Food & Beverage Small Businesses you can support in the time of Corona
A list of food & beverage businesses in South Africa that need your help
I was originally going to put this live yesterday morning. When the lock down hit it felt a bit like it might be useless, because many of these businesses will need to shut down for the next 3 weeks. I had a small anxiety attack as well and decided to just switch off my computer for the day and reset.
South Africa will go into lock down at midnight on 26 March. Essential food items will still be couriered, but many of the small businesses on this list will take a giant knock. I’m sharing them with you now so you can assist. For some, you can still order online and receive your goodies after the 17th of March. I want to implore you to do that. These businesses are going to suffer huge losses over the next 21 days. Your little bit of support might be what keeps there doors open when we come out of lock down and these horrible times of Corona.
Here’s some food and beverage small businesses to support:
Posticino Express – Cape Town Pizza sorted
Posticino Express is a small private pizzeria in the City Bowl in Cape Town. They offer delicious pizza and pasta, the pictures alone will make your mouth water. Posticino will need to close their doors for 21 days at midnight on 26 March, but for now you can still order one of their yummy pizzas on Mr Delivery if you’re close by or go pick one up. This is your last restaurant/take out food few hours, so I’d suggest making Posticino your stop if you’re in Cape Town. Another alternative is to book with them for a celebratory “out of lock down” meal now – so you have something to look forward to. Find out more about Posticino here.
Watch Me Whip – bespoke cakes and macaroons
Watch Me Whip is owned and run by Lauren Carr, who happens to be dating my brother. I promise you, there is no family bias here, her goodies are delish! Lauren started her little bakery last year and I’ve watched it blossom into a busy business. She specialises in bespoke cakes for special events like weddings. When Corona hit and events were cancelled it obviously had a detrimental effect on Watch Me Whip. Lauren had planned a huge Easter special with a great Easter cake and boxes of Macaroons delivered to your door. With the lock down she has a new solution: you are able to purchase a gift voucher for a box of Macaroons and gift them to a friend or loved one. When the lock down lifts the Macaroons will be surprise delivered to the special person you chose! What a great surprise on the 17th. If you want to order a gift voucher or just find out more about Watch Me Whip – head on over here.
Marras Wines – WINE
Martin Lamprecht runs Marras Wines. Martin says winemaking is his passion. Marras Wines is a small start up winery in Swatland Riebeek Kasteel. Obviously we all know South African wine is the best in the world, but with events being cancelled and tourists no longer visiting Wineries and tasting – the farms have taken a knock. Here’s a chance for you to stock up on some divine local wine and support small business. You’re able to order online and your wine can be delivered once lock down is over – just in time for us to celebrate getting through all of this! To order from Marras Wine go here.
The Counter – Sweets, ready made meals and much more
From the day Meg started selling her delicious burgers and brownies at weekend markets – I’ve been hooked. I’ve watched her grow her business from those stalls to an operation that stocks a host of stores with handmade confectionary. The Counter caters private functions and I’m constantly amazed by what comes out of their kitchen. Every year I buy Sweet boxes for my loved ones and just recently I stocked up on The Counter’s creamy fudge. We’re down from like 5 boxes to 2 already by the way. When events started being cancelled The Counter offered ready made meals for you to heat up – things like home cooked Mac and Cheese and Butter Chicken. Once lock down was announced The Counter chose to close for the 3 weeks – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still support. Their fudge is at a bunch of stores that will be open, so buy it. You can also email them and order meals and sweets to arrive after lock down. You can find out more about them here.
Have any other food or beverage small businesses we should support? Drop them in the comments below please!
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