Last week I had the pleasure of attending Zanna Van Dijk‘s second supper club of the series, which are taking place at Grace Belgravia. The event started off with superfood cocktails, a delicious combination of kale, spinach, superfoods and vodka. Safe to say this wasn’t your average green juice!
We then got to listen to Zanna, Charli Cohen and Naomi White talk about how they built their businesses, what it’s like to be a #GirlBoss, challenges they’ve had to overcome, the highlights of their careers and tips for aspiring entrepreneurs. What was so fantastic about this talk was the range of knowledge that came from having three equally successful women, talking about how they made it in their respective fields.
Whilst I felt I knew a lot about Zanna’s story already, having trained with her for a couple of months and having heard her talk at many #GirlGains events in the past, I still learned new things about how she makes a living doing what she loves and what kind of support system she has in place in order to make it financially viable.
I have also followed Charli Cohen of a while now, having always been a massive fan of her designs and lusting after her Dressed to Kale Tee for what feels like forever! However, I hadn’t fully appreciated the tactical business decisions that went on behind the effortlessly cool fashion meets fitness brand. For example, I found her approach to building her brand through working with various fitness bloggers and influencers by having them model in her fashion show extremely interesting.
I’ve also been following Naomi for ages on Instagram but only really discovered more about her journey thanks to this talk. It was amazing to learn how she was able to quit her stable job in PR to set up her own company, whilst simultaneously being a spin instructor at the legendary Boom Cycle. This versatility of work is something that I hope to emulate in my own life, so seeing how she managed to achieve this was really inspiring.
Afterwards it was time for the food, which was definitely worth waiting for. The set-up itself was beautiful, with every detail accounted for; from the perfectly printed menus positioned at each plush leather seat, to the jugs of naturally infused water adorning the tables. The modern elegance of Grace Belgravia really did set the scene for what was truly a wonderful evening.
I opted for the maple glazed organic tofu with coconut flakes, corn and radicchio to start. It was unbelievably delicious; the sweetness of the glazed tofu and coconut flakes complemented the slightly more bitter tastes of the kale and radicchio perfectly.
Next came the main course, for which I chose the cod fillet with beluga lentils, radishes, cucumber yogurt, frisee and chilli oil. I love ordering white fish at restaurants, as I find it hard to make it taste particularly exciting and flavoursome when cooking it at home. This concoction certainly didn’t disappoint and gave me ideas of flavour combinations that I will be trying out in the future!
Lastly came the much anticipated dessert; raspberry and white chocolate brownies. These were unlike standard brownies though, as they were Zanna’s own recipe, consisting of chickpeas, dates, dark chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa powder, honey, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, frozen raspberries and white chocolate chips. I can honestly say that these were the best brownies I’ve ever tasted and you genuinely couldn’t tell that they were made predominantly with wholesome, natural ingredients. Fortunately, you can get the recipe here, along with a whole host of other not so naughty treats.
Overall this was a phenomenal event, combining not only delicious food, but the chance to learn from three extremely inspirational women and the opportunity to meet other like minded fitness enthusiasts. Keep an eye out on Zanna’s instagram for more events in the future.