Winelands Valentine’s Day Lunch at Avondale

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Terra est Vita - the motto of Avondale Farm. Earth is Life!  Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Terra est Vita – the motto of Avondale Farm. Earth is Life!

I’ve been to heaven, and now you can go, too. (And no, I’m not a beach virologist😂)

Summer at FABER serves up food grown on the farm, as Mother Nature intended.

Freshly harvested Avondale's organic garden Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Freshly harvested from Avondale’s organic garden

Earth is Life! Organic vegetables Avondale's Kitchen Garden Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Earth is Life! Organic vegetables from Avondale’s Kitchen Garden

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Avondale’s organic kitchen garden

The FABERfood family of 13 staff joyfully welcomes you into 2021 with positive energy, full hearts and big smiles, albeit hidden behind their face masks.

They are grateful to call the spacious Avondale Wine farm their office. And we are grateful for the opportunity to share in all the goodness FABERfood and Avondale have to offer!

Avondale verandah, with views Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Avondale verandah, with views

Tables on the Verandah at Avondale, observing physical distance Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Tables on the Verandah at Avondale, observing physical distance

Tables on the verandah observe physical distance and overlook the lush gardens and grape-laden vineyards.

Drink in all that scintillating fresh air and the glorious sunshine summer has to offer, with views of Paarl Rock, Simonsberg and Table Mountain.

Sheer and utter bliss, my friend.

You can choose from Faber’s seasonal and organic á la carte menu, opt for the 2-course Summer Special or indulge in the lavish 6-course FABER menu (go all out! You’re worth it!).

Chef Dale Stevens makes magic in the kitchen, guaranteeing a memorable dining experience.

FABERfood chef Dale Stevens, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
FABERfood chef Dale Stevens, Avondale

Faber food Chef Dale Stevens, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Faber food by Chef Dale Stevens, Avondale

FABERfood by Chef Dale Stevens, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
FABERfood by Chef Dale Stevens, Avondale

A FABER meal is not complete without a glass of wine and now you can celebrate with your favourite Avondale wine again!

The Avondale range of wines is sheer perfection, made to match your food.

There is also a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, including ‘Blessings’ fresh plum juice, 0% beers, kombucha and local mixers.

FABERfood sourdough bread, pumpkin fritters Chef Dale Stevens, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
FABERfood sourdough bread, pumpkin fritters by Chef Dale Stevens, Avondale

FABERfood chef Dale Stevens working his magic in the kitchen, Avondale, Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
FABERfood chef Dale Stevens working his magic in the kitchen, Avondale

If a non-alcoholic meal does not tickle your fancy, maybe the thought of a warm pumpkin fritter and slice of Duncan’s naturally-leavened sourdough, followed by roast Karoo lamb rump with pressed lamb rib, carrot, mint and white bean ragout and finally our beloved whipped custard tart with macerated summer berries, will entice you to join FABERfood for a visit.

I mean, who could resist, right?

FABERfood opening times:

Lunch Wednesday – Sunday from 12h00 – 15h00

Dinner Thursday – Saturday from 17h30, with last reservations taken at 18h30.

The FABERfood Summer Special is available for lunch and dinner
Enjoy a FABERfood farm-to-fork 2-course summer special at only R275 per person.

Start off with a slice of freshly baked, slow-fermented sourdough bread and their famous pumpkin fritters, before choosing between 2 mains and 2 desserts, accompanied with a side of fries.

FABERfood sourdough bread pumpkin fritters, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown

FABERfood sourdough bread and pumpkin fritters, Avondale

The FABERfood Lunch Special menu is available for lunch and dinner till end of March 2021.

Cost: 2 course menu – R275 per person.

Plum Harvest
During January and February months, the Avondale wine farm is painted in yellow, red and dark purple hues, as Zelda and her team bravely brace the Paarl heat to pick an abundance of fresh, juicy plums.

Plum harvest, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown

Plum harvest, Avondale

Plum harvest, Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Plum harvest, Avondale

The succulent fruit is served at FABER in an assortment of textures, including fresh juice, mousses, even ceviche-style!

There’s a selection of plum jams, jellies, chutneys and sorbets for you to purchase from Ochra Deli

Safe to say that pastry chef Amoré is rapidly expanding her plum preparation repertoire!

Ochra Deli at Avondale
Enjoy a taste of FABERfood at home with a selection of locally produced cheeses, charcuterie, meat, beverages and sweets, as well as an assortment of FABERfood deli items.

And will you look at the choices! Everything from FABERfood frozen ready-to-heat-and-eat meals, chilli sauces, pickled jalapeños, sorbets, sourdough bread, jams and chutneys on sale. Pile that basket high, baby!

OCHRA Deli is also slowly expanding by selling biscuits, quiches, fresh and frozen scones.

Winelands Valentine’s Day lunch Picnic

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Spoil your beloved with a farm-to-fork Valentine’s Day Picnic Lunch, in the heart of the winelands.

On offer is the full seasonal and organic á la carte menu and the 6-course FABERfood menu (R690), for you to choose from on the day.

Fresh air! Fine food! Picnics alfresco Avondale Sonia Cabano blog eatdrinkcapetown
Fresh air! Fine food! Summer Picnics alfresco at Avondale

Avondale Summer Picnics are more than just a basket of fresh hand-picked produce from Ochra and FABER. The picnics are the perfect pandemic antidote: a basket packed with delicious food to be enjoyed in the beautiful outdoors.

Order your basket, sit at your own private designated spot at one of our outdoor tables and a take a blanket with you.

There are 6 private picnic spots available.
• On the lawn with breathtaking views of the Berg River Valley, the Simonsberg mountain and Table Mountain in the distance, or
• Around the beautiful pond under the shade of surrounding trees
The Avondale Summer Picnic Basket is R500 for two persons. Children’s picnics are available too, at R150 per child.

All picnics at Avondale need to be pre-booked and paid for at least 48 hours prior via antonia@avondalewine.co.za.

As FABERfood restaurant is a contemporary farm-to-fork restaurant they pride themselves on serving seasonal, local and organic produce, mostly harvested from their own organic garden, so the menu will change regularly to ensure you’ll enjoy new and exciting dishes with every visit.

Menu updates are available on FABERfood and Avondale’s website. Click here to view: Avondale

Contact for further information via email faber@avondalewine.co.za or phone 021 202 1219.

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Avondale Verandah

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