Scene City: O, what an afternoon

2012-09-01 14:13

This Women’s Month has been nothing short of inspirational. It’s at the various celebrations across the nation that you get to see just how phenomenal South African women truly are.

One of the last events to celebrate such women was O magazine’s 2012 Power List luncheon held at the Morrels Boutique Hotel in
Northcliff, Johannesburg.

The magazine’s editor, Samantha Page, said: “The O Power List applauds women who have recognised their calling, have faced their share of risks and challenges, and have risen above them to become the positive female role models they are today.”

Guests were dressed in cocktail dresses, hats and fascinators to suit the venue.

The walls were covered with vines and creepers while a fountain sprinkled with pink rose petals gave the perfect backdrop and soundtrack.

Holding on to their glasses of bubbly, guests were ushered into the seated dining room decorated in pink and white.

A delicious summer salad of ripe avocado, wafer thin slices of prosciutto, strawberries, marinated cherry tomatoes and melba toast was served before singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka made her way to the stage as the first speaker.

She delighted the audience with the story of how she grew up and the values her single mother taught her.

She said: “I can proudly say to this day that I’m here because I did it my way.

I did not sleep my way to success and for that I can hold my head high with pride.”

The sighs of appreciation were audible as guests savoured the main course of rare roast bacon wrapped around beef fillet set on caramelised onions, fondant potato and buttered green asparagus topped with a red wine and port jus.

Thereafter, Associated Magazines chairperson and O magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jane Raphaely, provided food for thought with her motivational speech.

The magazine stalwart spoke of women who have inspired her and what it took to get to where she is as a mother and a wife.

But the speaker who had some guests in tears was chef Jenny Morris (host of Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco on DStv’s Food Network), who urged women to help each other to succeed.

“I was the first South African to land a spot on the Food Network. It was such a great feeling for me that when I saw this great young woman Siba Mtongana, I took a picture of her and showed it to the people at the Food Network. I’m proud that she also got her own show,” she said tearfully.

“Let’s have chocolate to chase away the tears,” announced Page as caramel cremeux and chocolate was served with a biscuit crumble and orange zest.

The guests were given performance by Lira, who never fails to get the crowd singing and dancing along.

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