In Gear | Rotary in Southern New Zealand In Gear - Issue 3 - Page 45

Local fare to the fore District 9980 governor Janice Hughes and husband, former chef, Clayton Hope, are ardent foodies through and through. So, it’s no surprise showcasing gastronomic delights from in and around Wanaka features high on the menu for the upcoming conference. Festivities open on the Friday night, with a novel presentation by Wanaka-based television chef Angelo Georgalli, who will share his story, while cooking up a storm using local wild game. Conference-goers will then be treated to a gourmet selection of dishes from six stalls, serving up the latest in street food trends from around the world. “That’s our way of tipping our hat to the fact Rotary is a remarkable organisation with an extraordinary reach,” Clayton says. “Our aim is to transport everyone, through food, to all corners of the globe and recognise the impact Rotary has locally, nationally and internationally.” Saturday night’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ dinner promises a celebration of local cuisine, with the likes of Wild Red Tussock Venison, served with juniper berries in a shiraz reduction, and succulent free-range chicken, with a herb and pancetta stuffing. Conference guest presenter, celebrity chef Angelo Georgalli. “Together with the great local wines, I think the delicious fare on offer is going to put taste buds in overdrive.” As well as a bespoke conference cocktail by Cardrona Distillery, there is another very special tipple on offer. “I can highly recommend DG Janice’s very own pinot noir, made from lovely Wanaka-grown grapes.” Page 45