Duncan Welgemoed, the towering South African-born chef behind Adelaide hotspot Africola and co-founder of the Drink Easy Awards, is bringing the African(ish) party to Perth for one night of bold flavour, delicious natural wines and records.
Welgemoed is headlining the November edition of Pizzeria Henri Charles, a semi-regular pizza party that invites guest chefs to hijack the pizza ovens at Highgate’s Si Paradiso for a night. In May, Ben Shewry of Attica in Melbourne reimagined Perth’s continental roll as a fold-up, calzone-esque wonder. In July, Taswegian Luke Burgess dreamed up a Japanese-inspired “marron-ara” (with marron, tomato and seaweed) to mark the launch of Only In Tokyo, the guidebook he co-authored with Michael Ryan of The Provenance in Victoria.
Although Welgemoed’s menu is still being finalised, he has confirmed that Africola’s legendary tea sandwich – a crustless white-bread sanga with crisp chicken skin, peri-peri mayonnaise and lettuce served with chicken drippings – will be crossing the Nullarbor in some form. Reflecting Africola’s strong plant-based focus, Welgemoed also hopes to offer something vegetarian – and perhaps even vegan – on the night.
While Welgemoed is in charge of the pizza, fellow Adelaide rebels Taras Ochota (Ochota Barrels, Lost in a Forest) and Gareth Belton (Gentle Folk Wines) will pour their new-release wines.
Music is another piece of the Pizzeria Henri Charles puzzle, and Ochota is also rostered on for DJing duties. Also from the department of industry folks moonlighting as DJs: Tom Van Beem (former bar manager of Wines of While) playing disco and Australian funk, and Broadsheet Perth’s Max Veenhuyzen spinning soul and jazz.
Pizzeria Henri Charles #3 – Renegades of Adelaide is on Tuesday, November 12 from 5pm till late. Entry is free.