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On Thursday, 7 March 2019 a group of influential women joined together to celebrate Empower Me network’s one-year anniversary. Esteemed guests, delicious cocktails, live music and culinary delights; combined with the incredible spirit of feminine unity, encompassed this more-than-memorable occasion set in Cape Town’s premium 15 On Orange, Autograph Collection Hotel.

Set in one of Cape Town’s most picturesque venues, overlooking the breath-taking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, guests arrived to uplifting beats played by DJ Anthea Scholtz and were welcomed with cocktails by Aperol, Deetlefs and The Duchess.

An array of delectable canapés, created by the hotel’s renowned executive chef, Tamsyn Wells, circulated throughout the venue.

The newly renovated Urban Oasis lounge and poolside bar area with its lush greenery was a perfect match to the Island Chic theme of the event.

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.

In the spirit of empowerment, the esteemed guests were given the opportunity to empower other less affluent women in South Africa through donating to the non-profit organization Great Girls. This mentorship programme is run by a diverse group of women in Cape Town, that aims to bridge the gap between high-school education and full-time employment for disadvantaged girls.


Guests were spoilt with the chance to win in the luxury lucky-draws. Over and above this guests went home with goodie bags filled with gifts from Caribbean Tan, Deetlefs Wine, Carolina Herrera, Chocolate by Tomes, BOS ice tea, Fairlady, True Love and Women’s Health magazines.

This influential event exceeded the expectations of the guests, leaving them with a more than spectacular evening.

To join the ‘Empower Me’ network and for more information on upcoming events check out their



WIN a Limited Edition Disaronno wears Trussardi Gift Set!

Disaronno® returns with its sixth Limited Edition designer bottle: “Disaronno wears Trussardi”, once again choosing the Italian lifestyle brand to dress its trademark bottle.

Italian tradition, innovation and elegance are shared values between these two iconic brands. Trussardi’s recognizable textures combined with the Greyhound monogram in fuchsia, green and light blue brush strokes framing the signature bottle, with an eye-catching contemporary result.

The new Disaronno wears Trussardi bottle is the ideal gift for style enthusiasts. The ultimate star of parties, perfect for a splash of colour in the home and above all – to enjoy its unique taste and quality, for special moments in the company of friends.

TO ENTER: Go to our Facebook Page and in the comments section tell us how you best enjoy your Disaronno - be it on the rocks, cocktail infused or as a baking ingredient.

The limited Edition 'Disaronno Wears Trussardi' gift set is valued at R1000 per and comprises a 750 ml bottle and 6 miniatures.



The exclusive women’s network, Empower Me, invites ladies to join in celebrating their One Year Birthday, hosted at Cape Town’s chic Urban Oasis, 15 On Orange, on Thursday 7 March, 2019.

The cocktail evening, coinciding with First Thursday, offers a networking opportunity at the glamorous new poolside bar. Commencing at 6:30 pm, guests will enjoy a variety of complimentary welcome drinks, delectable bowl dining and live entertainment by DJ Anthea Scholtz. Each of the attendees will also receive a fabulous goody bag and stand to win prizes, including an overnight stay for two including breakfast at the five Star 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph collection.

Empower Me was founded by Financial Advisor, Janine Brink with the aim to inspire, motivate and empower women to become the best authentic version of themselves. Hosting glamorous monthly events with prolific guest speakers, on a range of pertinent topics relevant to different areas of women’s lives. Empower Me also offers a limited VIP Club entitling members to various value-ads and discounts from luxury brand affiliates. As of March 2019, the women’s network will be introducing various workshops throughout the year.

Tickets are priced at R350. Bookings in advance is essential. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the NPO, Great Girls.

For more information on the Empower Me Birthday Soiree go to the Facebook Event Page or contact Janine Brink 079 036 7823 or go to


Savour Food and Ayama Wine Pairing at 15 On Orange


15 On Orange, Autograph Collection, hosted the Savour and Ayama Pairing on Thursday, 28 February from 12:30pm to 3pm.  Spearheaded by Slent Farm owner, Michela Dalpiaz and Executive Chef at 15 On Orange, Tamsyn Wells.

15 On Orange is situated in the heart of the city, as you enter this newly refurbished Urban Oasis you are welcomed by a magnificent setting, a delightful marriage of luxurious modernity and lush greenery with the breathtaking views of table mountain.

The six-course luncheon highlighted Chef Tamsyn’s immaculate adaptation of the international bistromony food trend paired with a variety of exquisite wines from Ayama.

The immersive sensory experience kicked off with a glass of Ayama Leopard Spot White 2017; the freshness of the wine made for an ideal pairing with the Beef fillet tartare, crispy beef lard, potato, chives and parmesan.

Next was a true taste of Italy on our South African soils. Being the very first Vermentino to be grown and harvested in South Africa, after six long years of propagation in quarantine, 2014 saw the first hectare released from the nursery for planting at AYAMA. A glass of classic Sardinia Vermentino offered up lively aromas of pear, white peach, lime and pink grapefruit with subtle notes of crushed rocks and citrus zest, perfectly paired with the first course; Beetroot and goats chevin, baby candy beetroot, pickled onion, quinoa, cashew tahini and candied walnut.

For the third course the executive chef, Tamsyn  Wells delighted the taste buds with dill cured gravadlax, shaved asparagus, pickled radish, citrus crème and ikura caviar paired with the Ayma Baboons Cheek Viognier 2017.

Michela entertained the guests with tales of the farm and the successes they have had over the past few years, including being a first-time winner in 2015 at the Absa Top 10 trophies for their respective Pinotage 2017. The Pinotage has rich tasting notes; flavours of ripe plums and cherries, rich with a persistent finish with aromas of overripe berries, blackcurrants, and an earthy undertone, a harmonious balance noted by an elegant structure. This established wine was perfectly matched with the roast chalmar beef rib eye and vanilla puree, sauerkraut and mushroom soil.

To bridge the guests from savoury to sweet, Tamsyn created a mouth-watering fifth course with traits similar to a cheese board – Forest hill manchego cheese, spiced plum compote and seeded parmesan, the Ayama Petite Sirah had an excellent flow through onto the palate resulting in the perfect pairing.

The last course was the one no one expected, created by 15 On Orange’s Executive Pastry Chef, Retha Thorpe. A beautiful work of art consisting of a cherry glaze, crisp wafer center and burnt meringue left the guests speechless and wanting more.           

This presentation of exquisite wine and culinary arts highlighted the variety of dishes 15 On Orange has to offer for all their guests at the Savour Restaurant.

For more information:

Contact: 021 469 8000 or email


Tia Maria Milk Tart

It's National Milk Tart Day!

Try our untraditional 15-minute take on a Milk Tart with Tia Maria


  • 200g packet tennis biscuits, crushed

  • 80g butter, melted

  • 385g tin condensed milk

  • 750ml milk

  • 15ml Tia Maria

  • 100ml cornflour

  • 80ml water

  • 5ml vanilla essence

  • 2 eggs

  • pinch salt

  • ground cinnamon, for dusting


  1. Blitz the biscuits until fine. Mix in the butter and press into a 27cm fluted tart dish. Chill in the fridge. Combine condensed milk, Tia Maria and milk, and microwave for 3 minutes.

  2. Combine the cornflour, water, vanilla, eggs and salt. Stir this mixture into the condensed milk mixture until smooth. Microwave for about 5 minutes, stirring every minute, until starting to thicken. Pour over the biscuit base. Keep aside until set and cooled. Dust with cinnamon.    


Valentine's Day at 15 On Orange

Looking for a romantic urban oasis to celebrate at this Valentine’s Day?

The glamorously refurbed 15 on Orange Autograph Collection Hotel invites guests (in-house and public) to wine and dine in decadence on Thursday, 14 February 2019.

Savour Restaurant’s Executive chef, Tamsyn Wells, will be serving up a discerningly delectable five-course set menu (R550) paired perfectly with award-winning Ayama Wines. Guests will also receive a complimentary welcome drink and Valentine’s gift, as well as standing a chance to win a stay-for-two compliments of Marriott.

Seductive dishes will be served up such as the Grilled crispy skin seabass with chorizo cassoulet, parsnip crisps and arugula salad; Roast Chalmar beef fillet served with smoked bone marrow jus, grilled shallots, potato fondant and beetroot puree and their Dulcey and bitter chocolate semifreddo with meringue, cherries in kirsch and candied hazelnuts to name a few.

The feastery of fusion flavours is set amidst an illustrious inner-city oasis like setting. Five-star sophistication with state-of-the-art furnishings surrounded by double and triple volume glass walls unveiling unsurpassed views of Table Mountain and Lions Head; welcoming in an immersive summer-sunset dining golden glow.

Live entertainment by Francesca Biancoli for added auditory ambience to complete the five-star experience.

Seating is limited and bookings in advance essential. To place your reservation, contact 021 469 8000 or For more information on the Valentine’s Day event email


Amuse Bouche

Duck liver Brule

Duck liver mousse caramelized with muscovado sugar, summer berries and mustard leaves


Smoked salmon and asparagus roulade

Macerated hannepoot grapes, avocado, ikura caviar and fennel


Fish course

Grilled seabass and chorizo

Crispy skin seabass, chorizo cassoulet, parsnip crisps and arugula salad


Main course

Roast Chalmar beef fillet

Smoked bone marrow jus, grilled shallots, potato fondant and beetroot puree



Dulcey and bitter chocolate semifreddo

Meringue, cherries in kirsch and candied hazelnuts

Tea and coffee



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

When: 14 February, 2019

What: Valentine’s Day five pairing dinner with live entertainment

Dress Code: Cocktail chic

Contact: 021 469 8000 or email


Ayama Under The Stars Valentine's Day

If you’re under pressure and not sure what do this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. Instead of rushing for those last minute overpriced gifts, why not book an unforgettable romantic experience and earn all the brownie points you deserve from your significant other!

 Ayama Slent Farms will be hosting a romantic twilight dinner this Valentine’s Day. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to a glass of bubbly to set the mood for an evening spent under the stars. Delight your palate and your senses with extraordinary Italian food curated by executive chefs, Ayama-Style Wines and soft live music.


Event:                   Ayama Under the Stars – Valentine’s Day

Date:                     Saturday, 9 February 2019

Time:                     18:00 – 21:30

Venue:                  Ayama Wines, Voor- Paardeberg Road, Windmeul, 7630

Tickets:                 R750,00 (includes a glass of bubbly, full dinner, a bottle of wine, entertainment and a Valentine’s Day gift) buy tickets here

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Paardeberg Country Wine Experience


(Voor Paardeberg) – Ayama Wines on Slent Farm, in the Voor Paardeberg, hosted the Paardeberg Country Tasting Experience on Sunday, 27 January from 12pm to 5pm.  Spearheaded by Slent Farm owners, Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz, the five-course luncheon highlighted a variety of exquisite wines from the area.

As Master of Ceremonies, Michela introduced each of the esteemed producers, unveiling their respective viniculture origins and legacies, merged by their mutual love and passion for fine wines. Each of the producers spoke of the history and production of their celebrated berries and vines.

The immersive sensory experience kicked off with a welcome glass of Huis Van Chevallerie “Circa” Rosecco NV, and Caperitif produced by The Badenhorst Family Wines. Aubergine Croquettes, Red beet hummus on chickpea cake, Italian salami tramezzini and baby tomatoes with tuna. Lunch started with Vondeling Chardonnay; the freshness of the wine makes for an ideal pairing with Broccoletti Flan with Gorgonzola cream sauce.

Next was a labour of love bringing together fourteen vineyards across the Swartland but anchored firmly in the characteristics of the granite soils of the Paardeberg - David & Nadia Sadie’s Chenin-based blend. Executive chefs; Gianni Minori and Cristiana Ariotto delighted the taste buds with the second pairing, a fresh baby lobster and prawns with catalana tartare, avo and celery

After a quick break and a peruse around the local art filled room, the guests were seated for their first course; aubergines parmesan paired perfectly with the rich, fresh acidity and typically spicy Shiraz of Doran Vineyards. The main course encouraged guests to step out of their comfort zones and enjoy a mouth-watering braised and seared beef tongue with Sicilian Caponata, the Ayama Petite Sirah had an excellent flow through onto the palate resulting in the perfect pairing for the main course.

Christa von La Chevallerie, a top Swartland grape grower, utilized Chenin Blanc to make her Filia Brut Nature, paired perfectly with a Peach Clafoutis to round off the tasting. 

The up-and-coming Paardeberg Country offers tourists, visitors and wine lovers a unique experience of fine wine as well as accommodation and a variety of fresh produce. The community’s efforts and comradery are inspiring and exceeded the expectations of the guests, leaving them with a more than satisfactory experience.

Following the showcase of this gourmet delicacy will be Slent Farm’s Ayama Under The Stars – Valentine’s Day. The night promises to be a romantic twilight dinner for this Valentine’s Day. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to a glass of bubbly to set the mood for an evening spent under the stars. The dinner features an array of treats curated by executive chefs Gianni and Cristiana. Delight your palate and your senses with extraordinary Italian Food, Ayama-Style Wines and soft live music. Cost: R750 p/p and includes a glass of bubbly, full dinner, a bottle of wine, entertainment and a Valentine’s Day gift. Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm. LIMITED TO 50 people attending.


For more information, contact: +27 (0)21 8698313,, see


Berry Bliss as Chambord® ushers in the summer fun

On Wednesday, 20 November 2018 Chambord® hosted an exclusive pamper party for celebs, A-listers and media at The  Bay in Camps Bay. And why? Well, #BECAUSENOREASON.

The guests were welcomed with the eye-catching Chambord® Royale served in a champagne flute. To highlight the delights of this premium black raspberry liqueur Chambord® also served the guests the Chambord® Margarita Coolers with Herradura, Chambord, lemonade and lime and a Chambord® Lemonade with Finlandia – ideal cocktails for the summer. 

Set under the palms of this seaside strip enhanced the quirky festivities of a sunny day draped in pink, with its gorgeous views over Camps Bay’s iconic beachfront, The Sandy B

Private Beach Club’s VIP lounge and pool deck was the perfect spot to compliment the refreshing summer appeal of this all-natrual rasperry liqueur.

Brown-Forman Brand Principal Chantal Canning added,; “Chambord® is a premium, all-natural black raspberry liqueur whereby every drop is produced at a traditional French chateau situated in the Loire Valley of France following many of the same traditional processes. Today, Chambord® continues to inspire versatile cocktail creations around the world and is considered decadent, flamboyant and a real treat to add to your glass of bubbly. As we like to say “pink your drink”. But you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy Chambord®. If you like it, drink it. Why. Because no reason. The Chambord® global mantra inspires women to live their best life however they choose to. C’est la vie.”

While the berry bliss of Chambord® inspired fruit and flowers galore, pampering for the day included nail and hair care pop-ups, make up specialists, beauty products and cool swimwear collections.

Pop-ups included On Trend, MaxiB Collection, Kokodakota, Beach Cult, Vilebrequin and Nvme Bikini, with activations by MUD make-up, Bianca Moore (hair) and Fox Box (nails & eyebrow threading).

Healing Earth and Chambord® provided beautiful gift bags.

DJ Anthea Scholtz provided beachy tropical house beats. Known for her broody techno, Anthea lightened the day with accessible vocal-driven mixes.

Salt and Pepper Catering’s canapés were rounded off with macaroons, a Chambord® dessert infusion and sorbet cones to cool off an exclusive, sun-kissed summer’s day.

Emcee Mamohau Seseane from KFM 95.5 summed up Chambord® Royale: “Its perfection in a glass. Add some Champagne to your Chambord® and have a real sensory experience.”

Sponsors for the Chambord® Royale day were Happy Culture, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and One Juice.

Chambord® is a versatile, all natural, black raspberry liqueur with French royal provenance that can be enjoyed in a number of delicious cocktails.

An infusion of the world’s finest raspberries and blackberries, blended with the exotic flavours of black currant, Madagascan vanilla and aged XO cognac, the drink was inspired by raspberry liqueur made in the Loire Valley in the late 1600s - said to have been introduced to Louis XIV during one of his visits to the Château de Chambord. 

Chambord® is available at leading retail stores at R259



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EmpowerMe Celebrates Women at Shimmy Beach Club this Women’s Day

Over two hundred women joined together this past Women’s Day at Shimmy Beach Club to celebrate their empowered inner queen. Inspirational talks, delicious cocktails, live music and good food; combined with the incredible spirit of feminine unity, encompassed this more-than-memorable occasion set in Cape Town’s premium water-side venue.

Arriving to uplifting beats played by DJ Rene, guests enjoyed delectable sushi and welcome canapes that circulated throughout the venue. With an abundance of cocktail options, guests had their pick of Chambord Kir Royal, Tia Maria, Disaronno Sour cocktails, Graham Beck MCC or a zero alcohol option of The Duchess drink. Furthermore, guests were able to indulge in a few luxury brand pop-up stores, namely Lolaromon, Alessia Boutique, Beach Cult, Kokodakota, Pure Romance, Olivia Lincoln Leather Handbags, Gypsy Collection Jewellery and Princess D.

This one-of-a-kind event, hosted by KFM’s charismatic Mamohau Seseane, celebrated the multi-faceted modern female with an afternoon of inspiring talks by experts in their field. Each speaker came with a message to inspire, motivate and empower. Together they aimed at touching on each aspect that makes up an empowered woman’s life.

The topics ranged from health, beauty and fitness, the power of positivity and confidence, to personal style, finance and productivity. Speakers included: Skin Renewal’s aesthetic specialist, Dr Shahra Sattar; health and fitness guru and owner of Warrior Warehouse, Emma Jooste; personal styling team, Beautifullyou; NLP practitioner Nepheritie Jade; confidence coach, Abigail K, and ending with financial advisor and also the ‘Empower Me’ founder - Janine Brink. 

Set in Cape Town’s most picturesque seaside venue, guests enjoyed a two-course lunch while overlooking the glistening ocean. The perfect sunshine weather complimented the all-white feminine outfits which sparkled with a royal touch of gold.

All the women, including special guests, media and celebrity attendees, shone like queens at the event.

Guests were spoilt with the chance to win in the luxury lucky-draws. Over and above this they all went home with goodie-bags filled with gifts and vouchers from Dr Organic, the Red Gallery, Versace, Pure Romance, BOS ice tea, Choose Me Intimates, MUD make-up, Beach Cult, Zando, Chocolate by Tomes, Jekyll & Hide, Beautifullyou, Shimmy, Fairlady, True Love and Sarie magazines.

The highlight of this grand occasion is that R10,000.00 was raised through ticket sales by ‘Empower Me’ in aid of their ‘Princess D Menstrual Cup’ outreach programme. Menstrual cups and other female necessities will be donated to underprivileged girls who are missing on average 20% of their school year due to being unable to afford basic sanitary necessities.

To join the ‘Empower Me’ network and for more information on upcoming events check out their website: