Chefs4Soil raises the bar

2019-06-25 06:01
Chef Graham Oldfield of Bao Down (Oranjezicht) and chef Ivor Jones at the Chefs4Soil charity dinner at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia. PHOTO: Michael le Grange

Chef Graham Oldfield of Bao Down (Oranjezicht) and chef Ivor Jones at the Chefs4Soil charity dinner at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia. PHOTO: Michael le Grange

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The third annual Chefs4Soil charity dinner has been a resounding success. Tickets were sold out within a week and over R40 000 was raised for Soil for Life’s Home Food Gardening programme.

Soil for Life is a Constantia-based public benefit organisation that teaches people to grow their own food, recycle and protect the environment.

This year’s event which took place at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia on Thursday 13 June was dubbed “The Beau Down” as Ivor Jones, head chef at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, and Graham Oldfield of restaurant Bao Down, collaborated to create a contemporary feast of tantalising tapas and Asian-inspired small plate dishes in support of charity organisation, Soil for Life.

Ingredients included unusual herbs and plants freshly-picked in Soil for Life’s organic garden and training centre in Constantia and each course was paired with Beau Constantia wines.

The annual dinner is a vital source of funding for their community programmes. “We plough the money raised at Chefs4Soil into training for individuals from very poor areas, developing valuable skills that help them, their families and communities grow,” says Pat Featherstone, founder of Soil for Life and recent winner of Enviropaedia’s Eco-Logic Lifetime Achiever Award 2019.

“To sell out within a week shows how people look forward to Chefs4Soil. We have a lot of fun creating a special night for guests who love to eat, enjoy fine wine and support Soil for Life, an awesome cause,” said Jones.

“We work to keep it fresh, creative and delicious. We’ve really enjoyed #TheBeauDown collaboration with Graham Oldfield this year and have some exciting plans already for 2020,” said Jones

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