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What went down at Talking Taste…

This Wednesday marked the launch of Talking Taste, a foodie networking event by Hungry for Halaal. This does not mean that it’s only for foodies. The concept is all about networking over a foodie experience. So it’s all about talking and all about tasting. Hence, Talking Taste!

Sabria’s restaurant was the setting for 25 interesting and diverse people to connect, network and socialise over delicious food. Wednesday opened up into a beautiful sunny day in spite of all the rain this week and thankfully no one was tempted to stay at home miss out because of bad weather. It was a full house and dare I say, great success.

My OCD had been in overdrive all week getting all the personalised goodie bags and table menu’s just right. And by 5.00pm while prepping at the restaurant my inner control freak had also reared it’s ugly head. I’m one of those people that wants everything just so. At least in my work. My kitchen is usually a mess, but when it comes to a design, or a layout, or a setting, it has to be perfect. Thankfully, I managed to lay my demons to rest by 6.30pm and managed not alienate poor Kausar, from Kaulaborations, who was helping me put the event together. We’re still friends, I think…

Talking Taste Sabria's

Some of the items in the goodie bag. Thank you to the Sponsors, Socialite, Celltone, Mzanzi Travel, Cinamon, Unilever, Sabria’s and Nature’s Essence.

Talking Taste Sabria's

The restaurant was warm and inviting from the chill outside. Guests started arriving and were welcomed with a lime or strawberry mojito (virgin of course). Chef Shaheen Kennedy from Sabria’s had put together a unique menu for the night, slightly different from what is normally on offer, thereby showcasing the restaurant’s catering service as well. After quelling my butterflies and opening with a short introduction we did a round table and had everyone introduce themselves briefly. Starters were then served. The official drink of the night was sponsored by Amir. During the tasting plate of starters, Leonard Arangies who is behind the delectable flavour of Amir entertained guests with a talk of what inspired him to develop Amir and how he came to combine the unusual flavours of Rooibos and Buchu.

 

Talking Taste Sabria's

Talking Taste Sabria's

Talking Taste Sabria's

Talking Taste Sabria's

Guests did a bit of seat swapping to facilitate networking with people at other tables before the mains were served. Kind of like speed dating. Yousri Hartley, the restaurant owner gave us a background of Sabria’s with it’s rich history of the struggle days. Read more about it in my blog post here. Beautifully plated steak and perfectly done mangetout and baby potatoes were devoured alongside the delectable White Handi Chicken curry and basmati rice (one of my fave dishes from Sabria’s). I’d like to say that the mains brought some silence as people enjoyed their food, but even the great meal could not silence the rush of conversation.

Talking Taste Sabria's

Talking Taste Sabria's

At the start of the evening all business cards went into a draw for the spot prize. The winner was drawn just before dessert, the prize being a luxury carry bag of Amir. Congratulations Maryam Bibi Rumaney-Barday for winning the prize.

Talking Taste Sabria's

 

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As we tucked into dessert platters of Chocolate Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Pannacotta and Berry Tartlets, Chef Shaheen came out to say a few words. His work for night done, he made a striking figure of a soldier from the trenches in his stained and battle scarred chef whites. He had truly laid out a superb dinner for the night with interesting flavour combinations and striking plating. And the management and staff of Sabria’s were friendly, helpful and efficient.

Talking Taste Sabria's

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After dessert I watched as people got comfortable with coffees and more chatting. More movement as some sought out people they wanted to connect with. Cards were exchanged and follow ups scheduled. It was enormously satisfying to see these new relationships forming. I was told later that night that this launch event set a high precedent to follow. I can only hope that the concept of networking and showcasing a restaurant is a winning recipe. Watch this space for the next Talking Taste event.

On a final note, I’d like to say a big thank you to a certain mentor who continued to push and poke at me until I finally knuckled down and planned this. Thank you Bertram. Now you may say it.

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