Storytelling Dinners (at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure)

JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners,
hosted at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure

JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinner is simply one of the most exceptional experiences on offer in Johannesburg. Hosted at the incredible Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure – a historic, erstwhile bank vault in the heart of Old Joburg Town, it makes for a mesmerizing night of intriguing stories and delectable cuisine.

For a storytelling dinner, guests are seated in different private dining rooms for the meal courses, while the storytelling takes place in a separate room between meal courses with all the guests together. A maximum of 30 guests are booked for each storytelling dinner.

Storytelling is presented by Charlie Moyo while the food is prepared by the excellent culinary team of Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure. 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 the foods they have brought to the city. It is a casual but exciting eating experience with six delectable migrant-inspired dishes.

The 7-Phases of Joburg Storytelling Dinner involves the abundant feast meals that Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure is famous for, combined with storytelling focusing on the history and future of Johannesburg.

Apart from the astonishing history of the city, storytelling dinners always also dwell on the incredible history of the venue with its 1000 safety deposit boxes of which 940 remain locked since 1978!

Public storytelling dinners are open for bookings at R725 per person and hosted on the last Friday and Saturday of each month.

Private storytelling dinners can be booked for any other night.

A private storytelling can be booked with any One Table booking – whether you are a table of 2 or 30! Refer to the One Table Feast Menus under ‘Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure’ tab on the webpage. Feast Menus at R575 per person (minimum of 2 guests required) or R300 per person in case of the Meze Feast Menu (minimum of 6 guests required). Private storytelling at R1000 for the first 2 guests and R150 per additional guest).

Schedule of Public JoburgPlaces Storytelling Dinners

Theme Date
7 Phases of Joburg Friday 28 January
Migrant Cuisine Saturday 29 January
Migrant Cuisine Friday 25 February
7 Phases of Joburg Saturday 26 February
7 Phases of Joburg Friday 25 March
Migrant Cuisine Saturday 26 March
Migrant Cuisine Friday 29 April
7 Phases of Joburg Saturday 30 April
7 Phases of Joburg Friday 27 May
Migrant Cuisine Saturday 28 May
Migrant Cuisine Friday 24 June
7 Phases of Joburg Saturday 25 June

MIGRANT CUISINE STORYTELLING DINNER
6pm – 10pm
Cost: R725 per person, including 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 Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure.

Typical schedule:
5:30pm: Guests arrive and enjoy drinks
6:15pm: STARTERS
6:40pm Opening story: Johannesburg’s Asian communities
(Cape Malay, Indian and Chinese).
7:20pm: MAIN COURSES
8:00pm: Storytelling: Pan African Migration.
8:30pm: DESSERTS
8:50pm: Storytelling: Portuguese, Italian, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern migration.
9:20pm Dinner ends

FOOD MENU FOR MIGRANT CUISINE STORYTELLING DINNER
– ALL COURSES ARE SERVED
(please request vegan or vegetarian alternatives when booking, if required)

Starters:
Cape Malay Butternut Soup
Chinese Chicken Chow-Mein
Mains:
Zimbabwean Sadza (pap) with tomato sheba
Mozambican prawn matapa with spinach and tahini
Turmeric-stained yellow rice
Dessert:
Ethiopian/Indian Mango Lasi
Mediterranean Nut-Free Baklava

7-PHASES OF JOBURG STORYTELLING
6pm – 10pm
Cost: R725 per person, including 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
6:15pm: STARTERS
6:40pm: Opening story about first 3-phases of Joburg history
(Victorian-Gold Rush. Edwardian-London and Art Deco-New York)
7:10pm: MAINS COURSES
8:00pm: Storytelling: second three phases of Joburg
(Modernist/Brutalist Apartheid City, Decline of City & Rise of Sandton, Regeneration of the Inner-City)
8:30pm: DESSERTS
8:50pm: Final storytelling: history of the vaults
9:20pm: Dinner ends

FOOD MENU FOR 7-PHASES OF JOBURG STORYTELLING DINNER
Please send your menu choices to gerald@joburgplaces.com
no later than the Monday prior to the dinner.

Menu options are designed for two guests. A table of up to 3 guests can only choose one menu. A table of up to 5 can choose two menus, and a table of 6 or larger can choose up to 3 menus.

Food is served in bowls in the centre of the table with side plates for guests to dish up their preferred combinations. This way everyone gets to enjoy a wider array of flavours. A true feast it is!

COASTAL GOURMET  FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Lemon & Herb Calamari with Carrot & Onion (x2)
Mains:
Mozambican-inspired prawn stew with spinach and tahini (x1)
Seabass in Citrus Broth (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x1)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts:
Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (x1)
Nut-free baklava (x1)

COUNTRY CARNE  FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Chopped feta and olives in spinach leaves on a bed of tzatziki (x2)
Mains:
Beef fillet strips with grilled peppers (x1)
Apricot-infused lamb stew (x1)
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x1)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts:
Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles (x1)
Nut-free baklava (x1)

VELVETY VEGAN FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Cape Malay Butternut Soup (x2)
Mains:
Aubergine & Lentil Bobotie (x2)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x2)
Butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (x2)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Samp and green beans (x 2)
Layers of avo, pineapple and peppers with chopped greens (x1)
Dessert:
Mango sorbet with fresh ginger and coconut milk (x2)

ANCIENT SECRETS FEAST
Bowls of the following for 2 guests:
Starter:
Roasted Tomato Soup (x2)
Mains:
French-inspired, pomegranate duck stew (x1)
Chicken Chow-Mein (x1)
Red Beef Stew, slowly cooked with tomato with onion and spinach (x1)
with
African Dombolo (steamed bread) (x1)
Grilled butternut, sweet potato, peppers, onion, zucchini, and olives (1x)
Turmeric-stained yellow rice (x1)
Desserts:
Rose- and fig-infused chocolate truffles (x1)
Nut-free baklava (x1) 

BAR & DRINKS
Guests are able to order and pay for drinks on site on the night. We have a fully stocked bar with wine list. Corkage for wine is R95 per bottle, should you bring your own. Click on the ‘Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure tab to see the menu.

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.