Au Revoir – I had fun

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Dear Odd Friends,

 

For the past four years art, music, design & food has been my life. What an amazing experience and incredible journey with great people. However the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life. As of the 1st of October I will no longer be the owner of oDD Café (but I will always be part of the oDD family).

 

oDD Café has accomplished SO much in the last four years, yes we’ve been open for FOUR years. We were the first café in the country to combine art , design, music and food. We are really proud of what we have accomplished, specifically on the music side of things in collaboration with Darryl Torr & Openroom, a sound studio on street level, something that has not been done or tried before in SA.

 

The amount of artists that have walked through our front doors and went on to make a big success of themselves is amazing. We have had emerging musicians, graphic artists, designers and supported small businesses by having pop-up stores. Artists such as  Conrad Bo, from the super stroke movement, Chad Farah & Sarah Britten have all exhibited with us. Beukes & Deleney, Carrie Wolf  and  Paper Plan City are just some of the music success stories.

 

We created one of the larger graffiti walls this side of Jozi and we have come full circle. We started out with Mars (Who tagged the balconies upstairs) and we ended with him doing a live graffiti show on Heritage Day.

 

We have been revolutionary, we have been controversial, we were very vocal about the Fankies issue with Woolworth, we supported the 1%. We donated to the twitter Blanket Drive and other charities. We SURE had a lot of fun in the process.

 

We have been voted as one of the top 10 music venues & one of the top 10 café’s in Jozi, and for that and all our other accolades we are thankful & humbled. We’ve loved what we did and we loved that you were a part of it. The friends of oDD Café have been phenomenal. I have learnt so much from you all and have had lots of fun. It is very sad that I need to leave, but I am excited about the legacy I leave behind for oDD Café. So this is not my goodbye but rather my au revoir, as you will still often see me sipping my soy cappuccino in one of the best spots in Greenside.

 

Until next time,

 

Christina Patricios

Comfort food comes to Greenside’s Odd Café

Wicked white chocolate cheese cake, a baked bobotie pie, thick and spicy soups, heart warming curries with samp. These are just some of the delicious news twists that Odd Café have brought to the café’s soulful winter menu.

It’s that season just after Autumn and just before Spring when you pull out your woolies, warm blankets and hot water bottles. Although the weather’s a little chillier and somewhat bleaker, Greenside’s Odd Café will be warming people’s hearts and souls with a new winter menu that’s all about indulgent comfort food.

“Winter is a time to bring out the spices, boboties, samp, full rich chocolate and to create foods that do more than nourish but that add enjoyment to life,” says Christina Patricios, founder of Greenside’s Odd Café which has become a runaway success with foodies and fashionistas in Jozi.

“Our new menu includes a baked bobotie that is made from a wonderful old Cape recipe, so it packed with flavour and the most delicious aromatic spices, but of course because it is at Odd Café there is a tasty new twist. The difference is that our bobotie is baked in a pie with a crispy flaky pastry crust that you have to crack open before the wonderful aroma hits you,” says Patricios who adds that the bobotie pie is such a winner it is often sold out.

“There are a couple of thick, hearty soups which include a velvety beetroot borsch and a spicy butternut soup with watercress pesto. We also have a butternut, sweet potato and cherry tomato quiche that’s become a fast favourite,” she says. Patricios says that Odd Café’s success has been driven but sourcing the finest ingredients, creating tastes that linger and delivering on the detail. “It is about getting the small things right, but also about putting a beautiful dish in front of a customer that delivers deliciousness right through to the last bite. People come back here because they dream of our food, love our vibe and feel at home at our restaurant.”

What would winter be without decadent deserts, and Odd Café has added a range of new cakes, tarts and biscuits onto the menu that are truly sinful. “Winter’s a time to enjoy life a little more so we’ve brought out the rich chocolates, the butter, the sugar and fresh vanilla pods to whip up some wonderful sweet treats. People are dying for our white chocolate cheesecake which comes in individual servings and is very rich and velvety. We serve it with a berry coulis that cuts through the richness and refreshes the palate. We find that the tartness of the berry combines beautifully with the smooth, denseness of the white chocolate cheesecake,” says Patricios.

Odd Café’s winter menu will warm customers’ hearts and souls until the first warmth reappears in spring.

Odd Café Greenside opens doors

Greenside’s new Odd Café delivers a delicious life created by an infusion of tastes, sights and sounds through café culture, comfort food with a twist, new taste explosions, as well as showcasing emerging art and music.

Greenside, Johannesburg – Saturday 23 October 2010: Greensides culinary and cultural landscape has changed with the opening of Odd Café, a new design, art, café culture, coffee and Mediterranean taste sensation which seeks to bring Jozi residents a delicious experience of the best that life has to offer.

“It’s all about a multi sensorial experience, yet making people feel at home,” said Christine Patricios wife of well known media and marketing research man Oresti Patricios who is the financial backer behind this project. “People want a destination where they can experience more than just flavour and taste. We offer café culture and an al fresco eating experience where people can taste a wide range of tapas topped with the finest imported and local ingredients, Mediterranean flavours and comfort food with a new twist that creates a bang for the taste buds by combining old familiars with a new zing,” said Patricios.

But you won’t just find some of the tastiest café flavours and the best African beans made into fine coffee variations by a trained barista, a central feature of Odd Café is showcasing emerging art and design, and creative reuse and recycling which is a feature of the Greenside café’s interior.

“We realize that people want to experience more than just food when they go out, they want to be stimulated with new sights and sounds, to learn something, to experience more,” said Patricios. “Johannesburg has a plethora of undiscovered talent an our café provides the perfect space to showcase these young and emerging creators with design and objets d’art that are available to browse and buy.” Patricios said that the café is purposefully keeping mark ups on these sales marginal, so as to encourage people to better get to know young, emerging artists.

“We’ve also changed the look of Greenside with the creation of a huge work of graffiti that has transformed the building we’re in from a bland part of the landscape into a beautiful work of art,” said Patricios adding that she was aware that the move was a controversial given that graffiti is often a misunderstood art form. “At Odd Café we’re all about infusing the old with the new, mixing up heritage with new thoughts and creativity. The graffiti took four days to do and our graffiti artist used over a hundred cans of spray paint to make the street art come alive on our three story building. As it was going up the whole neighbourhood was intrigued about it, but the result has been incredibly positive. People in Greenside love the new look.”

Art and graffiti aside, Odd Café is inspired by the café culture of New York infused with the tastes of Spain, Italy and the good old home cooking you’ll find in any Greek family worth its salt in South Africa. “It’s all about the best bread, cheeses, meats, olive oil, chocolate and chilli with a taste twist. For instance we have a sublime banana rippled boccaditto (Odd Café muffin) that’s sweet and infused with just a touch of chilli so that it tickles your palate. Our dream is all about creating unique flavours and experiences that people can share with friends. It’s about life really and memories. It’s about wanting more, wanting that which is delicious.” These taste sensations are supported by the best coffee you’ll taste in Johannesburg courtesy of specially selected African coffee beans that are expertly roasted and made into a wide range of coffees by trained barristers. “It’s our homage to the growing appetite that people in Johannesburg have developed for great coffee. You can’t have a café without serving brilliant coffee, in Jozi that’s an absolute must,” said Patricios.

Odd Café is situated at Shop 1, 116 Greenway, Greenside and the telephone number is +27 11 486 3631.

More information on Odd Café and the flavours sites and sounds that infuse this tasty tapas café can be found at www.oddcafe.co.za.

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More photographs (Please credit Derek Smith):

1. Coffee at Odd Cafe

2. Odd Cafe exterior

3. Odd Cafe interior

For interviews or to taste the food at Odd Café or for a media visit or interview phone Chris Patricios on 083 326 2229 or email Christina [at] oddcafe.co.za

Souled Out Exhibition @ Odd Cafe

Exhibition Duration: 02.10.2010 – 10.10.2010

Address: oDD Cafe, Shop 1, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside, Johannesburg, South Africa

Photos by Derek Smith

Odd Café in Greenside will be hosting Souled Out; a graffiti-inspired exhibition. The exhibition will showcase a group of Johannesburg-based graffiti artists and illustrators/designers as well as live performances by local B boys and live drawing to be performed by the artists on exhibition. The opening is on Saturday 2 October 2010 from 09h00 to 19h00 with performances beginning at 17h00 at Odd Café, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside. For more information call Odd Café on +27(0)11 486 3631 or email info@oddcafe.co.za

ODD CAFÉ and EXHIBITION SPACE
Odd Café opened only a month ago in the creative hub of Greenside. Each month Odd Café will be hosting and exposing the talents of unique artists and designers and providing a platform for them to promote their work.

Photos by Derek Smith

The café is a postmodern dream (or nightmare) with its amazingly quirky décor, unusual and strangely delicious menu, great coffee and a downstairs exhibition space. The owner, Christine, aims to promote the spirit of “adaptive reuse”. She has reinvented materials, such as cargo palettes to suspend the light fittings or the sacks that contained the coffee beans to upholster the chairs and even somebody’s front gate has become an ornate banister. The walls have been etched into with humourous definitions of “Odd Taal” and the tables alone are a “feast for the eyes”. Her interest in graffiti lies in the way that the artists adapt their surroundings to transform and create art in the public sphere.

Souled Out is an exhibition that consists of artists all deeply rooted in traditional graffiti with a solid Hip Hop base. One might consider moving into a gallery space as selling out and, as far as galleries go, graffiti art is considered outsider art, better yet it should stay where it belongs – outside. This is why the artists have chosen to break down some boundaries and exhibit art inspired by the visual aesthetics of graffiti. And, let’s get real around here; even graffiti artists need to eat so take this unique opportunity to broaden your art collection with unique work created by artists, whose trade has become more widely seen than most art in galleries, yet entirely temporary in nature.

Photos by Derek Smith

If graffiti is what you want to see, you don’t have to go far to see their work. The façade of the building in which the exhibition takes place has been painted by the artists themselves. In keeping with the theme of “adaptive reuse” you can also check out a vintage Merc, just around the corner at the car dealership. Either way, this exhibition aims to bring “the outside” in and turn it inside out.
(Written by Juliet White)

THE ARTISTS
GROE uses spray paint on canvas to create what he describes as abstract wildstyle letter-forms based on his signature style. His letters aim to visually abstract and evolve to the point that they take on character,movement and emotion of their own. Although this is his trademark, the design and general form may change due to the nature of freestyle (improvised painting). Each work progresses in the way that Groe adds something unique and different by drawing on his immediate surroundings or state of mind.

MARS is a graffiti artist and designer and has used spray paint on canvas for this exhibition. The main focus of the work he created for this exhibition is abstract letterbased flowers. The concept of traditional still life subject matter, seen in any home combined with the usually controversial graffiti art seen outside on the streets creates a dynamic clash of genres. By taking both graffiti art and traditional flower painting out of their natural environments and remixing them, he has created what he describes as something classy with a bit of street cred.

NIC HOOPER is an illustrator, graffiti artist and motion designer. For this exhibition he has used skateboards as the surface for his creations. His passion lies in making interesting visuals. He has been in the motion design industry for the last two years, after studying multimedia design. Although this is the first time exhibiting work to the public, he has been doing graffiti for the last ten years and has been drawing his whole life. He says that as with most of the best things in life, it started just for fun and ended up engulfing his whole life. The self-proclaimed South African earthling also runs Shake Well Designs with artist, Tanner Peters.

TANNER PETERS has used mostly found objects and surfaces for this exhibition. He studied fine art, paints graffiti and currently runs the Johannesburg graffiti-based company, Shake Well Designs, in partnership with fellow artist Nic Hooper. His work has to do with the shapes, movement and flow of the genre and how they come together on a static surface. He explores these elements in other figurative images like animals or skulls. The curves and tapering of the horns are inspired by the linear flow and style of graffiti. He breaks down the graffiti style of drawing and applies the methods to other formats and visually appealing forms.