Gold Event 2014 ~ Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!
I will do another post in the week once we have received more photos and I have gathered some other pertinent information, but for now I just want to do a quick personal post.
WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!
I was very privileged to attend the 4th Little Fighters Cancer Trust Gold Event on Friday night, and once again WOW!!!!! I attended the first event, missed the second and attended the third last year, but hands down Friday night’s event was the BEST EVER!!!
The 2014 Gold Event was held at Cassia Restaurant on one of Durbanville’s premiere wine estates, the Nitida Wine Estate, and it was AWESOME! From the drive down the beautiful tree-lined lane to the farm, to the warm welcome by parking guard, staff (champagne in hand) and LFCT members, to the beautiful scenery and venue, it was one event that I am glad I did not miss.
Cassia is an exquisite venue, sitting as it does alongside the water, and even the fact that it was rather chilly and bit windy Friday night did not detract from the magnificent surroundings and everyone grabbed every opportunity to get some fresh air and socialise a bit under the outside heater that was thoughtfully provided.
Upon entering the venue, guided by friendly staff all the way, one was immediately transported into another world by the wonderful sounds of flautist (and open-water swimming champ and advocate for LFCT) Carina Bruwer of Sterling EQ. Although this was the first time Sterling EQ could not entertain us due to prior arrangements, Carina graciously offered to do a solo, and what a great feeling of “coming home” that brought with it.
After mingling and quaffing champagne (or in my case grape juice) for a while, the doors to the restaurant were opened and one could not help but hear all the oohs and aahs at the sight that awaited us as we entered the dining area….
White covered chairs surrounded a gold-clothed table set with gold servers, gold, blue and black sequined masks, and the most gorgeous cupcakes I have ever seen (lovingly crafted by our own little bundle of dynamite, Runner, LFCT Advocate and Baker Extraordinaire, Anna Jooste!)
Table lighting was provided compliments of candles in small glasses and exquisite tall glass vases filled with glass beads and adorned with white ostrich feathers. Each vase had a tiny battery operated light on the bottom that provided ambience lighting. Nobody would have realised that the lights were battery-operated though because everything was draped and artfully hidden under swathes of sheer blue silky fabric. Ambience ceiling lighting and a roaring fire completed the picture.
Once we got over the wonder of being in such a fairy-tale venue, it was time for a speech or two and the starter, which was a delicious creamy mushroom and biltong soup. A few more speeches, some musical entertainment, and time for the main course which was THE most delectable, fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank that I have ever tasted, accompanied by veggies and cous cous.
Each table was also graced with a few bottles of Nitida wines, grape juice and champagne, compliments of Nitida. I fell in love with the Nitida Cabernet Sauvignon, which assailed my nostrils and mouth with the most delicious aromas and tastes of berries, nuts and more. Definitely going to look for it in my local offsales!
Personally, apart from the wonderful venue, food, wine, decor etc. it was also great to see some familiar faces and to meet some of those with whom I have to date only had a Facebook relationship. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many people who share my passion for Little Fighters Cancer Trust and all that they do, and who give so much, each in their own way, to helping make the public aware of Childhood Cancer and to support the work of LFCT.
As I said, I will do an “official” post in the week, complete with the “official” photos and more info on the evening, but for now I would just like to say:
Well Done Mandie, Tanya and Thomas!!! You guys really outdid yourself this year!!!
Thanks to Management and Staff at Cassia for a wonderful evening.Billi 😀
Posted on 28 September, 2014, in Blog, News & Events and tagged "Life", Anna Jooste, Cancer Awareness Month, Carina Bruwer, Carina Bruwer Pugliese, Child Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Gold Event, Jaryd Rusty Smith, LFCT, Little Fighters, Nitida, Nitida Wine Estate, open water swimmer, Sterling EQ. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.