Tickets hot for foodie awards

By Amy Shanks


Glamorous clothing, fine food and the best in the business will culminate in one big night out for Hawke's Bay's hospitality industry.

Napier Municipal Theatre is set to come alive on Monday with the buzz of 300 ticket holders gathered to celebrate the success of local establishments, individuals and suppliers.

Vicky Rope, of Food Hawke's Bay, said tickets had been selling like hot cakes and were expected to run out soon.

"Everyone is really excited. We still have some left at the moment, but not for long. My phone has been going off constantly with people asking if they could have another one here, and another one there."

The award evening was about peer recognition, with only those working in the industry allowed to cast a vote.

"Voting closed on Wednesday. The numbers were about the same as last year [3500], so we are really pleased about that. It's peer on peer, it's not a public thing at all which I think is really important."

After taking some time to mingle, people would be seated for the awards where 15 winners will walk away with a certificate and trophy.

"It's a recognition thing but also because with the nature of hospitality it's hard to get everyone together at one time. This way everyone can take a night off, it's a chance for them to get together and catch up."

For the winners, it also means recognition from the public, as they proudly boast a new title.

Now in its sixth year, the Hawke's Bay Hospitality Awards continue to lift the standard of dining out in the Bay by giving businesses something to strive for. This year there were a few new contenders such as Napier's Mister D and Emporium, thrown in the mix, which only added to the excitement.

"I guess that's a reflection of the great new businesses that have opened up in Hawke's Bay," Ms Rope said.


Who's up for trophies, certificates


Orton Catering Outstanding Winery Experience

Te Awanga Estate

Clearview Estate Winery

Black Barn Vineyard

Mission Estate

Grande Gourmet Outstanding Restaurant

Fox on the Quay

Ten Twenty Four

Pacifica

Mister D

Foxton Fizz Outstanding Cafe Experience

Opera Kitchen

Tuki Kitchen

Mister D

Milk & Honey

Clearview Estate Winery Restaurant Best Ambience and Style

Mister D

Emporium

Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

Pipi

Steinlager Pure Outstanding Establishment

Shed 2

Rose & Shamrock

Puketapu Hotel

Emporium Eatery & Bar

Sacred Hill Outstanding Chef

Jeremy Rameka, Pacifica

Michael Hannah, Mangapapa Restaurant

Paolo Pancotti, Milk & Honey

David Griffiths, Mister D

Toops Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant

Sri Thai

Master of India

Indigo

Namaskar India Restaurant

Regal Marlborough Salmon Supporting Chef

Nathan Beilby, Pacifica

Sam Brown, Terroir at Craggy Range

Simon Ward, Shed 2/Caution

Ivan Gregoroff, Milk & Honey

Paul Forster, Mint Restaurant

PBT Outstanding Sales Rep/Supplier

Lisa Clarke, Clearview Estate Winery

Fiona Hyde, Lion

Ash Watson, DB Breweries

Steve Olley, Trinity Hill

Origin Earth Outstanding Barista

Al Borrie, Box Espresso Bar

Ted Simpson, Opera Kitchen

Jordan Barraclough, Hawthorne Coffee Roasters

Campbell Gasson, Sweet as Cupcakes

EIT Outstanding Front of House Team

Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

Milk & Honey

Mister D

Mission Restaurant

East Coast Packaging Outstanding Local

Puketapu Hotel

Westshore Inn

F.G.Smith Eatery

Milk & Honey

Eftpos Specialists Outstanding Front of House Personality

Sarah Watson, Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

Prue Barton, Mister D

Shaye Bird, Emporium Eatery & Bar

Karel Ferbar, Mister D

Kim Davis, Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

Restaurant Association Outstanding Winery Restaurant

Mission Estate Restaurant

Clearview Estate Winery Restaurant

Elephant Hill Restaurant

Terroir at Craggy Range

Dhall & Nash Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

The Old Church

Deliciosa Tapas & Wine Room

Mister D

Milk & Honey

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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