The spaghetti with prosciutto, cream, peas and Grana Padano on the new Societi Bistro Spring Menu has been named after Poppy Evans.
In celebration Poppy recently answered a few questions for us.
What does a typical day in your working life look like?
There is no such thing as a typical day really. If I’m not in the office writing copy, organizing shoots or buried under a ton clothing in the fashion cupboard, Im usually sourcing like a demon, at a launch or on set. I spend a lot of time in Joburg and am often traveling too. Sometimes my day starts at 5am, sometimes it finishes at 1am! It does however often end with after work drinks at Societi Bistro!
What is your favourite question to ask a prospective employee?
I find the questions that they ask are usually very telling. The CEO of a very successful international fashion brand once said “Employ on personality and train for skills” – it stuck with me.
What was your dream job when you were growing up?
I like to think Im still growing up, but when I was younger it varied from ice cream van lady to banker. Nowadays I often wish I had studied something really intense and become a surgeon or a lawyer. That could be down to Grey’s Anatomy and Suits though.
One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?
That such a hard question damnit! I am so lucky to have been surrounded by people who inspire me on a daily basis. I have worked with some of the best of the best in my industry and meeting new people all the time means theres always opportunities to learn and to share. I am constantly inspired by the young talent we have in South Africa and how much there is still to discover.
In terms of isolated moments, I have had the privilege of visiting both the Zara head quarters in Spain and the H&M HQ in Sweden. Both trips were very inspiring experiences for me – Its amazing to see how the companies at the top of their game do business. I gained so many insights into their values and ethics that still influence my thinking.
Who is your favourite South African designer?
OOH, that’s political!
What is your favourite leisure activity?
The ugly truth is that I spend much of my free time either eating or drinking – or both.
What is your favourite food to indulge in?
I eat an inexplicable amount of chicken schnitzel at home, but my great love and guilty pleasure is definitely Pasta!
Any memories you would like to share about Societi Bistro?
There are way too many, of which most are probably not appropriate for a public platform! Societi Bistro is pretty much my second home though, and Peter Weetman is like family to me; it goes without saying that the best moments of the last 5 years have been spent there.
The Poppy Evan’s Spaghetti is only available on the Spring Menu.