Date posted: Aug 25, 2019
Known Design Co
“What fascinates me over and over again, is the ability of food and wine to heighten experiences, liven up conversations and elevate one’s life experience in general.” says Denise Cowburn-Levy, co-owner of The Kitchen Collective
Where there is energy and passion, there is always growth and expansion. What started out as an extension of a love of cooking and entertaining, outperformed any expectations and Ginger & Lime took off with a huge bang from the very beginning. The timing and the formula was perfect; a fabulous, unique venue, an excellent state of the art, well-equipped kitchen and an enthusiastic, talented team lead by a visionary leader, Denise Cowburn-Levy. Weekly courses were booked out well in advance and guests chefs came to play, adding a different depth to the offering. Products were launched successfully, special occasions celebrated joyfully, team building was enjoyed by many corporates, outside events were catered for and innovative recipes were developed. The requests kept coming in were always new and varied, as the space and the team proved adaptable to the needs of the foodies out there.
“Reaching our ceiling capacity led me to thinking about expansion and how to achieve this, so when Kim Jordan approached me to start a branch from her amazing venue in Bantry Bay, it really fitted into the plan, as we could now offer a second venue, Salt & Sage, which proved a great alternative venue for smaller events with the stunning sea views and sexy sleek open plan interior.” said Denise.
And so what is this dynamic team up to next…….?????
The demand for a blank, professionally equipped kitchen hire space increased, as did the requests to host larger events for up to 80 people, and the team just knew the time was right to expand even further. “Let’s give the people what they are asking for” said Denise. “We need to create a vibey fully-equipped Kitchen Hub, a place which professionals can hire the space they need on a daily or even hourly basis, and we can cater for the bigger events for interactive courses, demo style promotions and product launches too.”
And so it began, and as happens when something is right, it is seems to flow effortlessly. Kim and Katy have worked tirelessly on this incredibly exciting project. Endless meetings, long to do lists and so much excitement! The perfect 380sqm premises were found, incredibly generous sponsors came on board in assisting us to set up the 3 new kitchen spaces, and it was all systems go and full steam ahead.The result is spectacular!
“There is nothing like this in Cape Town yet. A truly innovative space that provides a central space for professionals and foodies to bond, share and learn.” – Kim Jordan, Co-owner of The Kitchen Collective
The MAIN STAGE is a larger version of the Ginger & Lime kitchen, allowing for various set ups, from cinema style seating, to individual work stations and the usual signature collaborative interactive cooking experiences that are so enjoyed by our guests. We also host long table catered special occasions. Again, the space is a blank canvas, and suitable for many purposes, including film and stills shoots.
Demo/cinema style – 80
Individual work stations (2 per station) – 20-24
Interactive cooking experiences up to 6
Long table special occasions – Up to 60
Cocktail style- up to 100
Kitchens For Rent: (Studio 1 and Studio 2)
These kitchens are light & bright and are glass enclosed. They can be closed off for privacy, or you can be a part of the buzz of the kitchen hub should you choose to be. They are fully equipped, and there is a list of extra equipment which can be added to the standard kit provided in each space.
The Kitchen Collective, perfectly situated in the City Bowl of Cape Town, will now act as the main hub and central venue of Ginger and Lime and Salt and Sage. However, these venues will still be available for exclusive hire for private and corporate functions.
There really is no stopping this dynamic, passionate, dedicated team from making this the best kitchen venue in Cape Town. Over the past 5 years they have a proven track record for integrity and for over delivering on what they offer and you just know you can trust them with your event.