Jules Mercer from Outlandish Kitchen is hosting a Secret Dinner on Friday 20 September. This is part of a series of Secret Dinners organised by designers, foodies, creatives and bloggers in the lead up to the Spier Secret Festival, 25-26 October 2013.
Jules is a food stylist. She trained at Ballymaloe in Ireland, and then spent some time working in London, where she styled with celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. She stumbled upon the food industry in Cape Town, and has worked with House & Leisure, Food & Home, and The Sunday Times.
She sources, cooks and styles all the food herself. Jules describes her style as messy. She prefers keeping it simple, and she doesn’t manipulate the food, but rather sources local, seasonal, quality produce from small-scale farmers.
She’s the mastermind behind the Outlandish Kitchen pop-up dinners too. Jules collaborates with other chefs, local farmers, and artisans to conceptualize these far flung culinary experiences. They set a table somewhere in a forest or field, and keep it fuss-free.
For her Secret Dinner Jules is doing a rustic farm-style dinner at a secret location on the Spier wine farm. The concept is to focus on the origin of the food, and the menu will be seasonal, simple and honest. “It’ll be a wipe-your-hands-on-your-skirt type of dinner”, says Jules.
She religiously supports local, small-scale producers, and she doesn’t compromise on organic, free-range, or pasture-reared produce. She always shamelessly asks where produce comes from, “and so should everyone else” she says. For her Secret Dinner she’ll use some of Farmer Angus’ pasture-reared beef, and fresh fruit and veggies from her wonderful local suppliers at Naturally Organic in Phillipi.
We are giving away a set of double tickets to Jules’ Secret Dinner. Fill in this form before midnight on Sunday the 15th of September to stand a chance to win! Winner announced on Monday 16 September 2013
UPDATE: Congrats to the winner Bianca Camminga! We’ll be in touch shortly about how to claim your tickets. Enjoy!
To book for this dinner, or to find out more about the other dinners, go to The Spier Secret Festival’s website.
Also check out the Spier Secret Festival Conference. The conference includes local and international speakers, sharing secrets and insights about food and wine.
Speakers include the original food experience designer, Marije Vogelzang. She’s also hosting an interactive eating experience on Friday 25 October 2013, exploring the ancient cooking method of baking meat and vegetables in clay. Book for the dinner here.
Food photography: Toby Murphy