Waiheke Marketplace : June 20th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 20, 2012 NEWS Advertising Feature While lazing next to a blazing fre on a wintry evening, apart from a pair of slippers, a fuffy blanket and a big box of chocolates, there is probably nothing more anyone could want, than the ever elegant and entertaining John Hawkesby. Recently returned from a three-week trip to some of the most luxurious destinations on anyone's bucket list, the wordy raconteur says he is full of traveller 's tales to share at the Cable Bay Vineyards' series of winter dinners. The once-a-month evenings are "back by popular demand". Mr Hawkesby and his stories will be accompanied by a fne dining experience created by executive chef Will Thorpe and his team. A selection of interesting wines will be on offer including a mystery wine chosen by connoisseur Mr Hawkesby which he promises will be extravagantly expensive. He says punters can expect "a miniscule pour" from a bottle of wine worth between $400 and $600. Having shared as much as he can on the art of wine tasting at the two previous years' cosy freside dining experiences, he promises not to bore diners with more tips but instead will rattle off some anecdotes of his recent travels with wife Joyce. There will be three topics covered on each of the three nights and, reassuringly, none will be accompanied by a slideshow and each evening will feature fresh anecdotes. The frst subject will be his version of Out of Africa. Forget Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and the gently rolling hills of Kenya and think John and Joyce atop a safari truck in Botswana ticking off the "big fve" before being charged by a trumpeting elephant. Up next will be intimate details of the honeymoon taken by the future king of England shared with them by staff at the North Island resort in the Seychelles. Mr and Mrs Hawkseby stayed in the villa next door to the one occupied by Wills and Kate last year. He promises to reveal all the gossip he gleaned during his stay at the stunning resort. The evenings will also include recollections the pair accrued during their stay at the new Armani Hotel in Dubai which Mr Hawkesby describes as making Las Vegas look like Levin. In true journalistic style Mr Hawkseby also discovered fellow Kiwis on his travels and promises to reveal all. Cable Bay Vineyards freside dinners start at 6.15pm on June 29, July 20 and August 31. Tickets are $99 per person including a drink on arrival, canapés, a three course meal with matched wines and a taste of a mystery wine. Receive $10 off per person for bookings of 10 or more. Phone 09 372 5889 or email info@cablebay. co.nz for bookings. Hear travelling tales at Hawkesby freside dinners Raucous raconteur: John Hawkesby will host three freside dinners at Cable Bay Vineyards. Lioning around: One of the "big fve" animals the Hawkesbys ticked off on their safari in Botswana. Traveller's tales: An African adventure is one of several stories Mr Hawkesby will be telling from his recent trip abroad. Warm away winter chills Fireside dining: The winner of our draw will enjoy a three- course meal designed by Cable Bay Vineyards executive chef Will Thorpe. YOU'VE GOT TO BE IN TO WIN DINNER FOR TWO To enter the draw you must be over 18. Email your full name, address and phone number, preferably cellphone, to news2@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz by 10pm on June 24. The email must have ''Fireside Dinner'' in the message box. The winner will be contacted on Monday. Entries can also be handed in at our offices at 1 Tahi Rd by 5pm on June 22. Fancy trying out a three- course meal designed by Cable Bay Vineyards execu- tive chef Will Thorpe? How about enjoying wine matches with all three courses and being entertained by wine writer and all-round funny man John Hawkesby while you're there? Waiheke Marketplace has two seats at the first of three exclusive Fireside Dinners to give to one lucky reader. The winner of the draw will be able to invite a part- ner to the June 29 event where celebrity raconteur Mr Hawkesby will tell tall tales of his recent global travels. The evening starts at 6.15pm promptly, with wine and canapes at the vineyard restaurant on Nick John- stone Drive. The three-course meal and wine matching also includes a taste of a mystery wine specially chosen by Mr Hawkesby. Regional waste plan on the go A special meeting set up for last Friday to decide on the first Auckland-wide plan for tackling waste has been postponed until today. The meeting in the Auckland Town Hall will decide on a range of proposals aimed at reduc- ing how much the region sends to landfill. It will consider the report and recommenda- tions from a hearings panel which has deli- berated on the draft Auck- land Council waste man- agement and minimisa- tion plan and submissions received during public consultation. Councillor Noelene Raf- fills, the panel chair- woman, says given the council's obligations under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and the clear support from submitters to reduce waste, the panel has recommended the council supports the stra- tegic direction of the draft plan and most of the actions proposed. However, we are re- commending some chang- es, including to better reflect community and industry views while still enabling a reduction in waste to landfill and diversion of resources for beneficial use. For example, in res- ponse to feedback received we have recommended a mix of rubbish bags and bins be available for rural areas and the Hauraki Gulf islands and people have the option of a smaller 60 litre rubbish bin,'' Mrs Raffills says. Our recommendations also reflect our strong view that major changes should not be introduced until communities have had time to adjust and also that it is our desire to ensure the council works collaboratively with the waste industry, com- munity groups and others to pilot, develop or implement solutions,'' she says.
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