“Those who were at the VIP luncheon would be interested to know that not only did I get the most emails from clients ever after a VIP luncheon to thank us for the informative afternoon (9 emails), but there was an interview with her published in last Sunday's Sunday Times Travel and Food Supplement. I attach this article - pass on to your clients who were there. (It shows me those wine lovers really enjoyed it…)"
Alten Hume, Konika
“David Bricknell …couldn't stop raving about you and said he and Linda [his wife] thought it was the highlight of their trip! Thanks so much…for looking after my precious clients so well!!
Ligia de Coito, Owner, Winedesk at the Waterfront
“An absolutely wonderful evening definitely to be repeated!!!!”
Dalene, Olga, Anthony and Ziyanda (a very big fan!!!), Cavendish Winesense
“WOW!!! Dit was seker in my 25 jaar wat ek al wynproe en lesings aanbied, die interessantste aand wat ek nog beleef het! Komplimente aan Katinka wat ons op die punt van ons stoele gehou het met al haar humor. Ons groep wat al jare wynproe het almal saamgestem dat dit 'n funksie was wat ons altyd sal onthou as een van die hoogtepunte.”
”I just wanted to thank you for your unwavering commitment to client service. My clients Owain and Jessica were "blown away" by your knowledge, your infectious personality and the whole journey.
Wayne Milne, Director – Take 2 Tours & Safaris
“For me to tell you again how very successful your food and wine pairing function last Saturday was, would be superfluous - your standing ovation said that!
But what you may not have noticed is the number of Guild members and guests who came up to me saying that that was possibly the best function the Guild has ever had!
It was indeed a truly momentous event, thoroughly educational, as all wine tastings are intended to be, and also light-hearted and entertaining, which was your personal input.
Thank you once again from a most appreciative audience.”
Barry Cleveland, Wine Tasters’ Guild
“Ek het nie in my wildste drome verwag om so 'n "fun" middag te hê nie. Baie dankie, jy is beslis die doyenne van Food & Wine Pairing.”
Myra Korsten, Organiser, George Cheese and Wine Festival
“I had the most wonderful time with you and would love to do it all again, and again (even the parts that don't taste so great!). I tell everybody about it, and have been giving my son some pointers too since he has just started working as a waiter.”
Bianca Coleman, journalist
“Thank you so much for putting together a fabulous evening. The reaction has been one of wow and been blown away. Katinka is a living legend and we all feel honoured to have been a part of the course.
Glynnis Roberts, Principal, 11-Cooks School
“A brief and very special "Thank you" for a really exciting experience on Friday evening at Uitsig.
What great fun to be led through an evening by a soignee, articulate, intelligent, amusing Katinka!
Michael Olivier, wine writer – Co-author of The People's Guide, navigate the winelands in a shopping trolley, written with Neil Pendock
“May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on a fantastic idea and complement Katinka van Niekerk on her marvelous presentation. I'd like to thank her for giving us one of the most informative and humorous presentation I have experienced. Her ... witty remarks paired with her great knowledge of food and wine made this one of the most enjoyable evenings we have had in a long time. Congratulations on assigning the perfect person for this presentation.
Jette McGavin, Telkom
“We enjoyed the food and wine pairing tremendously and it was extremely educational for the students! Our principal, Ronel Bezuidenhout, joined us this year and she also had such a wonderful experience. We must thank Katinka van Niekerk who taught the students so much with her wonderful way of presenting the food and wine pairing.”
Benita Pretorius, Lecturer: Food and Drink Management, Capital Hotel School
“What can I say, awesome! Thank you so much for the opportunity to have been part of such a unique experience.
Please convey my appreciation to Katinka and everyone involved. She is such a remarkable woman!
André Burger, Corporate Business Manager, Cabrière Estate
“A huge BIG thank you for your wonderful interaction with our Cape Town team…at Welgemeend. I learnt more about wine (and a lot of other things) than I have ever learnt before. Your warm and entertaining way of conveying information kept us right "there" with you all the time! From all of us thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Lesley Donnelly, Abbott Laboratories
“Thanks so much for last Wednesday evening. It was fantastic for the Checkers team to have some insight on Katinka’s expertise to use in all our workings with wines and cheese. We will be using that bible again and again over the coming years!”
Lauren Morley, Checkers
“Welcome to your fan base! I think you are the best teacher when it comes to wine and food pairing. I therefore, would recommend to the people that:
1. You Katinka be the teacher for all South African wine lovers.
2. Compulsory education for all adults who consume alcohol or intend to do so in the near future. Of course, be taught only by YOU!
Tell you what, I had a ball and I will never forget it. Definitely I will visit again with some friends.
“Wat ‘n fees was dit nie! Katinka is ‘n absolute wonderlike mens met soveel ongelooflike kennis – die onbaatsugtige manier waarop sy haar kennis deel is absoluut prysenswaardig! Daar was nog nooit ‘n jaareindafsluiting waaroor die personeel so gepraat het en wat so ‘n geweldige impak gehad het nie! (dit alhoewel hulle eintlik gewerk het…). Ek gaan dit beslis weer doen met my eie privaatgroep mense volgende keer – sommer vroeg iewers in die nuwejaar!”
Marianne Strydom, Boland Travel
Many, many thanks for the most extraordinary evening on Friday. It was totally inspiring learning about the food and wine pairing and being introduced to each wine with their very distinctive personalities!!!
It was an entertaining evening that I shall remember (and want to repeat) for a long time.
Beryl Eichenberger, Hippo Communications
Melvyn Minnaar on 16 November 2009
"In the arcane challenge of pairing wine and food, Katinka van Niekerk has no equal. Now she’s put it all down in writing."
Full review as a blog post on Grape.
Neil Pendock on 14 November 2009
"For lovers of food and quizzes, F&WPG is a most appropriate Christmas stocking filler and goes well with all wines."
Full review as a blog post on Pendock uncorked.
Myrna Robbins' review is on this website under What Reviewers Say continued.
Micheal Olivier's review is also available under What Reviewers Say continued.
Click on Comments by Clients for comments by course participants.
The Food and Wine Pairing Guide can be purchased from your local bookshop such as Exclusive Books, Wordsworth, PNA, CNA and other bookshops and also in Woolworths; or
directly from me at course venues at a discounted price.
For orders of 7 guides or more, including free delivery, contact Jana Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org
For links please see The Guide.