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OoM | Section 354

Outrage of modesty | section 354

OoM, our hidden speakeasy tucked discreetly above a historic warehouse on Cape Town’s Shortmarket Street hit the 2½ years old mark, but do you know what the term Outrage of Modesty means? Under Section 354 of the penal code of Singapore — from where our head cocktail creator Noreen Dunzo hails — OoM criminalises the offence of the “assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty.”

We made this code the theme of our Winter 2018 menu to create local awareness and deliver support to women who suffer from abuse. As we've continued to evolve and innovate, while promoting sophisticated and responsible drinking, we partnered up with Tree of Life Church in Manenberg and donated a percentage of profits to their Basila project. A safe haven from gangsterism, drugs and violence, Basila is a family home which embraces teenage girls desperately trying to rewrite their story — offering educational, emotional and spiritual support. Adding to the local theme, Dunzo returned from Singapore for her second seasonal OoM menu, featuring only regionally produced spirits, highlighting the emerging local industry and once again embracing the abundance of fresh, local ingredients to provide imbibers with an unrivalled experience. Hope on Hopkins: Gin, Vodka and Agave; Copeland Rum; Musgrave Gin and Bain’s Whisky combine on the bespoke 10-drink menu. Renowned Cape Town artist Chris Denovan completed the trifecta of local collaborators by hand-painting the mural on our ever-changing back wall. A head-and-shoulders, figurative portrait of a woman. Brave, strong and free.

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Studio: Alliance Brands Limited
Director: Brad Armitage
Menu Design & Art Direction: Kim Terri Smith
Floral Design: Kone Ndlovu
Photos: Grant Payne