The Foodbarn Gives Back: Round 1

“cooking is is about giving, it’s a generous deed …
first nature does it’s thing and gives us amazing produce, then we do ours, apply passion and love and a few years of know how…. it only seems right that the results are shared with our families and our friends here in Noordhoek … living in this community in our life force, our oxygen supply, and once again we want to celebrate where we are and give back.”

And a really good way for us to give back is to share some of this know how and then eat and drink together … and share the financial rewards with someone doing something special in our community …

We invite you to join us for one of Franck’s legendary cooking demonstrations, after which we will eat and drink together.

When: Wednesday October 24th 2018 @ 18h30

Where: The Foodbarn Restaurant

Cost: R550 pp

This includes the cooking demonstration, a 3 course meal (see below) paired with wines, and the service charge. Please note that due to space constraints, seating allocation is done on tables of 8 or 10.


On arrival: De Grendel rosé 2017


A Noordhoek tidal pool: oyster, mussel, tuna crudo, seaweed salad, ponzu, grapefruit
De Grendel sauvignon blanc 2018


abalobi fish: grilled, yellow dahl, coconut velouté, coconut & tomato salad
De Grendel Viognier 2016
De Grendel Op Die Berg pinot noir 2015


lime biscuit, white chocolate, earl grey ice cream and vanilla smore



For this event, the proceeds will be donated to Project Noordhoeked which is a non-profit community project where we, as a community create jobs to clean and keep Noordhoek safe, as well as create awareness about the effects of single use plastic.  We focus on cleaning the beach all the way to Kommetjie, around the lagoon, the wetlands, the Noordhoek common and main roads.

We clean dog poo, plastic, glass, wire etc. We also clean the beach toilets three times a week, and work closely with SanParks to alert them of the location of dead seals and offer additional eyes and ears to the Chapmans Peak neighbourhood watch.

We currently have about 20 monthly sponsors who pay on average R50 to R500 per month each. The Ratepayers association donate R500pm. Every cent goes towards paying wages. If/when we receive additional donations, we increase our cleaning teams and areas as well as sponsor the Noordhoek Football club U10 to U12 teams in return for them keeping the sports fields and surrounding areas clean.

Other donations included: Discounted rates for clothing and caps from Giovanni at RepoClinic, Printed raincoats from Stan on Main in Fish Hoek, Martial Arts training and equipment by Steve Bazzea from SBG Gym, Bicycles, mobile phones and plastic bags were donated by various community members, recycling bags from Tuffy, Pictures Steven Joffe, and most importantly Guy Chaston (Village Roast) for the best hot chocolate and coffee in town for Paul and Edgar.

the miracle of water and soil…

The Miracle of Water and Soil

these little beauties are growing gently and peacefully just for us and for you…we have recently been given a very nifty little 2 x 2 metres green house by Luana at Urban freedom, and it is full of little green treasures, that i cannot wait to share with you…


our growing greens...

fête du rosé

Fete du Rose - The Foodbarn, Noordhoek

We do love a good Rosé … so much so, we challenged the winemakers in our region to come up with a delicious French styled Rosé to complement our food.

This year we are taking it up a notch or two … we are hosting a wine festival dedicated to this unique and versatile winemaking style.

When: Saturday 30 November from 12:00 noon

For R95, get your special festival glass, taste the Rosés from the farms knowing that all proceeds from the day are going to the Jones Safe House … …an unbelievable organisation right on our doorstep!

Purchase your tickets on the day … we have more than enough glasses and wine.

The farms include Ken Forrester, De Grendel, Delaire Graff, Buitenverwachting, Mulderbosch, Cederburg, Beyerskloof, Diemersdal, Haute Cabriere, Leopards Leap, Saronsberg, Zevenwacht and Simonsig … there will be at least 15 Rosés to taste

All wines on sale at Cellar Door prices i.e. the same price you would pay if you were buying from the farm.

Wear something pink!



we are totally hooked on our chef’s tables…


This little gem is the result of one of those sessions with a madly passionate wine maker and me (the food maker) getting together and tasting their creation so that i can in turn try and pair them with suitable “delices”…

This has been such a fun exercise, and Pete and I have loved hosting those chef’s table for more than year now…

They are here to stay, and so every 6 weeks or so we gather with eating and drinking friends to celebrate the glorious bounty of our gentle mother nature… Join us!

yummy new spelt bread from the bakery

Spelt Bread available at the Foodbarn Bakery, Noordhoek

Spelt flour is an ancient species of wheat from the 5th millennium BC; a serial grain in the wheat family. It has a nutty and slightly sweeter flavour, similar to that of wholewheat flour. It does contain some gluten and also has a fairly decent nutritional profile having fewer calories to wheat flour and is higher in protein.

Tim has been experimenting with some organically grown stoneground spelt flour that he found from a mill in the Kouebokkeveld … the results are absolutely delicious … come and give it a try at the Deli.

While we are introducing this new bread, it will only be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday … as the demand grows, we would be only too happy to increase this.

we love our community market…

The Foodbarn at Noordhoek Community Market

look at this delicious sausage ….. one of the few killer tapas we serve on thursdays at our local community market on Cape Point Vineyards estate…our little menu there will evolve, and as winter gets colder, we will get you warmer… see you there…

the email that made my year….

so yesterday i received this mail…

Hi Franck

I have been a huge fan of yours since you were at La Colombe and I lived down the road in Tokai. I now live in Blouberg which sadly is rather far from your fantastic restaurant. My husband and I do however make numerous pilgrimages during the year to come and enjoy your supeeerb food!

My old Constantia Uitsig cookbook is by far the most splattered one among my many cookbooks! My hubby and I fight over who is going to make what in it. I must say he makes a killer Prawn Tian! We sadly could not find a copy of Feast anywhere so it was with great excitement that in my weekly newsletter I saw that your new cookbook was coming out. Of course it went to the top of our Christmas wish list! So far everything we have made out of it has been awesome!!! The crux of this very long story is to tell you that our 6 year old Eugenie Amelie (ok so we are Francophiles!) is a huge foodie. Your section on how to prepare garden snails was met with great glee and off she went to harvest my least favourite pest! I have attached the photos of the process which ensued. I have to confess that I was too squeamish to be involved in this heinous crime so my hubby helped her. They said they were fabulous! I will never know!

Thank you so much for your passion and the wonderful way in which you do the best food in Cape Town without any pretension.

Kind regards,
Lisa and Henri

P.S. Your cookbooks are referred to as the First and Second testament in our home!

and take a look at the pics…

Eugenie Amelie is picking snails…

after degorgment, the snails are salted…

add a little herbs to the poaching..

out of the shell

into the pan with garlic and butter

and into a fabulous sarmie !!!

well, let me tell you, this kind of things are what make our lives that much more exciting !!!

Eugenie Amelie, a few more years and you’re welcome in my kitchen !!!

last day of 2012…your last pic of the year…

the incredible sensation of morning wet grass under your bare feet…one of those little things in life that get taken for granted like so many others….here’s to not taking any of those small miracles for granted in 2013….happy new year !!!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

lying down…looking up at the summer sky with a fish eye….LOVE SUMMER !!!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

this goats roasted cheese with guava & ginger compote is the current obsession of several “feast at home” readers…so I am told…it is utterly delicious, and encapsulate our philosophy to the T;

“The food is civilised without being pretentious … that is to say it has natural taste, smells and textures, and much character… often it looks beautiful too”