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Passion for quality: TwentyFour Catering

Catering for weddings and special events from Auckland to the Catlins, TwentyFour Catering is sure to provide an exceptional and memorable hospitality experience, with no event size or location too much of a challenge. As their mantra says, ‘Have kit, will travel!’



When you work with Ashburton-based TwentyFour Catering, you work directly with owner, operator and executive chef Chantelle Quinn and her talented team who are renowned for their flexibility, mobility and ability to conjure up any feast, anywhere.

TwentyFour Catering is driven with passion for quality, beautiful food and top-notch service, while taking pride in adding that special personal touch to every event.

Whether you’re after beautiful canapés or a three-course menu for your wedding, birthday lunch or corporate event, TwentyFour Catering can create a truly sublime feast bespoke to you, using locally sourced, natural ingredients.

Check out their sample menus at or phone Chantelle on 027 356 1212.



A way with flowers: Victoria Florists

With 35 years of floristry experience to her name, Leanne Lovell of Victoria Florists certainly has the knowledge and expertise to deliver the most exquisite floral arrangements.



Leanne’s passion for her work, coupled with her artistry and skill with flowers, has earned her recognition and a loyal patronage from major hotel names and corporate organisations in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.

Leanne says her clients appreciate that she’s been in the business long enough to know how to create something that looks utterly sensational yet gives value for money.

“Whether a small or large business, we’re only a phone call away, or pop in and have a chat. Our floor space is large and filled with gorgeous flowers for inspiration! We love helping people find exactly what they’re looking for.”

Head to 107 Idris Road, Fendalton, phone 03 351 7444, email or visit



Next-level southern hospitality: Two Fat Possums

Long famed for its southern hospitality, West Melton’s Two Fat Possums has created a cosy, local hotspot that is noted as much for its warm, ambient environment as it is for its exceptional food.



So who better to host your upcoming event? The team that knows hospitality, of course!

Nestled comfortably in West Melton’s Village Centre, Two Fat Possums has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of events, utilising either the function room or the sit-down restaurant. Flexibility too is inherent in the catering capabilities. Various set-menu options are available or the team can design a menu to suit.

Two Fat Possums is a local gathering point for fundraisers and events, with quizzes and their famed pizza fundraisers offering a quick and easy way to raise funds for your sports team or group.

Find Two Fat Possums at the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. Phone 03 421 6481 or visit



A vibrant work community: BizDojo

Co-working spaces are on the rise and at the forefront of this sea of change is BizDojo Christchurch, now at two locations – Ash Street and Lichfield Street.



Privately owned by Studio D4 property consultants Patrick Fontein and Paul Naylor, the vision for BizDojo may be similar to other co-working spaces, but the key to its success is its business philosophy.

Community Manager for BizDojo Christchurch, Brianna Banning, says they’re more than just space and office desks. “We’re community-driven. We care about people – about their personal and professional growth. The vibes differ here from other spaces because of the diversity of our people and the amazing work they do. It’s an exciting environment to be around.”

People such as not-for-profit organisations, architects, real estate agents, photographers and a yoga instructor who offers daily desk yoga, share space at Ash and Lichfield on a daily basis.

The internal layout reflects the wealth of experience of those at the helm; from hot desk spaces, open and closed-style studios, sound-proof meeting rooms and quiet zones through to the communal kitchen with café grade espresso machines, this is how to foster a vibrant work hub.

BizDojo hosts both internal and hireable events, such as workshops, luncheons, off-site meetings and so much more.

Entrepreneur Richard Branson recently stated that nine-to-five work days will disappear, but with imaginative, intelligent planning, the future face of how we work has never looked so exciting. BizDojo Christchurch are already onto it.

For more information, visit or find BizDojo on Facebook and Instagram or book at



Turning dreams into reality: Chateau on the Park

Discover the ease of booking an event at the Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton. With seven dedicated meeting spaces and beautiful outdoor areas, including a vineyard to complement your event, the team will turn your dreams into reality and guarantee that it will run smoothly.



You’ll find it situated on 189 Deans Avenue – conveniently close to the CBD, University of Canterbury and Horncastle Arena. The complimentary onsite car parking will provide a stress-free start to your event.

Whether you are organising a conference for 250 delegates or a small meeting for 20, the hotel offers a wide variety of options and the meeting rooms are equipped with everything from quality sound systems and Wi-Fi to microphones and audio-visual equipment.

Choose from a variety of menus with locally sourced ingredients. From a high tea on the village green for 20 people to a gala dinner for 250 people in the Great Hall, let the hotel’s chefs take care of the catering.

“At DoubleTree, we think of everything you’ll need to make your meeting great – from the room set-up to the food, drinks and warm, comfortable atmosphere,” Senior Sales Executive for Conferences and Events Laura Gorrie says. “And if there’s something else you need, just ask and we will do everything we can to accommodate to all your unique requirements.”

For more information, visit or phone 03 348 8999.



A craft beer destination: Volstead Trading Company

Horizons are widening for the owners of much-loved craft beer destination bar Volstead Trading Company, with Director Jason Ray and partners buying the brewery next door at 55 Riccarton Road to brew their own beer under the name Volstead Brewing Company.



“It was an amazing opportunity and a logical extension, to purchase a brewery and brew our own craft beer,” Jason says. “After years of experience in the retail side of the industry, we understand what our customers want to drink.” The brewery aims to produce “big, bold and hoppy beers, as well as great easy-drinking session styles – something for everyone,” he adds.

There are currently seven beers available, including an XPA – an extra pale ale, and a Pilsner, right through to a big, bold, hoppy US-style IPA and a delicious creamy Milk Stout. New beers will be launched every few weeks, with the palates of craft beer aficionados about to be tempted by some big, hoppy flavours and some core range additions, such as a low alcohol ale and a kettle sour. “A sour beer is typically made using a sour yeast; it’s quite refreshing. Think of a lager and lime concept,” Jason says.

Head brewer Mike Cheer has made award-winning beers and judges beer competitions around the country. “Mike has an absolutely amazing palate,” Jason says. “The combination of Mike’s incredible beer knowledge, plus my knowledge of the consumer market, means we are already producing great beers our customers are loving.”

The brewery is focused on sourcing local ingredients where possible and producing a quality product. “We don’t make preservative and additive laden beer with a 12-month supermarket shelf life. Volstead beers simply contain what is required to make beer – water, grain, hops and yeast.”

Just starting to sell their beer to other venues throughout the country, the brewery also has a full off-licence for takeaway sales through the bar. “We want our customers to be able to enjoy a beer either with us or fill a takeaway bottle and enjoy our beers at home. We don’t do packaged sales through the supermarket as we believe our customers should be able to come in and drink our beer when it is at its freshest, straight from the brewery.”

Jason’s personal favourite beer is the US IPA, at 6.4 percent. “It’s an amazingly well-balanced hoppy IPA,” but there is something for everyone. The demographic drinking craft beer is growing, and any day of the week sees Volstead hosting office workers, students and tradies sampling and enjoying Volstead’s finest. So, head on down for a delicious brewery-fresh pint and a takeaway to enjoy at home. See you at Volstead!




Event mastermind: Vbase

In Christchurch we are fortunate to have a company where concert goers dance, businesses celebrate, products are launched, feasts are enjoyed and so much more. It’s Vbase.


Here to bring people together and enable event organisers to create and share amazing experiences for ten people to tens of thousands, its core business is to manage, secure and deliver events in Christchurch’s leading venues.

Soon to be back open for business early 2019 is the Christchurch Town Hall after significant restoration work. Josie Springford from Vbase says, “It will be a great day when we finally get to fling the doors open once again to one of New Zealand’s most iconic venues”.
Exciting shows on our horizon include Disney on Ice, Bill Bailey, Michael McIntyre, Queens of the Stone Age, David Byrne and a few more they can’t tell us about yet! Generating social, cultural and economic benefit for the city, we’re in good hands.



Isaac Theatre Royal

Unforgettable Experience: Isaac Theatre Royal

Many people aren’t aware that the Isaac Theatre Royal is available for hire for private performances, weddings, corporate events, functions and so on,” says Freya Alexander, Head of Commercial Events.

Isaac Theatre Royal
There are stunning spaces throughout the venue.


There are stunning spaces throughout the venue which lend themselves to a variety of events. The Ravenscar Dress Circle Foyer is perfect for a classic cocktail event, the plush lounge style Grand Circle Foyer lends itself beautifully for private dinners or a special birthday celebration and the purpose-built Gloucester Room can be transformed from a corporate meeting setting to an entertainment venue.

The auditorium seats up to 1,290 over three levels; ideal for a conference plenary, with the stage itself being the perfect setting for a welcome dinner, awards ceremony and even a wedding reception. Looking out to the majestic heritage dome ceiling, the opportunities are endless.


For bookings phone 03-260 5252 or email


The Bespoke Chef

Bespoke Eats: The Bespoke Chef

Does the idea of having someone else do all the cooking and cleaning up for your next dinner party appeal to you?

The Bespoke Chef

Would you prefer to relax and have quality time with your friends and family instead of being stuck in the kitchen away from all the action? For many the answers would be a resounding ‘yes’.

So let The Bespoke Chef take the stress and hassle out of your next dinner or drinks party. Jacob McKerrow and his team of skilled chefs provide a private in-home catering service cooking creative and delicious restaurant-quality food with seasonal local ingredients. They bring innovation, passion and mouth-watering flavours to all their food – canapés, sharing platters or degustation dinners, tailoring their service around you. Just tell them what menu style best suits your requirements and let them do the rest while you simply enjoy yourself.


Phone 027 210 4404 or email


Rossendale Vineyard

Endless possibilities: Rossendale Vineyard

“It’s a wedding venue isn’t it?” you might ask. Yes it is, but Rossendale Vineyard is so much more than that. With its large main room, three smaller rooms, acres of outdoor garden area and ample car parking, it is such a versatile setting that it is also ideal for any other function or event.

Rossendale Vineyard


Think conferences, seminars, small meetings, product launches, corporate dinners or even family celebrations. Possible ways of using the spaces for groups from 2 to 200 are endless. If your function is a conference, the provision of all necessary audio-visual equipment can be arranged.
And, at Rossendale Vineyard it’s a given that you and your guests will be very well fed. Delicious, nutritious and interesting food is, after all, the hallmark of this venue.


Phone Rossendale Vineyard on 03-322 7780 or email and the friendly, professional staff will supply you with an obligation free quotation.