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Wickedfood Cooking School, SUNNINGHILL

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Hi all

In this weeks newsletter we look at the company ‘Grow a Tree’. Grow a tree is a starter pack, that teaches you to grow a tree from a seed. The idea is to grow a tree from a seed to one day plant it in a comminty area. To come back 20 years later for a hug and a hello! They visit schools and work with corporates. Whether you’re from a big corporate that’s looking to uphold their environmental responsibility or just looking to reduce your own carbon footprint, Grow a tree also offers ‘sponsored trees’. Your R20 contribution gets Grow a tree growing a tree on your behalf.  Each sponsored tree will eventually be planted in a community area with you or your company’s “name on it”.  We also take a look at the Bierfest happening at Montecasiono and the WineX Wine Expo in Sandton. We highlight Bay Leaves in this weeks Food Tip.

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Wickedfood Cooking School News

Our  individual cooking class programmes are up on the internet. Click the link for the appropriate month – October or November

Week 3 – 15 to 21 October

Tuesday 16 October at 6pm – Sushi 1 – The basics of sushi making (R450pp – maximum 18, so book early) The increasing popularity of sushi around the world has resulted in many more people wanting to learn the basics of sushi making, this Sushi cooking class shows you how to do the following – cutting fish, making rice, California and maki rolls, nigirizushi (finger), and hand rolls.

Sunday 21 October at 4pm – Classic Indian dishes (R430pp). Indian food is a diverse and extraordinary one, reflecting a complex layering of cultures through history and based on religious beliefs, geography, climate and availability of ingredients. India’s range of cuisine can amaze even a connoisseur. Different regions in India offer their own specialties with their very own taste, subtlety and aroma. The exotic tastes, hues and textures of Indian food have ensured a steady growth in popularity in the West. Join us in discovering these incredible dishes in our Indian cooking class cooking authentic Indian dishes including chicken mulligatawny, classic lamb buriyani, soya korma, spicy chick peas, naans and coconut pasties.

Week 4 – 22 to 28 October

Monday 22 October at 6pm – Alfresco Italian dining (R430pp). Note that there is no such thing as ‘Italian cuisine’ with a unique nation-wide tradition of preparing food. Our Italian Alfresco cooking class showcases the best tastes of al fresco summer dining and easy entertaining, including char grilled asparagus, affettati misti, insalata caprese, chicken involtini and Hanepoot semifreddo.

Week 1 – 29 October to 04 November

Monday 29 October at 6pm – Informal festive entertaining (R 430 per person) Entertaining during Christmas time does not have to be laborious and stressful, our informal festive cooking class takes the stress out of Christmas food planning. Dishes include Potato cakes, Seafood salad, Orange glazed baby chickens, Walorf salad, Mushroom and cheese pie and a quick microwave Christmas pudding and brandy cream sauce.

Please contact us should you wish to make a booking:

Green ideas for your Home:

At Grow a Tree, they dream of educating as many kids about the importance of trees as possible. They visit the schools with everything they need to get “growing”: Manure, seeds and Grow bags. After a brief lesson on the trees and their importance, the fun starts. Each kid picks a tree, grabs a bag, fills it with manure and plants their very own tree. Each kid is encouraged to give their tree a name to further entrench their commitment to growing trees. These Kid Packs will remain in their black bags for the nurturing period of one year. After which, we encourage the school to have the kids plant their trees somewhere
On the school premises. Kids revel in this kind of dirty work and is a great bonding experience for them and their educators.

Food tip of the week


(Laurus nobilis)

7 leaves per gram.
Bay leaves are very strong when they are fresh.
Use one leaf per 3.5 L of liquid.

Bay Leaves are often described as tea-like, and are characterized by a green, woody and astringent flavour. They have a pleasant, slightly minty menthol aroma.

Bay leaves, cloves and sage all act as natural insect repellents for ants and other crawling insects.


Interesting places in Joburg

The Bierfest Sandton

When: Thursday, 11 October 2012 to Sunday, 14 October 2012
Where: Fourways
Categories: Annual Festivals / Entertainment

The Bierfest Sandton

The Bierfest launches in South Africa!

More than 200 years old and attracting more than five million people from around the globe to Germany each year the annual Oktoberfest in Munich has been a defining part of Bavarian culture and has grown to become the world’s largest festival. “The Bierfest is a recreation of traditional Bavarian beer festivals,” says Andrew Douglas, Director of The Entertainment Group (TEG), producers of the event. “Halls will be draped in traditional style and guests can enjoy an array of Bavarian cuisine supplied by the finest local purveyors of German food, be served by Fraulein while listening to an entertainment lineup.”

Closely resembling the Oktoberfest in Munich, The Bierfest in Sandton, Johannesburg promises to be an authentic Bavarian festival complete with limited edition beers brewed exclusively for the event, German food and even Oompah bands!

Venue: Montecasino, Fourways, Sandton, Gauteng
For More Information: phone +27 (0)74 193-8160

RMB WineX Wine Festival

When: Wednesday, 24 October 2012 to Friday, 26 October 2012
Where: Sandton
Categories: Annual Festivals / Food & Wine

RMB WineX Wine Festival

Drink wine, be fabulous.

Don’t miss this year’s WineX. the undisputed festival of choice for the discerning wine consumer, takes over the pavilion level of the Sandton Convention Centre in a celebration of all that is good to savour and experience in the world of wine.

The three night show boasts the greatest selection of South Africa’s top cellars under one roof together with an exciting array of newcomers, boutique producers, garagistes – all passionate about what they make and why it is different. Each year, the country’s top cellarmasters make the trip to Gauteng to meet the province’s keenest wine lovers, to share their award-winning triumphs of the winemaker’s art and to introduce the latest vintages and their newest releases.

Not just a show for wine gurus, RMB WineX is a fun night in the city with boutique cheeses, artisanal olives and olive products, stemware and wine accessories to complement the vast array of tasting wines.

Sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank, WineX is the premier public event on South Africa’s national wine calendar and draws thousands of wine enthusiasts every year.

The Shop@Show facility, enables wine lovers to purchase wines at competitive prices with the added benefit of door-to-door delivery.

Bookings: Bookings via Computicket
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Time: From 17h00 to 21h00 daily
Contact: +27 (0)11 482-5936


The Wickedfood Team


Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking school. Cooking lessons are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cooking courses are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes, these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients. Great Team building ideas.