It was a kind of an experiment in empathy. Something a writer must do to be able to do her job properly. I wanted to feel what it might be like, for just one night, to walk in the shoes of Jacques Erasmus.
Jacques, who I spoke about in my Peonies & Pavlova postcard today, is the food daddy behind the beautiful Hemelhuijs Restaurant in Cape Town. Last week, I asked him about his menu plan for the Freeworld Food-Film fest that kicks off with Chocolat next Thursday:
“I don’t know but that will be my homework this weekend.”
Think how many thousands of additional kilograms one would have to lose if homework involved not filing and TAX returns, not brand planning or editing or design, not any of that sort of thing, but instead, unpacking the possibilities with chocolate.
Imagine diligently ploughing through 70% cacao drippy choccie gravies and ganaches and chocolate coated pomegranate and ginger, and truffles and everyday brownies and things, all in the name of work?
Accept. I’m in the wrong business.
But I’ll be going to both see and eat Chocolat on 3 Nov. Then I want to see The Freshman with Marlon Brando on 16 Nov.
For the whole programme and to book, go: http://www.freeworlddesigncentre.co.za/food-film-nights/
A tasty line-up of matching food flick and food will run throughout November at the chocolate coated Freeworld Design Centre auditorium in Waterkant Street.