Who doesn’t love food? At TIG headquarters, we’re pretty obsessed with it. Which is why Food Jams is right up our alley. Started by cookbook author Jade De Waal in 2010, whom many will remember from Season 1 of MasterChef SA, the interactive and fun cooking classes are designed to bring strangers and friends together to share their love of cooking and eating in a comfortable, non-threatening environment.
Who is Jade De Waal?
Her first cookbook Luscious Vegetarian was a roaring success and, after creating Food Jams, Jade wrote another – Food Jamming with Jade – with recipes, photographs and illustrations from her events. She also featured in the first season of MasterChef SA and won viewers’ hearts with her charming and quirky personality. Jade is currently mentoring students at Harold Cressy High School and Masiphakameni Women’s Group in District 6, where she trains young people who want to get into the food industry.
Let the cooking begin
Food Jams is about more than just learning to cook; fun is a big component. With music in the background, and vino close by, participants are put into teams, and each team is given a portion of the meal to prepare. The menu is revealed on the day of the jam, and is determined by what’s available in terms of fresh, local ingredients and produce. Recipes are provided, but participants are encouraged to improvise.
Once the meal is cooked, all participants gather around the table to enjoy the fruits of their labour, with Jade joining in on the fun.
You can opt to join a Social or a Personal Jam.
If you would like to join a class on your own or with fewer than six friends, then you’ll need to join a Social Jam. These take place on the first Sunday of the month (the final one of the year is on 16 September 2018). The classes are made up of anyone and everyone who is keen to jam with friends or strangers. For Personal Jams, you choose the friends that will be jamming with you – and you book your own time with Jade. Personal Jams require a minimum of six participants.
Food Jams caters for birthdays, team-building events, supper clubs, kids’ parties (from 3 years), and bachelorettes. There are two venues: Woodstock (6 – 20 guests) and Tamboerskloof (21 – 50 guests). Food Jams will also travel to your chosen venue across South Africa. Each Food Jam includes a special menu created by Jade (she caters to all dietary requirements) and the Jam can be lunch or dinner.
Diarise these dates for upcoming Social Jams in 2018 and 2019
6 January 2019
3 February 2019
3 March 2019
7 April 2019
5 May 2019
2 June 2019
Are you ready to jam?