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Cuisine for Christmas: Pasta Vera

With the arrival of both expected and unexpected guests at Christmas, or hungry teenagers and uni students returning home for the holidays , Pasta Vera can help take the stress out of feeding extra mouths over the busy festive season.



Pasta Vera’s best-selling homestyle lasagne is a tasty and convenient option, whether families are feeding a larger group with the 3kg trays, a few with the shop’s handy six-pack, or keeping the kids fuelled up in-between meals with factory off-cuts. Choose from a variety of scrumptious flavours including beef, roasted vegetable, smoked chicken or pumpkin, spinach and feta, as well as delicious gluten-free and vegan options.

It’s easy to relax and enjoy a family day out on the beach knowing a good quality nutritious meal is ready for dinner, without spending all day in the kitchen. Trays of macaroni cheese are also available, as well as a fabulous selection of other products, including filled pasta, fresh ribbon-cut pasta, gnocchi, cannelloni, and the ever-popular fresh pesto and hummus. Visit the Pasta Vera factory shop in Wigram and stock up the fridge and freezer to enjoy more time with friends and family over Christmas.

With easy and plentiful parking, the Pasta Vera factory shop on 1/2 Musgrove Close is open on weekdays from 8:30am till 5pm and Saturdays 10am till 2pm. Pasta Vera also offers a popular online fundraising option.

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Christmas at the Crowne!

Crowne Plaza Christchurch is hosting their Christmas Lunch and Dinner Buffet at Market Place Restaurant! All the joy of Christmas feasting but without the preparation – what could be better?




Promising a day of decadent relaxation, Market Place will be wrapped in decorations with plenty of Christmas cheer and ambience, as resident pianist Peter Lewis performs live throughout the day.

The menu is filled with traditional classics; including sage and onion stuffed turkey, whole-baked Akaroa Salmon, and roasted leg of Canterbury lamb – plus all the salads and vegetables you could wish for. And, if you’ve still got room at the end, you can top it off with your pick of seven stunning dessert offerings.

For $149 per adult (including a complimentary glass of bubbles), and $49 per child (aged 6-16 years, while children under 5 dine free) – the whole family will be rolling out of Market Place very satisfied.

From the beginning of December, Crowne Plaza Christchurch will also showcase their annual gingerbread house.

Executive Chef Hamish Watt enjoys bringing the European tradition to Market Place Restaurant for Christmas. “I was at the German Christmas Markets when I saw all their gingerbread houses on display, and the amazing smell of ginger and mace has stayed with me ever since.”

Hamish and his team dedicate a whole week to creating and decorating the iconic 60kg gingerbread house. To book Christmas Day at Crowne Plaza Christchurch, visit or contact