A tranquil place: Barker’s Foodstore

Having celebrated three years of the beautiful Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery doors being open, the iconic Kiwi brand has created the perfect destination in Geraldine for your next conference or function. The picturesque setting on the banks of the Waihi river, the impressive glass frame and a spacious interior unites the space with forest fauna […]

Great food and entertainment: Kaiapoi Club

The success of a club often rests with what it offers its local community. When it comes to hospitality, entertainment and social activities, the Kaiapoi Club has been an integral part of the Kaiapoi community for more than 130 years. It’s not a club that rests on its laurels of established longevity. “We are always […]

A place to connect: The Crowne Plaza

With a prime location overlooking Victoria Square, Crowne Plaza Christchurch is an ever-popular hub for business events and gatherings. With modern event spaces, 204 accommodation rooms, and premium dining spaces, the hotel has a reputation as one of city’s leading hotels for events and conferences. Located on the first floor, the hotel offers the Ellis, […]

Classy catering: Halswell Bakery

Whether you are hosting a special get-together with friends or organising the annual work event, having fresh, delicious catering is key. Food is often the star of an event, and it is what brings everyone together. The talented team at Halswell Bakery knows exactly what it takes to create the perfect catering for any occasion, […]

A venue that has it all: Rangiora RSA

Are looking for the perfect venue you can trust with your next special event or meeting? Look no further than the Rangiora RSA’s Kippenberger function centre. With rooms available for groups of 10 to 200, there is a space to suit every occasion. From birthdays to corporate events, weddings to anniversaries, the Kippenberger function centre […]

Cheese please

While it’s still cold out, and the need to socialise is picking up, why not add the ultimate comfort food to your entertaining with a classic – baked cheese. Whether you favour sweet or savoury, a baked brie or camembert, both pair well with either as they are baked to gooey perfection. Try honey and […]

Baked lemon slice

Ingredients 150g butter 1/4 cup caster sugar 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking powder LEMON TOPPING 4 eggs 3/4 cup caster sugar 4 tsp finely grated lemon zest 1/4 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 100ml lemon juice TO SERVE 1 Tbsp icing sugar, to dust […]

Toast the Sunday roast: Union Fare Eatery

Set in the heart of Prebbleton Village, it’s hard to miss the handsome grey and white villa that has rapidly grown its reputation as a destination place where fabulous food is a given. Union Fare Eatery is a café and restaurant that provides a contemporary brunch and lunch menu that tempts every palate – from […]

Sage and mushroom baked brie

Serves 4 Prep time 20 minutes Cook time 25 minutes Ingredients 1 ripe camembert (or wheel of brie) 120g button mushrooms 15g butter 3 sage leaves 50ml dry white wine 1 pinch ground cumin Freshly ground salt and pepper Method Preheat the oven to 180°C. Insert a knife into the skin of the cheese and […]

Hummus three ways

Ingredients  Classic 400g can chickpeas (or 350g cooked chickpeas) 1/4 – 1/2 small clove garlic, chopped 2–3 tsp hulled tahini (optional) Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon 2–3 Tbps extra-virgin olive oil About 1/4 cup ice cold water Method Drain chickpeas, rinse well and tip into a food processor. Add garlic and tahini (if using) […]