• ENDEMIC- A Night of Artisian Collaboration at Balquhidder House with Hapi

    Just recently at Homebase Collections we hosted one of Hawke's Bays F.A.W.C events. This Food and wine classic event, was close to our heart as we chose to celebrate New Zealand's Native flora and what better people to partner up with but Hapi.

    Hapi prepared an indigenous feast of cocktails and canapes, all in someway incorporating native plants, flowers and berries. The setting for 120 was in our home at Balquhidder house, situated on Napier's Hill amongst mature native trees, Kauri, Totora and Beach, teaming with birds. As the event started with a Powhiri, when two Kereru flew in we knew it was blessed to be a special evening.


    We wanted the evening to be super special, a lot of effort went into every detail to help create a magical experience. The aim was elaborate, to guide the guests, on que from one room to another. To experience a sense of moving from the forest to the sea. Billie Culy filled the house with native displays and as the guests moved from one sensory experience to the next, their senses were filled with incredible food and a sense of the forest around them. 

    Sometimes it’s the simple things that make you the happiest, and we were so happy with the menu design. We wanted to create something that the guests could take home that they might want to keep, or maybe pin on their pin board. We wove some flax loops with a piece of beach, flax flower or rata. Each one unique. Thanks to Whale Slider from Aroha And Friends for the Type and layout! 
       The feast Greta had come up with was elaborate and brave, so we wanted the menu to communicate what care and attention we pay to our surroundings and a comment on its importance culturally and environmentally.  
     As you guests entered the house they walked under bundles of natives and moss we made, attached to a beautiful piece of wood found at Waipatiki beach. 
     Dan tending to our garden fire pit that Greta cooked the meat on.
    From Homebase Collections Instagram,

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