- Celebrities are always willing to bump elbows with regular folk - at the right price of course
- Barack Obama is a celebrity in his own right and if you've ever wondered if it would be possible to chat with him over a plate of food - sure. If you're willing to cough up a few thousand
Eating with the former president of the United States won't come cheap. Those who dined with Obama after the #MandelaLecture on Tuesday revealed it cost them R50 000.
Local South Africans who were willing to pay R50k had the privilege of eating with Obama at the gala dinner after the lecture.
The theme of the dinner was "Night of Hundred Words" and was held in Joburg. Among the guests were South Africa's President Ramaphosa and Ntate Mandela's widow Graça Machel.
Food served at this glamorous and expensive dinner included oysters, beef stew and kingklip.
Cheap seats at the gala dinner cost between R15 000 and R30 000. The more expensive options for the event were packages with VVIP seating for 16 people at R800 000.
If that was too expensive there was the option for seating for 10 people at R500 000.
What would so much money actually get you at such an event?
Guests enjoyed performances by Lira, Vusi Mahlasela, Micasa’s J’Something, Amanda Black and Judith Sephuma.
For starters, people would enjoy toasted hazelnuts and charred corn, ashed goat's cheese and textures of beetroot.
There were 3 options for the main course: grilled kingklip with mashed potato, beef stew with soft maize or mushrooms with mash and grilled asparagus.
Most people consider the food served at such luxury events too strange or different, but considering who the guests ate with, it was definitely money they considered well spent.
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