A Wonderful Workshop

Last week the very first Veggie Buntch Workshop took place at Wild Organic Foods, in Woodstock. It was an amazingly organic process putting the workshop together – and the support and advice from everyone involved was fantastic. I thought I would share some of the experience with you.

How did it all come about?

Well, I have to thank Charmain Lines from Natural Balance. Late last year I was sent a Wonderbag to test. Mightily impressed, I thought a vegetarian workshop that incorporated the Wonderbag would be a nice idea. Charmain thought so to – and gave me the motivation I needed to make it a reality.

From this seed of an idea, surprising connections and synergies emerged. Through Janis Hopley, who is one of the faces of the Wonderbag in the Western Cape, I met RAWlean – a raw foodist who runs fabulous raw food workshops and has transformed her life through her diet. Take a look at her facebook page for info on upcoming events.

After going to one of RAWlean’s workshops and chatting about the idea for the Veggie Buntch workshop, I invited RAWlean to help host the Veggie Wonder Workshop and add her expertise and enthusiasm to the evening. Next, I had to find a venue and contacted Liz and Anne from Wild Organic in Woodstock. And what do you know? It turned out that RAWlean was going to be running a workshop at their store! (We bought as much of the fresh organic produce that we could directly from Wild Organic. Check out their site www.wildorganics.co.za and order some seasonal, local food.)

The last ingredient was great vegetarian friendly wine from MAN Vintners. Vegetarian wine pairing is not something that usually gets much focus, and winemaker Michelle and marketing manager Matthew added their wine knowledge to the event – rounding off the flavours and adding that little something extra to the evening. The interest in the workshop was overwhelming – hopefully I will be able to run more in the future.

The event

As this was the first workshop I’ve put together, I wanted to cram as much as I possibly could into the evening! Between RAWlean and myself we prepared:

  • Green juice
  • Sprout salad
  • Chickpea salad with Peppadews, tomatoes and basil
  • Spicy lentil salad with dried apricots and capers
  • Green vegetable curry with fried haloumi
  • Fig and date smoothie with almond milk
  • Chocolate mousse

All the guests also received their own Wonderbag – courtesy of Natural Balance – making this a really special workshop. To everyone who was there, thank you for your support.

Via Veggie Buntch

Veggie Wonder Workshop

Enjoy a night filled with food, wine and good company at the very first Veggie Wonder workshop

Brought to you by Veggie Buntch, in conjunction with Wonderbag and RAWlene.

Get ready for a 3-hour hands-on course that will introduce you to the benefits of being vegetarian and vegan, eating good raw and organic food; provide you with scrumptious recipes and show you how to use the eco-friendly Wonderbag.

We will be preparing a host of delicious meals – from starters and drinks to hearty mains and desserts – and you’ll be treated to vegetarian Man Vinters wine.
You’ll also receive your own Wonderbag to take home with you as well as an information pack including all the recipes we make on the night. So come and share in the wonders of cooking good, easy vegetarian meals.

The details:
Cost: R350 pp (including a Wonderbag valued at R170, all food and wine)
Date: 5th May 2011
Venue: Wild Organics in
Woodstock, Cape Town
Time: 18:30- 21:30
Book now: email editor@veggie.buntch.net or call 084 369 0995 to secure your spot.

Wild Organic
Wild Organic foods sources the finest, fresh, organic produce available in the Western Cape, and brings it to your front door in no time at all. Based in Woodstock, Cape Town, Wild services the greater Cape Town area with quality, local, organic produce.

Address: Wild Trading Store,
34 Salisbury Street, Cnr Fairview
Avenue, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Tel: 021 448 8109
Web: www.wildorganics.co.za

The Wonderbag
Winner of the 2010 Climate Hero Award, the Wonderbag is a heat retention/insulation cooker that no kitchen can afford to be without. It cooks wonderfully appetising  meals, while saving energy, helping to conserve the planet and making the kitchen a safer place for children.

At the Veggie Wonder workshop, you’ll receive your very own Wonderbag valued at R170 and learn how to use it.

Rolene (RAWlean) has transformed her eating lifestyle with a positive approach that has enabled her to successfully lose 37 kgs and heal her body from breast cancer.
Meet this inspiring individual as she introduces you to raw food preparation and understanding the connectedness of body, mind, heart and spirit.
Email: rolene@newbeginningsint.com
Tel: 082 700 6669/ 021 701 2973
Web: www.facebook.com/RAWlean

Please note:
Bookings will only be confirmed on receipt of payment to LJ Cooke, Acc: 4056884010, ABSA 632005


Veggie Buntch

I recently started a community driven vegetarian blog called Veggie Buntch. The idea to start something like this has been brewing for some time, and after many long discussions with my partner, Alex, who is the person behind the development of the site, we finally managed to get off our lazy bums and get something up and running.

It is worth noting that this is just a basic version, and we have many more ideas that we are going to implement over time. (The concept of perpetual Beta will probably apply!) We also initially decided to use a design template (so there are a few bugs here and there). The reason for this was so that we could get something up quickly as we didn’t have the time to implement our own custom design.

It has been up for about a month now, and has proven to be a fun and engaging project. I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have come on board as contributors, and the slowly, but steadily increasing number of twitter followers, facebook “likes” and newsletter subscriptions.

The basic idea behind the site is the belief that if the content is good enough – people will come. And so far, so good. With the growing number of contributors, who all bring their own passion and creativity to the site, I am hopeful that over the coming months (and years) the site will continue to grow and develop.

I am also learning as I go along about how to effectively use social media in the right way, to grow the site.

Also, while I have a working knowledge of how the various social platforms are intended to work – Veggie Buntch is putting that knowledge into action.

I hope to share some of these insights as the site progresses and as I discover what really goes into harnessing social media – in the right way – to grow your site’s fan base.