ANC does the best things first

2012-06-26 18:03

If you follow City Press political reporter Carien du Plessis’s tweets, you’ll know she’s perpetually hungry. Read her blog about the food at the ANC policy conference.

Lunch is late on the first day of the ANC’s policy conference, but we don’t despair. Part of my survival kit, for the first day at least, is a packet of Digestive Biscuits (low fat). This came in useful when I missed the business breakfast with deputy trade and industry minister Rob Davies (a sit-down breakfast where salmon and croissants were on the menu) due to a combination of an early morning yoga class and the traffic peak hour that followed.

But still, it kicked off on a high note yesterday evening at the ANC Progressive Business Forum’s fund-raising gala dinner, where businesspeople were wined and dined by the ANC and where they were told to shake their pockets for the mighty party.

And the best way to a businessperson’s wallet is through their stomach.

Dinner, in one of the Gallagher Convention Centre halls, was mashed avocado, cream cheese and biltong timbale served with peppadew salsa and a leek (no, not a Wiki-leek) and spring onion-saffron dressing for starters.

Then followed “oven-roasted Greek-style fillet of beef (which looked succulently medium rare with a sprig of rosemary growing out of it) served with pan-fried baby vegetables, oven-baked potato gratin, topped with a bordelaise sauce” (I had the vegetarian option, which was a dull sparsely-stuffed red pepper, describing the latter-day fate of the SACP, to an extent – red, stuffed with sparse membership – but the potato gratin was yummy) and sweets after was a “trio of mini creme brûlée, decadent chocolate ganache and layered triple chocolate mousse served with a minted berry sauce”.

Being on a mission to eat on behalf of the people, I stole a second helping of the mousse, which was as delicious as the choc cups they were served in.

L’Huguenot Wines sponsored a 2009 shiraz, a 2010 pinotage, and a 2011 chenin blanc to wash the food down with.

This is an export wine that was designed for the Chinese market, so it would have gone down well with the few tables of Chinese businessmen who attended following a Brics colloquium earlier in the day.

By kicking off on such a high culinary note, the ANC has really done the best things first.

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