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Artisan + Orange Group host chamber of commerceFri, 20 July 2012

Another successful chamber of commerce event last night with a great turn out of over 100 guests from local Queenstown businesses. Thank you to Orange Group for providing a great venue and hospitality.

Included in the menu was a Molecular demo by John which involved Cucumber + Pernod Caviar and Sweetcorn foamed with Nitrous, both a huge hit with the crowd.

Guests were welcomed with a delicious molecular cocktail with 'Cointreau pearls' 

We would like to thank all that attended last night and we look forward to working together in the future.

Cheers,

Debbie.

Queenstown Winter Festival - check!Wed, 4 July 2012

What a great past 10 days we've had for Queenstown Winter Festival with sunny skies and mega frosts down to -8 on some mornings! There was lots to be had for everyone of all ages and the snow gods delivering the goods.

It has certainly kept us on our toes with a combination of private dining and corpoarte functions but still managed to be sipping bubbles at Treble Cones opening day celebrations!

The next Chamber of Commerce event on July 19th we'll be collaborating with Orange Group at their new premise on Industrial Place with some exciting food stations, so if you're a local business looking for something a bit different for your next event come check it out.

In the meantime get this simmering on the cooktop:

Artisan Mulled Wine

2 Star anise

1 Cinnamon stick

2 Cardamon pods

4 Peppercorns

1/2 Vanilla pod

2 Cloves

1 Orange, zest with potato peeler & roughly chop the flesh

1/2 Lemon zest, peel with potato peeler

1/2C Soft brown sugar

1 bottle of red wine

1C of water

1 Shot of brandy

Muslin cloth & twine

Cut a 15cm square of muslin cloth, add star anise, cinnamon, cardamon, peppercorns, vanilla pod, cloves, lemon & orange zest & tie with the twine.

Add the remaining ingredients & stir till sugar has melted then add the spices, let simmer without boiling for 20 mins, by this time the orange flesh will be nice and mushy.

Ladel into warm glasses and put another log on the fire :)

Cheers

John.