Shared Interest Spotlight: Mark Henegan Owner, Madiba Restaurant

In 1999, Madiba Restaurant was started with five tables around makeshift bar — it was the first South African restaurant in New York City.

Today, Madiba is the epicenter of South African culture and cuisine and serves what owner, Mark Henegan, calls “Rainbow Cuisine” — a hodgepodge of cultural influences from Dutch, British Indian, and traditional South Africa. Our catering partner and long time friend is a source for more than just food — Madiba is involved in local outreach programs and continues to benefit South African communities through its long time association with Shared Interest, as well as with the Ubuntu Education Fund and the Lalela Project.

Additionally, our wine sponsor, Meridian Prime will be pouring South Africa’s Balance Wines produced by Overhex Wines, a Fair Trade product. Vineyards associated with Fair Trade, a leading and globally recognized certification system, include a focus on decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries. Meridian Prime partners with Shared Interest and other area nonprofits to benefit communities throughout Southern Africa.

Catering for Shared Interest’s Southern Africa Fashion & Craft Showcase will be provided by Madiba Restaurant, while wines will be poured by Meridian Prime. The event will take place on Friday, November 13th from 7:00–9:30 PM in NYC. It is only a few days away, so buy your tickets now! Click the link below for tickets and more info!

For 21 years Shared Interest helped provide credit and jobs for Southern Africa’s emerging entrepreneurs, smallholder farmers, cooperatives and homeowners- benefiting more than 2.2 million, mostly women. Join us and our Board of Directors for this festive event celebrating Southern Africa’s creativity and enterprise- and Shared Interest’s work!

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