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Visitors to The Wedding Expo® this year will be able to Live Life Light as Coca-Cola light® features its new Coca-Cola light® Sparkling Together with Marc Jacobs limited edition 330ml and 500ml PET collection, at South Africa’s favourite wedding event.

Taking place at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, on August 24th and 25th, the highlight of the Wedding Expo is set to be the Coca-Cola light® Fashion Spectaculars held at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm each day - showcasing the best local and international bridal design talent.

The fashion shows are the perfect platform to turn the spotlight on the Sparkling Together campaign, which sees leading fashion visionary Marc Jacobs lend his creativity to the iconic bottle.

All three designs which form part of the campaign – ‘I heart ‘80s’ which embodies the rise of the empowered woman in her 1980s glory, ‘I heart ‘90s’ which heralds the extravagant attitude of the era where fashion, music and art collided and ‘I heart ‘00s’, which illustrates the sports luxe decade – will be displayed at the Coca-Cola light® stand at The Wedding Expo®.

And as a sparkling treat, visitors will stand the chance to win the grand prize of the Coca-Cola light® and Marc Jacobs weekend shopping trip to London, with R 50 000 in spending money to splash out on Marc Jacobs clothing and accessories, simply by visiting the Coca-Cola light® stand and purchasing any one of the designer 330ml cans.

Entry to the Wedding Expo costs R100 per person and you can book online at http://www.wedding-expo.co.za.
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For promotion terms and conditions, visit www.cocacola.co.za.

Let us join together for The Wedding Expo on 24-25 August, 2013 at the Coca-Cola Dome, in Northgate!

“The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.” -Fawn Weaver

We, at team Event Food Services, have donned our best outfits, rolled out the carpet and we’re excited to, once again, be catering for visitors to this year’s Wedding Expo, which is set to be a bigger and better event than ever. Showcasing everything you heart desires and your budget can afford, for your special day and more, all under one roof.

From dream dresses to fabulous flowers, impressive invitations to delightful décor, there is so much to see and be inspired by, every so often, you’ll want to take a breather and re-energise.

You’ll find comfortable seating at our restaurant facility, which offers the perfect spot to recharge while you enjoy a quick bite or a hearty meal. We will have a delicious carvery with a choice of hot sides or salad, fresh asian stir-fry or the meal of the day special that will have even your future mother-in-law saying ‘I do’.

As you make your way down the aisle stop in at The Cake and Coffee Café where Annica will tempt you with a delectable assortment of cakes, including a totally decadent Ferrero Rocher cake. Here, you can have you cake and taste it too!

The EFS food court will be hosting your favourites; ANAT, Chip ‘n Dip and the Dancing Doughnut who will all be on hand to serve you their mouth-watering wares. One bite and you’ll think the honeymoon has already begun.

If you’re looking for the healthier option, pop into the Health Oasis kiosk just next to our restaurant where we are serving Low GI deli rolls with an assortment of fillings and a wide selection of tasty salads. Truly, a match made in heaven.

So, a toast: Here’s looking forward to seeing you at The Wedding Expo 2013!

57 years ago, on the 9th August 1956 – 20,000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest to the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950 (Pass Laws). Led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Frances Baard and Sophie Williams, these women left bundles of petitions containing over 100 000 signatures at government’s door. They sang a protest song composed in honour of the occasion, Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo – now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock. These words have come to represent the courage and strength of South African women.

Today, we see women achieving recognition and success in a variety of arenas, from their within communities to the world stage – women are agents of change! At Froth Beverages we are celebrating the symbol of courage, and the power that South African women have to continue to bring about transformation.

In honour of South African women, we have created a Liberating Special Offer. Book our Mobile Speciality Coffee or Smoothie Bar, any time between now and the 29th August 2013, and enjoy:

–  a selection of  piping-hot, speciality Coffees

–  a choice of three luscious Smoothies; Strawberry & Black Cherry Bliss; Banana & Mango Tango and our brand new blend, the Litchi and Mint Liberator (juicy, sweet de-piped litchis blended with sprigs of fresh mint, liberated litchi juice and garnished with fresh seasonal berries.

All in, and at a liberating R6 700.00 ex vat. (per bar of 50 pax).
Fee includes: all equipment, bar hire, 2 Baristas, 50 smoothies and 50 coffees, set up and transport.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to POWA – People Opposing Women Abuse! Help us raise funds for an organisation working tirelessly for the rights of South African women. Visit: www.powa.co.za for more information on the campaigns and programmes at POWA.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:08

Get in on the action at the WWE® Live

WWE’s unique brand of action packed entertainment returns to South Africa after two years, with five live events starting in Cape Town on 30th July and ending at the Coca-Cola Dome on 2nd and 3rd August, 2013.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a recognised world leader in sports-entertainment, and you have a chance to be part of the action at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate this weekend. Join us for the fastest, most energy-filled time of your life, feel the excitement, the roar of over 10 000 screaming fans.

The 2013 WWE® Live World Tour promises riveting in-ring action and larger-than-life WWE SmackDown Superstars and Divas. As huge fans of WWE® we can’t wait to see all our favourite superstars and divas including: Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show, along with South Africa’s very own Justin Gabriel, Mark Henry, Wade Barrett, Sin Cara, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, and The Great Khali.

The EFS team have trained for weeks, and are fighting-fit! We have planned a great menu of juicy cheese grillers, meaty double burgers and boerie rolls including a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages your enjoyment. Our crowd favourites – Chip ’n Dip, ANAT and Dancing Doughnut kiosks will be open throughout the weekend. Key serving areas have been selected to best manage the queues and have you refreshed and back at your seats without having missed too much of the action!

Whilst we have installed signage regarding the Health & Safety Policy, we would like our visitors to be aware that we are required to serve all plastic bottled beverages without their lids and all cans are to be poured into cups. And no alcohol will be sold to under 18’s and IDs may be requested.

See you Friday 2 August or Saturday 3 August for an action-packed event!

What? Where has the year gone? We don’t know either, but we do know that it’s time to start thinking about that special Year-End Function.

Your staff have demonstrated their diligence and dependability, along with those special customers and clients who have stuck with you throughout the year. At the Dome Banqueting, we understand the importance of rewarding loyalty and celebrating commitment, especially when it will have your accounts department smiling, too.

So, it is with pleasure that we present our Special Year-end Luncheon & Dinner/Dance Package Offer.

The right environment sets the tone for a successful and pleasurable event. We have two spacious and elegant venues that can accommodate 500 and 550 guests respectively and which can be combined into one large venue to comfortably seat over 1000 guests.

For smaller functions, we have a more intimate venue seating up to 140 guests, with ease.

Situated within the Coca-Cola Dome, in Northgate ensures that our venue is central, easily accessible from Johannesburg, Randburg, Sandton and the West Rand areas. We provide well-lit, ample parking for your guests in a secured parking area right off our entrance.

Our Package includes the following:

  • Venue Hire on the day of your event
  • Venue Hire for set-up – the day prior to your event
  • Fully Air-Conditioned Venue
  • A delicious 3-Course Buffet Menu, prepared by our professional chefs
  • Banquet Tables
  • Padded Chairs
  • Full length Tablecloths (Black or White)
  • Linen Serviettes (Black or White)
  • Black loose fitting Chair Covers
  • Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware
  • Dance Floor
  • Waiters & Barmen
  • Raised Platform and Lectern for Speeches
  • Free Parking and Parking Stewards

Price per Guest:         R289.00, excluding VAT and beverages

Our amazing Special Year-end Luncheon & Dinner/Dance Package Offer is valid from mid October through to end December 2013, so you have plenty of time to plan the best party possible. The Dome Banqueting party planning team, are eager to assist in bringing your theme to life through creative table décor and flowers. We will be happy to fulfill your AV and music requirements should you need us to do so – Quotes on request.

Please contact Debbie Green on (011) 794-5800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make your booking.  It is our pleasure to assist you and to ensure that you host a successful and enjoyable year-end event.

To reserve your seat, early booking is advisable. For your convenience you may download our signature menu available for the Special Year-end Luncheon & Dinner/Dance Package Offer.
Friday, 19 July 2013 16:14

Walk this way!

This month, over 40 000 pairs of feet will once again pound the pavements in the annual Discovery 702 Walk the Talk race, which is being held on Sunday 28th July at Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia. Always popular, this year’s event is set to be bigger than ever before and we invite you to come along and watch the action.

Walking is the most accessible sport in the world and, with the 13th Discovery 702 Walk the Talk race, it is fast becoming the most popular sport for the whole family. Even the four-legged members are welcome to join in!  Putting one foot in front of the other, or should we say, putting your best paw forward, has never been this much fun before.

The Delmont Caldow Caterers team, have been a part of the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk event for the past 5 years and, once again, we’ve been invited to host the Corporate Hospitality Suites. As a premier outdoor catering specialist we are perfectly placed to offer expertise in catering to such prestigious outdoor events as the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk race. Our signature menu offers a delicious assortment of appetizers and entrees as you effortlessly entertain your corporate guests.

For the corporate team race walkers, we have a wide selection of pre- and post-race refreshments on hand. For the corporate team supporters braving the early morning chill, we will be serving piping hot speciality coffees and beverages so you can defrost your fingers around a steaming cappuccino or a racing shot of delicious hot chocolate.

As part of our commitment to making the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk race the best event possible, we look for new ways to exceed expectations. And this year, for the corporate hospitality clients, we have on offer a mobile Smoothie bar that will be serving a healthy Black Cherry and Strawberry Smoothie – a sultry smooth blend of berry, blitzed with yoghurt and ice!

So whether you’ll be rambling along at your own pace, or race-walking to win on cheering on your team, hope to see you at Marks Park on the 28th July, making a difference!

Friday, 12 July 2013 14:44

Let’s race for a change

Join us and a who’s who list of local celebrities, entertainers and DJs, at Kaya FM’s inaugural 67km Relay for Mandela Day on Sunday 14th July at Waterfall Estate Polo Fields in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.

Over 900 teams of 10 runners each, have put their best feet forward and will be racing in aid of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory which contributes to the making of a just society by keeping alive the legacy of Nelson Mandela, providing an integrated public information resource on his life and times, and by convening dialogue around critical social issues.

As a leading outdoor catering company with a number of prestigious racing events to our name, we are excited to be bringing our expertise and signature menu to what will be Gauteng’s premier corporate relay for change. Delmont Caldow Caterers will be hosting the Corporate Hospitality Suites, serving a delicious assortment of appetizers and entrees as you entertain your corporate guests. For the corporate team runners, we have a selection of pre- and post-race refreshments on hand.

Froth Beverages will be serving piping hot speciality coffees for those brave spectators who have braced the cold to show their support of Kaya FM’s 67km Relay for Change. So pop in and enjoy a steaming cappuccino or a racing shot of espresso, so join us at the Smoothie bar for our decadent Black Cherry and Strawberry Smoothie – a sultry smooth blend of berry, blitzed with yoghurt and ice!

Our team at Event Food Services will be grilling up their signature grab-’n-go burgers and hotdogs for the relay race spectators. To ensure that we cater to all tastes we are hosting ANAT – home of the shwarma and falafel wraps, along with Chip ’n Dip and Dancing Doughnuts. So whether you are feeling peckish or famished we have just the perfect bite!

On your marks, get set….and go make a difference as we celebrate the life and times of Nelson Mandela by taking part in a fun, healthy team-building experience!

We come across hundreds of cars in our daily lives, we read about them, we admire them and most importantly dream of owning them. This is what makes the Johannesburg International Motor Show one of the most exciting events on the South African Calendar. Run in conjunction with the “Auto Shop” and Johannesburg Truck Show”, this event collectively offers a complete representation of the motor industry, serving Sub Saharan Africa and South Africa as a host country. This year‘s event runs from the 16 - 27 October 2013 and will be hosted at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Delmont Caldow Caterers are so excited to be catering to the exhibitors and visitors to one of Johannesburg’s premier events – the Johannesburg International Motor Show. This is not our first time around the track, in fact we have offered our exceptional hospitality services to the Joburg Motor show, as it is affectionately known, for over a decade.

Our innovative and delicious menu ideas will rev your engines, and keep you going through what will be the biggest show on South Africa’s event calendar. From a Mixed Baby Salad Green with Bocconcini & Marinated Artichokes accompanied by Sun Blushed Cherry Tomatoes, diced creamy Avocado and a light Vinaigrette through to an utterly decadent Orange infused dark Chocolate Cream served with macerated winter berries  – we have a taste sensation planned for your function.

Not only have our chefs been hard at work, tweaking our menus into a perfect balance of horsepower and beauty - our team of service staff, are offering a high performance experience for your spectacular occasion. So from our expo platters through to a glittering banquet, you are assured of nothing less than the 5-star Delmont experience.

Our kitchens are located within the NASREC showgrounds, which assures you of a fast and efficient service! With hundreds of ‘culinary kilometers’ behind the wheel so to speak, Delmont Caldow Caterers has the torque to take your event from good to great.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:16

Serving more than mere entertainment

Cirque du Soleil’s new show Dralion, draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and the ever present quest for balance between humans and our environment. The magnetism of the show is undoubtedly inescapable, as the world’s finest acrobatic performers enthrall audiences the world over. And Dralion looks to push the boundaries of what seems possible as performers demonstrate amazing control, precision timing, fluid movements and daredevil-like antics, much to the delight of an audience on the edge of their seats.

At Event Food Services we may not be as limber as the Cirque performers we are however going to bend over backwards to make sure you get the best experience possible when visiting the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate.

Our employees are already hard at work, preparing for your arrival and this year we have created a menu that is sure to delight! From large juicy cheese griller to a delicious sandwich with a side order of chocolate dipped mini doughnuts, we are serving just what you are in the mood for. As always we have the ANAT, Chip ’n Dip and Doughnut kiosks which have proved to be a favourite year-in and year-out.

With your comfort in mind, we have identified key kiosks for service, in the hopes of thinning out crowds and ensuring that everyone is able to purchase their refreshments before the show commences and during the interval. We have been asked by Cirque Management to please close all kiosks 5 minutes prior to the start of the show and at the end of interval, so please be patient while our kitchen and front of house teams, attend to everyone.

We have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available, including piping hot tea and coffee for your enjoyment. Whilst we have installed signage regarding the Health & Safety Policy, we would like our visitors to be aware that we are required to serve all plastic bottled beverages without their lids and all cans are to be poured into cups. And no alcohol will be sold to under 18’s and IDs may be requested.

There you have it, the Cirque acrobats are not the only performers at the Dome on the 21st March – we will see you there.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:06

Our team of stars

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

We would like to recognize and commend three of our junior managers who have found the courage to break free from the chains of limiting belief patterns and societal conditioning that have traditionally kept the women in their communities suppressed and unable to realize their power. We are so proud of each of them and would like to acknowledge their fight to get here and applaud their strength.

Doris Steele, Food & Beverage Manager, Event Food Services - Contracted caterer at the Coca-Cola Dome.

Doris started at Delmont Caldow Caterers over 10 years ago. Her husband had suddenly passed away leaving her with a young family to support and no idea on where to start. Her father applied on her behalf for a casual waitering position with Delmont and her story with us, started.

Anyone who has met Doris will immediately notice her friendly manner and quick smile, she is a natural at customer liaison and was our first choice for Food & Beverage Manager. In her current position Doris works closely with event organizers and stand holders, ensuring they are getting the best catering experience possible.

When asked about what she enjoyed most about working within the hospitality industry, Doris stated, “I enjoy the pressure of events, I work best under pressure. I enjoy meeting different people and each event brings new people to the Dome.”

Although many of us would see a complaining customer as a thorn in our day, Doris sees them as a personal challenge to change them to a complementing customer and will do what it takes to bring that about. Armed with her wits, a great deal of patience and a respectful attitude, Doris is without a doubt a valuable member of the Event Food Services Team. We asked Doris what characteristics she felt added or detracted from her success. “Sometimes I am too soft and it can make a situation worse, in this job I have learnt that I am stronger than I thought I could be. I can do more than I thought I could.”

“My children must realize their dreams, but their dreams for themselves must be bigger than mine were. My daughter must make a life for herself and not rely on anyone.”

Being a single parent and breadwinner is a challenge for most of us, yet Doris takes this in her stride. She is grateful for the close bond she shares with her family, whose support has been so important to her. Doris feels that is not just working for herself but for her children and their futures.

We asked Doris if she were to pass on any advice to future staff, what would she suggest they do to achieve her level of success. “Come to work to do the work, don’t come to talk and socialize. Don’t give up, be determined to do your best. You must have a reason you come to work and it must be something that is important to you.” And as for the future Doris dreams of retiring somewhere safe and quiet where she can one day enjoy her grandchildren and get off her feet! Yet we can’t imagine Doris ever sitting for too long, this dynamic woman will undoubtedly being out in the community paying it forward!

Rebecca Jonosky, Food & Beverage Supervisor, Event Food Services - Contracted caterer at the Coca-Cola Dome.

Rebecca started at Delmont Caldow Caterers over 9 years ago. Rebecca was introduced to Event Food Services by Priscilla, after a casual position she held at a cosmetics company was made redundant through a company buy out.

Rebecca joined EFS as a casual waiter for exhibition events at the Coca-Cola Come and quickly demonstrated a desire to learn more about the business. Before long we gave Rebecca an opportunity to move to the frontline – as a cashier where her friendly nature and polite mannerisms were ideal for dealing with customers. Over a year ago we promoted Rebecca to Food & Beverage Supervisor, which has her working primarily in the kitchens ensuring we maintain our high standards and quality catering. Our kitchen staff love working with her and we tend to have to jostle staff when it comes to assigning shifts, everyone wants to work with Rebecca!

When asked about the favourite aspects of her job as a Food & Beverage Supervisor, Rebecca enthusiastically responded that she loved working with the staff, motivating them to work at their best. The most enjoyable events are those where she is busy all the time, and her team gets a chance to show off just how good they are.

We have seen Rebecca grow from a nervous almost withdrawn young woman into the powerhouse of confidence she is now and we are so incredibly proud! We asked Rebecca what she least enjoyed about working with staff and what she felt was the key to her success. “Sometimes the pressure can be too much, mostly when people don’t plan their work well. They make the job harder to do. They make my job harder too.”

“You have to be honest, if you can’t be trusted you can’t go anywhere in life.”

Whilst Rebecca does not have any regrets about her choices, she does wish she would dig up the courage to finally go and do her driver’s license. “I never did, I have always been so nervous about doing it and now my baby sister is going. So I told her that I have to go with her, I can’t be the last one to do this.”

Not only has her confidence grown, Rebecca feels that she has also learnt a great deal about running a business through her working experience at Event Food Services. Rebecca feels that she has learnt some life skills as well. “I have learnt about time management and about making sure you give the best product, if it’s not good enough for you its not good enough for anyone else. You must put effort in – no work is beneath you.”

When asked about her future plans for herself at Event Food Services, Rebecca wants to grow with the business and maybe one day manage a new venue. But for now the near future holds a mountain of wedding plans as she dreams of marrying her dream guy later in December. We wish them both many wonderful years together!

Priscilla Smith, Stock Supervisor, Event Food Services - Contracted caterer at the Coca-Cola Dome.

Priscilla joined the company as a cleaner almost a decade ago and steadily showed interest in adding to her responsibilities and was quickly promoted to a cook on the line. Priscilla demonstrated a willingness to learn new things and proved that she was really hard working with a quick wit and easy-going demeanor.

Priscilla was promoted to Stock Supervisor mid 2011 and is responsible for maintaining our stock levels, ensuring we never sell out whilst limiting wastage. This is a critical function in our operation at Event Food Services! When asked what she enjoyed most about her job, Priscilla stated, “The busy-ness of the shows, I can’t stand around. I have to be busy all the time, working all the time. I am not a person to be bored.”

Priscilla feels that busy shows are not only good for the company but for her as well. Being busy means you are successful she excitedly claims. As a parent to four children aged between 21 and 13, she appreciates having a daytime job where she can spend most nights at home with her family.  Priscilla has been the only breadwinner on and off for a number of years and feels that she has made a valuable contribution to the futures of her children. Having a limited education herself, Priscilla feels that her children can only realize their dreams if they finish their education.

Women need to be responsible, we have to make sure we do all we can for our children. We can’t live on promises. Women can change the community, because we are the community.”

We asked Priscilla how had her promotion from a casual to a permanent staff member affected her, and her home-life she had this to say, “I feel more stable at home, we are moving to a better house this month. My children are happy and my daughters are proud of me. My husband has more respect for me, he sees that I am important in the community as well.”

I have changed. I did not think I could do this, I am happy.”

We have seen within Priscilla a keen spirit and someone who is genuinely interested in doing her best. In the hospitality industry where long hours and hard work is certainly part of the job, Priscilla is always happy to do more. What has really shone out for us at EFS is her attitude each day and the great respect she has for her workplace. And as for the future, Priscilla sees herself moving, always moving! She dreams of becoming a mentor for future staff who wish to enjoy the same success. And of course learning something new! Priscilla has certainly learnt that she can expect more from herself and will do so in future

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