Pondoro goes Bollywood: Guests partied into 2018 in true Bollywood style as traditional Indian cuisine were served followed by the throwing of Holi dust that covered guests and staff alike in an explosion of colour as we partied into the New Year. Every year millions of people in India, Nepal, and around the world celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi under clouds of technicolored powder. The raucous Festival of Colors — a celebration of the vibrancy of spring, fertility, love and the triumph of good over evil — has inspired movies, music, and a plethora of whitewashed imitations. Here are some facts behind the ancient festival: http://time.com/4696979/holi-hindu-holiday-india-nepal/
The response to our Bollywood invitation was excellent as most guests looked the part. This set the tone for a wonderful evening of expectation, surprise and stimulating conversation, as well as a lot of laughter and the occasional drink or two. Lize researched and compiled the menu over the last few weeks of 2017 and prepared a feast to remember with the help of assistant chefs Percy and Matsodiso. Pondoro staff practiced for days to the beat of Jai Ho (Slum Dog Millionaire movie) to get that dance moves just right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPvPUk96vb0The end result was a bit of a culture clash, but fun was the name of the game and we certainly overdosed on that.
The countdown to the end of the year culminated with the traditional sabre of the champagne by Lize who was soon covered in a cloud of Holi dust and was followed by an improvised dance routine of the Pondoro staff who were eager to let their hair down after a long day of planning and preparing for dinner. Guests joined in the fun and managed to burn most of the calories that were gained during the 10 course meal.
Christmas Eve and New Year’s are special occasions and guests can be sure that Pondoro will always go the extra mile to make events like this an unforgettable experience: https://pondoro.co.za/blog/christmas-eve-dinner/