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Life of the Party: Life Kitchen

The perfect solution to fine food anywhere you want to be, is here.



The stylish Life Kitchen food cart is a commercial standard stainless steel kitchen on wheels. This sophisticated all-terrain cart operates off-grid using solar power, lithium batteries, inverter and gas, producing premium food for your wedding or outdoor event. Owner and chef Tim Christensen loves to produce clean and healthy food that tastes fabulous. Ingredients are locally produced, sauces and chutneys are Tim’s own, as are home-grown herbs and greens. For weddings and special events, Life Kitchen offers three courses and canapes for up to 100 guests.

Festivals and day-long gatherings are a speciality too. Tim says clients’ favourites include pork belly with apple slaw, mint coriander soft shell taco, blue cod sliders, and slow cooked beef brisket on crisp waffle fries with salsa, guacamole and micro greens, but Life Kitchen caters simply great food for all dietary requirements.


The Perfect Pantry: The Lincoln Pantry

A delightful country café and boutique grocery store, you’ll find The Pantry on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive, about 800m from the centre of the village on the road towards Tai Tapu.


Local artisan breads and provisions sit alongside fine European oils, vinegars and condiments. Then there are the cheeses… European staples such as Brie de Meaux and Roquefort, Kaikoura’s famed Harnett and the owner’s favourite, Pico Affiné – a soft oozy goat’s cheese. They’re the perfect ingredients for the epicurean in all of us. Why not pop in for some Kingfisher smoked salmon from Akaroa – utterly delicious and unique in flavour – or the preservative-free goat salami from Greendale’s The Naked Banger, both delightful as part of a platter. The team here can make platters to order and that goes for your catering too, delivering deliciousness for your special event. Perfect for any wedding function you may want to cater for, including the bridal party picnic or a wedding cake made of cheese!

The café cabinet brims with delicious treats with much also to offer gluten and dairy-free devotees. The cheese and black pepper scone is a must, as is another Pantry staple, the Hazel Heaven baton from She Universe in Governor’s Bay. Locals claim The Pantry has the best coffee in town – they use Atomic’s organic fair-trade Essenza blend – making a visit out to Lincoln highly recommended. Gift hampers and vouchers are also available.

Phone The Lincoln Pantry on 03 325 7717 or visit them at 4 Eastfield Drive, Lincoln.


Creating a fabulous feast: Fiona’s Food

If you are searching for relaxed and affordable catering for your special day, look no further!


Perfect for weddings – alongside birthdays, corporate events and other special occasions – boutique catering company Fiona’s Food can work with you to tailor make a menu that suits every possible taste. Fiona and her professional team pride themselves on creating a personalised, memorable and seamless catering experience and, with everything made lovingly from scratch using fresh and healthy ingredients, you know you are getting the best quality and flavours, coupled with the very best service! With options for all dietary requirements and preferences, you can rest assured each guest will enjoy every bite.

Check out their sample menu options at, or give Fiona a call on 027 229 5671/03 351 3414 or email to see how the team can help you host a delicious wedding feast for your breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception.


Weddings on a Budget: Halswell Bakery

If you’re trying to plan your big day without spending a fortune, there are a few things that Halswell Bakery can help you with.

From simple, rustic style cakes, to beautiful, fresh sandwich platters, the bakery offers a bespoke service so you can consult with the team to ensure you get what you want, whether it be for your engagement celebration, hen/stag do, the wedding day, or the ‘day after’ barbeque. Individually packaged and personalised cookies make great wedding favours, while ‘message’ cupcakes are a great way to ask your besties to be your bridesmaids. What about some freshly baked bread for your dinner table or BBQ, or croissants to have with a champagne breakfast? The possibilities are endless.

Open seven days, you can discuss the options with the friendly team by popping into the store at 346 Halswell Road, phone 03 322 4600, or email “Let us help you celebrate this special occasion without breaking the bank.”