Earlier this year, at the Hawkes Bay Winter Food and Wine Classic, the Dish team were among a small group of guests treated to an exquisite dinner by chef and writer Martin Bosley. Being the highlight of a weekend filled with incredible food and a host of stunning events is no easy feat, but Martin (with the help of the incredibly talented Culy family, their artwork and Beagle’s Bees) achieved this with his honey-inspired feast served in beautifully delicate beeswax bowls. The beeswax candle-lit dinner, held at the Culy’s private heritage home, Balquhidder House, in Napier was thoughtfully crafted down to every last detail.
While honey won’t be the star of the show for his Summer F.A.W.C events, he has something equally as sweet and memorable planned this time around, again pairing up with a creative powerhouse to create a pop-up restaurant that will be gone again in little more than the blink of an eye.
Held amongst the treasures Blue Moon Collection have selected from their buying trips around the world, Martin’s dinner will draw inspiration from the history, traditions and stories behind their furniture, chandeliers and ornaments. The four-course dinner will take place against the backdrop of Blue Moon’s Emporium, which will be transformed in to an opulent dining room for one night only.
The dinner, aptly named ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, will showcase the Hawkes Bays’ deliciously fresh produce with each element being taken care of in detail, providing guests with an experience to remember. Advintage’s John Macpherson will work with Martin to provide wine matches for the evening, creating a cohesive yet entirely unique menu informed by Martin’s wealth of experience. Martin says there’s so much on offer year-round that he can’t pick just one favourite ingredient from the Hawkes Bay.
“I don't have a favourite product or singular ingredient, as there is always something special in season to be used. I love the food and wine of the Bay, on any given day of the culinary year,” he says.
Along with showcasing the region’s best talent, produce and wine, the other aim of Summer F.A.W.C is to set the scene for the social, sunny season and Martin’s second event fits the bill for this perfectly. Seeing as it went so incredibly well last year, he’ll be back for ‘Bosley’s Burger Bar’ at Advintage Wines, serving up a new take on the classic Kiwi burger as well as a selection of other fuss-free dishes. Taking place on the 7th of November, this event is set to be a relaxed affair – get settled in and wile away your Saturday evening or grab a bite and a glass of champagne before heading off to one of the other great F.A.W.C! events on offer.
Whether you’re after an unbeatable burger and a crisp drink, or something a little more refined, there’s something on Martin’s F.A.W.C! menu to suit everyone’s taste. If you’re feeling a little inspired at the thought of these culinary delights, we’ll leave you with a bit of advice from Martin, which he passed on to us in the lead up to F.A.W.C:
“If you’re entertaining, relax, be prepared, get the lighting and music right and don't try cooking anything you haven't attempted before,” he says.
“Cooking is about making something taste truly delicious. It doesn't matter how it’s been cooked, if it doesn't taste delicious then you've failed. So learn how to season food. Taste, taste, taste. And don't be afraid to use salt.”
While Martin’s ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ dinner is already sold out, there are many other exciting events to choose from during Summer F.A.W.C!. Find the full list and find tickets by clicking here. Read more about his Burger Bar here.