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SEPTIMO’S SEVEN SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

Septimo Italian Market & Restaurant

Septimo Italian Market & Restaurant, located on Sandton City’s Nelson Mandela Square, recently launched an impressive cocktail menu with some original twists on old favourites. All of which can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s gorgeously appointed bar or at a table overlooking the square.

Says owner Paul Lycos: “We have such a fabulous bar that we thought it was time to also have some fabulous bespoke drinks. So we have come up with seven sublime cocktails – one for each day of the week.”

The seven cocktails are:

  • Cassis Negroni: Campari, Vermouth Rosso, gin and cassis
  • Basil & Elderflower Gimlet: An infusion of fresh basil and elderflower cordial shaken with premium gin
  • Uva Martini: Aperol shaken with grapefruit extract and served in a martini glass
  • La Bela Vita: Campari, rose extract, fresh lime and cranberry juice, served straight up in a chilled martini glass
  • Fiori Bere: Premium gin, elderflower extract and grapefruit juice. Shaken not stirred!
  • Cento Anni: Campari, cherry extract and prosecco served in a martini glass
  • Cucumber and Basil G&T: Premium gin shaken with cucumber extracts, lemon and fresh basil. Served tall and charged with tonic water

Laughs Lycos: “You can imagine how many happy hours we spent taste testing these cocktails to come up with the right flavour and the right mix! But they’re perfect as a pre-meal drink or if you’re on your way to the movies or the theatre and want to have a quick drink before or after.”

The cocktails range in price from R65 to R75.

In addition to the new cocktail menu, Septimo has also added three special festive season menus for parties of eight people or more:

  • The La Famiglia Menu. Hand-crafted appetiser boards as well as pastas and pizzas served family style. The pizzas – from the wood fire oven – have thin crusts and come with a variety of toppings, from Margarita with fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil to Prostitutto with pancetta, fig and wild rocket. R290pp
  • The Nostalgia Menu. Scrumptious family recipe dishes such as homemade ravioli with Napoli sauce, ricotta lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs, US-style.  R345pp
  • The Signature Menu. Sustainable and organic selections from the signature menu, such as pan-seared sea bass, wood-fired whole baby chicken and a 350g, 45-day, dry-aged, grass-fed New York strip (sirloin) with a coffee and black pepper rub which is served with a jus and thrice-fried parmesan and black pepper chips.  R390pp

Perfect for intimate company Christmas parties, the price includes a complimentary Peppermint Prosecco as well as a delicious homemade dessert, from the restaurant’s in-store Patachou Patisserie bakery, for all diners in the party.

Septimo Italian Market & Restaurant is located at 31 Nelson Mandela Square. To book, call 011 077-7777

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Inspirational Artist John Moore to Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

John Moore Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

One of the most eagerly awaited exhibitors at the inaugural Cradle Contemporary Art Fair, and resident artist of the soon to be opened Cradle Art Gallery, is artist extraordinaire John Moore whose work can be viewed in private collections, various commercial banks and in galleries both in South Africa and abroad.

Schooled at St John’s College in Johannesburg, Moore’s childhood was marked by long holidays and explorations of South Africa, particularly the Kruger National Park where he frequently went on holiday with his grandparents.

It was there he was taught to love and appreciate wildlife in every form, and learned to enjoy not only the wonder of the “Big Five” but also the complexity and detail of “the little things”.

Moore remembers sitting at waterholes for hours on end armed with his binoculars and nature books. He studied birds, trees and insects and over the years his appreciation for detail and micro organisms was firmly fixed into his growing imagination.



Moore also learned to appreciate the different ecosystems that inhabit Southern Africa, visiting the contrasting coastal forests of KwaZulu Natal and the arid deserts of Namibia, and he was also able to witness and appreciate the indigenous people of the country and its neighbours, sharing and listening to tales of the fauna and flora around the fire.

At the end of his school career, Moore decided on a career in graphic design and enrolled at Wits Technikon. But shortly thereafter he changed to a Fine Arts course, merging his passion for wildlife with his love for art.

Moore has South Africa’s largest printing press in his studio which allows him to focus and work on large-scale images creating immense detailed mark-making in the works. Moore’s inspiration for his images comes, he says, from “experiencing life in all its forms”.

We asked John Moore some questions about his life, his work and his forthcoming exhibition at the Cradle Contemporary Art Fair:

What inspires you?
I look at all aspects of my life to create inspiration in my work, from daily activities, walking in nature, movies, reading, trance experiences nothing is exempt from my continual scrutiny. Once an idea has surfaced, I then journal it for future reference.

What is your daily routine?
I work hard and am known as a productive artist. I often get up at 6am, go to the gym and get into the studio by 8am to set up for the day. I don’t work normal hours but take frequent breaks through the day, allowing me to fetch children, look at research, attend meetings and catch up on admin. I usually work for two hours and have a 30-minute break. In peak times this working ethic can allow me to work till midnight. Close to exhibitions has me working even later. At night I find work the best, no distractions. When I have the children, I tend not to go into the studio.

What are your preferred mediums?
I am regarded as a multi-medium artist, namely I work in any medium that I feel is best to express my work. I am a printmaker and use these mediums often to express ideas, namely woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, perspex plates. However, I don’t just use the printmaking mediums, I also use charcoal and pastels to create large scale work. My next show predominantly has large charcoal and pastel images, supported by ceramics and smaller etchings. I use whatever is needed to best express my ideas.

Tell us about your latest work that incorporates the San
The San, I believe are deeply connected to all of us. They seem to think they were the “first” people. Being African I can identify with their myths and legends and allow their history and wealth of information to influence my work. I too, am a shaman, a person who is able to breach the world of the living into the spirit realm. That realm is a super reality where you can talk to the animals and most of my inspiration comes from experiences in this reality. A lot of my signs and symbols are from experiences from my trances there.

What works can visitors to the Cradle Contemporary and the Cradle Art Gallery expect to see?
I will be exhibiting some well-known pastel, woodcuts, linocut and lithographic images. Although these works have been exhibited before, they have a high level of complexity and detail which people admire and appreciate. All work will be framed and for sale with proceeds going to the African Digital Education Trust (ADET).

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