Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Alleviating Hunger in SA - Cocktail & Canape Masterlass raises R5055.00 in aid of FoodForward SA

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Alleviating Hunger in SA - Cocktail & Canape Masterlass raises R5055.00 in aid of FoodForward SA

Johannesburg, Gauteng – BE BEAUTIFUL EVENTS has officially raised R5055.00 in their Virtual Cocktail & Canape Masterclass in aid of FoodForward SA. The Virtual Cocktail & Canape Masterclass in aid of FoodForward SA which was presented by Thee Gintleman, and Kholiwe Cooks,  which was held on the 26th September at 16:00pm on Zoom. The Sponsors of an incredible goodie box for participants were The Old Stone Mill, The Gourmet Grocer and O’Halo. Prizes were donated by The Gourmet Grocer, Arbour Café and Courtyard and Be Beautiful Events. 

One third of all food produced in South Africa is wasted while a staggering 14 million people don't know where their next meal is coming from. Established in 2009 to address widespread hunger in South Africa, FoodForward SA connects a world of excess to a world of need by recovering quality edible surplus food from the consumer goods supply chain and distributing it to community organisations that serve the poor. More than 80% of the food recovered is nutritious food. FoodForward SA distributes 5,115 tons of food, equivalent to 20million meals valued at R0.85 per meal, serving 412,000 beneficiaries served daily.  

Donations from participants enabled Be Beautiful Events to meet their goal of raising a minimum of R2500 and in fact exceed it, raising R5055, which is 202% of their target for FoodForward SA. These generous donations will assist FoodForward SA to feed a minimum of twenty people every day for an entire year!  

“The event focused on promoting and supporting Proudly South African businesses, products and fundraising for those most in need in South Africa. As South Africans, there is a strong urge for us to stand together during these difficult times- to show kindness and empathy and develop our sense of community.”- Bronwyn Gahagan 

Participants received a gorgeous goodie box prior to the event filled with a Barron apron, Wedgewood Nougat, The Gourmet Grocer biscuits, two delicious O’Halo kombuchas as well as a beautiful Old Stone Mill spice combination consisting of Za’atar, Sumac and Tahini to utilise throughout the event. Each of the products included is locally produced, and aims to be Kosher, Halaal, and free from additives, MSG's and preservatives.   

“The goodie box was exquisite and had an excellent range of goods with great value. Samples helped achieve the overall end product and delicious and morish end result. It was excellent” – Cocktail & Canape Masterclass participant 

Participants were invited to join us in an intimate an interactive Masterclass where they learnt to make two delicious and unique cocktails and canapes facilitated by the creative Kholiwe Cooks and Thee Gintleman. Our featured cocktails were a vermouth and gin Lemongrass & Ginger Zinger kombucha cocktail, and the second a whiskey and watermelon syrup Blackberry kombucha cocktail. Our canapes included a delicious Sumac sweet potato bite topped with Za’atar lemon chicken and feta, and the second a Za’atar flatbread topped with hummus, rocket and feta. There was an interactive Q&A and upskilling with handy tips from our talented hosts.  

“Fabulous ingredients, refreshing cocktails, superb talent an all-round winner. Thank you very much for the inspiration and tips”- Cocktail & Canape Masterclass participant 

Prizes were awarded to four winners. We had a tie for our best chef attire by two participants Vika, and Candice Jackson who will receive a chocolate hamper, whilst our R250 Gourmet Grocer voucher was awarded to Stacy Nellemann for the most engagement, and the R250 Arbour Café & Courtyard voucher to Claudia de Wet  for the best presented cocktail and canape. Congratulations to our winners!  

The Virtual Cocktail & Canape Masterclass in aid of FoodForward SA was presented by Be Beautiful Events with hosts Thee Gintleman and Kholiwe Cooks, and sponsored by Proudly South African businesses- Old Stone Mill, The Gourmet Grocer, Arbour Café and Courtyard, and O’Halo. We have received some amazing feedback and are incredibly grateful to all involved. We are looking forward to passing on the amount raised to FoodForward SA.  

About: Be Beautiful Events is a South African based Events Company committed to delivering one of a kind, evolutionary events. With a diverse set of skills and areas of expertise from our event team covering legal, financial, technical and creative fields, we are easily able to align solutions to objectives and create one of a kind events desired by our clients. With our diverse background, creativity and passion, there is no event that is impossible, and no job too big or too small.

Partners & Sponsors

Kholiwe Cooks

Thee Gintleman & SIPExclusive


The Old Stone Mill

The Gourmet Grocer

Arbour Café & Courtyard