sandy has always had a penchant for Fine Art, seeing her passion for painting revived while living in London, finding a new appreciation for the Arts. Sandy spent her days artistically inclined, writing and painting. It was during this time that No 5 on Hudson was born.

Sandy has faultlessly hand-picked a selection of pieces by renowned local Artists, including Fiona Rowett, Nicole Pletts and Lesley Charnock to name a few, setting a curated style synopsis from the outset.

“South African Artists are incredibly talented and inspirational. They often stand out on the international stage, as is testament to the enormous number of Art pieces sold overseas,” notes Sandy. “I want visitors to No 5 on Hudson to be embraced in an experience that heightens the visual senses and appreciate Art in a space contemplated by soul and design.”

No 5 on Hudson is located on 5 Hudson Street, De Waterkant. The gallery is open from 9am – 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. For more information, please visit or contact No 5 on Hudson directly via 021 418 2783 or

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Disaronno Celebrates La Dolce Vita at True Italic
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In celebration of Italian Republic Day, Disaronno paired up with True Italic, an authentically Italian eatery owned by brother and sister duo Luca and Natasha Di Pasquale, to commemorate La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life. With strong influences from his Italian background, Luca drew inspiration from all around Italy.

“The challenge in creating the dishes for me was exciting,” notes Luca. “I am always looking for inspiration to recreate traditional Italian dishes drawing on modern flavours to create classic dishes with a contemporary twist while still respecting the ‘Italian way’.”

With a burst of flavour on the nose and a taste of almond and marzipan on the palate, Disaronno leaves a long sweetness with a faint bitterness on tongue, making it the perfect ingredient to reimage classic dining room favourites. 

Amongst his Disaronno creations was the Disaronno Stracciatella Risotto, a dish traditionally served with mozzarella, Luca was inspired by a Nepalese twist on the conventional risotto which sees white wine being replaced with amaretto.

With it’s almond taste, Disaronno makes for the perfect infusion to any dessert. Luca reinvented the traditional tiramisu, infusing it with the almond taste of Disaronno.

Following a successful launch in June, Disaronno is set to host a succession of secret soirées, taking guests on a flavour journey pairing classic Italian dishes with the unique taste of Disaronno.

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The Sanlam Top Destination Awards introduces the Water Sustainability Award
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The annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards expands this year with the addition of the Water Sustainability Award. The award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the most water conscious establishment.

"Securing a destination for future generations to enjoy cannot be done without businesses acknowledging and addressing sustainable tourism, and it's fitting to recognise those that do" says Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism.

Water 4 Cape Town was created as an informative platform pertaining to Cape Town’s water crisis. The platform advises citizens on ways to save water, provides educational programs and practises including up-to-date developments on the crisis.

“As the Sanlam Top Destination Awards have grown, so has our vision,” says Jonathan Pepler, founder of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards. “Starting with the Water Sustainability Award, we are working at identifying and acknowledging establishments which strive towards all five pillars of sustainability.”

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards has been created as an honorary platform for the Hospitality Industry in Southern Africa to put their best foot forward and to be selected as the national “Top Destination” in their respective categories and star grading. The awards event is hosted by Discount Traveler South Africa and serves to recognise the hard-working establishments of the country in one of the world’s most demanding markets.

This year, the prestigious gala ceremony will be hosted at The Table Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on 20 September where 40 winners from 13 400 nominees will receive their share of R1 000 000’s in advertising as well as the sought-after title of Top Destination in their respective categories and star grading. Each winner will also receive a Sanlam Top Destination Awards winner’s trophy and certificate.

Additional sponsors providing gifts, prizes and services at the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 include 3D Vitrual Africa, Travel Africa TV, Romatex Hospitality Textiles and David Green.

For more information on the awards, visit

Jade Allen
Disaronno to Launch a Series of Secret Soirees

Disaronno, Italy’s finest amaretto, will be whisking Capetonians away from their daily life, awakening the seductive taste of Italy as they host a soirée of cocktail adventures across the city of Cape Town.  

Guests will be invited to celebrate the love of Italy from the Mother City and dine with the finest flavours that Italy has to showcase. Welcoming the winter festivities over homemade Italian pasta paired beautifully with signature Disaronno cocktails.

As the dawn of summer breaks, Disaronno shall awaken a summer series of Cape to Capri events that will make their way across some of the city’s top beach front dining hot spots. Explore Italian-style canapes upon arrival while enjoying the tropical house sounds.

With a lineage dating back to one of the most romantic and creative periods in Italian history – the Renaissance era – the versatile and incomparable flavouring of Disaronno adds a unique element of innovation, sophistication and quality to more than 100 mixes.

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Sanlam Top Destination Awards to be Hosted at The Bay Hotel
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The Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 will be held at the prestigious Bay Hotel on Thursday, 20 September. Ideally located in Cape Town’s tourism hub, the five-star hotel boasts unsurpassed views across the world-renowned Camps Bay beach, making it the perfect location for a gala evening of this calibre. Sanlam Top Destination Awards was created in celebration of local hospitality personnel that have pioneered ahead of the game in the travel and tourism industry.

The black-tie awards, taking place in the newly renovated Rotunda, welcomes guests to an evening of decadent dining, tasteful entertainment, fine wines and an authentically #AfricanExplorer theme.   

Title sponsor for the awards remains financial giant, Sanlam. Other sponsors in support of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 include Romatex Hospitality Textiles, 3D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV, David Green Time Pieces.

Establishments can enter by registering on Public voting is open for guests, patrons and supporters to cast their votes on both the Discount Traveler and Top Destination Awards websites. Voters can win incredible prizes, including one of four uniquely crafted David Green time pieces, valued at R 4 000. Voting closes on 1st of August 2018.

Jade Allen
Break Through the Icy Winter with Shimmy Beach Club’s New Winter Menu

The iconic Shimmy Beach Club, positioned nearby the revamped Silo district, recently launched their new winter menu, inviting guests to enjoy an expansive array of delectable dishes in a warm, welcoming indoor setting that combines the comforts of winter with floor to ceiling ocean views. Using only the freshest locally sourced seasonal produce, Chef Adrian Cook balances elegance with indulgence for a comfort food-friendly cuisine.

Shimmy’s culinary journey starts with a wide selection of starters to whet the appetite, including the rich Venison and Leak Ragout in a bouchee with red wine and poached pears and a red wine reduction. The Ratatouille Tartlet with rocket, balsamic reduction, pesto and parmesan shaving offers a flavoursome vegetarian option.

For mains, Shimmy Beach is serving up seasonal staples like Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie and Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank, the perfect remedy for cold winter nights. The Chef’s succulent Sesame encrusted Norwegian Salmon with stir-fried veg invokes the heart-warming aromatics of Asian cuisine, or try the Biltong Encrusted Ostrich Fillet, packed with rich flavours and accompanied by a bed of roast beetroot and hummus puree, for a wholesome, hearty dish.

Draw the winter cheat card and delve in their decadent deserts. Spoil yourself with a Chai Matcha Crème Brulee topped with peanut brittle, red wine poached pears and a dousing of red wine reduction; Smoked Dark Chocolate Fondant with a dollop of Cognac ice cream; Pecan nut and Apricot bread and butter toasted sandwich; or try the trio of Milktart, Cape Brandy and Chocolate Fondant Spring rolls, each with their own delectable dipping sauce.

For the milder winter days, grab a platter of Shimmy’s generously portioned fresh cut sushi; sensational dim sum, or gourmet wood fired pizzas. Shimmy Beach Club offers carb-free pizza bases and carb-free sushi for a guilt-free treat.

Situated in the V&A Waterfront, Shimmy Beach Club is Cape Town’s luxury beachfront cuisine and entertainment destination. The kitchen is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 11pm. For table bookings, contact or call 021 200 7778.

Jade Allen
Empower Me: Fashion Focus A/W18
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Empower Me is thrilled to announce their next event themed “Fashion Focus A/W18” will be taking place on Wednesday, 2 May at Vista Marina, which is sure to get guests wardrobe-ready and inspired for winter.  

Guest speakers for the evening will be personal stylist, Marilize De Clercq and make-up artist Renee De Wit, from Gorgeous2Go. Marilize will be presenting a classic autumnal wardrobe as well as upcoming Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion trends to look out for. Renee will be sharing make-up tips and upcoming trends.

Tickets are priced at R550 and include a glass of Deetlefs wine or bubbly on arrival, inspiring talks by fantastic guest speakers, a delicious dinner, goodie-bag, fashion show and prize-giving. The evening will close off with a light-hearted after party. Deetlefs Wine and Mercedes-Benz Century City are among the esteemed sponsors for the evening.

Dress code is strictly cocktail chic. Guests are encouraged to bring along a notebook and a pen to take notes.

A percentage of this event’s ticket sales will be donated to the Dress For Success foundation. A clothing drive of gently worn work-wear will be collected on arrival.

Empower Me is an exclusive women’s network, the first of its kind, offering a diverse platform to elevate women in all aspects of their lives. Inspiring, motivating and empowering women to become the best authentic version of themselves.

The network includes a monthly glamorous event (as mentioned above) as well as an exclusive and limited membership “club”. This membership is limited to 200 members and offers insiders access to special offers, prize giveaways from their generous sponsors as well as access to business networking functions and exclusive social events.

For more information on becoming a member or to book your ticket, please contact Janine Brink on 079 036 7823 or

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The much-anticipated fashion event by OnTrend SA, is back with all the bells and whistles this May! Taking place at Shimmy Beach Club the collection of top-end young South African designers will be showcasing their latest ranges from eyewear to bags, 'his and hers' clothing, jewellery and more.

Taking place on 5 May from 12pm – 3pm, tickets are available through Webtickets at R150.00 and include two welcome drinks as well as a selection of salmon/ tuna or chicken poke bowl. A fashion-show will take place near the Shimmy Absolute bar at 2pm featuring each of the celebrated designers number one garments and have them on sale for exceptional prices.

On the decks will be Dean Fuel & Bryan Farrow, setting the tempo whilst guests network, nibble, drink, mingle and shop. Some of the designers include Silueta Fashion, The Love Club, Sawoti Swim & Dark Paradise. Bookings in advance is essential as tickets are limited. Go to WEBTICKETS to book your spot now. For more information on the event and featured designers go to OnTrend SA on facebook or Ontrend_sa on Instagram or visit the website on

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Designers that wish to showcase their latest ranges - please contact Jessica at

Jade Allen
Seasoned - Friday Nights at Shimmy Beach
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Your Friday night just got tastier with the launch of Shimmy Beach Club’s new weekly dinner offering. Seasoned celebrates food that is made for sharing, with a relaxed potluck-style dining experience in their 220-seater restaurant, with high ceilings and ocean views. To add some extra flavour to the experience, Shimmy resident DJ Sox will be laying down the tunes on the restaurant decks, with a live instrumental accompaniment that will change each week. This is Friday, perfectly Seasoned. 

The menus on offer are designed for groups of four and upwards and will consist of a themed range of dishes that will change each week. Whether it’s a Mexican fiesta-style spread, slow roasted lamb with all the trimmings or an Indian curry banquet with fresh sambal on offer, it will be delicious comfort food that’s made for sharing, grazing and wiling away the time with great company.