For Plate of Origin 2019 Wharerata will host a one-off event showcasing the region of Taranaki. The specially crafted five-course menu will highlight excellent produce from across the wider region.
Conveniently located on Massey’s Turitea Campus, this tranquil homestead and gardens provides a private and picturesque backdrop for the one-off event during 2019 Plate of Origin. Wharerata Head Chef Sean Kereama puts together a specially crafted-five course menu, paired with five New Zealand wines from The Village Wine Trader.
THE CHEF | Sean Kereama
Sean’s varied 25-year career includes time as head chef at the Palmerston North Quality Hotel (now the Millennium), executive chef at Valentine’s and a range of teaching and large event catering positions. Since January 2014, Sean has been the Manawatu Branch President for the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.
THE WINE | The Village Wine Trader
The Village Wine Trader is independently owned by Duncan Win, sourcing and providing only the best quality wines. With 25 years experience, Duncan will be able match a wine to your specific needs and occasion.
Taranaki was recently judged one of the world’s top regions to visit by Lonely Planet, with a number of its eateries making the grade. Sitting beneath a picture-perfect mountain, the region’s world class dairy sector has emerged from this lush volcanic landscape, as has an ability to grow just about anything. Both factors have influenced the region’s cuisine, with exquisite cuts of meat, diverse dairy production and locally grown produce featuring strongly, with fresh fish and rich stocks of kai moana adding to the wonderfully diverse array of taste experiences. Through its cuisine you’ll experience Taranaki’s laid-back coastal culture, its innovative heart, and its legendary spirit of hospitality.
Taranaki’s tipples of choice are craft beer and coffee, and both are brewed to perfection, generally organically, and exported around the world, along with almost all of the region’s food production.