Lindiwe’s Cicchetti on the Societi Bistro Spring Menu has been named after the gorgeous Lindiwe Mazibuko.
In celebration Lindiwe recently answered a few questions for us:
What was your dream job when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a lawyer. I was extremely argumentative and thought law was the same in real life as on television. Politics turned out to be the right career for me.
What is your profession?
I am the former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Currently I am a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics
What does a typical day in your working life look like?
I have a team of Harvard undergraduate students working with me who are early risers. I’m up at 06h30 and in the office at 08h00 for our first meeting. This is followed by a series of meetings and office hours with students and occasional speaking engagements on and off campus. I try to devote about three or four hours of every day to writing and responding to emails. I give a weekly seminar about democracy-building on Tuesdays until 17h45. Evenings are usually spent meeting or having dinner with faculty members, visitors to and guest speakers at the university.
One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?
I’m always inspired by meeting and interacting with young people in my work. They remind me how much there is to fight for in our country and in the world more broadly. And their enthusiasm and idealism are infectious.
What is your favourite question to ask a prospective employee?
What do you think we are doing wrong, and how do you think we can do it better?
How do you feel about appearing on the Societi Bistro menu and the dish in particular?
Absolutely delighted! And heartbroken that I may miss the opportunity to taste “myself” while I’m in season!
What is your favourite leisure activity?
When the weather is warm – swimming. Living in a cold climate has reignited my love of outdoor swimming when it is warm. I know the location of every lake, public pool and beach with a swimming area in Massachusetts.
Who is your favourite South African clothing and homeware designer?
Missibaba and Kat Van Duinen for their fine leather goods and exquisite accessories. And for Kat’s love of rich, textured fabric in her clothing designs. Jenny Le Roux and Stefania Morland for the effortlessness of their creativity.
What is your favourite food to indulge in?
Seafood – raw or cooked – is my absolute favourite food on the planet. Sushi and shellfish in particular.
Any memories you would like to share about Societi Bistro?
A man that I adored once broke up with me at Societi Bistro. I remember fleeing the restaurant in tears, but despite that horrible memory I was back less than a week later, drinking wine and gossiping with Peter again. Societi Bistro will always be my happy place, no matter what.
Lindiwe’s Cicchetti will change daily and is only available on the Societi Bistro Spring Menu.
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