Local is ‘lekker’ at the Sandton Sun

Filed in Environment, Food & Wine by on May 26, 2011
Fine dining using local produce

Fine dining using local produce (© Sandton Sun)

‘Green’ practices have become de rigueur in the travel and tourism industry and the Sandton Sun is wholeheartedly embracing this policy. As a member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, the hotel has adjusted its spending patterns in terms of partnering with preferred suppliers and products which are more sustainable and environmentally friendly.


Coffee addicts will have heard of the well-known Beaver Creek Farm – a local producer of speciality coffee situated in Port Edward on the Natal South Coast. One of only a handful of local coffee bean farmers, Beaver Creek employs over 50 permanent staff from Natal and the Transkei, helping to support local communities through employment. The Sandton Sun retails only the local brands, particularly Transkei Gold Coffee – which is a collaboration between the Transkei Coffee Company and Beaver Creek to create a unique community development project. By purchasing this coffee it will help to build a fully sustainable community through the planting of seedlings and the building of a water system.


The Sandton Sun is the first in the South African hotel industry to have an innovative cheese room which is situated on the 6th level. Eighteen local cheeses, mainly from the Natal Midlands and the Cape, have been selected for this technologically advanced chamber with controlled temperature and humidity settings. Guests are able to view and select cheeses for consumption in any of the outlets or take cheeses home with them which are retailed through the San market. Some of the delights on offer include: Dalewood Wineland Blue Brie/Camembert; La Petite France Camembert; Kliprivier Mature Gruyere, Indezi Nandi Goat’s Milk and Simonsberg Creamy Blue.


The San restaurant’s wine list highlights only South African wines to encourage patrons to drink and enjoy the wonderful local wines South Africa has to offer. Miguel Chan, group sommelier for Southern Sun, has carefully compiled the list to emphasise region and geographical location within the country so as to highlight the benefits and excellence of these local wines. Some of the esteemed local estates include: Raats Family Wines, Morgenster Estate, Hartenberg Estate and de Trafford Wines to name but a few.


Executive Chef Garth Shnier has travelled extensively around Gauteng to source the freshest, seasonal produce for both restaurants and has found 11 small privately owned farms within a 100 kilometre radius of the hotel.  Farms include Little Leaves (who had to build a new field to accommodate the Sandton Sun’s demand) and Cradle Trout. Only quality ingredients are included on the menus and everything from nuts, vegetables and microherbs, to wheat-grass and trout are sourced from these farms. The hotel also supports “Meat-free Mondays” by offering more vegetarian options and minimising the quantity of red meat served while all seafood on the menus is selected from the approved South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI).




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