‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ – the concept:
‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ event video 2014:
The Veggie Box Initiative:
The Veggie Box Initiative was founded and initiated by Barbara Lenhard in 2013 as a continuation of ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’. It is an ongoing undertaking that is close to the heart of its founder, the people who are behind the concept of ‘Chefs who share’, and all that are involved. At the core of the Veggie Box Initiative is the aim to develop sustainable programmes in partnership with existing charities, in order to provide nutritious food to children; educate about healthy meals; and help in developing sustainable vegetable gardens in underprivileged communities.
The idea for the Veggie Box Initiative originated at the inaugural ‘Chefs who share’ gala event in 2013. Noticing that both guests on the night, and people in general, were keen to get involved in a meaningful way, not just on the evening but beyond, gave Barbara Lenhard the idea to found an initiative that would enable individuals and companies to support vulnerable communities in South Africa year-round. Looking at the fresh fruit and vegetables used as table decorations on the night turned out to be the starting point for the concept.
Patrons and businesses in South Africa and abroad who wish to get involved can purchase ‘veggie boxes’ online at any time of the year, as well as on the night of the ‘Chefs who share’ gala, at a cost of R1 000 each. Under the ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ umbrella, and with the cooperation of established charities such as the Amy Biehl Foundation, volunteer top South African chefs and staff visit schools, crèches and other charitable facilities in areas in need. There they share their expertise by demonstrating how to transform the ingredients of each veggie box into nutritious, filling and delicious meals.
The initiative is going from strength to strength, with an increasing number of partners. Last year seven acclaimed international chefs from Germany and Austria, who participated in the gala, visited the soup kitchen of iThemba Labantu, where they handed out body- and soul-warming Veggie Box meals to 150 children. An experience and a day filled with fun and energy for a ll people involved.
This project is very close to my heart. Education is key to the future of every child – but no child can learn on an empty stomach. The nutritious meals and healthy eating advice provided by the Veggie Box Initiative will not only contribute to the healthy growth of poverty stricken children, but also aims to increase their class attendance and further enhance their ability to learn. This forms the building blocks to unlock the creative talent of every child, and creates emotionally well-rounded individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa’s future.
About Chefs who share
‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ was created by Barbara Lenhard in 2013 to raise funds for youth development in South Africa. The third annual event will take place in Cape Town’s City Hall on Thursday 10 September 2015, presented by Mercedes-Benz and associate sponsors Deutsche Bank, Swiss International Air Lines and Bulgari. Paired in seven teams, 14 of the country’s top chefs and seven acclaimed sommeliers will lend their time and creativity to create a culinary feast for 252 guests, while some of South Africa’s leading artists donate exceptional, exclusive works of art which will be auctioned off on the night. As in previous years, 100% of the money raised at ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ via ticket sales, as we ll as all proceeds from the auction, will go to two charities, carefully chosen by the organisers: MAD Leadership Foundation and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. In the last two years the event raised close to R4 million for this good cause.