Pairing The Artisan

As the 2015 festive season rolls in, we naturally begin to search for new ideas to inspire our celebratory tables. This creative team have shared an ‘of the earth’ take on the usual bright colours of Christmas, perfectly captured by Andrea Van Der Spuy

Conceptualised by Bona-Fide Events and brought to life through the striking MYŪZU crafted table arrangements, neutral earth tones and unusual pairings, we are captivated by the soft whispers of African inspiration. They’ve also shared their recommendations for food and wine pairings that combine to make the perfect celebratory feast. 

The Inspiration

Our aim was to create a festive concept with a hint of rarity. The focus was on a small selection of craftsmen, each with a fine area of expertise, who partner together to carefully & skilfully craft an uncommon piece of art. To bring this idea to life we used singular & scarce items as apart of the shoot, creating an absolute occasion! By incorporating raw earthy decor ingredients, we took an unorthodox & abstract approach to a traditional ‘family feast’. 

The Shoot

For the table set-up, we chose to go with minimalistic decor, adding elements of charcoal stoneware, black cutlery & raw linen deepening the earthy look. To capture a visual experience that spoke of Africa, we used dried palm leaves and branches, rather than florals, to create striking shapes while bringing ‘Mother Nature’ into the mix. To compliment the overall feeling of the shoot, a fine selection of Italian wines were hand picked & perfectly paired with the simplistically enticing family harvest menu.

The Meal

This festive season, rather than sticking to the traditional ‘family feast’, why not create a little more intrigue. Beginning with something as simple as a selection of delicious breads, cheeses and accompaniments, encourages sharing and conversation, as your guests sip on a glass of wine (or two).  Follow this up with a rich main of lamb and roasted root vegetables, ending off by lifting the mood, with a ‘finger-food’ style dessert, such as churros with a smooth dark chocolate sauce – and more wine, to create a truly special meal. 

Starter Platter 1

  • Pronto Mama Marinated Mushrooms
  • Chaloner Tomato Tapenade
  • Chaloner Traditional Olive Tapenade
  • Cape Treasures Sweet Ginger Relish
  • Cape Treasures Savouring Pepperdrop Relish
  • Selection of Crackers
  • Served with Tabarrini Montefalco Rosso 2011 and Adanti Montefalco Rosso 2010

Starter Platter 2

  • Cape Treasures Oak Smoked Olive Oil
  • Aceteia Bellei Balsamic Vinegar (12 years aged)
  • Eat.Art Egyptian Dukkah
  • Zest Gourmet Fig Pate
  • Zest Gourmet Preserved Stem Ginger
  • Grana Padano Cheese
  • Freshly Baked Bread
  • Served with Anselmi Guiseppe e Luigi Pinot Grigio

Main Course

  • Lemon and Chakalaka Lamb Chops
  • Baby Spinach Salad
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Sumac-Dusted Oven Fries
  • Served with Paolo Manzone Nebbiolo d’Alba Mirine 2012 and Damilano Langhe Nebbiolo 2011


  • Cinnamon Churros
  • Extra Wine – Tabarrini Montefalco Sagrantino Colle alle Macchie 2005

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