Grande Provence is encouraging guests to showcase their Sequins, Silks and Satins at the Annual Grand MET Fundraiser in support of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy on Saturday, 7 March 2020.
The evening promises to be an unforgettable experience with bottomless bubbly on arrival, a lavish 6-course dinner, culinary theatrics, fire performers, stilt walkers, silk dancers and entertainment by the dynamic musical duo, Acoustic Element.
The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy was established as a social responsibility initiative that works within the Hospitality Industry. The Academy provides hospitality training and leadership skills development to young people living in communities in and around Franschhoek.
The Academy has made a real difference to the lives of Franschhoek youths giving them the opportunity to pave their own paths. For 22 year old Mayizukiswe Rongwana, enrolling in the academy was a life changing experience. Like many of the youngsters around him, staying in school was a struggle and he found himself mixing with the wrong crowds, dropping out of education and falling into trouble.
“The Academy is giving us a second chance and opportunity. My biggest dream is to own my own restaurant one day. I am chasing my dreams for a better life, one step at a time and I’m proud of what I have done so far. Thank you to the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy for believing in me and helping me believe in myself,” says Mayizukiswe.
All proceeds will go towards uplifting local, historically disadvantaged youths by providing them with the necessary hospitality skills and training to gain employment within the thriving tourism industry.
The event will also include a Grand Met Auction, with proceeds going to the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy. Charity Auction lots include a 7-course food and wine experience for six guests at Michelin Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s brand new Jan Innovation Studio in Cape Town; three nights all-inclusive at Villa Mushara in Namibia; a getaway at Ulusaba – Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in Sabi Sand Reserve; and a two nights at Franschhoek’s luxury Mont Rochelle hotel.