Maria Vasco is one of our favourite fundis! Based in Cape Town, Maria has a phenomenal penchant for creating exquisite experiences; and recently she took time to give neofundi an unforgettable one-on-one encounter with her!


1) Tell us about 68 Encounters?
68 Encounters is a bespoke service that offers Events and Lifestyle Management.

Lifestyle Management is Social Life Management, Home Décor, Wardrobe/Personal Image, Relationship Advice, Health & Wellness,access to Exclusive Events & Experiences and a Trusted Private Social Network.

Events we organize for our clients’ special occasions include corporate meetings, birthdays, gala dinners, cocktail parties, weddings, etc.

We also host our own monthly events/experiences including the Secret Dinners by 68 Encounters.
Secret Dinner is a small, intimate supper club (max. 12 guests) where like-minded individuals engage in a relaxed, stimulating environment at an upmarket Cape Town venue. A Secret Dinner guest is successful, passionate, driven, refined and worldly, looking to meet similar persons to build rapport, network, socialise and make new friends. Invitees are meticulously selected to ensure congruency in persona and expectation.

2) What is the best event you have planned?
That’s difficult because they are all bespoke so they are all amazing- from the venue, to the themes and of course my fabulous clients. Each one is special: from the 3 day Weekend away birthday party in a mansion with a Mad Hatter theme, to the themed party on the roof top of the Grand Daddy –“How could you come to my party dressed like that?”.Then there was reversed roles where guys dressed as girls and girls dressed as guys as well as Borat IV- with live piglets, lambs, ducks and chicks as well as a fortune teller.There has even been a wedding at The Grand on the Beach!
My favourites are definitely the dress up themes and when I get to dress up my clients. LOVE IT!!

3)Favourite spots in Cape Town for:

Cocktails? Asoka in Kloof Street- they still make the best cocktails
Walking your dog? Green Point Stadium and the Promenade
Picnic? Clifton 2nd Beach
Drinks? Union Brewers in Bree Street- great beer and watch out for the margueritas
Breakfast? Loading Bay
Espresso? Loading Bay or Espresso Lab

4)Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I like to stay home and cook

5)What do you carry in your handbag at all times?
Airwaves gum

6)Are you an Iphone or Blackerry Girl?

7)Secret beauty tips?
An epsom salts bath is a great detox. Also great for your skin.

8 )You have lived in Cape Town and Jhb. Which one do you prefer and why?
Cape Town is the lifestyle I love and Johannesburg has the people I love (my family and close friends)

9) You’ve studied design. What’s your favourite brand design(logo-concept) and why?
'Liz Lisa'- is a Japanese brand that only has stores in Tokyo.
It’s a girly brand that is true to its origin- retro and trendy.

10) Favourite book you have read and why?
'The 5th Agreement', by Don Miguel Ruiz.It’s the rules I try to live my life by

11) Yoga or Martial arts?
They are different disciplines and skills that are learnt over time. At the moment I’m enjoying YOGA.

12) Best Movie?
'What dreams May Come'

13) Best Dressed Celebrity?
Jennifer Lopez

14) If you could invite anyone famous for dinner (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?
Leonardo Da Vinci.I’d take him to a friends farm where there is a vegetable garden and a trout dam.I’d make him cook as I’m sure he would come up with a delicious dinner unlike anything I’d be able to put together for him.
Hopefully he wouldn’t decide to kill a chicken, because that I wouldn’t be able to watch.

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Comment by Candice James on August 5, 2011 at 17:25
Lovely interview, my favourite movie is also 'what dreams may come'
Comment by Maria Vasco on August 6, 2011 at 11:28
@Candince thanks, so glad somebody else has actually seen it!! most people haven't even heard of it!!
Comment by Jozi Review on March 28, 2012 at 18:40

Maria Vasco ... I knew you in a past life :) :)

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