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'Visa Wellington on a Plate' event combines wild NZ with elegant Homewood

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British chef, Jack Cashmore, who is usually based at his restaurant high on a ridge in the heart of the Central North Island at Blue Duck Station, has come down from the hills to team up with the British High Commission to create an extraordinary Visa Wellington on a Plate event: ‘Blue Duck Station at Homewood’.

In this unique collaboration, the wild and remote of New Zealand native bush will be combined with the grandeur and elegance of Homewood, the official residence of the British High Commissioner in Wellington.

The evening will combine a ‘black tie’, fine dining experience with a sensory, immersive native New Zealand rainforest atmosphere.

Up-and-coming British chef, Jack Cashmore, will indulge guests with a ten-course tasting menu, using foraged and sustainably farmed natural ingredients complemented with Ata Rangi wine, from the Wairarapa.

Jack brings his passion for taste and knowledge of cuisine from time spent at two Michelin starred restaurants - Sat Bains in Nottingham and In de Wulf (62nd in the world) in Belgium and as head chef at Anglo in London.

For three nights at Homewood, Jack will be producing cuisine using foraged and sustainably farmed produce inspired by the natural beauty of Blue Duck Station and New Zealand.

He will source his food from both Wellington’s finest suppliers as well as direct from Blue Duck Station.

The event starts with a British twist with cocktails on reception, followed by an intimate and sensorially immersive dinner with just 20 guests at a sitting, in the elegant surroundings of Homewood.

After dinner, guests will be treated to coffees, digestifs and an after dinner talk by environmentally accoladed farmer and conservationist, Dan Steele, owner of Blue Duck Station, about Blue Duck Station’s passion for conservation and sustainability in the bush. Dan will discuss how tourism, hospitality and farming can together play an important part in the future of New Zealand.

These dinners are intended to bring a touch of the native rainforest to the city, and give us an opportunity to share with guests the great lengths being taken to preserve the native rainforest and bird life.

‘Blue Duck Station at Homewood’, a Visa Wellington on a Plate event will be held on August 6th, 7th, 8th from 6.30pm - 10pm and tickets for the event will be on sale from June 17th with a Visa pre-sale from June 10th. Further information can be found here:

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