What happens when you combine the ethics behind the annual International Chefs Day of the World Association of Chef Societies (Worldchefs) with compassionate hoteliers and vibrant children? Fun, food and education!
With the aim of creating a magical day for vulnerable children in their communities, the general managers and staff of the properties of the City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) have implemented a comprehensive outreach program under the leadership of the Director of Food. and drinks from the Trevor Boyd group. The participating hotels and kitchen teams organized events that combined feeding, educating and entertaining the little ones to nourish body and mind.
The theme for International Chefs Day 2021 on October 20 was again “Healthy Food for the Future”, with a focus on sustainability, the environment and healthy eating habits. The origins of this global event are proudly South African, explains Worldchefs: “In 2004, the late Dr Bill Gallagher established International Chefs Day to celebrate our profession and to share and pass on our culinary knowledge and skills to our children. . It’s our heritage to help kids get excited about healthy food and our industry.
Several sister properties have joined forces and others have joined in meritorious causes active in their region. Town Lodge Umhlanga has partnered up with Reach for a Dream and organized family entertainment in their kitchen. Reach for a Dream makes the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true, and the hotel has had a close relationship with the organization since it opened in 2019.
The Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City, City Lodge Hotel Waterfall City and Town Lodge Midrand have welcomed children and their companions from the New Jerusalem Children’s Home to the new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City. Executive Chef Keegan Maistry and his team showed the kids how to make a pizza, which they all settled down to eat when cooked, followed by crispy apples and juice. The staff at these hotels donated toys and toiletries in gift bags for the children, which generated a lot of enthusiasm.
Town Lodge Bellville, City Lodge V&A Waterfront, City Lodge Pinelands and City Lodge GrandWest visited the Durbanville Children’s Home with picnic boxes and children’s balloons. The staff and their families also donated clothes and toys to these deserving children.
Town Lodge George turned its attention to Bethesda, an organization that provides intermediate care, home community services and has a center for children and youth. They made and served a hearty, homemade vegetable and butternut soup, fresh rolls and donuts.
The Courtyard Hotel Rosebank, Courtyard Hotel Sandton, City Lodge Hotel Fourways, City Lodge Hotel Katherine Street, Town Lodge Roodepoort, Road Lodge Rivonia and Road Lodge Randburg teams have supported the Lighthouse Baby Shelter, spending an after- enriching lunch at home. This shelter welcomes children of all ages, from infants to teens, and currently has 13 children in its care. The CLHG team met with several staff and children and made much appreciated food donations, summing up the experience: on a daily basis. In addition, we are grateful to the special angels who make it their mission to help those less fortunate. ”
These are just a few examples of what the group’s hotels have done across the country to mark International Chefs Day. Trevor Boyd, Group Food and Beverage Director, brought his expertise and passion to give back to rallying and guiding hotels in this noble endeavor. He says of the result: “I am so proud of the way our teams have interpreted and delivered the theme of children’s events in their hotels. We are also very grateful for the participation and donations of our valued suppliers. They really came to the party and improved our offering wherever they could. This is what both SA Chefs and Worldchefs are all about, bringing chefs and communities together in an educational and entertaining way, building those relationships and always seeking to give back to those in need. This is the first time that CLHG has participated in International Chefs Day and it fits perfectly with the group’s many other charitable and CSI programs.
Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, COO, said: “It was heartwarming to see how Trevor and the staff at our hotels seized the opportunity to provide excellent service and genuine hospitality to these little ones. clients. For many children, this was their first time going to a hotel, seeing a professional kitchen in action, and having dinner in a fancy restaurant. We believe this has opened up a world of possibilities for these enthusiastic young minds, delighting their playful nature and also sowing the seeds for their future of becoming successful and healthy members of society. We look forward to developing this initiative in the years to come.