Like any good Cape Townian, I know First Thursdays very well. It’s a busy Thursday night in town with art galleries, pumping restaurants and great wine. Franschhoek has cottoned on to this and has started their own Food and Wine Experience at La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek on the First Thursday of every month through winter. We joined them for their First Thursday of June where they were focusing on Chardonnay! Every month, La Petite Ferme, highlights a different varietal. Next up is Cabernet Sauvignon for July’s dinner and Cape Blends for August’s dinner.

We arrived to a warm welcome and a glass of Sparkling wine. We grabbed a comfy spot by the fireplace and tuck into biltong and gourmet trail mix. As soon as we started defrosting they brought out the canapes. The canapes for the evening included bruschetta with tartare, chicken liver pate and snoek pate. These were all fantastic canapes and we easily ate about three or four of each!!

The Tutored Tasting of Chardonnay

After the canapes, we headed through to a tutored tasting. The La Petite Ferme winemaker walked us through four styles of Chardonnay. The Chardonnays included the La Petite Ferme 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, the Springfield Wild Yeast, Ataraxia and a very average French Chardonnay.

I have since learn that my lack of enjoyment of the French Chardonnay is due to my new world wine palate which doesn’t quite appreciate the old school wine profiles.

While finishing off our tasting we enjoyed an amuse bouche of broccoli, squid ink emulsion, red onion and pineapple salsa. If you read my post about Lily’s in Green Point you will know I am a huge fan of broccoli. The pairing of broccoli with pineapple salsa was completely new to me and I really loved it!

The big dinner with La Petite Ferme

After the tasting, we headed through to the dining room to start the fancy pants dinner. We started with a large selection of bread with my favourite being the squid ink bread served with Chardonnay butter. CHARDONNAY butter!!

First Course

First course was a beauty of scallop, prawn, black pudding, parsley bisque and almonds served with the estate Chardonnay. This dish was unbelievably elegant with subtle flavours. The scallop was cooked to perfection and I was surprised with how well it paired with the black pudding. Chardonnay is a food wine and really shined with this dish!

Main Course

The main course was a beautiful rare springbok loin with braised leg, turnips, roasted plum and shiraz juice which was served with the estate Shiraz. This dish was cooked to perfection with the most tender springbok loin. I especially loved the bitterballen stuffed with the braised springbok leg.

Pre- Dessert

Next up was “The Nest” which was a dainty pre-dessert. A dark chocolate nest arrived topped with peanut crumbs and a rooibos smoked pumpkin ice cream. This ice cream reminds me of pumpkin pie and the dark chocolate only made it more decadent. It really reminds me of something out of Harry Potter which really pleases my inner nerd.

The Dessert Course

However, there was another dessert around the corner! The final dessert featured black cherries, vanilla mousse, pistachios and chipotle chilli popcorn. This is probably one of the most beautiful desserts I have ever eaten. Dessert was amazing- the black cherry log, the bright raspberries and pistachio cream was such a hit! The chipotle popcorn was fantastic and surprisingly spicy!

We had an incredible dinner with La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek and I would highly recommend one of their First Thursday Food and Wine Experiences. The next menu will be completely different but will be just as delicious and well thought out.
For more information on the Food and Wine Experience dinners check out the official site and make sure to book.

If you’re looking for exciting things to do in Franschhoek make sure to check out the posts grouped under the Franschhoek category!


  • Location: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek
  • Next Events: 6 July and 3 August
  • Contact details:  021 876 3016 or their website

We enjoyed our dinner as guests of La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek. However, all images and opinions are my own.

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