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GAME ON FOR CLOUDY BAY & TOP
Throughout July Cloudy Bay winery will be
collaborating with 24 top chefs from around the
country in the fourth international Cloudy Bay Pinot &
Duck Tasting Trail. Local restaurants involved include
Rata, Botswana Butchery, Pier 19, the Wakatipu
Grill and Blue Kanu. Bookings are essential at each
Southern Lakes residents are being encouraged to
save the date - Wednesday October 15 -- for the Ronald
McDonald House South Island Queenstown Supper
Club, which raises money for families of children with
cancer, and involves some of the finest restaurants
and award-winning chefs.
The annual fundraising event is a highlight as
restaurants across the South Island band together to
raise all important funds for two facilities -- the Ronald
McDonald House South Island in Christchurch and the
Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital,
CEO of Ronald McDonald House South Island Emma
Jones says the Supper Club concept has been very
well supported by Queenstown and Wanaka people
and provides guests with an unprecedented dining
"The feedback we received after last year's event
showed guests found the evening simply magical,
with each dining venue providing an exceptional level
of hospitality and personal attention to everyone who
This year one of New Zealand's most recognised
chefs, Bevan Smith from The Riverstone Kitchen in
Oamaru, will be a guest chef cooking some of his
acclaimed dishes in Queenstown.
"The opportunity to dine in the resort's most exclusive
restaurants and locations with food cooked by
remarkable chefs like Bevan Smith is truly priceless,"
Other high profile chefs who will donate their time
and restaurants to the cause include Simon Gault and
the Jervois Steak House, Martin James from Public
Kitchen Bar and Botswana Butchery.
To launch the event guests will enjoy a welcome
function at Skyline Restaurant, where their dining
destination will be revealed, before heading for a
night of fine food and wine indulgence.
Emma says that with no direct Government funding
Ronald McDonald House South Island is reliant
on public donations, grants and fundraising. Their
facilities are open year round and families are never
charged for their stay regardless of whether it is one
night or many months.
"We aim to provide a warm and welcoming
environment that allows families to gain strength so
that they can focus on what really matters - helping
their child heal. As many as 30 families could be
staying at a Ronald McDonald House South Island
facility each night and it is only because of support
from communities around the South Island that
this has been made possible. Families are stronger
together and it's our generous supporters who help
keep them that way."
Queenstown couple Nicky and Adrian Jones
appreciate how access to the Ronald McDonald House
South Island can really make a difference. After the
birth of their premature twins at just 30 weeks late last
year they stayed in the Family Room in Invercargill
with the twins and their three-year-old son Jenson.
"It came as a complete surprise that we could stay
in the Family Room," says Nicky. "After being on the
maternity ward and watching other women with their
new-borns being able to go home, it made such a huge
difference to have somewhere to go for a complete
escape, so I could concentrate on my babies."
Tables of eight are available for Ronald McDonald
House South Island's Queenstown Supper Club.
Corporate tables cost $1,200 and buyers receive
business recognition; private tables $1,000. Telephone
03 377 3311 to book or for further information email
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE SOUTH ISLAND
SUPPER CLUB MAKES A DIFFERENCE BY MARGO BERRYMAN
TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND THE
WORLD CUP FINAL AT POG MAHONES
On Thursday July 3 catch the Full Traditional Irish Band
at Pog Mahones Irish Pub downtown Queenstown
with plenty of craic and a good time for all. Head back
on July 14 at 8.00 am to watch the 20th FIFA World
Cup final played live on the big screen.
TICKET TO RIDE AT DOROTHY BROWNS
Book now for Warren Miller's latest ski movie Ticket
to Ride. The blockbuster is being shown at Dorothy
Browns Cinema in Arrowtown from July 10-13 and
captures some of the world's best skiers and riders on
a journey through Kazakhstan, Iceland, Greenland and
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