DAY JOB: SIDE HUS­TLE:

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - READ LIVES -

Iwas priv­i­leged to be a guest critic at the sec­ond In­ter­twEAT ‘Ta­ble of ATE’ event at Flavours Restau­rant at The Devon Val­ley Ho­tel at the be­gin­ning of the year. At the event hon­est reviews are tweeted live from the restau­rant dur­ing a spe­cially hosted meal. It was a fun evening and I com­pletely fell in love with the con­cept. Nat­u­rally, this was very far away from my day job as a hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor. I re­call Lionel Lelyveld (the owner of In­ter­twEAT) telling guests that if we did well we would be in­vited back to at­tend another event. I love peo­ple, food and wine and this gave me the op­por­tu­nity to com­bine all my pas­sions into one event on a monthly ba­sis. So I put my all into the reviews and was in­vited back.

I had a brief meet­ing af­ter­wards with Lionel and his business part­ner, Greg Seller, sug­gest­ing my in­volve­ment and of­fer­ing my ser­vices. Fol­low­ing that meet­ing I was named the events co­or­di­na­tor for the Ta­ble of ATE events. Our big­gest Ta­ble of ATE to date has been at Le Venue restau­rant at the House of J.C. Le Roux with the Western Prov­ince rugby team, its part­ners and its man­age­ment.This is when I re­alised how much fun a hus­tle re­ally could be. I love my job at the hos­pi­tal but this keeps me en­thused and ex­cited – maybe one day it could be­come my day job.

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