'ON A PLATE' cookery book and restaurant guide on sale now in support of 'Streetsmart'

Monday, 7 December, 2009
Six award-winning winelands restaurants are featured in ON A PLATE, a glossy new cookery book and restaurant guide that has gone on sale countrywide in aid of NGO, StreetSmart South Africa.
The innovative cookery book and restaurant guide features a total of 20 of South Africa's top chefs and restaurants, and has been conceptualized, narrated and self-published by Jess Meredith-Watts and Reach Publishers, (South Africa).

ON A PLATE presents relatively easy-to-make 3-course menus and signature dishes featuring readily available ingredients, created by a 'who's who' collection of top chefs from around the country. Stunning photographs beautifully shot on location by photographer Nicole Philips, completes the visual feast.

Contributing chefs from the winelands include Margot Janse (The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Fran├žais); Michael Broughton (Terroir); Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine); Jacques de Jager (Grande Provence); David Higgs (Rust en Vrede) and Roland Gorgosilich/Jochen Reidel (Bosman's).

All profits from the sale of the book will go to StreetSmart to fund the national rollout campaign of this fundraising initiative that sets out to engage restaurants and diners to assist street children in South Africa to rebuild their lives. 4000 Copies of the book have been produced and paid for by sponsors, which when sold successfully, will raise almost R1 million. The production of ON A PLATE was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Maldon Salt and other suppliers, as well as contributions by the author and his business partners in the Ignition Group of Companies.

StreetSmart was first established in Cape Town in 2005, and is a registered Public Benefit and Non Profit Organisation, under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The organization raises money via participating restaurants who display a StreetSmart card on the table, informing patrons that a voluntary R5 donation will be added to their bill. Money collected is distributed directly to established charities with the experience and facilities to help children who are living on the streets, providing a much needed financial boost to ensure the success of the programmes run by the respective agencies and the safety of the children in their care.

ON A PLATE is distributed nationally via Art Publishers and is on sale from all major book stores countrywide at the recommended price of R259.90, as well as participating restaurants and on the web (with free postage/delivery in South Africa). Visit www.southafricaonaplate.co.za for more information.