MY WEEK of schmoozing and celebrating kicked off with the Taste of Tabu launch event at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the beachfront last Thursday, where the Bay’s who’s who in the zoo gathered for a night of feasting and over-indulging.
The Radisson’s team of very capable chefs, led by the talented Jonathan Hodder (ex-Ginger) produced all manner of treats reflecting the new Tabu menu.
A highlight of the evening was the sultry performance by Three Tons of Fun, three very sassy ladies from Cape Town. They were exquisite in sunshine yellow floor-length chiffon dresses and their radiating smiles brought the house down. Wonder where I could get my mitts on some of that glitter lipstick?
The evening was hosted by the vivacious Miss Buli G who did a fab job. I loved her curve-hugging black outfit, but would have ditched the string necklace. Algoa FM’s Jennilee Peremore totally brought it home in a pair of satin black pants with white chiffon top – this from a gal normally in jeans and a T-shirt.
Morné “Chichi” van der Schyff and beau Aidan Jenneker morphed into each other. The love birds pitched up in similar toned outfits in the same style. It must be the month of love as I don’t know Chichi like that.
Hlubi Hewitt-Coleman and Glenda Perumal were elegant in little black dresses; Cheryl Porter-Reynolds also looked uberstylish in hers, finished off with gladiator sandals.
On Saturday, love was in the air as at each and every turn there were couples holding hands or smooching unashamedly. I spent time at Hobie Beach while also checking out the Stanley Street strip where everyone was wandering around with red roses.
On the day of love, Algoa FM’s Doreen Loubser married Hannes Marais in a ceremony attended by close friends and colleagues. The excited bride looked amazing in her wedding dress with black embroidery.
At the weekend I also made a turn past Chief Ngqoko’s Place in New Brighton, which was a lover’s paradise with its red and black decorations and bottles of bubbly given to couples at the door.
On Sunday I chilled to the sounds of General Jazz Band at KwaLunga General Jazz Cafe in Zwide. Eddie Moko from Moko Constructions, who was generous enough to pay the band to give us a live performance, was there. Former transport MEC Thobile Mhlahlo also had a good time as did businessman Mkhuseli Jack, who showed off his dance floor rhythm. Veteran Moki Cekisani was uncharacteristically quiet as he listening to the mellow sounds. Lunga Magxaka has really brought life to this place.
On Monday I attended the launch of Iphulo Performing Arts Festival at the PE Opera House hub. It began 30 minutes late and then GM Monde Ngonyama rattled on and on.
I nearly nodded off on my chair but felt a little guilty when I saw the few artists who were there pretending to be listening, when I know they were just as bored as I was.
The Opera House is very generous in organising finger food when they have their media conferences, but they just can’t seem to organise enough for those invited.
Ooh, tonight I am attending a book launch by Umhlobo Wenene’s Pastor Nozewu. I will bring you all the juicy details next week!
-The Herald Reporter