I’ve been eating Matt Manning‘s food for a long time. I knew him back when the only person who thought he was cool was Matt Manning himself. He taught me that you can crisp up gnocchi in a frying pan, that candied beets are a thing and that it is possibly to say petit poussin with a straight face. Matt is now championing the Sunday roast during the winter months with his Sunday Lunch Club.
We recently joined him for Sunday Lunch Club at Vondeling Wine Farm in the Paardeberg. We had such a fantastic day of delicious food, great wines and plenty of laughs around a communal table of like minded foodies.
His next event will be with winemaker Adi Badenhorst at his farm in the Swartland on Sunday the 29th of July. Don’t miss this event, Adi is such a character and his wines are the perfect big lunch pairing!
It was a proper Cape Town winter day with rain bucketing from the sky as we raced into Vondeling’s tasting room. We soon forgot about the rain when we were handed a glass of bubbles and located the fireplace. We started our lunch with mac & cheese bites, braised short rib Yorkshire puddings and plenty of bubbles! I couldn’t get enough of the mac & cheese bites! I might join another lunch just in the hope that they serve these guys!
Part of Sunday Lunch Club is the interaction with the winemaker. Jono and I are big wine nerds and we love the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the people behind the wine. Matthew Copeland, the senior winemaker at Vondeling, was passionate about his wines but was up for a conversation about books, politics and carbs too.
The Main Event with Matt Manning
We sat down to a soup course of roasted pumpkin veloute served with pumpkin seed and coconut flatbreads and sneaky little mac & cheese balls!
We then had a salad of salt baked beetroot, coddled quail egg, fennel, horseradish and watercress. You’d think a salad would be a funny fit for a Sunday lunch but this was bloody fantastic. I loved the peppery watercress paired with the rich quail egg.
Both of these courses were served with the Vondeling Chardonnay – the salad with the 2017 Chardonnay and the soup with extra special library stock from 2012!
Next up was the pan fried kob, steamed saffron mussels, sweetcorn and braised leeks served with the 2014 Babiana. The Babiana is such a fantastic white wine and worked well with the fish. I just loved the flavour combination of this dish!
Main course was an impressive 6 hour roast pork. This was served with clementine glazed endive, samphire and smoked parsnip. And a big board of honey roasted carrots and roast potatoes on the side. It is not a Sunday lunch without roast potatoes so I was delighted to see them hit the table.
Dessert was treacle tart with salted caramel chantilly. I absolutely loved this dessert especially paired with Vondeling’s Sweet Caroline dessert wine. This really was the perfect ending to a terribly decadent lunch!
We had such a lovely Sunday lunch with Matt Manning and I would highly recommend you sign up! If his winelands based lunches are a little too far join Matt for his next Brunch Club in the city. Matt’s Private Kitchen Brunch Clubs are hosted at his home in town with an intimate group of 12 and five courses of feasting! You can find out about all his future events over here.
- Website: mattmanningchef.com
- Cost: R725 per person (includes canapés, wine tasting, cellar tour & wines with five course lunch)
- Next event: 29th July 2018 at AA Badenhorst Family Wines
Disclaimer: We enjoyed our amazing lunch as guests of Matt Manning and Vondeling Wines. However, all images and opinions are my own.