Friday Smile – Vineyard Hotel & Farmer Angus


EATegrity congratulated executive chef, Carl Van Rooyen, and his sous chefs at The Vineyard Hotel for deciding to use grass fed beef for their burgers. The Vineyard Hotel has made a commitment to “living green” and has implemented environmental and social responsible decision making throughout the hotel so we are pleased to see this extending to the Vineyard restaurants too. Carl also believes in supporting local producers instead of importing produce.

The choice was not only driven by ethical mindfulness—they had a blind tasting whereby they sourced mince from quite a few suppliers. As Carl says, “we all sat in the chefs office and tried the different burgers- sous chefs and other line chefs.  Farmer Angus was chosen – on taste – no one on the panel except for myself knew the sequence.  So without even paying attention to the ethics – Farmer Angus wins on taste !

Grass fed is just better.

Email ( to tell them that you think this is really awesome news or phone (021 657 4500) and make a booking to try out the new, improved burgers. Please note, EATegrity cannot vouch for their other menu items.

Another Friday Smile, although it is only a half smile since BEERHOUSE on Long Street, Cape Town, can’t guarantee that foie gras will permanently be off the menu. They did heed the call this time and agreed to remove it from their menu for their next Meet The Brewers event. You can contact them ( to thank them and ask them please to make it a permanent decision, countrywide.


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Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity ( “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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