Art, oysters and Indian cuisine Sound Bites with EdwardChamberlain-Bell on Radio Today Johannesburg.

By Edward Chamberlain-Bell

1. Edward Chamberlain-Bell understands precisely what Swad was voted the best Indian cuisine restaurant in The Star annual reader’s choice awards. So he and Laura McDermid chat to Swad’s owner, Suchitra Nagarajan, about the secrets of Indian cuisine. Suchitra advises that is one wants good “Indian” cuisine the rule of thumb is to choose a restaurant that concentrates on dishes from a few regions rather than one that tries to do it all.Their flagship restaurant is at Melrose Arch, with a second Swad restaurant now in the Killarney Mall- and they have an exciting new street food cafe called the Mumbai Masala in the same mall. www.swad.co.za.

2. Gauteng, are you ready for over 40 000 fresh oysters? The Oyster, Wine and Food Festival is back at Brightwater Commons for another record-breaking year. Judith Lee and Francois du Buisson advise us how to make the most of oysters and how to pair them with the perfect bubbly. The ninth annual Oyster, Wine and Food Festival is taking place on 1-2 June from 11:00 – 18:00 at The Brightwater Commons. This is Gauteng’s largest Oyster Festival and promises to bring over 40 000 oysters, 30 gourmet food exhibitors and over 38 wine estates to tantalise your palette. All wines, will be found in the open-air Promotions Court at the centre. Wine glasses can be purchased for R25 at one of three entrances, affording visitors the opportunity for diverse and interesting tastings at the wine circles. Enjoy the heady mix of cheese platters, oysters and Methode Cap Classique over the weekend. www.brightwatercommons.co.za.

3.Stephan Welz is the longest practising fine art expert and auctioneer in South Africa with over 35 years of experience with Sotheby’s in London, Amsterdam and South Africa. He has a vast knowledge of South African art and antiques making him the most respected “generalist” in these fields. He has presided over most of the major South African art and antique auctions and holds the most auction records. He joins us to tell us about the 30 contemporary South African artworks, which have been generously donated to the Wits Art Museum for auction for the WAM endowment program. Headline works include a major paintings donated by Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge and David Goldblatt. www.straussart.co.za.

4. Who better than Laura McDermid, nutritionist and cohost, to weigh in with a nutritional sound bite on the nutritional benefits of everything that spicy Indian food has to offer- and the secrets of oysters? www.allabouthealth.co.za.

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