Putting a Name to the Face.

Hey Cape Town, we have been asked to put a name to the friendly faces, so we are slowly going to do just that… First up, meet our two fabulously energetic and friendly Front-Of-House managers -Michaela Leach and Hendrik Smit.

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So pleased to introduce you to “yay” – Hendrik Smit and “my pleasure” – `Michaela Leach.

Michaela is a third year hospitality student from Stenden South Africa. She has a passion for hospitality and veganism. Michaela joined Plant to connect her studies with her love for animals and her desire to spread awareness about veganism. Michaela has been interning at Plant Café in Obs for over six months and will now be taking on a F-O-H supervisor role at Plant CBD.

Hendrik, an ex-Johannesburg native with restaurant and management experience plus lessons learnt from a year spent in London. He is a friendly face our customers know and trust, going forward Hendrik will be filling the position of night-shift Front-Of-House supervisor.

They are looking forward to welcoming you for your next meal at Plant.

Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary

You must visit the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary at Tabularasa Farm in Greyton.

Greyton Animal Sanctuary

Your hosts Nicola and Rohan are two gentle souls doing meaningful work for the animals and the environment in the Greyton area. It is heart-warming and rejuvenating to not only be out in the fresh country air surrounded by majestic mountains and picturesque beauty but to enjoy the presence and touch of these rescued farm animals adds to this special experience.

We had a memorable stay on the farm with visits to the pigs and lots of tummy scratching; we went for a walk with the two farm dogs and the three lambs join us on the walk which was magical; there are two geese on the farm and a few chickens too and many cats who have made the farm their home, a special mention for Kittoh, her majesty, who hosted us in the barn, where we stayed.

It makes my heart happy knowing these lost, abandoned, abused and neglected farm animals have a place they can call home and are living happy peaceful lives on the farm. We left feeling enthused to continue our work of changing the world into a more compassionate one, one meal at a time. Thank you for the great work you do.

Accommodation options

The BARN has been converted into large open plan bedroom with a second bed, lounge and mini kitchenette. You may also use the kitchen in the main house for additional facilities. It is ideal for a couple with friend or children. It is big and very comfortable with a very effective wood-burning stove. For the moment (until renovations are done), you will have to walk to the composting loos and hot showers.

The HUT looks almost like a caravan on wheels and ideal for a couple or single person. The hut does not have electricity but they have solar lamps and you can use the main house for kitchen facilities and re-charging. There is an internet connection from the hut. You will need to walk to the composting loos and hot showers.

What to pack: torch, candles, comfortable clothes (warm clothes in winter), gumboots or similar. Plus of course food, drinks & toiletries, you need for your stay. They supply bedding and towels and extra blankets if required.

You can visit the Farm Animal Sanctuary anytime, just contact Nicola or Rohan to make arrangements. Should you wish to stay the night, please check availability. Donations of R450 per night are requested to aid them with food for the animals.

The Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary is an amazing project and a worthy cause, should you wish to make a donation of food, blankets, material or cash, you may contact Nicola Vernon nicolavernon@kingsley.co.za or +27825587752

Alternatively you can make a donation right now using SpanScan. Just open the SnapScan App on your mobile, scan the QR code below and make a donation for any amount you can afford. Easy as one, two, three and all the animals will be very happy.

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Directions to Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary:

Drive into Greyton town and at 4-way stop (where the Post House hotel is on your left), turn right down DS Botha street. Pass Oak and Vigne Café, drive through the 4-way stop and then out onto dirt road, taking the main road as it swings round to the right. You are now driving out of Greyton on this road (towards Riviersonderend) but just go over the bridge then almost immediately, right down the Krige Road.

This is a long road, you will pass Silky Oaks Campsite on the right, then over the river, then the road swings round to the left. Keep going, passing a few farm labourer cottages on the left. At this point do NOT go straight on to Oewerzicht, instead follow the main road round to the right with a few the huge steel barns to your right. Drive past the orchards and then you will see our three grey roofed houses on the hill, to the left.  Go past them for one kilometer until you come to a big old gum tree on your left by an open farm gate with the sign ‘Gelukshoop’ on it. Turn in here and then double back on yourselves towards the mountains and you will reach the farm gate to Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Please call Rohan (0832313728) to let him know when you are arriving.

When in Greyton

On your way in and out of Greyton, be sure to visit Pure Café (another one of Nicola’s projects) – the service is friendly and the food is good. They also have a range of vegan household products available for sale.

Shop 3, Greyton Oak Center, 41 Main Road (0825587752)

Pure Café is part of the Greyton Transition Town initiative – part of a vibrant, international grassroots movement that brings people together to explore solutions around environmental, economic and social challenges we face.

Also definitely worth a visit, with 13 vegan options on their menu, do stop and enjoy a delicious meal at The Hungry Monk and do have a drink in the All Bar Nun bar. They have a most interesting combo of Indian and Polish influence on their menu.

Main Street, Greyton (0282549680)

Plant Earns 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence

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Plant, the 100% vegan restaurant & smoothie bar in the heart of Cape Town, is delighted to announced it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

Adien Aggenbach, the owner and founder of Plant says. “It makes her heart happy to serve vegan food to locals and foreigners alike.” And she welcomes more visitors to Plant in CBD and now in Observatory too.

Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

#CertificateofExcellence #Award #CapeTownRestaurant

Vegan Athletes

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With Ironman 70.3 behind us; in the throes of Cape Epic and looking ahead to Ironman… You may be wondering whether a vegan diet can sustain the serious athlete..?

The answer is, without a doubt and your recovery time will improve too. Here’s some inspiration and guidance on being a vegan athlete:

“t has been always thought of that for you to be an elite athlete, y
ou have to consume animal protein. Well, nowadays that ain’t the case anymore and these athletes can prove it. New plant based meal products are making it possible for athletes to eliminate animal proteins from their diet and still remain in competitive shape. Lets meet some of those athletes!”

Click here for the full article: Vegan And Plant Based Elite Athletes Are Changing The Sports World!

For Two Years We’ve Been #PlantStrong

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For two years we’ve been #PlantStrong

On 12 February 2014 we opened the doors to baby PLANT – Plant Cafe in the Bo-Kaap. What a ride it has been. I worked 18-hour days and had absolutely no idea how to run a cafe, let alone a restaurant. But somehow the mistakes became lessons and we grew stronger and kept learning.

On 4 December 2014 we moved into our new premises and yes, we continue to learn.

To my rock and my greatest cheerleader. Thank you for your support, for your time and energy and for being my therapist during the stresses at Plant. Jax, your unwavering support means the world and you rock at our social media too.

We have had amazing highlights and many moments when I have wanted to cash in the chips. Grey hairs, sleepless nights and a ridiculous amount of stress became the order of the day but we served compassion and that’s what drove me to stick with it.

If we could change the way people thought and encourage them to ask questions about making compassionate choices, this was worth it. We are continuing to grow and learn and our mission is clear. We want to change the world out there for the animals. It is not necessary for animals to suffer so that humans can thrive. And they suffer. They suffer in the dairy industry, they suffer for eggs. 160 million land animals are slaughtered daily for human consumption.

Thank you to each and everyone that has supported us. To our loyal customers and to my awesome staff, an enormous thank you!

If you are eating meat and animals products, please just take a moment, while you are eating to think about where your food comes from and know there is life after cheese  #DeliciouslyConscious

>>>> Adien Aggenbach is the founder and owner of Plant. You can follow her on Twitter @Adien

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Plant Loyalty Card

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Get your Plant Loyalty & Rewards Card in-store today and start earning points..

Plant fans and regulars, we are pleased to tell you our loyalty system is up and running. Yes, you can now own a Plant Loyalty Card and enjoy Rewards for your patronage.

Collect your Loyalty & Rewards card on your next visit to Plant, fill out your particulars in-store & start earning points immediately… Simply swiping your loyalty card after paying your bill. For your loyalty, we are giving you 2% cash back on all purchases at Plant.

You can redeem points & check your balances at Plant. Once Plant Café Obsservatory (Obs) is up and running, your will be able to earn and redeem points there too.

FAQ

How can I check my balance?

By registering online & using your unique card number www.getyourbalance.com or you can check in-store by swiping your card

Can the redeem my points for anything at Plant?

Yes you can. You can reward yourself with food or beverage at any Plant location.

Do my points expire?

The expiration period in which to redeem points is 36 months from the last date your card was used. If a guest remains active then your points will remain active.

Can two people use one card?

Yes two people (couple) can share one card if you so choose. Or you may each have your own loyalty card.

We are excited about this addition to our offering and happy to be rewarding our loyal guests. Get your card in-store today.

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Cooking a Curry – The Vegan Edition

Save the dates 26 and 27 September for an Indian cookery classes in Cape Town, specifically designed for a plant based diet.

Join us for a journey into the exotic world of Indian cookery. Learn the art of blending spices (masala) through a multi-sensory introduction to their history, rituals and culinary uses. 
Learn to create your own curry mix to suit the season, your chilli tolerance, and your favourite ingredients.

The class will allow you to develop a spontaneous and creative approach to Indian cuisine while teaching you the foundations of this exciting cooking style. You will take home with you a little recipe booklet and your spice blends.

Cooking a Curry: Part one offers the following:



Introduction to spices and spice blending
Curry preparation techniques

We will be making:


  • Sweet masala (sweet spice blend) followed by
  • Masala chai – traditional Indian spicy tea
  • Your own personalised spice blend
  • Rotis – Indian bread
  • Your own curry creation

Cooking a curry Part 1: Saturday 26 September 9am-12:00 Cost: R420.

Due to the growing popularity of our cooking class – “Cooking a Curry” – we are happy to announce that a follow up class is now offered to participants who have completed the first class.

Cooking a Curry: Part Two offers the following:

Understanding the diversity of Indian cuisine
An introduction to new ingredients and spices

We will be making:

  • Kahwa tea (Kashmiri spiced green tea)
  • Cashew Paneer (Indian style cheese)
  • Puri bread followed by sev puri (a popular street snack)
  • Your curry creation using paneer or regional dish from a selection recipes that will be provided

Cooking a curry Part 2: Sunday 27 September 10:00 -13:00 Cost R420.

Book both parts 1 and 2 and pay only R770.

For bookings please email amit@masaladosa.co.za

Breakfast at Plant

If you are looking for the best vegan and vegetarian breakfast options in Cape Town, Plant is the right place for you. Step inside and enjoy Breakfast of Champions from our wide selection. We have something for everyone and enough options to change it up for every day of the week.

We make our own tofu scramble; tempeh bacon and dairy-free cheese. Every this is vegan, 100% plant based and prepared with love… We serve breakfast all day.

Look at what’s on offer:

  • Muffin of the day
  • Muffin & Americano
  • Croissant & Americano
  • Breakfast Scramble
  • Breakfast Wrap
  • Breakfast Croissants
  • French Toast
  • Omelette
  • Traditional Vegan Breakfast

And of course breakfast is well paired with our top quality range of smoothies, juices, teas and coffee:

  • Smoothies
  • Cold-pressed juices
  • Lady Bonin’s Fine Loose Leaf Teas
  • Tribe Coffee

We open our doors at 8:30 every morning, except Sundays and our kitchen is open from 10am – 10pm

#PoweredbyPlants #Herbivour #BreakfastofChampions #VeganBreakfast

#120Snips Challenge

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Listen Up Cape Town! We are proud to say we know some amazing people who do fantastic work for our furry friends, especially in the informal settlements like, Blikkiesdorp (Tin Can Town), and Hawston (Rescued Animal Drive). They are making a difference by educating, saving, sterilising, healing and feeding the animals in desperate situations.

We have come up with a plan to reduce their workload and the suffering and we need your support. Help us to reduce the number of unwanted, neglected animals in the streets. As Plant, we pledge to sponsor one sterilisation per month. We are going to challenge other small businesses in Cape Town, to do the same.

Our target is to get to #120Snips in a year! You do the math – 10 businesses participating, each paying R300 per month, amounts to 10 dogs/cats sterilised per month and 120 dogs/cats per year. Yes, hundreds of abandoned lives and homeless puppies and kitties avoided, every year.

A few kind vets that regularly offer reduced sterilisation prices (R300 per sterilisation) to TCT and RAD have agreed to support #120Snips even further, by doing it for only R250 each, if we ensure 10 per month. These vets are including deworming and immunization in this fee! Remarkable.

Please support this cause by sharing the #120Snips Challenge with friends and please get your company involved. For only R300 pm, they can support #120Snips and contribute to 12 sterilisations over the next year.

Up for the #120Snips Challenge? All you need to do is email adien@plant.co.za for more details on how to get started.

#NoMoreStrays

For more information on:
* SHELTER UPLIFTMENT * STERILISATION * EDUCATION * AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS * RESPONSIBLE RE-HOMING

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RAD – Rescued Animal Drive (NPO 117 – 568)
loveisrescue@gmail.com
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TCT – Tin Can Town Inc
info@tincantown.org.za
Follow TCT on FACEBOOK or FACEBOOK

Remember you too can help: #AdoptDon’tShop

OrderIn Will Deliver!

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OrderIn will deliver!

Get your Plant food order, delivered to you.

Too busy, not enough time, rushing from meeting to meeting, we get it. Just go online, place your order and wait for your food to be delivered.

We are very please to announce Plant has teamed up with OrderIn and they will deliver your food order to you. Do it online: Click Here

It so easy…

  • Enter your address
  • Pick a restaurant
  • Order food
  • Checkout

And bang, your food will be delivered to you.
You can also order food online and collect. Both delivery and pick-up options are available via OrderIn

You can select your options by area or cuisine: Click Here

Hungry? Simply order food online for delivery or pick-up. www.orderin.co.za