WHILE working at American Express on a high-profile incubator team piloting new products and services for about three years, Greg Zeleny came to SA on holiday. Like many others, he fell in love with the country and decided to make it his home.“I wanted to break free of the monotony of the 8am to 8pm work life that New York City and banking puts you through,” says Zeleny, who was born in New Jersey in the US and moved to Cape Town in 2002.“I wanted to focus on living my life, getting healthy again, travelling, exploring, being in nature, and going to the beach. I didn’t know what I was going to do in SA but I knew I didn’t want to be stuck in the corporate world. So I resigned.”As Zeleny settled into his new life, he expressed an interest in attending a secret dinner party. But the idea of “underground” dining was unfamiliar to his friends, which is why he hosted a Thanksgiving event of his own. Inviting around 40 people to his apartment, and seeing strangers around the table end the...

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