It’s been conceived as the night-of-nights to help create the school-of-schools – Queenstown’s Wakatipu High.
Local foodies with $245 to spare may want to put a ring around Wednesday, May 28, for a culinary and wine extravaganza at local restaurant Rata.
The semi-formal night – limited to 80 guests – will be a fundraiser for the Wakatipu High School Foundation, whose aim is to turn the secondary school into one of the country’s best.
On the night, guests will get the inside drum on each course of cuisine from Rata co-owner and maestro chef Josh Emett.
Emett, an acclaimed Michelin-star man, spent 11 years working with mentor chef Gordon Ramsay in London, New York and Melbourne.
The Kiwi has since gone on to become a well-known TV face as a MasterChef New Zealand judge and a MasterChef Australia celebrity.
As well as food talk, Emett will serve up words of wisdom about the wine being served.
Local wineries Amisfield, Gibbston Valley, Two Paddocks, Valli and Akarua have made major donations of their finest vintages.
The foundation aims to establish a $5 million endowment fund by 2018, when the school moves to Remarkables Park. Its target by end-2014 is $800,000 – and it’s well on the way after a $500,000 pledge by the Peter Wilding Estate.
Annual investment returns are intended to supplement the high school’s limited state funding.