21 Jun Sabine Gouw – Pepper and Souls
Born in the Netherlands, brought up in the Dutch Antilles, Sabine Gouw nurtured a preference for a mild climate, a laid-back lifestyle, and a love of food. Trips to South America introduced a variety of fruits and spices displayed at local farmers markets. She found herself mesmerised by the vibrant colours and aromas. During an Art School trip to Barcelona she discovered the architecture of Gaudí, which grew into an appreciation for architecture and in particular the modernist movement throughout Europe, in all its forms and shapes. For more than fifteen years, she applied her education and passion by organising exhibitions and cultural events in the Netherlands and abroad. While working with famed design company Droog, Sabine and her team created a series of dinners with the goal of introducing the public, through food experiences, to young, international, design talent. This innovative way to connect people who enjoy beautiful design and great food, people from all over the world and from different backgrounds, was a huge success. About five years ago, Sabine and her family embarked on a brave adventure: A two-year road trip around Europe in a campervan. They caught salmon at midsummer night in Norway. They bought fresh, salty sardines straight from the fishermen in Portugal. The trip ended in the northeast of Spain called Maresme, in coastal Catalonia. There Sabine found home, what she calls ‘the signature dish for life’. And there, in beautiful, Malgrat de Mar, Sabine formed Peppers and Souls to introduce her village to visitors. For many years now she has discovered the culture and history, little-known intrigues and local cuisine. Coastal Catalonia has so much more to offer than beaches under the sun so Sabine’s goal is to introduce visitors to a unique Malgrat de Mar experience.