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Middle Eastern Christmas Feast – A huge thanks to Taste Magazine for having us on board for their Christmas issue. We had such fun creating this lovely Middle Eastern Mezze Christmas lunch feast feature. I got to work with some of my favourites on this one. Concept and Styling by Shaye of On My Hand, Recipes and food by Nadine of Devour Catering and the scene was set at the lovely Ataahua Gardens venue in Tauranga. And it turns out you can have your cake and eat it too! I can personally vouch for each and every one of these recipes being not only beautiful to look at but they were all delicious, after all the hard work it was so lovely to slow down, sit in this scene and enjoy such a wonderful Christmas lunch with these lovely ladies.

I’m so excited to share with you the images from my last Auckland, New Zealand Kinfolk dinner and gathering. This was the biggest gathering we have had to date in New Zealand with a large number of talented and hard working collaborators. The theme was “A Feast for the Eyes” and guests were treated to a gallery style dinner created by Eleanor Ozich, Hannah Horton and the team from Monday’s inside Silo 6 with the following feature artists:

Bayly & More – Showing short Films
Monmouth Glass – Hand blown glass lighting  installation as well as custom made wine glasses for guests
On My Hand & Muck Floral – Floral Installation
Houston Design – CeramicsBen Bartlett – Musician

The Silos are a beautiful industrial space on the waterfront in Auckland which are used for community focused events. They are literally just a shell and don’t even have running water so the amount of effort and magic which went into preparing the space and the meal for our lucky guests was mind-blowing but because I was work with such clever detail focused individuals the process was seamless and we pulled it off without a hitch and a lot of laughs. See below the journey of transformation and then the wonderful dinner.

A huge heartfelt thank you to all of our talented partners, artists and guests who worked with us and made this truly inspiring event such a success. We could not have done it with out you…
ARKADE / Waterfront Auckland / Giesen Wines / Hallertau / Antipodes Water / George & Edi / WASARA / Epicure Trading / Six Barrel Soda / Ritual Tea Co / Heilala Vanilla / Mavis & Osborne / The Midnight Baker / Pod Gardening / Lewis Road Creamery / The Forest Cantina / Night Owl Cinema

Some previews from a lifestyle project I did for the ecostore. I love this brand and everything they stand for. And I can vouch for all their products, my home is full of them. They are effective, safe and they smell so dreamy!

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