Delectables offered at lodge launch

2017-11-02 06:00
PHOTOs: SuppliedAt the launch Adore (left) and Stefan Swanepoel.

PHOTOs: SuppliedAt the launch Adore (left) and Stefan Swanepoel.

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THE Mhlangeni Lodge in St Michaels was launched at a lavish event at the lodge on Saturday.

The theme was “A Night in Wonderland” and the formally dressed guests mirrored the stylishly decorated venue and modish menu featuring no less than 12 buffet tables for varying taste buds.

The food stands were also used to educate guests about world trends in food and their market value.

Among the supplied treats was Alice’s Sushi feast, Chinese takeaways, Meats of Africa and the Wonderland Hotdog Stand.

“The U.S. Hot Dog Council estimates that 15% of the approximately 10 billion hot dogs consumed by Americans last year were purchased from mobile hot-dog vendors.

“These generate big returns as every hot dog you sell can mean a profit of R15 to R20. Sell 100 dogs a day at the average price and you’ve earned upward of R2 000. That’s R720 000 a year.

“Sell 200 a day and you’ll earn north of R1 440 000, the average income of a hot dog vendor. Potential earnings for a hot dog vendor are much more than the average pay for a typical South African worker,” said co-owner Celeste du Plessis from the lodge.

Owners Pieter and Celest du Plessis bought the lodge last year and refurbished it into a five-star guest lodge, a process they described as “lengthily”.

“Wonderland wasn’t built in a day you know, no matter how mad the construction workers are. People from many sectors were pulled in to offer their expertise, these included fellow church members, large construction companies, local businesses, sole proprietors, basically anyone who could help make the Wonderland dream a reality was given an opportunity to benefit from the project,” said Celeste.

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