• Denny Mushrooms’ initiative to support local restaurants


    Denny Mushrooms has been a Proudly South African brand for over 30 years. It has always been a trusted brand when it comes to cooking with the freshest ingredients in our household.

    Hardest hit by the regulations put in place by government to combat the spread of the Coronavirus are our local restaurants. In order to support them, Denny launched the initiative #SupportYourLocal which forms part of their Add Goodness Project.

    We are all feeling the affects on the lock down and we miss being social. And one of the things I miss the most is dining out at a local restaurant. For this reason, I am pleased to have teamed up with Denny Mushrooms and support their initiative fully.  #SupportYourLocal calls on each one of us to shine a light on our favourite local restaurants. By going to www.dennysupportsyourlocal.co.za and vote for favourite local restaurant.

    Selecting our favourite restaurant wasn’t easy as we have so many but at the end we decided on….

    Denny mushrooms' initiative to support local restaurants

    Pirates Steakhouse and Pub is located in Plumstead which is in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. This restaurant offers you more than just a great meal but offers live entertainment for it’s patrons every weeknight.  The atmosphere is unpretentious, comfortable and relaxed and the staff is friendly. There steaks are top class and the kids love their ribs. Two years ago we joined their Pirates Diners Club which offers members various benefits to enjoy.  

    Denny mushrooms' initiative to support local restaurants

    Denny’s Social Responsibility

    CEO of Denny Mushrooms, Ryan Cotterell, said: “We are supportive of the necessary measures being taken to protect the people of South Africa. During these uncertain times, Denny Mushrooms are committed to protect the well-being of their staff and providing nutritious food to more South Africans. As well as supporting their suppliers, customers and other partners in what will be tough times ahead. Their mantra of “Adding goodness to every meal” has never been more pertinent. We are deeply touched by the impact this pandemic will have on families throughout South Africa. As a conscious corporate citizen we believe we have a role to play in contributing to a better South Africa for all.”

    The COVID-19 lockdown has affected most industries. Resulting that businesses, supply chains and workforces are experiencing a state of unpredictability. Specifically, the lockdown is having dire consequences for restaurant owners. They’re hurting, and we see that. Denny Mushrooms supplies many of these restaurants and know they are at breaking point. Knowing how important these restaurants are to communities and the nation; many of them are going to struggle to keep their doors open.   

    Denny mushrooms' initiative to support local restaurants

    Calling all family restaurant owners

    As part of Denny’s Add Goodness project; the company is supporting local restaurants. They are drawing attention to the needs of restaurants brought on by COVID-19 and shining a light on their struggles. They are calling the initiative: Support Your Local.

    Denny has created a platform so that all communities have an avenue to render support for their local eatery and is asking all family-run restaurant owners to visit the Denny Support Local Website register a profile.

    How it works?

    Restaurants will have to set up a fund on a crowdfunding site of their choice; if they don’t already have one. Alternatively, Denny will provide assistance to set up a Back-a-Buddy fund. Members of the public will also be able to tell them who their local restaurant is so that they can include them on the platform.

    Furthermore, South Africans will be able to show their support for their favourite local eatery by voting for them. The public voting period will be until midnight on the 30 April. The restaurant with the most support will receive R10 000 in their Back-a-Buddy fund. Additionally, Denny will also provide a free supply of mushrooms to the chosen restaurant for a period of three months. Denny will also encourage communities to support their local restaurant’s fund.

    Adding more goodness

    Beyond the Support Your Local initiative, Denny has increased their donations of mushrooms to communities who are most vulnerable during this time. Amongst these are The Haven Night Shelters, Gift of the Givers and selected old age homes across the country. In the first week of the lockdown, Denny donated over 10,000 punnets of mushrooms to those in need, and this number continues to grow daily.

    Essential Services

    Denny Mushrooms has been a household name for more than 40 years, producing the popular superfood which is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and packed with essential minerals, vitamins and powerful antioxidants.

    Denny’s Operations Executive, Gavin Longmore, says: “We are here to stand behind South Africans in this trying time. It is our role and duty to the country to provide fresh produce. We are extremely proud of all our staff who realize the enormous responsibility we have to feed the nation, and play our part in tackling this crisis.”

    Denny Mushrooms’ initiative to support local restaurants is a great idea and with that in mind Denny invites you to go to www.dennysupportyourlocal.co.za to support your favourite local restaurant.

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    Instagram: @dennymushrooms

    Before I end off I would like to mention that our support also goes to a few of our other favourite local restaurants should they register. They are listed below:

    Four and Twenty Cafe, Wynberg

    Deli Delish, Hout Bay

    Lime Tree Cafe, Bergvliet

    Folk Cafe, St James

    The Wild Fig Restaurant, Mowbray 

    **This post is in collaboration with Denny Mushrooms**

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