Glam foodie book launch

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The gourmet glit­terati de­scended on Sand­ton Sun Ho­tel’s San restau­rant last Satur­day for a glitzy sum­mer bash hosted by Rose Fran­cis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) of African Per­spec­tives Pub­lish­ing.

This el­e­gant event paid trib­ute to com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant-turned­cook­book au­thor Khany­isa Mal­abi’s lat­est epi­curean of­fer­ing, Legacy of Liv­ing and Sparkles of Taste.

Some of the foodie fundis in at­ten­dance were True Love magazine’s food ed­i­tor, Tumelo Se­bopa; culi­nary doyenne Do­rah Si­tole, whose first book, Cape to Cairo, has be­come a clas­sic cel­e­bra­tion of na­tional dishes across Africa; and Soweto Gold mas­ter brewer Ndu­miso Mad­lala. All were dressed to im­press.

Di­plo­matic grav­i­tas was pro­vided by Vin­cent Karega, the high com­mis­sioner of Rwanda, while fashion de­signer Sylvester Falata slayed in his threads. Sello Hatang, CEO of the Man­dela Foun­da­tion, and busi­ness­man Mashudu Ra­mano opted for more laid­back looks. The launch took the form of an in­for­mal mee­tand-greet and a Q&A ses­sion. Writer Vic­tor Dlamini, look­ing Afro chic in his west African Aboki-style num­ber, opined that “it is in­cred­i­ble when peo­ple can have sec­ond acts” in ref­er­ence to Mal­abi, who cut an el­e­gant fig­ure in her gown and gor­geous updo.

Dis­cus­sions on African hos­pi­tal­ity tra­di­tions and how they can be made ac­ces­si­ble to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence en­sued, af­ter which the au­di­ence tucked into cock­tail snacks based on recipes from the book.

Minia­ture mag­winya com­peted for at­ten­tion with spiced nuts and goats’ cheese. But­ter­milk bread mopped up each de­li­cious dol­lop of tomato-and­chorizo rel­ish. The su­perb salmo­nand-dill dip de­lighted ev­ery­one.

Each ex­quis­ite taste was ac­com­pa­nied by a se­lec­tion of bliss­ful bub­blies. Ev­ery­one agreed that Moët made magic with the rasp­berry-topped choco­late tart, while the light-as-air pavlo­vas were per­fectly paired with Pon­gracz.

EX­PERTS Do­rah Si­tole, Ndu­miso Mad­lala and Tumelo Se­bopa

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