Bovril Black Tie Dinner 2011

Open-air dining, amazing food, incredible wine, being serenaded by seductive French songbird, fire spitting entertainment, ummmm sharing a dining table with the Western Cape Premier….these are just a few of the things experienced at this year’s Bovril Black Tie Dinner.

On Thursday, 27 October 2011, over two hundred guests geared up in their evening wear, tuxedos and made their way towards Paarl’s main street.  On arrival, a group of kids playing Marimba serenaded the guests as they were welcomed with a glass of bubbly.  To keep up with the Moulin Rouge theme, a table long enough to sit all the guests was decorated with white-feathers, black hats and my favourite, a leg with fishnet stocking emerging from a bunch of white feathers.

The tastebud tantalising three course menu consisted of the following:


Manna bowl filled with tossed fresh line fish, calamari, prawns and mussels in a citrus herb dressing, drizzled with moskonfyt.

Served with 2008 Longridge Chardonnay


Main Course

Seared fillet of beef on a potato rosti, seasonal vegetables on a Bovril Jus.

2007 Longridge Pinotage



Turkish delight cheesecake with crème angliase and berry to garnish.

Served with Longridge Noble Late Harvest

The food was just amazing. I ate everything up from the starter including the last bit from the Manna bowl. Looking around I then noticed I was not the only one that cleaned up their plates, maybe we were just hungry or else the food itself was a wow.

The host for the evening, Sandra Prinsloo, charmed us guests with her speech and sparkling personality.  The Gugulethu Tenors accompanied by the Frank Pietersen symphonic orchestra, took to the stage & sang their hearts out and were nothing short of amazing.  I was almost literally blown away by the sounds of their music.

A singing sensation, Myra Maud, sang like a bird.  If you thought French was sexy, wait till you hear this French goddess sing.  I couldn’t hear a word of what she was singing about, but it sounded beautiful. Together with Italian tenor, Cristian Mangano sang a beautiful duet.

In between eating, drinking and listening to quality sounds, flame/fire dancers displayed their art.  Some dances with flames on their hands, hips you name it.  Another one was blowing out flames, crazy but good entertainment I tell you.

Overall, the food was incredible and wines were perfectly paired with each and every meal. It was a bit chilly, but warm blankets were provided for the guests.  Each guest took home the November issue of Food & Home magazine, which was placed on each chair.  You bet I will be cooking and sharing some of the mouth watering recipes but there’s plenty to choose from.

If you missed this spectacular event this year, be sure to catch it next year!  See more pictures here.

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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