Glam foodie book launch
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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