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Gåte at Quoin Rock is the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner
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Gåte restaurant’s exceptional gourmet cuisine has been affirmed by triumphant wins at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

There is much to celebrate on the lavish Quoin Rock estate and these accolades highlight the skill of Head Chef Nicole Loubser and her team.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards are seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury restaurant industry, offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players.

Gåte has been declared the 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner, and well as the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner. It also secured the 2019 Molecular Cuisine Global Winner honour, plus the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ Best Head Chef - Global Winner accolade - which recognizes sustained commitment to service excellence and outstanding achievement in the international restaurant industry.

In addition, the Knorhoek Valley estate also scooped a win for 2019 Outstanding Architecture Continent Winner: Africa.

Head Chef Nicole Loubser delineates the brilliance of top level dining at Gåte. Her artistry was honed at Jan Hendrik’s 1 star Michelin restaurant in Nice and at Salzburg’s 2 Michelin star Ikarus. 

Nicole maximizes her expertise in the farm’s unusually large kitchen. “It’s a lot of fun as it’s bigger than most in terms of space as well as equipment. Gåte is cutting edge because we not only focus on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses of the guest. As such, it’s not just another wine farm but a high-end fine dining venue,” she adds.

“We focus on getting local food in, and also expensive items like truffles. We are setting up a greenhouse so we can be sustainable and have hydroponics in the kitchen for our own micro herbs and flowers.”

Gåte’s new menu launches on 1 August. “We’ve picked 14 countries to embody a taste-driven odyssey, fusing their flavours with South African cuisine.”

The fourteen-course menu can be enjoyed as a seven-course dinner, or five-course lunch menu. Lunch includes two teaser dinner dishes. Food is paired with 10 estate wines.

Daytime Experience: Tues – Sun, 12 – 2pm, R650. With wine pairing R950.
Night time: Tues - Sat, 6pm – late, Gourmet menu R1450. With wine pairing R2150.
Tasting menu: R1050. With wine pairing R1500.
Contact: +27 21 888 4750,
Open: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Quoin Rock Wine Estate: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600

New York Fashion Week Is Coming To Town
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Strap on your high heels, New York Fashion Week is coming to Town! Friday, 11 October 2019 sees New York Fashion Week designers gracing the runway at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, South Africa.

Producers Red Carpet Creative in collaboration with Runway Prestige New York have hand-picked a curated selection of showstopping ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion designers direct from the Big Apple, bringing the freshest tailored trends to our doorstep. “We are beyond excited for this sublime collaboration of SA-NYC; transcending borders and breaking boundaries, we lift the curtain and unveil the best of the world’s culture capitals” says Jade Allen of Red Carpet Creative.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets start at R495 a pop, covering all bases from food to fashion, cocktail and beauty bars and everything in between. Gorgeous gifts, giveaways and surprise live entertainment acts to blow the hair back. Crystal Tower’s Orah bar will host the official after party. For R1400 (per person sharing) guests can upgrade their tickets with a stay over at Crystal Towers Hotel inclusive of breakfast.

"Runway Prestige is based on the vision of unity and exclusivity” explains Rabab Abdalla, Founder, Executive Producer of Runway Prestige New York. “We believe in fostering a space of tolerance and respect whilst cultivating and encouraging our fashion designer's creativity and cross-cultural fashion exploration. We are extremely excited to bring our New York fashion production to South Africa. Our aim is to empower designers to explore other ecosystems of production and distribution. We are transcending geographical boundaries and creating an open platform for designers to be inspired by other cultural fashion history, trends and expression."

Innovative, modern design emanating cotemporary sophistication and luxury, Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers offers the quintessential space for a global fashion event. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Century City urban hub, set beside the palm-lined canal and boasts majestic views of Table Mountain.

Says SA Haute Couture Designer, Jacques LaGrange “having worked with NYFW for the past three years consecutively, I can confidently say that South Africa is right up there in terms of vision and quality. The cross pollination of NY and SA makes perfect sense in the world of fashion and gives people something truly spectacular to look forward to and be a part of!”

Guests are encouraged to leave their cars at home and Uber in safety and in style. Uber is offering guests R100 off their first ride with the promo code NYRCapeTown.

Tickets can be purchased via For more details, email or you can visit the Facebook Event Page.

Exalted Quoin Rock Pushes The Limits Of Creative Artistry

Since its launch in November 2018, family-owned Quoin Rock Estate has introduced a new dimension of luxury to the Cape winelands.

Elegant, chic and eye-catching, everything at Quoin Rock offers a refined experience - designer architecture and furnishings, award-winning wine, and superb molecular gastronomy at Gåte Restaurant, which pushes boundaries with arty aesthetics and a playful spirit that epitomises the theatre of food.

Quoin Rock’s exclusive use Manor House maximises sweeping views of the Simonsberg, which can also be enjoyed from the Gåte tasting lounge and terrace, and a newly-built function venue overlooking the estate vineyards.

The farm’s transformation has taken place over six years, when the Gaiduk family purchased it in 2012. Managing Director Denis Gaiduk explains: “My dad Vitaly Gaiduk is a wine enthusiast and as his collection grew, he decided to ‘paint his own painting’. He was looking to buy a wine farm in Italy but saw this amazing farm and fell in love with it. It took several years to improve the vineyards, with the aim being to create wine which would compete on the international market. Our Quoin Rock Shiraz 2015 is already a Top 12 Shiraz in South Africa – and this is a beginning. We want to create something big, bold and powerful.”

Denis’ wish is for guests to quieten and savour their excellent wines. “I want to be a wine lounge, because if you’re drinking an exceptional wine it can’t just be quick.”

What makes Quoin Rock so inimitable is the uniqueness of the terrior, the winemaking techniques and mountain views. “This place is built to enjoy the beauty of the surrounds - at daytime for people to have more of a wine experience and at night to have more of a food experience,” he adds.

Helmed by Head Chef Nicole Loubser fronting a team of 11 chefs, Gåte has taken innovative dining to new heights. The novelty of dining here includes a fourteen-course menu presented in cube format. 

Nicole brings expertise acquired at Jan Hendrik’s 1 star Michelin restaurant in Nice and Salzburg’s 2 star Ikarus. “Dining at Gåte is cutting edge because we focus not just on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses.”

Part of the joy of this superb gourmet indulgence is the artistic presentation. “When I plate, it’s like a canvas.” Guests can choose from a seven-course dinner, or a five-course lunch menu. Lunch includes two teaser dinner dishes.

Food is paired with 10 estate wines, which includes two bubbles. Winemaker Jacques Maree explains: “Our wine has the ability to pair fantastically with any food. We’ve got grapes from Elim and Stellenbosch which give two different fruit profiles.”

“The Simonsberg is your classical Bordeaux area, so the result is more new world, bigger structures and fruit forward.” Quoin Rock also does a grappa.

Special events and weddings are superbly catered for in a function hall accommodating parties of 150 to 200 people, and offers three catering options.

The beautiful Manor House epitomizes the opulent Quoin Rock lifestyle. In keeping with opulent villas popular for multi-age family travel, this exclusive, tranquil haven accommodates 14 people. Features include a honeymoon suite and garden designed by Francesca Watson. Packages range from bed and breakfast to full board for a minimum stay of two nights.

Daytime Experience: Tues – Sun, 12 – 3pm, R900. With wine pairing R1 250.
Night time: Tues - Sat, 6pm – late, Gourmet menu R1 700. With wine pairing R2 400
Tasting menu: R1050. With wine pairing R1500.
Contact: +27 21 888 4750,
Open: Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Quoin Rock Wine Estate: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600

A Triple Win for Red Carpet Creative

Celebrating its tenth year in operation, boutique PR, marketing and events agency, Red Carpet Creative, celebrates three new top tier client acquisitions on the local and global markets.

Bringing haute couture fresh from New York Fashion Week to South African soil, Red Carpet Creative has been selected to partner with Prestige Runway New York, debuting the New York Runway show on 11 October 2019. Set to take place at Marriott Hotel Cape Town Crystal Towers, the collection of NYFW designers will introduce leading fashion trends to the local market, taking back inspiration from the multiplicity of cultural influences and artistic trends South Africa offers the world.

Red Carpet also recently signed the immaculate five-star Quoin Rock winery, Manor House, venue hall and molecular gastronomy Gåte Restaurant in Stellenbosch. The full spec 360-degree marketing portfolio will see the launch of the new Gåte menu in August presented by Head Chef Nicole Loubser; the launch of the esteemed Icon Wine and finally the debut of the annual Wedding & Wine Show. 

In addition to the First Thursday Movie Nights at 15 on Orange Hotel featuring a series of Quentin Tarantino Cult Classics, Red Carpet Creative has simultaneously spearheaded the alluring First Thursday Night Markets at Botanik Social House on Queen Victoria Street in CPT.

A collection of SA’s trendy retail, beauty and lifestyle vendors under one roof. With free entrance, complimentary Belvedere welcome cocktails on offer and Kweyol street food style cuisine, the DJ driven fiesta caters a refreshing new take on Cape Town’s monthly art institution.

Stay up to date on Red Carpet news and upcoming events here. For any related inquiries please contact

Tarantino's Cult Classic Screenings on First Thursday

First Thursday Cult Classic Series at 15 On Orange, Autograph Collection

Tarantino’s films are known for intricately woven individual stories with engaging characters and on-screen violence. Quentin has been turning heads since his first film ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and has continued to do so with all of his films including the upcoming and much anticipated ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt.

Tarantino’s feature films have received countless awards and praises, 15 On Orange Hotel will be showcasing Tarantino’s all-time classics and fan favourites on First Thursday in July and August 2019.

Without a doubt and an easy choice for the second Cult Classic screening will be the award-winning Pulp Fiction with a star-studded cast by the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis to name a few. The film revolves around two hitmen with a fondness for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss/gangster, his actress wife, a struggling boxer, master fixer and an anxious pair of armed robbers.

For the next screening the chosen film is Inglourious Basterds, which might be his most entertaining one of them all, with scenes of high-tension verbal sparring and scalp-smashing mayhem, all erupting when Tarantino’s band of vigilantes (led by Brad Pitt’s drawling lieutenant Aldo Raine) gun down their German rivals in a blaze of glory. Basterds is also notable for introducing the world to Christoph Waltz, who won the Oscar for his performance as the silver-tongued sociopath Colonel Landa, one of the most compelling film villains in history. This film left a distinguished mark in Tarantino's filmography.

Guests can expect to watch their all-time favourite movies in luxurious comfort with an elegantly furnished lounge-style cinema, mouth-watering movie box meals and artfully crafted; Wixworth Gin welcome drinks. Cocoafair will be offering guests decadent hot chocolate halfway through the film. This all-inclusive sensorial experience only costs R185 per person. Seating is limited and bookings in advance essential. Book your tickets now on Quicket ( or email for more information.



Where: Corner of Orange Street and Grey’s Pass, Gardens

When: First Thursday 4 July 2019

What: Autograph Collection first Thursday Movie Nights

Dress Code: Cocktail chic

Contact:  081 462 5076

For More info:




Where: Corner of Orange Street and Grey’s Pass, Gardens

When: First Thursday 1 August 2019

What: Autograph Collection first Thursday Movie Nights

Dress Code: Cocktail chic

Contact:  081 462 5076

For More info:



(Cape Town, South Africa) 15 on Orange, Autograph Collection Hotel hosted an Empower Me Event on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. This New York themed networking event was organised by Empower Me founder, Janine Brink in collaboration with renowned fashion designer Jacques LaGrange.

The haute couture dinner was set in an opulent, exquisitely furnished private dining room, offering ultimate luxury and fine dining. The table design and setting was beautifully created by Zam&Zor Events. 15 On Orange Autograph Collection is a five star venue and a destination hub situated in the heart of the city, newly refurbished in luxurious modernity and lush greenery with breath-taking views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

The glamourous affair commenced at 6:30pm with Disaronno and Fitch & Leedes cocktails as welcome drinks. Happy Culture Kombucha and The Dutchess zero alcohol drinks were also available. Deetlefs MCC was specially poured for the Empower Me VIP members on arrival, as an extra spoil. Guests were welcomed by classic lounge beats played Anthea Scholtz which set the mood for the New York inspired evening of glitz and glam.

Esteemed guests were then led into the Private Dining room and welcomed by Empower Me founder, Janine Brink. Empower Me is an exclusive women’s network – the first of its kind to offer a diverse platform to empowering women in different areas of their lives. Inspiring and motivating women to become the best authentic version of themselves. This one-of-a-kind networking event gave the opportunity for multi-faceted modern females to interact with like-minded women.

Ash Evans was the guest speaker for the evening. An international TV reporter and show host, who founded The King’s Speech and now recently, she also launched the Ash Evans Company – to provide media training and presentation skills workshops for women.  Ash’s message was based on self-confidence and the mindset to change to become your most powerful self.

Next the 'King of Couture', Jacques LaGrange, showcased his exquisite haute couture New York Fashion Week collection in a dramatic show for the guests to enjoy. The ladies all marvelled at his creations and talent.

A delectable three-course dinner was prepared by notable Executive Chef, Tamsyn Wells.  As starters, guests were treated to a Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari with a lime dipping sauce, followed by a choice of a flavoursome grilled chalmar beef sirloin with a cauliflower couscous, caramelised baby onions and bordelaise jus or a grilled line fish with sauté wild mushrooms, fondant potato and pea puree and to end off the evening of elegance, Tia Maria spoilt the guests with their acclaimed Espresso Martinis. 

In addition to all the appetizing haute bistronomy, guests were enlightened with remarkable guest speakers, entertainment, luxury giveaways and an incredible goodie-bag to take home.


15 on Orange Urban Oasis Offers a Fresh Take on First Thursdays

(Cape Town, South Africa) 15 on Orange offers a refreshing new take on First Thursdays with a fully immersive five- star cinematic experience - The Autograph Collection - Art of Gin First Thursday Movie Nights.

The sensorial experience is set in an opulent, elegantly furnished lounge-style cinema, offering ultimate comfort and relaxation.

This series of experiential evenings kicked off on Thursday, 2 May 2019, with Tracy-Lee Rosslind’s Alice in Wonderland themed birthday celebration, hosting esteemed guests Nadia Jaftha, Alyssa Kirby Cole, Sheri Greenway, Jade Robertson, Nuzhah Jacobs, Aqeelah Harron Ally and Kiara Kittner to name a few.  

With an artistic take on First Thursdays, the Winter Edition of Quentin Tarantino Cult Classics will premier to the public on Thursday 6 June. Quentin’s films are characterized by their non sequential story lines with a satirical flair and references to pop culture. He is the king of on-screen violence and elongated dialogues, his casts often consists of well-known and respected actors.  One of his first and most well-known award winning films; Kill Bill Vol.1 will kick off the series.

A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes up from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. She is driven by an unquenchable need for revenge, she makes it her mission to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. The Bride sets off on her pursuit of justice, enduring unthinkable injuries and immoral enemies.

Tarantino’s second feature film is one of the very best crime dramas ever with engaging characters; non‑stop action; and intricately woven individual stories, Pulp Fiction follows on 4 July 2019. Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a fondness for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and an anxious pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

By now, you’d think that we’d have become accustomed to Tarantino pulling the rug out from under our feet. After all, this is the man who made his name with a heist film that didn’t actually have a heist in it. Yet within the first five minutes of Inglorious Basterds, it’s clear that he’s done it again. It is the first year of Germany's occupation of France. Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) gathered a squad of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retaliation against the Nazis. Pitt and his ensemble cast join forces with Bridget von Hammersmark, a German actress and undercover agent, to bring down the leaders of the Third Reich. Their fates intersect with theatre owner Shosanna Dreyfus, who pursues to take vengeance for the Nazis' execution of her family. On 1st of August the award-winning Inglorious Basterds will be showcased.

The Cult Classic screenings will commence at 7:30pm. The offering includes an art exhibition by Linnea Frank, a Wixworth Art of Gin mixology bar for welcome cocktails and a delectable movie meal at R185 per person, all inclusive. Seating is limited and bookings in advance essential. For more info go to the Facebook Event Page or email  



Where: Corner of Orange Street and Grey’s Pass, Gardens

When: First Thursday 6 June 2019

What: Autograph Collection first Thursday Movie Nights

Dress Code: Cocktail chic

Contact:  081 462 5076

For More info:




Where: Corner of Orange Street and Grey’s Pass, Gardens

When: First Thursday 4 July 2019

What: Autograph Collection first Thursday Movie Nights

Dress Code: Cocktail chic

Contact:  081 462 5076

For More info:




Where: Corner of Orange Street and Grey’s Pass, Gardens

When: First Thursday 1 August 2019

What: Autograph Collection first Thursday Movie Nights

Dress Code: Cocktail chic

Contact:  081 462 5076

For More info:

Website: QUICKET LINK                        

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(Cape Town, South Africa) Fine dining meets haute couture at the Empower Me Dinner hosted at the 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

'King of Couture', Jacques LaGrange, brings his New York Fashion Week collection into motion, accompanying a delectable three-course dinner orchestrated by notable Executive Chef, Tamsyn Wells. This exclusive network dinner invites like-minded women to join in an evening of glits and glam in a New York setting.

The evening commences at 6:30pm with Disaronno welcome cocktails to the sound of Anthea Scholtz' uplifting beats and the formal dinner kicks off at 7:30pm. Between starters, mains and a Tia Maria Dessert, guest speakers and luxury giveaways, the bedecked dining room will transform into LaGrange’s petite runway.

Empower Me also offers a limited "inner circle" VIP Club Membership which entitles cardholders to various value-ads and discounts from luxury brand affiliates. VIP members can expect extra spoils at the event as well as 10% reduction off their ticket price.

Tickets are priced at R550 and available through their website For further enquiries contact Janine on 079 036 7823 or                      



VENUE: 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection, Corner of Orange Street & Grey’s Pass, Gardens

DATE: Wednesday 29 May 2019

TIME: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

DRESS CODE: New York Cocktail





*vegetarian options available on request


Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari

Dipping sauce, lime


Main Course

Frilled Chalmar Beef Sirloin

Cauliflower couscous, caramelized baby onions and bordelaise jus


Grilled Line Fish

Sauté wild mushrooms, fondant potato, pea puree



Tia Maria Cocktail

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