Only the Cooking Bar Restaurant is closed, the broader Cooking Bear is continuing apace. Cathy will concentrate on food and Peter will concentrate on computer systems.
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We opened Cooking Bear Restaurant over 8 years ago.
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And now, after 8 years, it’s time to move on. We had planned a surprise menu for our final week-end, but, after many months of false starts and stumbling progress in the property sale, the final furlong seems to be moving along at a gallop and we have decided, therefore, to close our doors.
Thank you very much for your support over the years, it has been great meeting so many regulars.
We hope that you have enjoyed the adventure as much as we have.
Only the Restaurant is closed, the broader Cooking Bear is continuing apace. Cathy will concentrate on food and Peter will concentrate on computer systems.
Notes from Cathy
Economist, corporate banker, cook and Dachshund fan.
I am looking forward to enjoying long walks on the beach with my little four legged friend Rupert, he is such a gem.
Please use the contact form below to drop me a note about foodie ideas and your favourite recipes which we can pass on to the ever growing RASKI community.
My main challenge will be writing the ‘Cooking Bear recipe book‘.
Tail wagging tales from Rupert Bear
That’s me, Rupert, aka ‘The Leaping Sausage’. I’m going to miss you scratching behind my ears which I so enjoy. I plan to have my own category on RASKI called ‘Rupert’s travels’ about our travels, adventures and light hearted stuff over the coming months. On my travels I will sample Pet Friendly accommodation. I will report on the good ones in my new column on RASKI. I need your help so that everyone who travels with their pets can benefit – if you have stayed with your pets and enjoyed the accommodation please let me know and I can spread the word, we want to recommend the good guys.
With our future travels in mind I decided to book Cathy and myself onto a training course with Candi Moon at Mole Hill. Well, it is a huge success. I have learnt so much and Cathy has been very well behaved. I reward her with small treats when she obeys. Candi is great, you can contact her through her posts on RASKI – Click here. She thinks I might be a whizz at jumping over obstacles like small fences as a trick to impress guests. Keep your eyes peeled for posters advertising the Leaping Sausage Gymkhana.
My new e-mail address is email@example.com Drop me a note, keep it touch.
Notes from Peter
Restaurant Reviews – Having been at the sharp end for 8 years we think that we have built up enough knowledge to qualify us to write plausible restaurant reviews. We understand the challenges that face restaurateurs and we understand how important it is to retain diners’ interest when there are so many competing attractions. The reviews would be short (200 to 250 words) and to the point. Highlighting the good, not labouring the bad.
Would you read our reviews ? Add your comments below.
The future ?
What will we be doing to keep out of mischief ?
experience, skills, time on our hands and plenty of opportunities
- ‘Cooking Bear recipe book’ - what fun this will be, plenty of my favourite recipes and cooking tips. I might encourage Peter to include some ‘front of house’ anecdotes, most of them amusing, some borderline libellous. Would you buy a copy
- Home catering – if it’s worthwhile.
- Restaurant supply – supplying restaurant(s) with selected products.
- I plan to be more involved with RASKI. Some of my Cooking Bear recipes and suggestions on food preparation, storage, cooking and presentation.
- The RASKI Network absolutely
- The Midlands Foodies website absolutely
- Semper – Software solutions for the hospitality industry, including Semper Lite for smaller venues
- Website development if it’s worthwhile
- e-Marketing campaign management if it’s worthwhile
- Might have a thing or two to say about Restaurant reviewers. They vary, like the restaurants they review. Some good, some bad and some indifferent.
- Might even take up the cudgels on behalf of restaurateurs. Are good manners the exclusive province of restaurateurs or should ethical diners adopt a code of good manners like arriving on time with the correct number of diners ? What do you think ?
We might consider writing Restaurant reviews with the simple benchmark question – “would we take good friends there ?“ Regional or National newspapers, Magazines, websites ? We could be writing for you for a modest fee
The project and the Network
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Quo Vadis ?
Our immediate plans include a visit to the Western Cape to spend time with family, then it’s decision time…
where should we pitch our tent ?
Western Cape ? – DA governance, fine restaurants & beaches, miserable winter rain.
KZN Midlands ? – SA’s best kept secret, clean air, majestic scenery, fresh summer rain.
The couple who have bought our property plan to open a restaurant. More of that later
Our very best wishes for the future from Cathy, Peter, Rupert and Beccie.
“If we don’t see you through the week, we’ll see you through Windows…”