Dessert Bar best bar none

Fads are like butterflies. We net the nice ones, keep them in our collection, and so fads become classics. Others we admire but leave to float off. One that we have added to our offering is the dessert bar. It’s particularly perfect for weddings – although other celebrations benefit from this way of delivering deliciousness to guests –  and here’s seven golden reasons why:

  1. Nostalgia

Celebrations are about throwing out the everyday, being a bit silly and fun, dessert bars can help you re-acquaint yourself with your inner child. Our dessert bars are bespoke so we can bring back your halcyon days in a sweet and tasty way.

  1. Personality

A particular passion for hundreds and thousands? A penchant for peanut butter or nutella? Crazy over caramel? We can incorporate your favourite flavours into a dessert bar that suits your tastes and your style.

  1. Theming

Tying dessert into your event theme is a clever way to bring clarity to your vision. Colour choices or flourishes that reflect your special day mean there’s an overarching, integrated style that represents you.  Plus when everything is tied together the impact is unbeatable.

  1. Gifts and favours

Gifting a slice of your special day is a great way to thank your guests. With dessert bars there’s all sorts of ways to let people enjoy the spread and take a little something away for later. Whether it’s boxed favours or individual treats, dessert bars can serve up the perfect way to say “Thanks for being part of this special day”.

  1. Mix and mingle

Bite-sized morsels from a range of flavours can give your guests the opportunity to circulate through your party. With so many friends to reconnect with a selection of desserts that allows people to pop in a mouthful then chat is perfect.

  1. Portions and dietary requirements

Supporting guests to eat the way they want is an important part of playing host. There’s a range of reasons why people choose to eat, or not eat, certain things and we can work with you to make sure everyone is catered for. Another choice people make is to limit their portion size, or indulge on a special day. Whether you’re playing it safe or letting it all hang out, with a dessert bar we’ve got you covered.

  1. Diverse tastes

There’s no better way to cater for a wide range of guests and their diverse desires than with a dessert bar. You can have a number of different flavours, all available in one place. Chocoholic or fruit freak, nutty over berries or an affogato aficionado, we’ve got your yumminess needs sorted.

Food and Wine Classic in Hawke’s Bay

Twice a year we get involved in FAWC in Hawke’s Bay. It’s an intense month long showcase of food and wine, where wineries and eateries get creative and pull out all the stops to give people a good time. Winter FAWC creates a month of excuses to get off the couch and out into the world, and it’s a great antidote to the winter blues.

This Winter FAWC we have three FAWC events. One has sold out already – our sourdough workshops – if you missed out we hope you will get to sign up to some other great treats, or perhaps we will see you next year. Our other workshop focuses on everyone’s best friend, CHOCOLATE. This workshop is very close to selling out so don’t hesitate, book here to be part of it. We are running it twice: Friday 3rd and Friday 10th June.

Our third event is a pretty special two-parter on Friday 17th June. We are focusing on Californian wines and food. We have Brendan Nash from purveyors of fine wines Dhall and Nash presenting on the characteristics of Californian wines and how they compare to Hawke’s Bay wines. Then we will serve up a delicious spread of Californian inspired cuisine. You are able to book for both parts of the event or just one. But, believe us when we say, it’s better together!

California Cruising will be held in Hastings’ newest space: Parlour Projects. This event will introduce you to this versatile gallery space that can be used for private dinners, with Opera Kitchen providing the catering. Parlour Projects is right next door to the newly reopened Opera Kitchen in Hastings.

 

It’s about the chocolate

With Easter on its way it’s important to understand why we get these few days off: to be contemplative, in the loving arms of our family and friends, to consider what’s important, sacred even…

You understand this is about chocolate, right?

Chocolate has a long history as an item of great value, to be cherished and honoured. For devotees, Easter is a time of great celebration and reverence.

But mainstream purveyors of the hallowed hollow egg have desecrated the sacred bean. Followers must look further to feed their desires.

We understand so we’re doing our bit to bring quality product to the common people.

At The Picnic we honour chocolate and all it can evolve into. Like Pukeko eggs. Beautiful bon bons filled with surprises. Teddy bears. Teddy bears holding eggs. And choco pops with fried eggs on top!

Worship at the altar of yum with The Picnic this Easter. Life is too short to eat bad chocolate.

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