Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard on Friday April 11, presents the next in its series of Passport Adventure Series dinners. This one take you to South Africa, where the cuisine and wines are attaining wide recognition.
While you might think wild animals and baobab trees, fabulous scenery and magnificent waterfalls, Africa doesn’t always suggest cuisine. Or olives. But in fact, olive trees were first planted in South Africa in 1661. It would be another 200 years before the actual fruit was recognized for the valuable food that it is.
Today, olive farming is rapidly increasing. Among popular olives for oil are Leccino, Frantoio and Coratino, Mission and Kalamata are popular table olives.
Sandy Oaks Passport dinner series Chef Chris Cook.
By popular demand, chef Chris Cook returns to Sandy Oaks to present this colorful, interesting dinner paired with olives, cheese and wines of South African cuisine. You will not want to miss out on this adventure, with one of the area’s excellent chefs at the helm in the kitchen and a lovely setting for guests at the ranch.
The reception begins at 7 p.m.; the dinner is $65 per person. Make reservations 210.621.0044. These events do sell out fast, so make that call soon! Future Passport adventures will explore the cuisine, wines and olive oils of Israel, Turkey, Tuscany and Uruguay. For more information on Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and direction to the ranch, about 30 minutes drive south of San Antonio, visit their website here
Selection on olives, olive oil and cheeses
Lamb and Spiced Vegetable Skewer with Sandy Oaks Curry
Bobotie, the national dish of South Africa, Texas-style
Texas Game Meatloaf, Apricots and Pecan Chutney
Green Chile Potato Noodles, Five Spice Castle Lager Broth
Tandoori Shark, Pickled Seasonal Vegetable
Melktart – A South African delicacy
Masala Blueberry Chocolate
The dinner will be paired with wines unique to South Africa.