Young St Francis Brewing Company chef, Daniel Hoffman, pulled out all the stops for his best offering yet at what has become a monthly “must do” occasion at St Francis Brewing Company’s food & beer pairing held last night. One nice change to the evening’s format was offering non-beer drinkers a choice of either pairing beer or wine with their food which no doubt pleased many of the ladies attending a farewell party to friend Diane Harcus.

This has really become a popular event and last night saw, but for a couple of late cancellations, a full house of almost 40 diners enjoy a wonderful menu with a French influence created by Daniel. This man’s inventiveness with food seems to have no bounds and from the very unusual potato bake starter that had just that perfect saltiness to arouse the taste buds to the last finger licking of the combination of tastes in his dessert offering, one’s taste buds bounced with delight with every dish. Having attended all of these pairings since Daniel arrival it was undoubtedly his best.

Those readers who enjoy a great dining experience should keep a watch out for the next pairing for it truly is worth the R180 they charge for a 5-course meal that includes the beer and wine tastings. Certainly the servings are, in true fine dining style, small, but after the 5-courses few leave not feeling content. To choose a best dish would be impossible as they were all so different and all complimented the previous dish. The Oxtail consommé with beef strips was probably my favourite but then came a superbly marinated yellowtail. The final dish  before the finger licking dessert, and I say finger licking for I was literally using my index finger to wipe off the last morsel of the dessert, and I wasn’t alone, was a tasty saddle of lamb perfectly marinated for something like 20 hours and then slowly, very slowly cooked to perfection.

Great evening and kudos to St Francis Brewing Company for a super evening.

A last word. It was great seeing a delegation from the Kouga Wind Farm saying farewell to local community Liaison and Administration Officer Babalwa Kani. St Francis Today wishes you well in your future and will miss your lovely smile.

Food & Beer pairing at St Francis Brewing Co