JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners

JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners at the Thunder Walker
Last weekend of every month

We host JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners at the Thunder Walker on selected Friday and Saturday evenings. These include the Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner and the 7-Phases of Joburg Storytelling Dinner.

IN ALL CASES, BOOKING WITH PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED

June dinners will still be hosted in the Thunder Walker Banqueting Hall. From July, storytelling dinners will take place in Charlie & Gerald’s TOWN TREASURE in the historic bank vaults below the building.

SCHEDULE OF DINNERS FOR 2021:

Dates & Themes:

Theme Date
Migrant Cuisine Friday 25 June
7-Phases of Joburg Saturday 26 June
7-Phases of Joburg Friday 30 July
Migrant Cuisine Saturday 31 July
Migrant Cuisine Friday 27 Aug
7-Phases of Joburg Saturday 28 August
7 Phases of Joburg Friday 24 September
Migrant Cuisine Saturday 25 September
Migrant Cuisine Friday 29 October
7-Phases of Joburg Saturday 30 October
7 Phases of Joburg Friday 26 November
Migrant Cuisine Saturday 27 November

“Loved the interesting stories and the intriguing surroundings. Definitely recommend this experience. The food is amazing and the people hosting are superb.”

“Unbelievable experience! An absolute must. Thanks so much for a fantastically interesting evening.”

“Cuisine was on point. Storytelling and tour piqued our interests the entire night. Just a fantastic evening in a history rich place.”

All JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners are hosted at the Thunder Walker. Guests are seated at tables in the Thunder Walker Banqueting Hall on the first floor.

Guests arrive in the beautiful Thunder Walker arcade and are shown to their tables in the banqueting hall to enjoy drinks. The first storytelling takes place in the banqueting hall, where after guests get a chance to go and explore the historic bank vault (Zwipi Underground), drinks in hand. The rest of the evening proceeds in the banqueting hall with delectable food served, interspersed by storytelling while guests are seated at their tables.

Storytelling is presented by Charlie Moyo while the food is prepared by the excellent Thunder Walker culinary team.  Themes alternate between the Migrant cuisine Storytelling Dinner and the 7-Phases of Joburg Storytelling Dinner.

The Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner involves the history and stories of the migrant communities of our city and their foods. It is a casual eating experience with six migrant-inspired dishes, appealing to the adventurous foodie.

The 7-Phases of Joburg Storytelling Dinner involves a more formal, three-course dinner with exceptional Global-Afro fusion cuisine and storytelling focusing on the history and future development of Johannesburg.

  • Storytelling dinners are open for bookings at R695 per person.
  • Storytelling dinners are hosted on the last weekend of each month.
  • We are available for private storytelling dinner group bookings on any other date. A private 7-Phases of Joburg Storytelling can be booked with any One Table booking – whether you are a table of 2 or 30! Refer to One Table brochure for prices and info (dinner at R650 per person). Private storytelling for 2 guests at R1000 and R150 per additional guest).
  • A private Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner can be booked for a minimum spend of R8 000 (food, drinks and storytelling combined). Email gerald@joburgplaces.com to enquire about a private booking.

> MIGRANT CUISINE STORYTELLING DINNER
5:30pm for 6pm – 9:30pm Cost: R695, including 6-course dinner and storytelling

A magical evening of storytelling combined with delectable food. A most memorable evening in the city, discovering the history and cuisines of some of Johannesburg’s most prominent migrant communities. Presented by JoburgPlaces at its Thunder Walker venue.

Typical schedule:
5:30pm: Guests arrive and enjoy drinks
6:00pm: Opening story about our historic building and vault
6:20pm:  Guests go and explore the Zwipi Underground (bank vault)
6:40pm Asian-inspired starters
7:00pm: Storytelling: Johannesburg’s Asian communities during the Gold Rush and later
(Cape Malay, Indian and Chinese).
7:20pm: Two Pan-African main courses
7:50pm: Storytelling: Pan African Migration.
8:15pm: Two desserts are served
8:30pm: Storytelling: Portuguese, Italian, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern migration,
9:00pm: Drinks break
9:10pm Thunder Walker Poem.
9:20pm: Event ends

SIX COURSE MENU – ALL COURSES ARE SERVED
(please request vegan or vegetarian alternatives when booking, if required)

STARTERS
Cape Malay-inspired butternut soup with turmeric, paprika, ginger and coconut milk, served in a coconut shell (vegan)
+
Chinese-inspired beef dumpling with served with Asian greens and broth
(ask for a vegan alternative if required, when booking)

MAINS
Zimbabwean-inspired sadza (pap) sandwich, served with chemolia and tomato sheba (vegan)
+
Mozambican-inspired Matapa (prawns with chopped spinach and tahini sauce)
(pre-order a vegan aubergine alternative if required, when booking)

DESSERT
Indian/Ethiopian-inspired Mango lassi served in a pineapple shell
(vegetarian – contains yoghurt).
+
Mediterranean-inspired baklava with seeds instead of nuts
(vegetarian).

> 7-PHASES OF JOBURG STORYTELLING
5:30 for 6pm – 9:30pm
Cost: R695, including 3-course dinner and storytelling

A magical evening of storytelling combined with delectable food. A most memorable evening in the city that will leave you mesmerized by the story of a city rebuilt six times in 13 decades – and a future 7th city soon rising

Typical schedule:
5:30pm: Guests arrive and enjoy drinks
6:00pm: Opening story about our historic building and vault
6:20pm: Guests go and explore the Zwipi Underground (bank vault)
6:40pm: Starters
7pm: Storytelling: the first three phases of Joburg
(Victorian-Gold Rush. Edwardian-London and Art Deco-New York)
7:30pm: Main courses are served
7:50pm Storytelling: second three phases of Joburg
(Modernist/Brutalist Apartheid City, Decline of City & Rise of Sandton, Regeneration of the Inner-City)
8:20pm: Desserts are served
8:40pm: Storytelling: Future 7th Joburg and the Thunder Walker poem
9pm: Event ends.

EXCEPTIONAL 3-COURSE MENU,
Please send your menu choices to gerald@joburgplaces.com
no later than the Monday prior to the dinner.

Starters
Feta & Olive with basil, wrapped in rice paper,
served with tzatziki and guacamole and garnished with pomegranate seeds.
(Vegan option with hummus instead of feta and tzatziki)

Mains
Grilled Seabass with roasted olive-infused country vegetables
(butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, olives) and yellow rice.
OR
Pomegranate Duck with roasted olive-infused country vegetables
(butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, olives) and samp.
OR
Apricot-infused lamb stew with roasted olive-infused country vegetables
(butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, olives) and dombolo (steamed bread)
OR
Grilled aubergine with chickpea puree, edamame and peppers and roasted olive-infused country vegetables  (butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, olives) with yellow rice.

Dessert
Chocolate and berry delight
(chocolate cake with berry mousse, chocolate dust, fresh berries, and berry coulis)
or
Mango sorbet, coconut cream and pickled ginger with sauce (vegan)

HOW TO BOOK
Pre-booking and pre-payment are essential.
Book by emailing gerald@joburgplaces.com or send a text/whatsapp message to 082 894 5216.

We will send you the booking confirmation and payment link to pay online by card. A booking is only secured once payment has been made.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Note that a booking is only secured once we have received proof of payment. Also note our terms and conditions, including our booking and refund policy:

A booking that is not followed by proof of payment within 48-hours will automatically be deemed cancelled.

Any already-paid cancellation will incur a 20% admin charge.

No cancellations or postponements will be accepted within 14 days of the actual booking date and no such refunds will be made.

Should a guest want to postpone a booking more than 14 days ahead of the original booking date, this will be done with pleasure and at no surcharge.

Participation in JoburgPlaces tours, dinners and experiences is voluntary and at the full risk of the customer. JoburgPlaces and Anchorco (Pty) Ltd as well as its venues at the Thunder Walker and its guides conducting tours, do not accept any liability for any harm, injury or death that may incur because of a guest participating in any tour, dinner or experience staged by JoburgPlaces.

All tours and storytelling dinner must be pre-booked and pre-paid. We do not accept any walk ins and no booking is secured or confirmed without paying first.

Should a dinner booking have to be postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown regulations, no refund will be available, but the booking will be moved to a later date that suits the customer.

NO CHILDREN UNDER 12
Note that we do not accept bookings for children under 12-years old on any storytelling dinners.