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National Cookie Swap 2013


Last week Friday , it was panic stations as I tried to be organised and have everything ready for the Cookie Swap Event on Saturday.

As most of you know I was asked to host the Durban event and pulled in Fay to help me with the putting together of the event .For 4 weeks it was endless emails and phone calls trying to pull things together.And then the 14th September 2013 arrived and Durban did us proud with its gorgeous weather.The venue was Piatto on Florida Road.


Twenty foodies arrived armed with some very moorish cookies for us to taste , swap , socialise and raise some funds for charity in the process.Some were old friends and now we all have even more new friends after sharing our sweet treats.We even had a Sunday Times event reporter pop in to cover the event 🙂


After a lovely afternoon of sharing , raffles, auctions and cookies it was time for our Durban lovelies to say goodbye and take home with them lots of treats for their loved ones. A grand total of R3500 was raised by the Durban Cookie Monsters . A huge thank you to all our sponsors and guests for making this event possible.



Its time for some cookies cheer


The last few weeks my life has been consumed by the National Cookie Swap. I was approached by Ishay from http://www.FoodandtheFabulous.com to run the Durban leg of the swap.With my crazy life , this was something I could not do on my own so I enlisted Fay from http://Thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com.

The big event is on Saturday the 14TH with a few spots still remaining in each city. WHAT IS COOKIE SWAP?

The idea behind Cookie Swap is to create awareness via tweets, posts and other social media all while raising money for Khayelitsha cookies and spreading the Cookie Cheer. Cookie swap is a fun event where people get together and do just that: swap cookies! Everyone brings 60 cookies or treats with them to the event and the cookies are swapped, sampled and taken home to enjoy.


Khayelitsha Cookies is an organization that empowers, educates and assists women in the community with employment within the organisation (making and selling cookies). All funds raised at Cookie Swaps through ticket sales and the auction will go towards Khayelitsha Cookies. Funding is required to better the working conditions of staff and purchase much needed shoes for the factory workers. The aim is also to create awareness about Khayelitsha Cookies and what they do so that they may grow and help even more people.

This year all three Cookie Swaps will be using the united hash tag #cookieswap3. Tickets for your entry into Cookie swap can be paid for at the door, however it is essential to reserve tickets in advance with your city host as tickets are limited for each event.


Cape Town: Dear Me in CBD http://www.dearme.co.za/

Jozi: Moema’s Patisserie in Parktown North http://www.moemas.co.za/

Durban: Piatto Florida road

When: 14 September

Time: 11:30 for 12

Cost: R50


Cape Town: @foodandthefab

Jozi: @Kimmari

Durban: @fayinthemaze @verushka143

Like the National Cookie Swap Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RSACookieSwap

And follow the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/507929649290403/

Read about Khayelitsha Cookies and what they do on their website http://www.khayelitshacookies.co.za

I hear via the grapevine there are some pretty amazing goodies bags for all as well as fab raffle and auctions items . So go on spread some love.



The OYSTER BOX is well known for its amazing food and its stunning location.Food 4 Thought KZN has decided to hold it’s next fundraising Gourmet Food & Wine Dinner in The Pearl Room at The Oyster Box on Monday 9 September 2013.

What is Food 4 Thought KZN and how does it work?

The founding restaurant members are: Fordoun, Hartford House; Granny Mouse (Midlands); 9th Avenue Bistro; Ciao Bella; Café 1999; Market(Berea); Kung Thai (Durban North) and The Grill Room at The Oyster Box.
Each participating restaurant provides their customers with the opportunity to support the project by adding a 1% charge to the total bill. The charge is added automatically by the restaurant’s POS system after the total and before the tip. The project gives the customer a discrete ‘opt-out’ of paying the 1%.
In addition, staff of the participating restaurants, are encouraged to gain a full understanding about Umthombo, in order to truly appreciate the value of project and the impact it is making on the lives of young people.


Umthombo fuses high-intensity engagement programmes such as surfing, football, art and drama, with psychosocial support, to help children overcome the traumas associated with having lived on the street. It has a centre in Point, Durban called Safespace.
“Umthombo has developed successful strategies around the urban phenomenon of street-children,” says Tom Hewitt MBE, founder of Umthombo. “The proceeds raised from ‘Food 4 Thought’, will enable us to to build on this success and provide hope for more children.


The five-course paired menu at R650 per person, including wine, has been exclusively created by The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph. For starters, a Chilled Oyster and Passion Fruit Jelly with Lavender shards of sugar, will be accompanied by a Kleine Zalze Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc; a delicious second course of Foie Gras Parfait with Basil Gelatin, Quail-scented Jelly and Langoustine Cream, is matched with a Sumaridge Pinot Noir.

Paired with a Rupert and Rothschild Classique, the main course of Loin of Venison, Oxtail and Herb Crust, Candied Beetroot and Cauliflower Puree, is the prelude to the exquisite Croquembouche and Brule Tower, Cognac Ice Cream and Candy Floss dessert. Live music will be provided by talented Durban musician, Wallace Nock.

Food 4 Thought KZN is a community of top restaurants and ‘good food’ lovers. Through the contributions of diners, who have the option to add 1% to their bills when dining in participating restaurants, the work of Umthombo can be carried out. Thanks to the generous contributions of the KZN dining public, without whom the initiative would not exist, Umthombo receives vital and sustainable monthly support towards its work.
To book for the Food & Wine Gourmet Dinner call The Oyster Box on (031 514 5000 or e-mail restaurants@oysterbox.co.za.
For more information about Food 4 Thought KZN and to join the community visit our website on http://www.food4thoughtkzn.co.za.