Everyone loves the festive season… so why not celebrate it twice a year? On Sunday, 29th July with a little Christmas Cheer and a lot of Christmas Spirit, a celebration it will be. We bring you something a little different – “Christmas in July with a Wine Tasting Event”. Sip on some of South Africa’s finest wine, put your feet up and enjoy a mouth-watering buffet with all of the traditional Christmas trimmings. So round up a crew, dress for the occasion, and book a table to make it extra exciting! Don’t miss out!
The Toadbury Team welcomes Executive Chef – Juan Kraukamp, get to know the man behind in our kitchens; Bijou Restaurant, Otter’s Deli, WildWood Brasserie and Banqueting.
We posed some questions to Juan
What is your favorite food memory? My Dad always cooked and I enjoyed cooking with him from the time I could use a knife
Where were you trained, and how difficult was your training? I got a lot of training from my Dad who was a chef for a spice company in Durban think it was Crown Mines. I did not attend hotel school but went to a hotel to learn under Chef Marlene Bohm who trained in Dusseldorf under a French chef.
Best piece of advice you would give a home enthusiast? Don’t rush and if you are following a recipe keep to weights and times.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you in the kitchen? My first month training with Marlene Bohm I was asked to bake a Marble cake for a few ladies coming for tea as it turned out burnt the cake and quickly buried it in the garden as I was quite afraid of Marlene. Many years later she told me that she knew what I did because the gardener had discovered the burnt cake.
What are your most favourite foods to cook with? Lamb and pasta
Do you have a favorite wine? That would be Zandvliet Pinotage.
What do you most love about your job? Seeing the enjoyment on the face of the people eating food.
If you had just one wish, what would it be? To earn a Michelin Star.
Wedding News & Testimonials
Toadbury will be hosting an Open day on Sunday 15 July from 09:00 – 15:00. RSVP by 12 July or for more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We had our wedding here. This place has the most beautiful views, and is perfect for an upmarket in the country wedding. Prices are awesome. What made it extra special was Melissa Du Preez was on her feet from the day we met with her until the day after our wedding, she was brilliant, I would definitely recommend using her. The rooms were lovely, the venue spectacular, and everything was flawless and amazing to say the least.
Dylan & Tanya Nel
We got married at Toadbury Hall in January 2018. From start to finish everything was well-organised and in place. We were extremely happy with how everything went, the venue was beautiful, the food was wonderful, and the staff was helpful! Melissa, our wedding coordinator made sure we never worried about a thing, and could enjoy every moment of our special day. Thank-you for giving us this amazing experience!
Heinrich & Jana Klingenberg
News from the Conferencing Team
The event was fantastic!! Marna’s input was amazing & really made the day beautiful-flowers & decor were perfect !! Thank you !! All ran smoothly with friendly, professional service from waiters & staff. Food was delicious but far too much !! Could really reduce amount of food per head as we had so much to take home afterwards. Special birthday pavlova was lovely & just what was envisioned! Overall it was an amazing day at a beautiful venue! Thank you for making it great.Collette Mathews
Thank you very much. We had a great time. Everything was superb. We did not stay over, but the food, conference room and service was top-notch as always. Adele Bird, Knotion