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Rachel Brown and Tara Wrigley want you to think about your fondest memories with friends and family. Chances are there will be a feast involved. “This day and age,” Tara says, “we are all so busy we don’t stop and enjoy time with friends and family, but this is what life is all about.” It was while hanging out over the Christmas holidays that the pair thought up FeastBox, a food delivery service with a difference. The friends, who both live in Raglan and have French partners, have a lot in common, including the love of food. Rachel says they both love the abundance of wonderful local produce in the Waikato, but sourcing ingredients for shared dinners was becoming a difficult exercise. With the realisation that this would be one of the key reasons many people don’t entertain, talk turned from “wouldn’t that be cool if ...” to “let’s do this”, and at Easter they launched their first FeastBox.

FEASTBOX IS ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND THIS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE RESTRICTED TO THE DINNER TABLE. IT CAN START IN THE KITCHEN. The menu was created by chef Kate Burcham who spends her summers in Raglan and the rest of the year in exotic locations cheffing on super yachts, so she has a lot of experience creating delicious dinner party menus. The debut FeastBox included salmon rillettes served in gem lettuce cups to start followed by Moroccan spiced butterflied lamb leg served with green bean and snow pea salad dressed with mustard and tarragon vinaigrette. And to finish, some gorgeous chocolate tarts made using Trade Aid chocolate served with Raglan Coconut Yoghurt and local berries. The stories and feedback from customers confirmed Tara and

Rachel had got it right, and by the sounds of things there were some fabulous dinner parties around the region over Easter. Fiona from Hamilton said “the Easter box was just awesome — lovely fresh ingredients and so easy to put together.” “Wow,” Bruce from Puriri said, “we had so much fun and had the greatest meal. What a great idea with easy to follow instructions. We all felt very spoiled and treated afterwards. Perfect for good friends to share.” Tara says she has always found entertaining stressful; from coming up with the menu to shopping for all the ingredients and that by the time the guests arrive she was exhausted. This, they believe, is part of the attraction of FeastBox as all the hard work is done for you. Each new box is designed by a different chef, then Tara and Rachel test and retest the recipes ensuring the instructions are clear and concise. At the same time they are sourcing the ingredients. An integral part of FeastBox is sourcing great local and seasonal produce. Tara says from the outset they knew they needed the help and expertise of chefs to help them create each box. They also knew it was essential that they worked with people who were on the same wavelength as them in regard to good quality seasonal produce. When Nourish visited, the winter FeastBox was being tested and the girls were cooking Asian style beef cheeks with miso mash, as well as a few options for their new nibbles box. As the pair chop and stir there is still time for a glass of wine and lots of laughs, and this is the point, says Rachel. FeastBox is about bringing people together and this doesn’t have to be restricted to the dinner table. It can start in the kitchen. The development of each box has meant a lot more shared dinners for the Brown and Wrigley families, and they are hoping now they have done most of the work it will mean a lot more at yours too.

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