Waiheke Marketplace : August 31st 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS AVAILABLE 29TH AUGUST - 11TH SEPTEMBER 2011. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. You can't beat IN OSTEND 'The Barn' PHONE 372 5555 Sworn to secrecy' over RWC bookings By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Cup preparations: Cable Bay Vineyards kitchen and restaurant are being expanded while executive chef Will Thorpe gets ready to host corporate and private functions. Vineyard restaurants will be busy dishing up top nosh dur- ing the Rugby World Cup with big bookings being taken and staff being sworn to secrecy'' over guest lists. Some venues are planning world cup-themed exhibitions and events while others are hosting international team dinners. Cable Bay Vineyards is undergoing major renov- ations before the cup begins, to expand the kitchen and restaurant areas under the guidance of executive chef Will Thorpe. Event manager Carol Schofield says the refurb- ished building will reopen on September 15 and will fea- ture a Rugby World Cup- themed exhibition by New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell. An exhibition by kinetic sculptor Phil Price is also planned during the cel- ebration period. We have several private functions booked in, mainly major New Zealand compan- ies who will be entertaining international guests,'' Ms Schofield says. Mudbrick Vineyard events manager Justine Hoggard says the vineyard restaurant has a mix of bookings, from corporate groups to teams, wives and families associated with the Rugby World Cup. But we've been sworn to secrecy about who is coming and when.'' She says locals are advised to book ahead for the res- taurant but platters and wine tastings will be available throughout the world cup. Stonyridge Vineyard res- taurant manager David Jack- son is trying to ensure there will be spaces available for day-trippers, as well as big group bookings. The venue is also creating a new seated area in its olive groves especially for Rugby World Cup visitors. But Mr Jackson is also keeping stumm'' over who will be dining out on the ver- andah. We have several bookings from one of the top inter- national teams but I can't reveal who they are.'' Te Whau Vineyard owner Tony Forsyth says his res- taurant will be open seven days a week during the world cup. It is already booked up most weekends in October and the mid-week spots are starting to fill up too''. We have international customers from France, Aust- ralia and the UK booked in. Several are returning customers who have dined with us previously during the Bledisloe cup games,'' Mr Forsyth says. Some private bookings will take up the entire Te Whau restaurant including a billionaire's gala dinner just before the world cup opens. They'll all be choppering in,'' Mr Forsyth says. Casita Miro bookings are also looking robust''. Co-owner Cat Vosper says: The restaurant is fully booked on several nights already. But I'm sworn to secrecy as to who our special guests are.'' Meanwhile, residents are being advised to book now for any special occasion dinners they may have planned dur- ing the world cup season so they don't miss out. Police holding lots of lost property In an effort to reunite owners with their lost belongings, police are asking people to call in at the station on Ocean View Rd after a large number of possessions and money has been handed in. Items include money and a ferry ticket found in Ostend, two unusual pendants -- one greenstone and one resin, an electronic book reader, and a collection of old photos found on the old Matiatia wharf. A green supermarket bag with gym clothes and a towel, possibly left on the ferry or bus on August 26, has been lost. The owner is asking for it to be handed in. And the owner of a silver charm bracelet, lost at the Onetangi Sports Field on August 20, would love to have it back, a police spokes- person says. Mary loses battle Mary Richards The horse riding com- munity is in mourning after the death of Mary Richards from Shepherd's Point rid- ing centre. Proud grandmother Mrs Richards died at home on Saturday after a long battle with cancer, sur- rounded by her family and friends. A farewell will be held on Monday, Sept- ember 5, at Stonyridge Vineyard at 11am. All are welcome to attend.
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