Chakalaka gets posh for the pres­i­dent’s lunch

CityPress - - News - – Biénne Huis­man

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma was joined by his third wife, Bongi Ngema, for a five-star lunch on Thurs­day that be­gan with aubergine chakalaka.

The “CEO lunch”, hosted by World Eco­nomic Fo­rum boss Klaus Sch­wab, the Ger­man en­gi­neer and econ­o­mist who founded the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in 1971, was held in the sunken ball­room at the posh Westin Ho­tel, next to the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre where the con­fer­ence was held. Ho­tel se­cu­rity was tight and some dig­ni­taries joked that en­ter­ing the build­ing felt like pass­ing through the eye of a nee­dle.

In the soft-car­peted ball­room, the menu for the con­ti­nent’s most pow­er­ful palates in­cluded a starter of spring­bok carpac­cio on aubergine chakalaka with sul­tana purée and saf­fron aioli, pan-fried farmed kob with warm but­ter­nut and bar­ley salad and chimichurri dress­ing for mains, and bit­ter­sweet choco­late delice with or­ange peel Floren­tine for dessert. City Press ob­tained a copy of the menu, em­bossed in sim­ple, sil­ver let­ters.

The long ta­ble was laid out in white linen with bread bas­kets and large Ger­bera daisies in or­ange and yel­low.

Also spot­ted in the room were bil­lion­aire Pa­trice Mot­sepe and Bar­clays Africa chief ex­ec­u­tive Maria Ramos.

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