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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

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.

Beach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club
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Serving up your Sunday with ice-cold margaritas deals, inflatable fun, Shimmy sushi platters specials and a beaching line-up of live DJs all day. 

Sand between your toes, an icy cold margarita in your hand, sushi platters for days and musical bliss emanating from a line-up of Cape Town’s finest local, as well as international guest DJs. Welcome to Beach House, every Sunday at Shimmy Beach Club.

Beach House is the chance to decompress from the weekend revelry in an idyllic ocean side setting, with a slow build of house music beats that will bring you right back into the moment. Relax on a lilo, dance in the sand, sip on a margarita and forget that tomorrow’s Monday, because this is the way to really make Sunday count.

Shimmy has specially designed a Beach House menu that will sooth both taste buds and any inkling of budget-related woes. And with NO COVER CHARGE, there is no need to spend your Sunday anywhere else.

For table bookings, call 021 200 7778 or email

Follow the EVENT PAGE for weekly line-ups and updates.

Please note that regular lunch and dinner bookings will operate as usual.

Shimmy Beach Club Presents #ExtraAF

Mzansi’s most renowned beach front destination, Shimmy Beach Club presents #ExtraAF. With the first edition kicking off on Freedom Day, chart topper Cassper Nyovest will headline the debut, featuring a supporting line up of SA’s best local hip-hop/rap acts. Expect massive stage production, big sound, a stylish crowd and the biggest day to night party at Cape Town’s flyest location.

Tickets are available via Nutickets and range from R 150 for Early Bird General Access to R 300 VIP. For more information, call 021 200 7778 or email

A Table with a View of the Bay at The 41
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The 41, a recently launched premium restaurant based on the Camps Bay strip, offers unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. With an extensive, multifaceted menu, the restaurant offers a diverse culinary experience. The chic, minimalist setting with dark hues and illustrious Mumm Champagne bar fountain creates an atmosphere of understated opulence.

French restaurateurs, hoteliers and owners of The 41, Gilles Blanc and partner Nicholas Da Costa, have fronted a number of eminent establishments across the globe from Singapore and Laos to Australia. “Cape Town emanates a relaxed and laid-back ambience, with exquisite scenic elements and a strong foodie culture” Explains owner, Gilles Blanc, “this inspired us to open our restaurant in Camps Bay – serving the freshest, finest quality local produce with an international flair.”

The 41 kitchen, spearheaded by Chef Aristotle, offers a carefully curated contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Signature staples include seafood, sushi, burgers and pizzas. Three unique dishes are added to the menu each day offering guests with an adventurous palate a unique and creative dining experience. Boasting a hand-picked selection of wines to compliment the menu, 41 is also renowned for its bespoke cocktails designed by on-sight mixologist.

Chef Aristotle trained in the Michelin-Starred Restaurant Spondi in Athens, with acclaimed American Chef Ari Tsanaklidi; subsequently becoming Executive Chef at the Kivotos Club Hotel in Mykonos. After moving to South Africa Aristotle scooped up a number of Four and Five Star Wine Magazine awards, working in partnership with the likes of Anno Domini, as well as a Five Star rating whilst heading up the kitchen at Fork restaurant in Cape Town. 

For bookings in advance, please contact: or call 021 437 0558. To stay up-to-date with The 41’s upcoming events go to:

Where elegance meets the ocean
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by Jade Allen

Mediterranean Dining at Its Best

The V&A Waterfront’s yacht basin recently upgraded with a tasteful (in both the literal and figurative sense) addition to its five-star setting. Nestled beside the world renowned Two Oceans Aquarium, family owned Mediterranean Style restaurant, Vista Marina, is fast catching guests’ attention with its aromatic cuisine and unsurpassed location.

Dappled amongst an array of the country’s finest hotel’s like the Cape Grace, One & Only, Victoria and Alfred and Queen Victoria to name a few, Vista is by no argument in prime positioning. Overlooking the luxury yachts, Vista’s alfresco dining option, along with its vast indoor venue (reminiscent of the inside of a grand, modern luxury liner) both offer breakfast, lunch and dinner seating.

“We’re a family owned and run business. It’s important for us, to ensure that all our guests feel welcomed when they come to Vista Marina. Through our combined heritage we naturally gravitated towards Mediterranean cuisine, the energy of the Mediterranean, clean flavours and fresh product, that’s what we want our guests to experience,” says Vista Marina owner, Thelma Francisco.

Vista Marina doubles up as both restaurant and multifaceted function venue for premium private and corporate functions, having hosted an array of events from The Audi South African Wine Awards to The Red Carpet Fashion Show and the Bokeh Film Festival, to name a few.

Inside, the restaurant can seat 120 guests, making use of the stage table for presentations and live performances. The stage table can also be used for smaller groups and can seat a maximum of 16 guests. For groups of 50 guests or less three main course dining options are made available. Groups of 50 or more have a choice between two main course options preselected by guests in advance. Cocktail style events can comfortably host 200 guests inside with a substantial selection of delicious canapes to choose from.

Adjacent to the restaurant, is the glass enclosed conservatory deck with panoramic views of the Marina and Table Mountain, perfect for breakfast, brunch, high tea or cocktail events, and can host up to 200 guests. For a super-premium VVIP experience, the Vista Marina Blue Room is ideal for lavish private dining - a long wooden table, seating twelve guests in navy blue velvet wing back chairs. An opulent gold and black handmade crystal chandelier suspends over dining area, offering a somewhat royal dining experience with a nautical flair at its finest.

“We are honoured to be elected as the official after party venue for the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) this March, 2018. The finest jazz artists from around South Africa will be visiting and performing at our venue” remarks Francisco. “We also have an array of other very exciting events lined up throughout the year. In addition to our monthly Deetlefs Date Nights featuring Ricky Botsis, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter weekend and Christmas in July (during the first half of the year) we’ll also be hosting regular performances with various musicians, jazz artists and djs throughout. Other exciting events we have lined up include food and wine pairing evenings during winter, where our chef and leading winemakers will curate beautiful five to eight course tasting menus.”

The Mediterranean inspired menu at Vista incudes dishes such as the Linguine frutti di mare dressed with succulent mussels, prawns, baby calamari and the freshest catch of fish in a putanesca sauce; St Tropez bouillabaisse with line fish, black mussels, prawns, baby calamari, doused in a classic bouillabaisse broth topped with crostini; or the classic hake and chips with a fresh Greek side salad. “My personal favourite, and a dish that is close to my heart is the slow roasted lamb shank with crispy roast potatoes and cucumber riata. It’s an age-old recipe passed down through my family from generation to generation” says Francisco.

Other dishes that stand out on the menu include the lamb chops plated with polenta gnocchi, roast veg, wild mushroom and garlic jus; woodfired lamb or chicken souvlaki in a honey and herb marinade served with cos lettuce, grilled veg, olives, pita bread and tzatziki, and a selection of gourmet pizzas for something easy and on the go. On a sweeter note, the traditional Greek dish - Baklava with pistachio ice cream, and Vista’s salted caramel, popcorn semifreddo with honey roasted brazil nuts.

The venue lends itself ideally towards the corporate sector for quiet lunch meetings and functions, with the convenience of being in the central Waterfront vicinity, yet slightly out the major hustle and bustle. Though, being right beside the Two Oceans Aquarium it doubles up as a great family destination too. “We have taken family dining into consideration with a delicious assortment of kiddies dishes” adds Francisco. “It’s such a great outing for families to experience the excitement of a world class aquarium excursion before relaxing beside the sea for a hearty meal right next door.” Two Oceans Aquarium ticket holders are also privy to 10% off their bill.

Adding another element of luxury to this sea-facing, Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, is the Vista Marina yacht, which accommodates up to 12 pax at a time. The yacht can be hired in advance for cruises around the Atlantic Seaboard, with private catering and beverages provided by Vista Marina.

To experience this St Tropez style setting for a la carte dining, private or corporate events or a trip on the Vista yacht, contact or call 021 814 4510. 

Hospitality, LifestyleJade Allen
New year, new you! Join the myUTOPIA #FitFam
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If you like many others have set New Year's Resolutions and fitness goals for 2018 then now is the perfect time to join myUTOPIA. The studios are a cut above the competition with everything you need provided and five star service from the guest relations teams as well as some of the best teachers in Cape Town combined with a variety of classes.

The next bodTOPIA 12 week body transformation challenge with Candibod started on Monday, 15 January 2018. The bodTOPIA challenge is the perfect way to kickstart your 2018 fitness goals and will leave you feeling stronger, leaner and more determined with a support network to keep you motivated. There's still time to sign up to get your body bikini-ready!

The next #25DayYogaChallenge at myUTOPIA will take place in February. Being the month of love the studio is celebrating the heart and encourage participants to help raise funds for Heart Kids.

"I love the variety of classes and teachers. I like mixing it up between vinyasa and bikram but I also love trying different classes like the Goddess yoga and Chakra yoga classes. Having a locker at the studio with extra sets of clothes – which get washed for you – and toiletries makes getting to class so much easier! The studio is a beautiful space – perfect for quick meetings and very centrally located – and the coffee is fab too!" - Amy Hoppy - Food and Managing Editor, Women's Health