Vineyard Hotel does it again!
Grass was already smiling about the fact that Executive Chef, Carl van Rooyen of The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, decided to use Farmer Angus’s beef mince in their burgers in January, see our Friday Smile for that.
Now our smile has definitely broadened with the latest news from them.
On Monday The Vineyard Hotel announced that they were furthering their partnership with Farmer Angus, which sees the introduction of his beef and free range eggs to the hotel’s menus in the Garden Lounge and The Square Restaurant. Chef Carl said, “We are also using Farmer Angus’ Flat Iron steak in the Square Restaurant – a delicious cut from the shoulder area that forms part of the nose to tail cooking ethos we are trying to promote. With only 3% of the animal generally used as fillet, sirloin or rump, it is easy to ignore the other available cuts, which generally hold so much more flavour. We are keen to see what guests think of this new cut!
This is super news for a number of reasons. Firstly, The Vineyard Hotel is clearly firmly on the right track with sourcing higher welfare options and what is also very important is their promotion of nose to tail eating – fabulous! They also understand that there is fake ‘free range’ eggs and then there is Farmer Angus’ ‘free range’. Many restaurants claim they are using free range eggs with very little understanding of the term and how it has been hi-jacked by industry. Grass knows that Farmer Angus is true free range and we hope that The Vineyard Hotel restaurant patrons realize they are getting the real deal.
Super big smiles to you guys at The Vineyard Hotel and we send an extra one to Chef Carl for leading the way.
Farmer Angus is based at Spier in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, where he practises biodynamic farming techniques.
“BioDynamic agriculture is an enhancement to organic agriculture and the central element of this method is that fertility should be created on the farm. This is in stark contrast to conventional farming where the soil destroying fertilisers are produced in huge, energy intensive factories and then trucked for many kilometres to the farm, ” Farmer Angus.
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