IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMING, I'D HAVE BAKED A CAKE: CAPE TOWN

IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMING,

I'D HAVE BAKED A CAKE: CAPE TOWN

Studio H, a Cape Town-based multidisciplinary design studio with a focus on food, invited Put A Egg On It to speak at Food Studio, their conference on the business of food, that runs concurrent with the annual Visa Street Food Festival that celebrates authentic South African street foods in an outdoor food market. Sarah Keough and PAEOI's Special Projects Editor, Tommy Werner, talked about the history of the magazine and If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd Have Baked a Cake and then engaged the audience in a conversation about their own experiences, good and bad, in the kitchen serving meals to friends and family.

Studio H asked us to adapt the Cake project into a single one-night event. We cooked a four-course dinner of red snapper ceviche with homemade tortilla chips, pulled lamb with soy sauce-cured eggs and vinegar-y greens, brown rice salad with roasted baby turnips and lemon olive oil pound cake, for 60 guests in a old billiards hall in the Woodstock neighborhood of Cape Town. Throughout the meal we invited guests to join us outside for a portrait and to share a story. Writer Melissa Van Rooyen told us about her grandmother's frequent prank of putting sheep poop in chocolate and mixing it with the chocolate raisins she gave the kids! Tinei Nicholas, one of the culinary students who helped us prep dinner, told the story of cooking a lamb over a fire while camping with friends and how the taste of it was so amazing, it changed his life and propelled him to culinary school.

If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd Have Baked A Cake grew out of our fascination with sharing food and stories, receiving unexpected visitors, and using forms of money-less exchange. Starting in Tokyo and finishing in New York, Put A Egg On It is taking the project around the world, creating of people through their stories and look at the common threads and the unique moments between people via the food they make and share.

Event Produced By R&S
Poster Design By R&S

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