26 August

Best of the South

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Event-best-of-the-south-2Last week we celebrated another ‘good year’ with a South Island themed event at Robert Mannes’ Grey Lynn villa. Filled to capacity, we sent the craft beer adventurers downstairs while the wine lovers fraternised upstairs but in no time at all everyone was mixing!

The wonderful Bob Campbell ran a mystery wine competition (it was a sav folks!!) while Glenn our 22 degrees resident craft beer guru encouraged people to sample an amazing array of beers. The night went so well we had to send out for more beer and wine half way through.

Everyone raved about the food with the pulled pork sliders, mussel fritters and mini beef pies getting top honours. Oh and those mini dessert tarts – YUM!!  A very big thank you to our super hero dream catering duo of Sian Bennett (who also did the flowers) and sidekick Jason who devised a fantastic menu and kept us well fed on the night. Sian by the way caters only ‘on the side’ and is actually a qualified architect (she’s brilliant; call us if you want her number).

Lisa Crawley was our talented and glamorous pianist on the evening – she’s a well known singer/songwriter too. Check out her albums and quirky videos here http://lisacrawley.com/

A big thank you also to our lovely trio of waiting staff – Jenny, Rawinia and the tireless Char. They were all amazing – up and down those stairs all night (we hope your legs still worked the next day girls). Thanks also to our daughter Emma and friend for their help and to our dog for remaining so calm despite so much excitement.

Everyone seemed to have a brilliant time, as did we! It was great to catch up with so many friends of 22 degrees. Definitely one of our favourite themes – not sure how we’ll top it next year!

Jennifer Austin-Mannes