1.How would you describe the idea of a “pop up restaurant” to people who have never heard of the concept? A pop-up restaurant sometimes referred to as a ‘Supper Club’, is an unusual space where people can wine and dine for a very limited period of time. It is a temporary eating space which is all about breaking the rules and coming up with the most interesting and creative ideas to give guests an experience they wouldn’t usually get at normal eateries.
2.Can you tell us whose all in the team and what everyone’s role is? No Rules Cafeteria is made up of a diverse all-girl team –
• THE BADASS CHEF: Port Elizabeth born, Khanya Mzongwana (@undignified on Instagram) is a chef, food stylist, and writer, who started her own pop-up in 2014 called ‘Off The Wall Pop-Up Restaurant’. She has worked with some really amazing brands like Woolworths, Taste Magazine, Eat Out, Okay Africa, Tastemakers Africa, Apartmento Magazine and Discovery Channel.
• THE NEXT-LEVEL DESIGNER: Our American counterpart, Sydney Keen (@sydkeen on Instagram) handles all our design and marketing collateral. She is the gallery manager at No End Contemporary Art Space, is a freelance graphic designer/artist and is also juggling her Masters in Art. Syd has worked with brands such as Call It Spring, Hello Ambassador, The Bread and Wêreld Records, to name a few.
• THE MARKETING AND EVENTS GAL: Tayla Foong (@taylafoong on Instagram), also a former Port Elizabeth girl, makes sure the nitty-gritty gets done and is in charge of marketing for No Rules Cafeteria. By day Tayla works as a marketing and social media manager and in her spare time she enjoys hosting foodie events and blogging about meals.
b)How did the team come together? I met Khanya while she was on a sabbatical in PE in 2017. I always admired her work and read about her in the Taste magazine, she was practically my pop-up hero! I started doing a pop-up in PE in mid-2017 called, ‘The Supper Club‘ and through this met Khanya’s mom, who mentioned that Khanya was in town for a while. Khanya and I got chatting and decided to do a pop-up supper together in December 2017, still in PE. This event was a great success and when Khanya moved back to Pretoria we vowed to do an event together again if I ever moved up to Joburg. So here we are, I moved up to Joburg late last year and we agreed to make the pop-ups work. I came across a really cute and intimate gallery in one of Linden’s busiest streets and popped in to find out if the gallery would be keen to host a pop-up supper. This is where I met Sydney. She was all to keen about the event and then and there decided to join the team and do all our artwork. Turns out, Khanya and Syd actually knew each other from a mutual friend, small world haha. That’s how No Rules came about.
3.What are some of your recommendations on the menu? So, we won’t disclose our menu until the day of the event, we want to keep the menu a surprise so that guests have an open mind when they attend the pop-up. All I can say is that there will be a 3-course experimental menu and that there may be some veggies in your dessert. All courses will be paired with craft cocktails and beer. We also welcome vegans with open arms, with a tailored menu.
4.Where does your head chef Khanya find inspiration for her creations? WithKhanya’s secular approach to all things food, No Rules is pretty much the powered-up rebirth of all the things you’ve ever loved to eat, and pockets of pleasant surprise without ever doing too much.
5.What can we expect from No rules Cafeteria in the future? With this being our first pop-up restaurant as a team, and in Joburg of all places, we are looking forward to hosting our weekend foodie experience with 2 sessions, Saturday Night and Sunday Night. If everything goes according to plan we hope to host the event at various eclectic venues around Johannesburg and also in Pretoria. We have already identified some really dope spots, so the future looks bright!
More about and where to find No rule cafeteria:
Thanks to our sponsors and collaborators: Devil’s Peak Brewery ; Musgrave Gin ; Tonic Joburg ; Yield Coffee Bar ; Pussy Party Formation ; No End Contemporary Art Space ; Undignified
Dates: Saturday, 11 May (5pm – 10pm) and Sunday, 12 May (3pm – 8pm)
All guests to meet at Tonic for welcome drinks and thereafter head down to No End Contemporary Art Space for supper
Only 30 seats available per day
Performances by Pussy Party’s Rosie Parade + Your Uncle Garry and Lesedi Milongo