Visitors to Creation have recently had the pleasure of admiring some of Nanette Ranger’s enchanting sculptures gracing the Creation Fynbos Garden.
The exhibition forms part of the annual FynArts Festival from 7 to 17 June and is complemented by another form of ‘delectable art’ – Creation’s new seven-course winter pairing menu, ‘The FynArts Story of Creation’. Add to this the evocative natural sounds specially compiled by local sound engineer, Ivo Ivanov, and you are in for an amazing sensory experience of sight, taste and sound.
Titled Integration@Creation, this experience is an exploration of the natural synergies and synthesis of art, food and wine. Nanette’s works invite reflection on the metaphysical power gained from a personal immersion in the natural world, and the possibility of reconnecting with an intrinsic self.
This conceptual premise of respect for, and connection with, the Earth is also reflected in the ‘Story of Creation’ menu. “Thanks to the guidance of consultant forager, Chef Ryan Anderson and our landscaper and fynbos expert, Meindert Poerink, our new menu abounds with the freshest and finest of locally-sourced ingredients, including edible fynbos and wild herbs.”
The seven-course menu, with each dish creatively paired with a Creation wine and artistically presented to resonate with Nanette’s sculptures, starts with a welcoming glass of Creation’s Cool-Climate Chenin Blanc, served with a scrumptious selection of breads and aromatic butters and dips.
The second course brings you the joy of a glass of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon matched with broccoli and pear soup with ricotta and basil gnudi and pumpkin seed crisp, while the third course comprises a mushroom and spinach dumpling served in a delicately spiced vegetable broth, matched brilliantly by the Creation Viognier.
Another feast for especially the vegetarian is the fourth course where the gorgeous flavours and textures of parsnip, caramelised cauliflower purée, walnut crisp, boerenkaas croquette, blackberry consommé and thyme flirt with the many glorious facets of Creation Reserve Chardonnay. The fifth course is another highlight – fresh linefish served with beetroot, Beurre Rouge, radish and purple laver. The unusual colours and aromas of this dish pair brilliantly with the garnet Creation Pinot Noir Reserve.
In the spirit of traditional cuisine, yet as a delightful surprise, comes the duck bobotie with labneh, coriander and candied egg yolk offered as course six, accompanied by the elegantly spicy Creation Syrah Grenache. The versatile menu ends on a high note with a melt-in-the-mouth Jaffa cake, paired with Creation Fine Cape Vintage port.
The cost of the FynArts Story of Creation is R575 per person. Reservations can be made on 028 212 1107.