Kinfolk Gathering Wellington (parental advisory: very sexy food images) -

Last Sunday (a week after the Tauranga event), Wellington had its very first Kinfolk Gathering.
The theme throughout all the NZ gatherings was Beneath the Surface, but in Wellington it was up to food stylist and soon-to-be-cookbook-author Unna Burch (The Forest Cantina) as the afternoon's host, to interpret the theme.

So - Unna got a group of local foodies (including fellow amazing cooks Dai and Dal of My Kitchen Rules fame who are now boutique caterers), creatives and artisan businesses on board to help her put on a beautiful afternoon for the 40 Lucky McLucktown's who managed to get tickets before they sold out. 

Here's what she said: "Food brings people together. When people take time to cook you a meal that tastes delicious and you're in good company, you can't help but feel blessed. I get so much joy out of coming together with talented and creative friends and put a gathering such as this together." 

This. This is what I love so much about these events. And that's actually why I share them with you, (aside from how beautiful the food and styling is, obvs) - because these people really just do it all out of passion. And this, my buddies, is how you build a business/job and a life you love - by saying yes to what excites you, and putting yourself out there to connect with people who do the same.

Ok, let's get to looking...

 Woah - beautiful venue. This is Mojo Central, Wellington

Unna Burch - The Forest Cantina - setting each place

Florals and table styling by Shaye Woolford (and Sarah!) of On My Hand

Unna created an organic stamp to illustrate each menu - a garlic bulb painted with beetroot juice. 

Ready for Guests.
(I see you eyeing up that plate - I don't blame you. All the ceramics were handmade by Wundaire).

Cocktails and canapés to start - seared beef eye fillet on toasted sourdough with caramelised onions and horseradish crème, vegetarian mini rice paper rolls and prawns with a chilli and mango salsa. 

There's that cocktail... Matterhorn staff came along to make their Stolen Ginger Jalab - butter-washed Stolen Spiced Rum, house made thai coconut syrup, Carter's chocolate bitters and muddle fresh ginger, served with mint caviar. OMG guys are you for real?

A homemade beetroot pasta with goat cheese, fresh herbs and lemon with a sage butter sauce, toasted pine nuts and beetroot bulls blood micro greens. Um, I can't breathe.
P.S: Love those teeny tiny salt and pepper bowls by Wundaire.

NZ wine producer Huia provided an organic wine match for every single course

And because service is every bit as important as style, props to Taylor and Main's Dan and Sally, and Talia from Mojo Coffee for keeping the food and drinks (Antipodes water, Tuatara beer, and small-batch Welly-based Six Barrel Soda) flowing. 

Artist and maker Greta Menzies gave a fabric dyeing workshop (using onion skins and turmeric),
and each guest got to take home a dip-dyed tea towel with instruction card. 

Yum, main course - DIY pulled-pork tacos with a celeriac and carrot slaw, slow roasted garlic + chipotle aioli, pickled Mexican red onions and a pineapple salsa (Platters from Citta Design)

Good food, good friends, good time.

Every guest went home with a gift - The Forest Cantina raw honey (Unna has beehives - oh, and hens - at her inner-city Wellington home) and wooden honey dipper, a packet of organic seeds designed and filled by Unna, seed paper (as in, paper you can write on and then plant and it will grow into vegetables) from LoveNotes, and an artisan chocolate truffle from Wellington Chocolate Factory

With Wellington Chocolate Factory providing lots of their amazing bean-to-bar organic chocolate (and Heilala Vanilla gifting vanilla), dessert was a rich chocolate mousse cake, with a raspberry and beetroot ice cream (recipe coming soon!), beetroot paint, and a beetroot and goat cheese mini macaron made by Spongedrop

All these delicious images were captured by photographers Tim & Nadine Kelly

Watch this lovely short by the amazing Josiah of Firetale Films

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