Roof Garden Bar oozes class

Central’s vibey Roof Garden Bar seems to be hip and happening these days. It’s not surprising since this Chapel Street chill spot oozes class – and the view is magnificent too!

My weekend got off to an early start last Thursday with a new Strongbow cider launch at the Roof Garden Bar.

Tavern owners came in their numbers to attend the event. I must say I rather enjoyed the Strongbow red berries flavour.

DJ Lloyd from Cape Town was the MC and he sure looked smooth in his light grey suit, but he could’ve cracked a few jokes to loosen up the mood.

I was back at the same venue again last Saturday for the Putco Mafani Consulting (PMC) do at which the firm celebrated their 10-year milestone by hosting a glittering cocktail-themed event.

Quite a few bigwigs turned up, such as the Eastern Cape Economic Development MEC Sakhumzi Somyo, Rural Development and Agriculture MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, former Port Elizabeth mayor Nceba Faku and businesswoman Phumeza Bono.

Guests pulled out all the stops with their dazzling outfits and Putco and his wife, Bongi, wore matching outfits.

Can someone ask Nceba why he never wants to don a tie? He would surely look good wearing one with his suit.

MC for the night was the ever so sassy and vivacious television actress and voice-over artist Lusanda Mbane, who had the audience in stitches with her jokes.

Rising star Lilitha was one of the entertainers and sang some songs from her album titled Ndim Lo.

A heart-warming speech was made by Putco’s daughters Mrs Africa 2016 finalist Noni Mbete and Chuma Mafani. Mlibo even showed us a few of his choice dance moves.

On Tuesday I attended the launch of Col’Çacchio pizzeria at the Boardwalk.

I was most impressed with the speed and quality of the service as launch nights can get a little crazy.

They have been open for a month though, and have clearly ironed out any service niggles.

Also this week, your Skinnerbek squeezed in a snazzy gourmet food and wine pairing led by Stellenbosch winemaker extraordinaire Martin Meinert at the Beach Hotel.

Martin regaled the intimate crowd with tales of how he became involved in this fascinating industry.

He also shared that his wife Leigh Ann doesn’t like red wine, even though Meinert wines are specifically reds. In his quest to impress before their wedding, he bought some white grapes from nearby farms and made a Sauvignon Blanc especially for her – and in her name – as a wedding present.

Guests, including birthday boy Bennie Hancke and his wife Ellen, gorged themselves on delicious morsels skilfully crafted by Ginger’s executive chef Tim Walker.

Skinner loved the smoked vanilla tobacco coffee-cured venison loin paired with Meinert Cabernet Sauvignon.

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