NEW YORK— Kaia Wine Bar is partnering with a South African charity at an event to raise funds for South African rural communities on the Upper West Side on Aug 29.
The Phelophepa Charity Benefit on the Upper West Side includes a custom all-you-can-eat menu by Kaia’s chef Ivan Giani, and all-you-can-drink South African wine.
Bar owner Suzaan Hauptfleisch is a New Yorker who is originally from South Africa.
“This really is a great way to link my new home with my old home in a way that will make a difference,” Hauptfleisch said in a statement. “Although this benefit is small in New York City, it will leave a very large impact on many South African rural communities.”
Kaia is a translation of the word “home” from the Zulu word “eKhaya.”
“Kaia [bar] represents South African culture, it is in our history, our wines, our menu selections,” she said.
Kaia Wine Bar is a South African-themed wine bar that serves locally sourced, seasonal, South African-inspired small plates. They serve Southern Hemisphere New World wines.
The volunteer organization she is partnering with, Phelophepa (or train of hope), delivers medical supplies and bio-medical services to rural communities in South Africa.
The 18-car train travels throughout poor communities in South Africa to deliver supplies and medical services from cataract surgeries to reading glasses. It also provide optometry, dental, and psychological care.
The organization offers outreach programs to children, including HIV/AIDS education.
The event includes a chance to enter to win a first-class flight and trip to South Africa (valued at $40,000). Winners of the raffle will visit the Train of Hope to witness their work as well as experience the country.
The Phelophepa Charity Benefit
When: Aug. 29th, 6 p.m.
Where: 1614 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Ticket Price: $100; proceeds are donated to Phelophepa.