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Mackenzie Country fine dining

Mackenzie dining event

10 Jul | 2012

Fundraising fine dining in the Mackenzie high country.

A High Country station brought high cuisine to the Mackenzie Basin on 10 March, raising $17,000 for quake-affected Christchurch families.

A fundraising event, unique to the High Country, took place at Mt Gerald Station at Lake Tekapo following months of planning by Sarah and Michael Burtscher.

Chefs Simon Gault, Eugene Hamilton, and Hayden Smith took time out from their busy schedules to provide an entertaining cooking class and five-course lunch in a finely laid out marquee.

Sarah says the response was overwhelming when she posted the event on Facebook. ‘All the tickets sold quickly to people throughout the country,’ she says.

With the generous support from Simon Gault and his team as well as from a wide array of Canterbury businesses plus free kitchen and waiting help from Tekapo families, the event raised $17.000 for The Salvation Army’s Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.

The money raised will be used for mid to long-term programmes aimed at supporting Christchurch communities affected by the quakes with social and practical assistance.

Thank you to the Burtschers and everyone else involved for their generous support: Mandy’s Horseradish, Canterbury Cheesemongers, Aoraki Smoke House Salmon, Condimentum, Bellbird Spring, Clove Encounter, Braided River Vineyard, Rock Ferry Wines, ARA Wines, Wooing Tree, Kitchen Capers, Oh Lar-Lar, Plane Tree Antiques, Archibald’s Motors, HireQuip, Chefs Kitchen and Peppers Blue Water Resort Lake Tekapo.

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