VACorps master chef, Ivy Homoi greeted the latest arrival of interns today for a Welcome Lunch after orientation.  “Welcome to Africa, South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town, and welcome to the VAC family.”

Ivy has been a landmark at VACorps for over six years and has warmed her way in to the hearts of 100’s of interns – many of whom still message and phone Ivy from their home countries to say how much they miss her food and sense of humor.

Initially learning to cook from her mother, Ivy pursued her passion for cooking and attended culinary school in Cape Town.  There is no order too big for Ivy who has mastered the art of catering for all dietary needs – meatatarian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free – you name it, Ivy will deliver!

Ivy’s meals provide our active interns with healthy and delicious cuisine, “with a pinch of smile”, for breakfast, lunch and dinner! While Ivy’s favorite meal is spaghetti bolognaise, she enjoys leading the VACorps Meal Plan Program and offering interns the opportunity to try something new but also provide comfort food that reminds them of home. Interns that sign up for the meal plan enjoy the convenience and extra time they gain after work to explore the local lifestyle in Cape Town.

Want to have an authentic South African experience?  Come meet Ivy for Xhosa lessons on Monday night, featuring traditional food like Bobootie, Umqusho, Umfioo, Isonka Samanci, and Chakalaka.  For the truly adventurous, ask Ivy about how to eat chicken feet!

As Ivy expressed today to our newest interns, her goal is to foster a home-away-from-home for all of our interns.  “I’m here to be your second mom.”  Partake in the VACorps Meal Plan Program and you will get to experience some of the “Mama Ivy” love.