Restaurant wins award

2015-09-16 06:00
THE owners of Fusion Garden Restaurant recently received an award as provincial winners in the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards. From the left are David Molusi (mayor of Sol Plaatje), Gail Parker (MPL), Kealeboga Mahumapelo, John Block (MEC for Fi

THE owners of Fusion Garden Restaurant recently received an award as provincial winners in the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards. From the left are David Molusi (mayor of Sol Plaatje), Gail Parker (MPL), Kealeboga Mahumapelo, John Block (MEC for Fi

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IT all started with a snoek dish prepared by the Mahumapelo household almost three years ago which later led to the Galeshewe based Fusion Garden Restaurant being awarded the best emerging tourism entrepreneur during the provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards last week Wednesday (09/09).

The Mahumapelo’s are still excited after the news that they will be participating in the national Lilizela Tourism Awards.

They hope to bring back the good news that they will form part of the business celebration later in December.

Co-owners Moses and Kealeboga Mahumapelo say their operating model and preparation of food are key issues making their business a viable one.

Although they expect the competition to be tight at national level, they are confident that their product will be recognised nationally, just like it was given the nod provincially.

“It was through that plate of snoek prepared by my mother, Lorraine, in 2012 that I realised that food is art.

“That was when my two partners and I realised our passion for preparing food with flair. The third partner later pulled out.

“We decided to keep our African recipes authentic but not to keep our traditional food to ourselves, but putting it out there,” said one of the owners, Mahumapelo.

According to them, their goal is to attract visitors from different areas and cultures through their menu.

Part of the secret in their dishes was the inclusion and use of herbs and vegetables that they grow in their own garden.

“In terms of improving our menu, we will also be catering for people of other religions, like for instance providing food that is halaal. In this way we will be expanding our clientele base.”

Part of their expansion strategy includes having their own branded food trucks for the convenience of their clientele.

“We also plan on keeping the business as local as possible in an effort to uplift our community in terms of profit sharing,” said Mahumapelo.

“We have something special in the province and we need to be proud of what we sell.”

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