New Dishes to savour, Brimful of flavour.
Welcome to our monthly look at events in and around Casalinga Ristorante Italiano. Although we’re in denial, we’re slowly admitting to ourselves that another glorious South African summer is coming to an end, and winter is just around the corner.
As we use so much seasonal produce in our cooking, you’ll notice the first hints of winter in our latest weekly menu.
While we mourn the passing of summer, we have a lot to celebrate this month – not least our 30th anniversary. If you eat at Casalinga on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during April, take a close look at your bill. You might just find there’s something missing – 30% in fact. Think of it as a heartfelt thank you for all your support over the last three decades.
Next month sees another important anniversary – 10 years since the very first Groves & Vineyards Festival . We’re celebrating in the best possible way – by holding another festival!
Tickets are selling fast for the next edition of Groves & Vineyards on May 26 & 27. There’s even more of a buzz about Casalinga than usual, and not just because we’re hearing some very exciting rumours about which SA bands will be playing live during the weekend.
Groves & Vineyards has grown to be Jo’burg’s best food, wine and music event, so be sure not to miss out. There’s plenty to enjoy for the entire day, so be sure to come early. If you’re one of the first 2 000 people to arrive on the Saturday or the Sunday, you’ll get a commemorative wine glass. It’s not just a souvenir, but a wonderfully practical accessory that will come in handy throughout the Festival.
We can now confirm that Land Rover and Jaguar are co-sponsors of Groves & Vineyards, so look out too for some very stylish and impressive vehicles at Casalinga during the Festival.
As well as thanking all our friends for their continued support of Casalinga with our April midweek 30% off special, we’re also getting really into the idea of paying it forward. We’ve received a great many blessings and kindnesses down the years, and we thought it was only right that we share our good fortune with disadvantaged people.
We’re very happy to have discovered the Lebona Preschool in Muldersdrift, not far from Casalinga. Started by a lady with a big heart but only a small budget, it has become a vital facility for local people, who now have somewhere safe and affordable to leave their kids while they go out to work. They would also have a chance to learn through play in a loving environment. Casalinga has committed to helping build a new classroom for the Lebona School, and we are already visiting every Thursday to establish a vegetable garden and teach the young children about the importance of eating healthily.
If you’d like to help Casalinga pay it forwards at Lebona school, please contact us.
Casalinga’s kitchen is where classic meets contemporary, and then we add a dash of our special magic.Book a Table
They say that you can’t choose your family or your neighbours – in our case, we wouldn’t change either (and yes, some people are both!). We share our address with three of our favourite food and drink destinations, and that’s why there are no fences between us (or secrets, for that matter)!
Leafy Greens is the place to go for plant-based, organic cuisine that’s light on the Earth yet filled with nutrients and goodness. Try the wonderful vegan and vegetarian dishes on their famous breakfast and lunch buffets and you’ll leave with a spring in your step, and increased energy for the rest of your day. Learn more here.
Every occasion becomes special when you add chocolate. If you can resist anything but temptation, then approach the home of the chocolate fountain with caution. Appreciate chocolate in all its forms, from delectable slabs to irresistible chocolate-dipped cherries, truffles and hot chocolate. Perfect for telling someone you love them – especially if that someone is you! See More.
For honestly good coffee, look no further than The Green Bean Roastery and breathe in the delicious aroma of freshly-ground 100% Arabica beans as they create our Casalinga house blend. The Roastery specialises in African coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, among others, so you can tour the continent whilst relaxing in a beautiful garden.
But now his hips are letting him down. Titus has been a loyal member of the Casalinga team for almost thirty years, and we think of him as family. He’s been with us since the very early days, and his constant presence has helped Casalinga become what it is today.
Over the last few months, we’ve noticed that Titus has been slowing down a little. His smile and enthusiasm are still as bright as ever, but it’s clear that he is in pain. It turns out that the answer is a hip replacement, and the doctors have told him that this has to happen soon.
Titus has touched the lives of many thousands of Casalinga guests over the years, and now we’re asking you to make a difference to his life. We’re trying to raise enough money to pay for the hip operation he desperately needs. To make donations even easier, we’ve set up a PayFast account where you can contribute to helping Titus. In recognition of all his years of service, Casalinga will pay the balance of the bill to ensure that Titus is soon back on his feet. Please donate to the below bank account and give what you can. It would mean the world to Titus. Thank you.
Mercantile Bank, Branch code: 450141 / Horizon, Account Number: 4800011493, Type of account:Money market, Reference: Titus