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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.

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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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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:32

Not just catering, its an experience!

Living and working in a post-recession economy has most of us downsizing, scrimping and saving where we can. The economic downturn not only changed what we choose to spend money on but also how we choose to celebrate and recognise the milestones in our lives.

At Delmont Caldow Catering we immediately recognised the trend moving toward a casual and quick menu plan as apposed to a fancy and formal style of catering. At Delmont we know that customers want the best quality and will find value in the right menu. We have responded with a number of catering solutions that will suit just about any budget whilst still offering the best quality produce in a menu that is simply delicious.

Our chefs review the menus on a quarterly basis, making sure they incorporate their best ideas in innovative dishes that are an expression of their craft and attention to detail. Delmont Caldow’s menus include the seasonal availability of fresh local produce as well as keeping pace with the current food trends.

Being in an industry where creativity is as much of a commodity as service and reputation, we have worked hard to make sure we keep offering innovative catering solutions for your events. Whether you are hosting a relaxed informal corporate function or a glamourous cocktail party product launch, we have the creativity to take your event from good to great.

A fresh idea that is proving popular is the interactive food prep stations, inspired by our appetite for reality cooking television shows – we at Delmont offer a hotspot sensory experience.  Our team of talented chefs will prepare a signature dish, designed exclusively your event – in a mobile open plan kitchen island. Guests get to watch as the chefs prepare each ingredient. The aroma of freshly chopped herbs hints at the flavour profile, whilst the sizzle of hot oil in the pan brings the dish to completion.  Finally, a dusting of spice connects it all – a perfect balance of artistry and skill!

Make your next event a talking point!
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