Otahuna Lodge

Over the winter months, Otahuna is pleased to offer local guests a unique series of opportunities to experience one of New Zealand’s most celebrated lodges. Whether you wish to try your hand at a cooking lesson in our demonstration kitchen or host an intimate gathering of friends and family in the Lodge’s ornate Dining Room, we hope to welcome you to Otahuna this winter.


Ever wanted to take the stress out of hosting a dinner party? Building upon the great popularity of Otahuna’s past cooking lessons, the 2012 series will focus entirely on how students can plan the ultimate soirées for their guests with each lesson featuring different styles of cuisine. Expect to master easy recipes meant to impress and learn tips that will

best allow you to prepare before the event so that you can concentrate instead on hosting your guests.

These lessons – limited to a maximum of only ten guests each – will offer participants the chance to learn first-hand cooking secrets and practical techniques from Executive Chef Jimmy McIntyre, who has been profiled in Cuisine, Dish, Delicious, Gourmet Traveller and many other publications. Jimmy’s “potager to plate” philosophy utilises the freshest local ingredients, drawing upon the year-round selection from Otahuna’s exquisite, organic potager garden.

The Stress-Free Dinner Party — Mediterranean
Mediterranean Europe and Northern Africa offer a diverse range of culinary traditions which have been celebrated for centuries. Be enticed by Spanish tapas, Provencal stews, Italian pasta and Moroccan spice all brought together to give you the inspiration to make your own culinary journey.

Thursday, 24 May 10 am – 3pm
Saturday, 26 May 3.30 pm – 10pm*

The Stress-Free Dinner Party — Asian
The melting pot of cuisines represented by the nations of South and Southeast Asia offer colours, textures and flavours which can’t be found in any other part of the world. Jimmy’s passion for Asian food has been developed through his own travels through Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Singapore. This class will focus on rice curries, street food and countless exotic spices and herbs.

Sunday, 29 July 10 am – 3pm
Tuesday, 31 July 10 am – 3pm

The Stress Free Dinner Party — Seafood
The seafood lover will swoon over the simple pleasures of fresh New Zealand fish and crustaceans. Taking care to let the delicate flavours speak for themselves, Jimmy will be preparing soups, entrees and main courses cooked simply yet with sophistication.

Friday, 17 August 10 am – 3pm
Sunday, 19 August 10 am – 3pm

Tony Townley is a luxury lifestyle specialist and owner of Luxury Adventures. Contact us for booking information.


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