Support The Fight Against Cancer With The Pink Table Project
Cancer is serious business. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t all do a little something – no matter what – to help fight against cancer and promote cancer awareness. Even if it means by eating out. Enter the Pink Table Project, a global initiative that gives restaurants and diners a chance to do their bit, creating dinner parties on World Cancer Day with proceeds going to local cancer beneficiaries.
Personally, I think this is a fabulous idea. Here’s how it works: Each city has a list of participating restaurants that design a special pink-themed dinner party for World Cancer Day (Saturday the 4th of February). Cape Town has a handful of amazing restaurants participating, including the Grand Café, Sevruga, Pigalle, Charango, La Parada, Live Bait, The Local Grill, Piza e Vino, Shimmy Beach Club, Harbour House, and Mondiall. There are also dozens of restaurants participating in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
You, as a food lover, will book your restaurant dinner experience through the Pink Table Project booking site, with all proceeds going straight to the charity, then go to the restaurant of your choice on the evening and enjoy what they have on offer as their pink-themed dining experience. Note: the payment you make on the Pink Table Project site (R148 per person) is only for the charity portion. The dining experience is paid for separately at the restaurant on the night itself.
We attended a media preview of the Pink Table Project restaurant experience at Mondiall last week. Of course, the table itself was beautifully decorated with a pretty-in-pink theme. The menu we tried – and which will be available on the evening – is available with or without a Delaire Graff wine pairing (R520 and R445 respectively), and focuses predominantly on health-conscious choices, i.e. foods with cancer-fighting properties that are truly good for you! This, indeed, is one of the main aims of the Pink Table Project!
For starters, we enjoyed a compilation of raw and pickled vegetables. This sounds a little bizarre but is actually really delicious. The portion comes with charred brussel sprouts, roasted vine tomatoes, pickled butternut, sugar snap peas, and roast sweet potato and aubergine parcels. Those parcels are super yum!
For mains, we were presented with pan-seared Norwegian salmon, served with grilled artichokes, pea veloute, and charred sugar snap peas. 100% yum, 100% healthy.
And for dessert? This was a delightful twist! We enjoyed a bowl of fresh berries served with granola crumb, almond, and vanilla spoom. Honestly, I think restaurants should have these ‘healthier’ dessert options on their menu all the time. How cool would it be if you could just order a bowl of fresh berries for a little something sweet without all the added sugar? That would definitely get a massive thumbs up from me!
Needless to say, the dining experience at Mondiall was fantastic, as it always is. And this set menu in particular is a delightful experience!
If you’re keen to support the Pink Table Project, please check out the list of participating restaurants on the South African booking site here. For more information, you can also go to www.thepinktableproject.com. It’s such a great cause, so even if you can’t go support the Pink Table Project at one of the participating restaurants, then please hit the share button and help spread the word! We’d greatly appreciate it!
Article Date: January 2017