Tony Jackman

The Karoo Lamb Shank on the Societi Bistro Winter Menu, prepared with tomato, red wine, braised vegetables and served on buttered mashed potato, is named after Societi Bistro regular , renowned playwright an journalist, Tony Jackman.


Tony recently answered a few questions for us;
What is your profession? 

I am a journalist and a playwright. My new play, Cape of Rebels, will debut at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown in July. Oh, and occasionally I go mad and open a restaurant…

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Tony Jackman

What was your dream job when you were growing up?

I fancied being a journalist – and later I thought I’d like to be a playwright. So I guess I got lucky…
What does a typical day in your working life look like?

Right now it varies as we have a catering operation in Cradock, Eastern Cape, where we now live, run from our home. So I could be doing anything from cooking for a group who have booked with us, to sub-editing on my laptop for Business Day newspaper, doing a travel story, or writing a scene for a new play.

One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?

Attending the Cannes Film Festival in 1989 as an arts reporter is something that I treasure.
What is your favourite questions to ask a prospective employee?

I’d ask them how much they love what they do for a living, and if they get a thrill from doing it.
What is your favourite leisure activity?

Reading historical books and plays. And cooking…
Who is your favourite South African designer?

Dicky Longhurst’s eye for line and cut in a garment is something to behold.
How do you feel about appearing on the Societi Bistro menu and the Lamb Shank in particular?

I love Lamb Shank and Societi Bistro does it so well. But I often order the beautiful pate as a starter, and the Caesar Salad is always on the money.
What is your favourite food to indulge in?


Any memories you would like to share about Societi Bistro?

Special occasions we have celebrated in The Snug, surrounded by friends and family. It’s our favourite place to gather and have good wine and conversation.


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