Midland vegetarian chef starts cateri ng company

2017-05-17 06:03
Vegetarian chef Erica Brown will host a talk next week.PHOTO: keran ducasse

Vegetarian chef Erica Brown will host a talk next week.PHOTO: keran ducasse

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THE food looks delicious and tastes even better – that’s what vegetarian chef Erica Brown wants people to realise.

It was a risk for her to start a vegetarian catering company - Solfood creations - as many doubted she would succeed, but as they say - the proof is in the pudding - or the food, to be exact.

Her stall at Karkloof Farmer’s Market is an ongoing showcase of her talent where she serves fresh organic vegetable juices, salads and gluten-free products.

Two years ago Brown returned to South Africa with a vision to change people’s attitudes to food. This year she branched into teaching people her ethos about sustainable living and her cooking methods.

Her first course at Caladdi B&B in the Midlands was a huge hit.

“People are always surprised at how good the food tastes and I say, ‘there is absolutely no reason for vegetarian food to be less tasty’,” said Brown.Her upcoming cooking course deals with vegetarian food only, but she encourages non-vegetarians to come along and discover just how tasty vegetarian food can be.

Her many years in the food industry abroad running restaurants and cooking while travelling has given her much experience, where she learnt about different cultures and flavours and has incorporated this into her course.

A few years ago she became a vegetarian for health reasons. But far from preaching this choice she prefers to encourage people to experiment with vegetarian cooking and to slowly introduce more vegetables into their life as a more healthy option.

Her course is fun, comprehensive and orientated towards teaching people about nutrition and foods that are full of vitamins. Tasters at every meal inspire participants to try new ideas and methods.

The course is over eight weeks, or people can choose specific subjects on the course menu and attend a single class.

After the first course at Caladdi B&B Brown has been inundated with requests to host more.

The next course will be held at the Sagewood Café at the Blackwood Nursery Centre (opposite McDonalds).

Brown will host an introductory talk on Wednesday May 24 from 5pm to 7pm for those interested and who wish to taste her food. To RSVP or for more information email solfoodcreations@gmail.com

- Trish Beaver.

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