Monday, September 16, 2013

Come Wine With Us dinner evenings


Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa- chocolate appreciation

When I got an invitation saying 'Come Wine With Us', I couldn't think of anything more enticing... I'm always keen to 'wine' with people and meet people and that is exactly what this event is all about (with some good food thrown in the mix too, of course).

Come Wine With Us (CWWU) is a new and exciting food and wine social platform... think long tables of people eating, drinking and socializing (and tweeting for prizes). It's a great opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and join a jovial crowd of people with the similar interests – predominantly good food and good wine.

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

The CWWU event I attended recently had a 'chocolate' theme and was hosted at Rococoa at The Palms Centre in Woodstock. Rococoa is a chocolaterie-cum-cafe with cosy tables and posters with chocoholic slogans such as: 'If it aint chocolate, it aint breakfast'. They had a whole display table of antique chocolate and dessert-making tools, a presentation on the history of chocolate and chocolate sculptures that were a (decadent) sight to be seen.


Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa with Nederburg Wines

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Once we'd been offered a glass of Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Chardonnay 2012 (they were the wine sponsor for the evening), we headed downstairs into the cellar-style room where our dinner was to be served on one long table. It felt a bit like entering a medieval feast, but the projector screen showcasing the guests tweets from the night quickly brought you back to the present.

The dinner started off with an introductory speech and a chocolate appreciation, where we tried six pieces of local and Belgian chocolate, from white to dark, to test our palates and get us in the mood for the evenings offering.

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa - Nederburg winemasters reserve chardonnay

Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa - chocolate tasting
The idea of the dinner was to tie the chocolate into each of the three courses. Our first course was a salad served with white chocolate shavings and pomegranate seeds. Our second course was chicken with a savory chocolate sauce and root vegetables. Our third course was undoubtedly a chocolate dessert, followed by a demonstration on how to create the wonderful chocolate truffles we had just consumed.

It's always at dinners like these that you realise how small our world in Cape Town is. The sweet guy who sat next to me knows a good friend of mine. The girl who sat opposite me I know from the bloggersphere (and many wine-consuming events). The girl who sat opposite my husband was in fact at one of the Matric dances he went to back in the day. So you just can imagine the jovial conversations and the recounting of stories that went around the table.


Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa



Come Wine With Us dinner at Rococoa

For more info on the next Come Wine With Us event, visit: http://www.come-winewithus.com/

(The next events - beauty, bubbly and baking - takes place on the 21st and 28th September. Each CWWU event is different, with a different focus and venue based in and around Cape Town.)

For more info on Nederburg wines, visit:   http://www.nederburg.com/za/
For more info on Rococoa, visit: http://www.rococoa.co.za/

Click the link below to watch a video of the night's event:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEnRufzler0

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