Get set for a happy time as Luddite Wines and Genevieve MCC pile Santa’s sleigh high and wing their way to Cape Town. The recognised duo will sprinkle a little Bot River goodness this festive season at three exciting events.

Shining their light for a region known by its credo of ‘real wine made by real people’, red-wine maestro Niels Verburg and MCC whizz Melissa Nelsen will team up with chef extraordinaire Matt Manning to present three very special food and wine extravaganzas.

Born in England, Matt perfected his trade in London’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants. Upon relocating to South Africa, his inherent entrepreneurial spirit saw him embarking on a career as a private chef to expand on his love of a hyper-social style of dining and so, his Chef’s Studio and Grub & Vine Restaurant in Cape Town were born.

The festive dinner events with Luddite and Genevieve MCC take place on December 5, 6 and 14.

The first two take place on a Thursday and Friday, where an exclusive gathering of just 20 lucky people will be treated to Matt’s dazzling One Ingredient Dinner, an interactive dining experience that showcases a hero ingredient over five courses. This time, however, there’s a special festive season twist. Chef-Santa Matt will pay homage to the decadent, nostalgic foods traditionally served around the table at this most happy time of year.

To book for one of these two evenings, go online to and make a reservation via the Dineplan calendar.

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