We’re giving away two tickets to this event – see below for more info!

When last did you sit at a table and share a meal with people you’ve never met before?  In these tumultuous times, it’s important, I think, to have events which bring people together and unite them in a convivial way.  And what better way to connect people than through the delicious delights of excellent food?

Now imagine 700 South Africans from all walks of life gathered together at one (very long) table, breaking bread, both literally and figuratively, and sharing not only a superb gourmet meal, but the opportunity to help raise more than R1-million for a selection of child related charities.

This is what the Table of Peace and Unity is all about.  Celebrating its 10th year in 2010, this ‘premier gourmet fundraising event’ takes place on the slopes of Table Mountain on 18 April 2010.

Recently I was invited to a media preview of what will be on offer at this year’s event, and I was really impressed.  It’s not often I have a 3-course meal at lunchtime (especially one paired with wine!), and I certainly enjoyed every morsel (and sip, *hic*).

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Starter: The Collection by Liz McGrath – Head Chef Delia Harbottle of The Marine, Loran Livesey, Chef de Cuisine for The Pavilion, Peter Tempelhoff, Executive Chef of the Collection
Miso cured Salmon, Asian Salad, Prawn Samoosa, Sesame Soy Dressing

Mains: Roberto De Carvalho: Executive Chef of the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Braised Karoo Lamb with Thyme and Rosemary crust, Potato Dauphinoise, and Port wine sauce.

Dessert: Jerome Peters Executive Chef, Nina Septoe and Marietta Hattingh of the Cape Town Hotel School Granger Bay
Chocolate Mousse Pyramid, Apple and Saffron Puree and Beetroot Syrup.

It was delectable, and they even made sure I had wheat-free versions of each dish (and will do so for the event, provided you give them sufficient advance notice).  And, paired with each course were some lovely wines from Lazanou Organic Vineyards.

And, on the day, there will also be live entertainment provided by some of South Africa best performers, including the likes of Danny K, Three Tons of Fun and Chad Saaiman.

On the fund-raising side of things (arguably the most important part, of course), this year communities are being encouraged to participate by nominating their own City’s Angels:

An initiative launched in partnership with Heart 104.9FM, City’s Angels is a call to action to the public to nominate an individual or organisation, who against all odds, has dedicated their life to helping disadvantaged children in and around the community.

“City’s Angels is about recognising the little person, the individual who despite their own difficulties in life, is doing phenomenal work by caring for the vulnerable children in their community. This person doesn’t necessarily depend on government funding or hand-outs, and yet each month, they manage to give shelter, warmth, food and love to the children left out on the street. These people truly are our City’s Angels. We want to thank them for the tremendous work that they are doing,” Christine Cashmore, founder of the Table of Peace and Unity said said. “We are delighted to announce that all money raised from tickets sales, will be given to the City’s Angels finalists in the form of supplies.”

I think it’s a great initiative, and the idea of dining on the slopes of Table Mountain really does appeal to me.

The Table of Peace and Unity celebrates its 10th year in 2010, taking place on the slopes of Table Mountain on 18 April 2010.  Tickets are still available: R350 to R450 (Groups of 10 or more will be offered a discount). For more information on the event email events3@gourmetsa.com or call Geila on 021 797 4500.

One lucky reader stands a chance to win a pair of tickets to this awesome event. All you have to do is fill in the competition form below and send us your details and you’ll go into the draw. First correct entry drawn, wins. Entries close at midday on Tuesday the 15th of April 2010.


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