An evening at JAN Innovation Studio
Last week Tswalu hosted a group of industry friends to an evening at Chef Jan Hendrik’s recently opened Innovation Studio in Cape Town. It was a wonderful evening with great food and wine and delightful company.
Freelance travel and food writer Jane Broughton was one of the guests and had this to say: “The dining experience at Jan Innovation Studio is brave, experimental and theatrical, obliterating any preconceived notions of ‘fine dining’. From biltong dusted savoury lamingtons to a fish velouté made with Kalahari camel’s milk served with wafer-thin, ice-cold apple slivers, it showcases South Africa’s culinary heritage with an irresistible ‘tongue in cheek’ sassiness.”
In the Studio’s development kitchen, Jan and his team are exploring South Africa’s unique culinary heritage and ingredients with the aim of developing new dishes for KLEIN JAN which will open at Tswalu Kalahari.
Bruce Backhouse at Tswalu Kalahari
Landscape artist Bruce Backhouse described his experience of being an artist in residence at Tswalu Kalahari as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity. It was a chance to paint for days on end without interruption. ‘For an artist, the most amazing gift is to have big chunks of concentrated time. This is what artists thrive on,’ explained Bruce.
Aardvarks are strange animals. They look like a bizarre hybrid between a kangaroo, pig and vacuum cleaner. They are mostly active at night, smell odd, and live most of their lives in solitude.