Cape Town Lately chats to Jade Jacobs and Kyle Chad Hendricks, the founders of a new creative culinary f(eat)ure that launches this weekend!
What is f(eat)ure all about? What inspired the concept?
JADE: f(eat)ure is all about sharing unique experiences and great food with people. We were inspired by our circle of friends and family and how we’re always looking for good food and unique spaces. We noticed how there were very few options available to us and that going to the best places in the city are pricey and very rarely what we can afford to do.
What’s on the menu this weekend?
KYLE: This weekend we have a gourmet take on some of our favorite foods. We have Korean Spicy Chilli Wings served with Spicy and Ranch dressings, Arancini served with Beer Mayo, Pressed Pork Open Sandwich served with fresh Coleslaw and Churros dipped in Chocolate and served with Salted Caramel drizzle.
We also have a pork-free/halaal friendly alternative which excludes the beer mayo and open pork sandwich and includes one extra of each other item on the menu, so nobody has to miss out.
Who will be making the food in the kitchen? As well as other people assisting the event?
JADE: The event is run by me and chef Kyle Chad Hendricks. The creativity and planning has been quite a journey for both of us but we’ve loved every second of it. We have enlisted some young friends of ours who love food as much as we do – they will help us on the day.
What are the future plans for f(eat)ure after the launch event?
JADE: We hope to take f(eat)ure to different, unique venues around the city and turn it into a renowned pop-up dining experience. We want to make this experience of unique settings and amazing food more accessible, whilst always pushing the barrier on creativity – in the food and in the event itself.
What do you hope to achieve through this vehicle in terms of the culinary/events industry in Cape Town?
Jade: We want to be able to showcase our creativity and talents and combine them with other creatives in the city. That’s a big part of how we came to choose the name f(eat)ure. We want to be able to combine food with other forms of art and interest – our aim is to feature other talents and creatives on our journey and in doing so, raise the bar of creativity in the industry, combine food with other arts, and showcase more than just ourselves.
If you had to recommend dishes in Cape Town, what should people eat and where?
KYLE: If you’re looking for great Italian Food, Osteria Tarantino in Waterkant Street is the place for you. Hail Pizza does do some of the best pizza’s around though. For Indian cuisine, Thali is definitely the best place. They serve amazing Indian Tapas which means you get to taste a bit of everything. Anyone looking for a quick light lunch has to try Melt in Long Street – their toasted cheese sandwiches are amazing!
What are your favourite restaurants in Cape Town?
KYLE: I love The Mess in Greenpoint and Fuego in Sea Point. De Grendel Restaurant is also one of our favourites – the views are perfect and the food is great too.
When you’re not in the kitchen, what do you like to do in Cape Town?
KYLE: I love cooking for my family. I have my own herb and veg garden at home so in my spare time I enjoy maintaining it and visiting local and community gardens to see what’s in season and support these local initiatives. I enjoy keeping fit and staying active and I enjoy foraging in the forests and near the ocean for fresh ingredients.
What are your future goals as a chef?
KYLE: A big goal of mine is to go and work in a Michelin Star restaurant. I also want to have my own pop-up restaurant like f(eat)ure. A goal of mine is that we make a name for ourselves and become renowned in the industry as an event that people in our city can look forward to.