With exactly R2,5 million raised from ticket sales, the silent auction and the event auction, ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’ 2014 was a clear success.
Having transformed the Cape Town City Hall into a banquet arena of note, the event played host to a festive evening of sharing and generosity, that will benefit the MAD Charity (Make a Difference) and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in their efforts to empower the South African youth through sport. As before, 100% of the money raised by ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’ will go to our partner charities.
South African personalities Jeremy Mansfield & Gerry Rantseli Elsdon kept the event running at a smooth pace, alongside musically acts, Ard Matthews and Kim Kallie. The boisterous auction, driven by Iain Banner, proved to be especially engaging, with many guests lifting their paddles often in an effort to secure a fine piece of art or one of the many unique experiences on offer.
However, as was the case last year, the pièce de résistance for the evening came from the kitchens. The 21 chefs in attendance – 14 from our nation’s finest restaurants and seven of the best from Europe – outdid themselves, delighting guests with culinary sumptiousness unlike any other.
Veggie Boxes – the ongoing initiative of ‘Chefs who Share’
‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’ also supports local communities. This new campaign – developed in the context of the gala – encourages to make an oath to end short-term hunger among learners in the townships by buying trademark vegetable boxes.
The Veggie Boxes of the 2013 event and the entire table decoration – consisting of vegetables and fruits – have been generously donated by Woolworths.
Charities like the Amy Biehl Foundation have a mandate to develop and empower youth living in challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape, and will help to select suitable projects for this initiative.
Volunteer chefs visit the initiatives under the ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ umbrella, transforming the ingredients of each vegetable box into mouthwatering meals.
‘With the support of all our patrons, we are not only meeting the physical needs of these hungry children, but we are also feeding their hungry minds’ say Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast, the founders of the project. ‘The initiative will entrench healthy mindsets around nutritious food and healthy eating. Furthermore, this project will form the building blocks to unlocking children’s creative talent and creating emotionally well-rounded individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa’s future’, they add.
Boxes can be bought throughout the year on this website and each vegetable box costs only R 1 000, with all proceeds going to a charity supporting children in need.
And the more boxes are purchased, the more healthy meals will be provided to South Africa’s poorest children.