Chances are that if you’ve been to a swanky work party or fancy wedding in Joburg over the past 20 or so years, you will have nibbled on cocktail snacks from By Word of Mouth. Minuscule fish and chips in tiny newspaper cones and shot glasses of soup might seem passé now, but when company founder Karen Short and her team rolled into town with that sort of offering in the early 1990s, it was a game changer. They’ve been doing high-end catering ever since. In 2016 restaurant monolith Famous Brands acquired a 49.9% stake in the family company and we all wondered what would happen next. Well, it has just introduced a new division called Frozen for You. As you might guess, it delivers frozen meals to your door — if you’re in particular parts of Joburg, that is. It’s a simple concept: log onto the website, punch in your address and if you’re in the catchment area (small to start with, but it will grow) you can order then and there. All you have to do is pop the meal in the oven for the spe...

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