Yes,I can be a blogger by Dawn Woodrup

A week ago, we had a bit of a revelation, lets turn this blogging business on its head… I mean seriously guys, we regular people with day jobs and blogging can be hard work. So we thought we’d start giving you guys our reader a chance to wear the “bloggers boots” for a day.

Dawn Woodrup,subscriber since 2016 was the lucky lady,chosen via and it was her birthday to boot. Destiny for sure. Dawn and hubby Wayne joined us for our monthly instalment of the Chef & the Vine at Reubens  Restaurant at the One & Only.

Below is Dawn first blog post, from JAR Photography, we cannot say THANK YOU enough 🙂


JAR Photography #jarphotoct JAR Photography #ChefandtheVine Reubens@ The One and Only Hotel ‘Yes, I can be a blogger’

On The 30th May, I had the amazing chance to experience a Chef & the Vine Series, featuring Reubens & Holden Manz at One&Only Hotel in Cape Town, With Rene And Jason from JAR Photography and Wayne Woodrup On arrival, we were met by Terrence from the Vista Bar & Lounge with a welcome glass of Holden Manz Rose 2016, and served a delicious selection of Fresh Oysters with Champagne caviar.

We were then escorted to Reuben’s Restaurant with a Happy Birthday glass of Bubbly and a Birthday wish from the Restaurant Manager, Thabo.


First Course Consisted of a Foie Grass Parfait, that was silky smooth and delicious. Served with an Apricot and Chamomile Granola and accompanied by a Holden Manz Chardonnay 2016.


Second Course was Moroccan Cured Chalmar Sirloin, Chocolate Soil, Mushroom Biltong with Blackened Baby Onion and Cashew Truffle creme,served with a Holden Manz Visionaire 2013.

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Third Course felt like stepping into Heston Blumenthal Kitchen with a Holden Manz Big G Gluhwein Sphere, beautifully presented.




Fourth Course was a divine Sous Vide Impala Loin with Aubergine Puree, Popped Peas, Beets, Sun Blushed Tomato and a Dark Berry Jus, and to round off a stunning course, served with a Holden Manz Cabernet Franc 2014.


And lastly my favorite course of any meal…. Dessert, a delicious Cream Cheese Parfait, Carrot Cake Crumb and Almond Sugar accompanied by a Holdan Manz Syrah. Each Course was perfectly paired with a wine that captured the essence of the meal.

The highlight of the evening, besides spending an evening tasting amazing food, sharing it with great company and enjoying a fantastic birthday, was meeting Reuben Riffel. Such an amazing person. Thank you for the picture and a glimpse of your stunning kitchen.

Lastly to Jason and Rene, many thanks for the evening, it was a magical night. Thank you again Dawn



Reubens Restaurant – One & Only Hotel Cape Town

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Restaurant Reservations +27 21 431 4511 or +27 21 431 5888 or



Holden Manz Wine Estate

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Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY – Dawn Woodrup

Photos for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY – Jason Dubbz Petersen

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