Good food brings people together. Taking time to plan a menu, prepare each dish and create a beautiful setting – whether it’s for a special occasion or to make the most of a meal with those you love – is at the heart of entertaining. Citta and Fisher & Paykel brought this social kitchen philosophy to life at a mid-winter feast in the Sapphire Room at Auckland’s Ponsonby Central.
Using Fisher & Paykel appliances – including induction and gas cooktops – chef and food writer Sam Mannering demonstrated how to prepare flavoursome dishes, from simple canapés to a sensational main of Pork Belly with Fennel Bulb, Swiss Chard, Bortolli Beans and Chilli, with Gremolata and White Anchovy.
The setting was one of casual glamour, with the team from Citta using a monochromatic palette and beautiful natural materials. Long “family style” tables were decorated with Citta’s contemporary serveware, and organic-shaped plates and platters in tones of off-white and grey were mixed with natural textures of soft linen napkins and wooden boards.
Finishing touches were provided by florist MarkAntonia’s sculptural arrangements – with each bud and leaf crafted on to branches – along with black riverstones and the glow of candlelight.