Chocolate Affair

… and taste buds in love.

Jean-Pierre is probably the guy I adore most for his wonderful craft of being a chocolatier. You can see his love for chocolate in the presentation of his stall at the market and you will taste the finesse of subtle flavour selection in every piece of Fortain chocolate. But can you really appreciate it? Or do you find yourself gobbling away whole slabs of chocolate because it’s just so overwhelmingly tempting?

Saturday 19th (and 26th) January, 14:00 (after the Paleo Gourmet Session) at the Demo Kitchen

Join us for a true and sensuous Chocolate Affair at the V&A Market on the Wharf: Jean-Pierre and Chris will take you on quest to discover all your taste buds and senses, one at a time… slowly and cautiously in the beginning but wildly passionate in the end!

An honest love affair can not be bad for you, can it? So learning to love chocolate in moderation, being able to savour every bite, will reveal the true taste and benefits to you.

Take home a special treat for your liefie in exchange for your appreciation of chocolate.

Jean-Pierre established Fortain Chocolatier in South Africa in 2012. Jean-Pierre Fortain, third generation chocolatier, shares his knowledge and know-how, gathered at “De Groene Poort” baker and pastry school in Bruges, by teaching South Africans the art of making Belgian chocolates.

Looking forward to get messy with you 😉

Tell us about your Chocolate Affair on the ThinkFood FB page and you stand a chance to get a very special Nutty Treat from JP!

ThinkFood30 MOTW challenge

To all the survivors of the festive season. Completely knackered or in the need of a proper detox? No need to book in into a fancy rehab resort in Knysna, ThinkFood! Together with the The V&A Market on the Wharf (MOTW) we’ll get you back on your feet, ready to face another year:

New Years Resolution ThinkFood30 Challenge

We all know how frustrating it is to face another year, realising that your New Year Resolutions havn’t actually changed much. It seems as if trapped in a continuum with a slight downhill slope, which most of us just perceive as getting old. A few more aches and pains, a bigger pair of pants and more stress at work. ThinkFood30 combats a lot of apparently age, stress, chronic condition related symptoms by alleviating the causal factors: food – which you can’t just stomach anymore.

Exclude the usual suspects involved in allergic or gut-disrupting reactions.

These inflammatory food-groups unbalance your hormones and disrupt your bodily homeostasis – in other words – you are way off balance and your body will show you that it’s not doing all that well by getting bigger, being sore and clouding up your head. If you’ve ever had one of those days when getting out of bed already needs convincing, getting your limbs into gear without pain takes about half an hour, your eyes won’t open up widely enough to spot the most recent pimple and it’s hard to remember where you’ve put your cup of coffee, try ThinkFood30 instead of waiting on unfulfilled New Years Resolutions. Eliminating certain food-groups will allow your body to heal, recovering from the otherwise constant fire you were feeding: systemic inflammation.

Combating systemic inflammation will change your life.

Your metabolism isn’t slower than somebody else’s or you weren’t genetically blessed with a faster one, everyone can optimize their metabolism according to their own needs. This will change your relationship to food, your own body, your habits, your sleeping patterns and your mood-states – not just because you look all ripped and pimple-free, but because your brain chemistry is set on positive, high volume capacity again.

Paleo Gourmet sessions and kick-off talks

ThinkFood and MOTW challenges the market community to a New Years Resolution that will work– and you don’t have to do on your own. Are you a staff member, a vendor or a friend of the market? Let us help you lead a healthier life, enabling you to actually fulfill those resolutions instead of just thinking about them. You are welcome to join us for one of the two kick-off talks in January.

ThinkFood30 kick-off info talk will give you all the details. We will explain the What and How and Why:

14th Jan 2013, 10:00, Mezzanine Level at the V&A Market on the Wharf or

22nd Jan 2013, 17:30, Mezzanine Level at the V&A Market on the Wharf

For those of you who think they’ll suffer deprivation… fear not! The Sue-Ann and the MOTW demo kitchen have Paleo Gourmet sessions lined up for you so you can ease into it, learn a bit about the Paleo diet, while Sue-Ann will prepare a 3 course meal in true primal manner for you:

Sat 12th January, 12:00-13:00 at the MOTW demo kitchen,

Sat 19th January, 12:00-13:00 at the MOTW demo kitchen,

Sat 26th January, 12:00-13:00 at the MOTW demo kitchen

Please contact Sue-Ann for more details on the Paleo Gourmet sessions and Chris for the info talks.

Some celebrities of the market community are already committed and can’t wait to get cracking!
Check out our Facebook page for the latest gossip.

UPDATE 12th Jan 2013:

Today Sue-Ann announced her ThinkFood30 Challenge officially during our first Paleo Gourmet session at the Demo Kitchen… have a look what you have missed and join us next Saturday for another hands-on Paleo Gourmet session. You will learn a lot about the “Paleo diet” and Chris will answer all the questions you might have!

Spinach and lots of eggs in our Kitchen Aid Mixer


Sue-Ann A!llen Hands-on in her demo kitchen
— at Market On The Wharf.


Seared Tuna


Dressing the plate…
— at Market On The Wharf.


Seared Tuna Salad with Avo and Bacon. I can testify it’s even more addictive than carbs 😉
Tuna: Fish on the Wharf
Bacon: Angus Meat
Avo: Bossini Brothers
— at Market On The Wharf.


Bacon topped frittata… yummy?
— at Market On The Wharf.

See Sue-Ann Allen growing while we are feeding her the Paleo way during the ThinkFood30 challenge
— at Market On The Wharf.

Ess gezunt – the global fresh produce trend

Fowl, rabbit and duck will be available at MoW

Borough market is London’s oldest fresh produce market. You will find fresh game, fruit and veg here every Thursday to Saturday. Having been there you will notice where Greg Anderson got  the inspiration from: this charming market and it’s community spirit. Like London, we will have our own resident Cook Sista at the Market on the Wharf: Masterchef SA 2012 runner up Sue-Ann Allen.
Modena’s Mercato Coperto, not being Italy’s biggest market, but -being Modena – having the world’s best aged balsamic vinegar selection. We are curious what our local vineyards will have to offer and think the vinegars will go well with an olive oil tasting. Go to the Market on the Wharf website and subscribe to their newsletter to be the first to know as slot’s might be limited for these exclusive tasting events.

Caviar Schwarz Rot Gold

Yeliseyevsky… sounds russian to me! The czarist splendor with it’s crystal chandeliers and Art – a befitting home for delicacies like Siberian dumplings and countless different caviars. Being a pleb from the Platteland, I’d love to taste more than 7 little pearls on my Salmon Roses… who’s over there sometime soon?

Mercat de la Boqueria is probably Spain’s most Mediterranean market and you will find Barcelona’s top chefs up early in the morning picking shell fish, colourful game birds and pencil-thin asparagus for their menu. Like Boqueria the MoW will have it’s own cooking school. Have a look at our ThinkFood workshops that will make kids forget that they don’t like vegetables, teach your teenager how to eat healthy, and prove to you that carrots aren’t round. Look up our  timetables on thinkfood.co.za and book now (8 entrants only!).

nom nom – a little lamb from Down Under

MoW’s compatriot in the southern hemisphere is Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market http://www.qvm.com.au/. Not only will you find whole lamb sides and Tasmanian seafood, but you can easily see the influence on Australia’s kitchen while listening to an Asian vendor with an Aussie accent. They have cooking classes every Sunday. If you’re ever feeling homesick, go to Tribal Tastes and dig into their South African products: 100% natural, preservative free, gluten free, dairy free, low GI & sugar free. I would love to see some Kilishi (West African biltong look alike) offered at the Waterfront too!

Our green yardstick for real food should be the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Like Capetownians the citizens of San Francisco are rather health conscious and the Paleo avalanche was probably kicked loose in a little box (CrossFit gym) in Northern California: Robb and his team strike a balance between performance, health and longevity by integrating sound nutrition, smart training and the benefits of a community oriented fitness approach.
You can have a look at Robb Wolf‘s best selling book The Paleo Solution in MoW’s library of cook books.. you should actually just buy one to give to your dearest family member in need for a sustainable health solution – xmas is around the corner. Give me shout and I will join you on the market to compile a healthy food basket to go with it.

Having listed all these famous fresh produce markets, I need to mention Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York even though it still remains on my bucket list. The last and only time I’ve been in the Big Apple, I was still campaigning for Big Pharma at an advertising agency. The one instance in terms of food in NYC I hold in dear memory is Katz’s Deli. Not exactly Paleo – I know – but I would risk my gut going a little leaky anytime for one of their famous pastrami sandwiches… the bread/meat ratio being very favourable: Ess gezunt and add a pickle!