Wednesday, 28 April 2010

CPUT brings culinary expertise to the tenth annual Table of Unity


On 18 April 2010, the tenth annual Table of Peace and Unity was held on the slopes of Table Mountain, the mother city’s iconic natural attraction. CPUT’s Cape Town Hotel School was there to participate in this philanthropic culinary experience.

Over 700 South Africans from all walks of life, including Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, shared a luncheon together to show the country that a truly unified people hold the power to heal a nation.

The Table of Unity concept began several years ago with the vision of creating a single platform for Cape Town’s local sports icons, celebrities, politicians and community heroes to engage in conversations about transformation and give back to communities.

The aim of the event is to promote peace and unity in South Africa. All proceeds from the event are donated to charities that benefit children.

Similar Table of Unity events also took place simultaneously in Johannesburg at Constitutional Hill and in Polokwane at the Mitchell House School.

This year’s three-course luncheon was paired with Lazanou Organic wines, with the Hotel School’s Executive Chef Jerome Peters and culinary lecturers Nina Septoe and Marietta Hattingh preparing a mouthwatering dessert comprising a chocolate mousse pyramid, served with an apple and saffron puree and beetroot syrup.

The entertainment lineup for the day included Solly Philander, R & B artist Danny K, the Fezeka High School Choir from Gugulethu, 3 Tons of Fun, local musician Chad Saaiman, up and coming eclectic band Coda and Jarrad.

Charity organisation The Amy Biehl Foundation and Samsung also showed their support through sponsorship.

The Cape Town Hotel School first year students, provided guests with expert front-of-house service and were also involved with the seating and serving of food and beverage.

Functions and Marketing Co-ordinator Luke van Rensburg who supervised the students said, “They (the students) also assisted by putting together and setting up the table the day before. Much praise was awarded to them for their first industry event.”

The Table of Unity has become one of South Africa’s foremost charity functions, raising over seven million rand since its inception. Over one million rand was donated in 2009.

The event not only raises substantial funds for several children’s charities but also and brings together South Africans with a common goal of peace and a true, lasting unity.

By Thando J. Moiloa

Photo: The first year hospitality management students are pictured here with Hotel School Director Alan Romburgh (left, back row) Western Cape Premier Helen Zille (centre) and Hotel School Functions and Marketing Co-ordinator Luke van Rensburg (far right).

Written by CPUT News