Cape Town is an environment that on so many levels energises minds, breeds entrepreneurialism and challenges the senses. In the endeavours of Denise Levy, an utterly charming, warm and dynamic Fresnay resident, we have a perfect synergie of all three!
Denise is a former model, who somehow embodies everything positive about this city. During her international modelling days she travelled extensively, and credits that period with fostering her enduring passion for food – buying, cooking and savouring it. The diversity of cuisines and food shops she sampled sparked in Denise a love of flavour, fusions and cooking styles, and with that the germ of a wish to create something that would enable her to share that love!
Returning to Cape Town, and not a lady to do things by halves, Denise set up two hugely successful companies - Call-a-Pizza, (the first pizza delivery company in South Africa), and Cape Town Productions, which facilitated stills shoots by overseas crews for a range of products and services. Whilst both companies still thrive, (although Call-a-Pizza has been sold), an undercurrent of unfulfilled yearning ran strong, and finally, in September of this year, Ginger and Lime was born.
Described as an interactive cooking experience, in a sense any title or enterprise defies the limitless potential of this burgeoning enterprise. Having spent time under the tutelage of Chef Warehouse’s Liam Tomkin, Denise’s drive was to create an opportunity to engage people in her love of preparing, cooking and serving appetising and beautiful dishes. Having built a state-of-the art demonstration kitchen, Denise is able to do JUST that, and as one who has enjoyed one of her fabulous interactive evenings I can vouch for the formula – it truly works!
Denise is determined to offer the broadest spectrum of bespoke experiences: groups of friends learning skills and then enjoying what they have prepared; or simply being served mouthwatering dishes by Denise and her team around a convivial table; cookery classes for youngsters; cookery demonstrations; guest chefs sharing their interests and talents, (for example, Daniel Jadim’s forthcoming Sushi Sunday..); team building around cooking; corporate lunches; school leaver crash courses, and, being planned for the future, housekeeper training courses…the list is limitless.
The fact that all of the above, and more, takes place in a genuinely cutting edge kitchen, which sits in the crook of Denise’s own warmly welcoming family home, makes the experience even more enjoyable.
For more information on what Ginger and Lime has to offer, contact:
+27 83 251 6282
Denise’s local culinary haunts…
Tea, (a cup of!..) - Myatt, Waterfront
Snacks and drinks – Knead, Regent Road, Sea Point
Chinese restaurant and takeaway – Dynasty, Nedbank Centre, Kloof Road, Sea Point
Indian fare- Kushi, 115 Main Road, Sea Point
Posher nosh – La Perla, Beach Road, Sea Point, (try the La Perla Porridge….)
Asian ingredients – The Asian Supermarket, 186 Main Road, Sea Point
Article by Carrie Turner, Marketing & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Sea Point