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Dog-gone it!

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A beer-y good spot

A beer-y good spot

There’s a new brewery that’s opened its doors at 8 Bath Street with some great history and a stunning pilsner.

Lighthouse Brewery was started in Nelson by Dick Tout 21 years ago before he retired from the brewery business and listed the business for sale after finishing his last brew in July 2017.

Jason Revell relocated the brewery to Christchurch on Labour weekend in 2018 where he has been brewing for Ferrymead Night Markets, private weddings and now for the bar at the brewery site.

Beers from Lighthouse Brewing Company will soon be available at bars, restaurants and sports clubs.

The brewery site will continue with events and is available for private functions, special brew days and off licence will be available soon.

 

Dog-gone it!

Dog-gone it!

Dog-gone it!William Wegman: Being Human is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 6 April to 28 July 2019.

William Wegman: Being Human, is the artist’s first and only New Zealand exhibition and tracks three decades of relationships between the enigmatic American artist and his iconic dogs.

Man Ray, Fay Ray and her offspring are collaborators in Wegman’s photographic and video projects, which focus upon what it is to be human in the most enduring and deadpan way.

It’s a little bit different and a whole lot of fun so check it out at our local gallery soon.

 

 

Monkey-ing around

Monkey-ing around

On 8 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal, The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show.

It’s a unique concert experience with two of the stars of the hit TV show The Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

Anyone born in the 60s would have grown up with these tunes so it’s going to be a real flashback.

This will be the first time Mike has appeared in New Zealand since 1977, so be assured the shows will highlight many of his compositions, including some that have never been performed live.

 

Culinary collaboration

Culinary collaborationA culinary collaboration is coming to town! The Pescatore collaboration dinner will be two dinners in Pescatore on 10 May and a second dinner on 11 May, featuring some of Australasia’s best chefs – Cory Campbell, head chef at Vue de Monde in Melbourne, and Peter Gunn from Ides in Melbourne who was a sous chef at Attica in Melbourne and, of course,
Ryan Henley from The George.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Nicholas Henare
Nicholas Henare

 

Sweet Société

Heaven on earth: Sweet Société


A vision of heaven is a deeply personal thing, but the odds are that every vision of paradise contains a little corner like Sweet Société. Located in The Colombo, Sweet Société is now under new ownership. Locals whisper it’s a delightful dreamland of fresh and wholesome treats.

 

Sweet Société

 

This magical spot uplifts the senses with the elegant colours and sensational smells of fresh locally baked sourdough donuts creamed every day in flavours of banoffee pie, Snickers bar, and strawberry and cream, with new flavours added regularly. The cabinet holds an extensive range of gluten-free options, including New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel lamington cake, freshly baked slices, plus the full range of macrons supplied by J’aime Les Macarons. While Sweet Société takes pride in its deliciously baked fresh goods, it also stocks an expanded range of Harney & Sons teas and frappes to satisfy your thirst.

Only the Rainbow range of gelato is non-local: imported from Italy, they are gluten-free with a range of flavours. Dairy-free sorbets are also available. The bliss is completed with the match made in heaven – the gelato donut! Owner Janette says they love sharing the joy around The Colombo. “Our shop is about providing unique, fresh and inspiring quality products, whether you’re buying for joy, to cheer a friend, celebrate an occasion or a work shout.”

All products can be supplied to order, with diverse options for bulk orders and, as the staff have sampled everything, you can be sure they are experts in making up gift boxes.

 


Head into The Colombo or visit www.thecolombo.co.nz/stores/sweet-societe.


 

Alcohol Consulting Group

Hospo Help for Alcohol Licensing: Alcohol Consulting Group


A successful hospitality business in the 21st century requires not just the magic mix of taste and style with an acute business sense, but also a deep knowledge of the regulatory environment.

 

Alcohol Consulting Group

 

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, 2012 considerably increased the responsibilities of hospitality owners. With an overarching objective of ‘minimising harm’, owners must show actively how they are doing this. With a combined 30 years’ experience in alcohol licensing, Christchurch’s own Alcohol Consulting Group recognises that the knowledge required to gain and retain an alcohol license can be daunting for small and large businesses alike. Comprising specialists from a regulatory background, Consultants Helene Faass, Al Lawn and Jenn Ramsay have worked within the range of agencies that have an interest in the granting of licences.

Jenn and Helene understand what agencies are looking for from potential licensees. They have seen licences refused and understand why; they know how agencies work, what they are looking for and why they want things done a particular way. By using their knowledge and experience, they can explain to agencies and decision-makers why it might be difficult for a hospitality operator to respond to certain requirements. As well as agency experience, Al Lawn has been a District Licencing Committee member. As a decision-maker, he understands exactly what current decision-makers are looking for.

In their previous roles, Helene, Jenn and Al have seen people struggle with what was being asked for and needing help. Working nationwide, the team can travel to clients at their premises. Seeing hospitality premises on site and in action enables them to give the best possible advice. Recognising that office hours do not apply in hospitality, they are available as and when they are needed. They bring a 360-degree approach to licencing. They’ll help with making applications, training staff and all aspects of risk management, including alcohol management plans.

They understand how to balance regulatory requirements with success in hospitality. “We minimise your compliance costs and help you to fully focus on the entertainment side of your business,” Helene says. “We perform a liaison role as well,” Jenn adds. “We work with the 2012 Act daily and we know it inside out, so we can help legal teams get to grips with paperwork and hearing preparation to get good results faster.”

“We also strongly advise developers to consult from the outset about how design affects licencing,” Al says. “It will save you money and provide you with certainty.” Alcohol Consulting Group tailors assistance to the assessed risk of each premises, so that clients don’t end up paying more than they need.

 



 

Food, fun & flicks

Food, fun & flicks: American Express Openair Cinemas


A luxurious big screen cinema experience under the stars in the central city is no longer an unattainable dream, with American Express Openair Cinemas hosting all your favourites next month.

 

Food, fun & flicks

 

The South Island’s inaugural event last year proved such a hit that Christchurch city-goers have the opportunity again to watch the latest new releases by starlight. Held at Rauora Park, it’s so much more than movies, with an exciting festival programme of food, fun and flicks.

With 10 events happening at Christchurch’s Rauora Park, the festival vibes will be in full swing every weekend with an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.
Punters have no need to feel lonesome on their night out, as film fanatics and doggy owners are invited to bring their furry friends to any screening.

This year’s programme is an exciting mix of box office hits and critically acclaimed titles including A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Aquaman and Bumblebee, while a special selection of family friendly titles, including How to train your Dragon 2, Mary Poppins Returns and Instant Family will ensure there is something for everyone.

Haagen Dazs will be providing ice cream scoops for film loving troops. Fear not, the refreshments are taken care of too thanks to national partners Kaiser Beer and Giesen Wines. Aperol Spritz will also be tickling Christchurch movie-goers’ taste buds.

 


Tickets start at $14 and are on sale now via openaircinemas.com.au.


 

Hitting the Hotspots

Hitting the Hotspots


From tantalising tapas to swanky sit-downs, Christchurch has all the ingredients you need for a good night – or day – out, as the beacon of the burgeoning central city continues to shine. Jenafor Rollins checks out two of the new kids on the culinary block.

 

Hitting the Hotspots
CHIWAHWAH IS ONE OF THE NEW KIDS TO HIT THE CENTRAL CITY

 

TASTE OF MEXICO
The smells of Mexico fill the atmosphere at Chiwahwah, located at The Terrace. This clever culinary creation is all about offering authentic dishes with a cool vibe. Experience the taste of Mexico as you browse the multi dish options on the extensive menu which include burritos, chimichangas, tacos, mole, nachos and dish after dish of taste.

Spice is a major ingredient of Mexican cooking and you can have your dish as mild or as hot as your heart desires. Why not take it up a notch and add some more spice to your life? Challenge yourself with a fork prong taste and see how you do. Make sure to have your glass of water or beer close by, just in case the heat catches you off guard.

After sharing a plate of starters, move onto your main which will be accompanied by refried beans or rice or both. These Mexican side dishes are offered at just about every meal. Combination platters allow you to try not just one, but two or three of the main items, before the grand finale of a dessert, such as flan. This creamy, light end to a meal is the perfect complement.

Whether it’s the friendly service, the welcoming atmosphere or the cool vibes of the décor, you will feel as if you have touched down in Mexico as soon as you head into this new central city hotspot.

 

 

VIET FUSION HAS ARRIVED
Rave reviews are being left for You Hanoi Me that has just opened on Victoria Street, headed by the hospitality masterminds behind Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar, and its central neighbour Red Light District.
The home of modern Viet cuisine, the new hospo hotspot brings the flavours of Vietnam to life, with the five out of five ratings soaring.

A global phenomenon, Viet food is about fresh, healthy, authentic Vietnamese street food, direct from Vietnam to the streets of Christchurch and You Hanoi Me has added its own modern twist. The story behind the new restaurant is an inspiring one. It is said Nam Cam, a third cousin of the late Charlie Winston of the Dry Cleaning Empire, opened his first Street Food Stall in a small village 22 clicks out of Hanoi during the Vietnam War.

Known famously for his Pho and Espresso Martinis and his ability to impersonate a young Sean Connery, he established himself as North Vietnam’s premier aluminium window specialist after his street stall went into receivership and the fact that he didn’t really sound like Sean Connery. Fifty six years later, You Hanoi Me opened in his honour.

 



 

The Bog

Twentieth birthday bonanza: The Bog


The Bog began its legendary history as the home of the Irish in February 1999 on Cashel Street, where the Guinness flowed and the craic was mighty.

 

The Bog

 

The Bog is known worldwide for the best pint of Guinness in town, traditional Irish music, friendly staff and hearty food.  Not long after its inception, the Guinness 100 Pint Club board was born and the 17.17 Club introduced. ‘Table 15’ was formed as a base where the locals would hang out, with many a story told and a few scoops of Guinness shared.

John Julian aka ‘JJ’ or ‘The Sheriff’ as he was known, would make sure the pints of Guinness were up to scratch and the names were placed on the board straight.  Not forgetting Peter O’Donnell who would keep staff on their toes and give a finger salute when he wanted another pint of the black stuff. On the topic of legendary locals, there’s no forgetting Chris O’Neill, who has been drinking at The Bog for just over 19 years.

 

The Bog

 

Those lucky enough to meet the OG resident know her as ‘Ma’, a fierce woman, seasoned Guinness drinker and great friend. Unfortunately, due to the devastating February 2011 earthquake, The Bog had to shut its doors, reopening in March 2014 at 50 Victoria Street.  The original Guinness boards were salvaged and still hang proudly in the corner of a small section of the bar, famously known as ‘The Old Bog’.

The Bog will be celebrating an important milestone when it turns 20 years old on Sunday 24 February this year and it’s guaranteed to be a good one lads.  With a week full of entertainment, taking us back to 1999 with original-priced pints and live music, including the original Irish Jam Session with the Jamesons and Black Velvet Band.

 

The Bog

 

During the week there will also be an Irish themed quiz night, performances from The Southern Cross Irish Dancers and bag pipers, spot prizes, Guinness and Jameson giveaways, and much more. So grab your family, friends and paddy caps and head down to The Bog Irish Bar from Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 February for the big 20 year birthday celebrations.

 



 

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You: In the City


It will be “Another One Bites The Dust” as I tick another great show off my bucket list with We Will Rock You in March.

 

We Will Rock You

 

I am a life-long fan of Queen, they are part of the soundtrack of my misspent youth, so it is fantastic news to hear that Showbiz Christchurch is staging the New Zealand theatre company premiere of We Will Rock You here in our iconic Isaac Theatre Royal this coming March/April.

This show has been rocking theatre fans all over the world since 2002, featuring 24 of Queen’s greatest songs woven into a hit show written by comedic genius Ben Elton (writer of Popcorn and Blackadder). More than 60 million people have seen it live in 28 countries, so now it is Christchurch’s turn!

Christchurch has certainly hit a golden age for major musicals with Showbiz Christchurch since its return to the rebuilt Isaac Theatre Royal in 2015, Showbiz manager Michael Bayly says. “Showbiz is at a pinnacle of our 80 year history. We are so delighted that we are able to create these major premieres here in Christchurch with local performers and crew so the city can enjoy these massive shows without the need to travel to Melbourne, London or New York.”

Timing is a wonderful thing and it could not be more perfect for We Will Rock You, with the world going crazy for the award-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody which tells the story of Queen and its legendary front-man Freddie Mercury.
“From planning a musical season, through design, build and rehearsals, up till opening night is normally a four year journey for a major show, so the timing of Bohemian Rhapsody is fantastic good fortune,” Bayly says. “It must be the spirit of Freddie, guiding our hand.”

Well I for one loved the movie and can’t wait for the show. I will be sitting in my ‘Killer Queen’ seat on opening night, March 29, with autographed programme in hand and show memorabilia to add to my collection.
See the Showbiz Christchurch season yourself at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

 


The season is limited so don’t miss out by booking at www.Ticketek.co.nz/showbiz.


 

Tabak Business Sales

Time for a Change? Tabak Business Sales


If you’re a small business owner you’ll understand exactly where investor Mark Cuban is coming from in saying a successful business “is not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing”.

 

Tabak Business Sales

 

The business year is full of doing and doing, and doing some more; often a summer holiday is the only breather you get to sit back, pause and reflect on the bigger picture. Are you still passionate about your business? What do you want to be doing in two to five years? Is it time for a change?

Tabak Business Sales understands that being in business has to be about more than just the bottom line and considering where the market is: it’s about passion and engagement; about being excited to get up in the morning to go to work. If your appetite for your enterprise has dulled a little recently, Damien Fahey and Sam Cherry, brokers at Tabak, are the people to see about the sale of your cherished business to a new and enthusiastic owner.

Damien says their process is comprehensive. “We assess the value of your business, write up a clear and very inclusive Information Memorandum for potential buyers, take buyers into due diligence and make the sale, occasionally in just a matter of weeks – but more often it can take 2-3 months.”

 

Tabak have statistics going back 15 years comparing assessed valuation with actual sale price, and are extremely proud that on average the sale price fell is within 5 percent of the valued price. “We always justify our valuations to the business owner by way of market and other data, and we never waste time bringing unreasonably low offers to our owners,” Sam says.

The Information Memorandum tells the fullest story possible. It sets out the history of the business, then examines the future, the business plan going forward and, “more importantly, the future opportunities for the business,” Sam says. “We aim to produce the best Information Memorandum you’ve ever seen and we can answer potential buyers’ questions, often without going back to the owner. Their role is to keep the business running smoothly, not to be concerned about the sale.”

 

Discretion and confidentiality are key: potential buyers sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for each business, rather than relying on a blanket NDA over a period of years. “Eighty percent of the businesses we sell are through our database and we regard that as our intellectual property,” Sam says.

“We can sell a business before the whole world knows it is on the market, so privacy is protected for vendor and purchaser.” Sam and Damien will also meet off site and after hours to protect confidentiality. “It is part of what we do and who we are. We love helping people so we don’t mind it being a 24-hour service,” Damien says. “Our referrals come through satisfaction, our reputation is our hallmark, and we will only ever represent quality clients.”

 



 

Nick in the City

Nick in the City


I’m fortunate enough to be on the coal face of the development within the city and of course spent some time going over the new Town Hall.

 

Nick in the City
ALI HARPER WILL BE JOINING TIM BEVERIDGE AS PART OF HIS ACCLAIMED THE MUSIC IS BOND SHOW

 

I can’t say that I’m not excited by what will be my first visit for a function. Tim Beveridge is bringing his acclaimed The Music is Bond to the Christchurch Town Hall on 16 March. The sexiness and fun of 50 years of James Bond comes to life in an exceptional show featuring the best in musical talent from Canterbury with a superb cast including Jackie Clarke, Ali Harper, Caitlin Smith and backed by the magnificent sound of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Tim says, “I am very excited to be returning to the Christchurch Town Hall. It’s probably going to be a bit emotional to be back there after having had so many wonderful experiences performing there with the CSO”. “I also first met my wife there!”

I stood amazed the last time I saw Tim belt out a stunning rendition of Tom Jones’ Thunder ball and every piece is stunningly crafted by the Christchurch symphony Orchestra to perfection. Yes, it’s true I’m a BIG James Bond fan but the music here is timeless.

With the talented performers debuting this music in Christchurch’s stunning new performance venue there’s no better excuse to come and check out what the new Town Hall has to offer.

 


Book early at www.ticketek.co.nz and have a few martinis, shaken not stirred, before you go.


 

Serious Entertainment destination

Serious Entertainment destination


Peter Walker heads into the city to check out the new flagship cinema complex and all its delicious offerings.

 

Serious Entertainment destination

 

Hoyts has returned to the CBD. Since the demolition of the Moorhouse Avenue cinema building, the city has waited patiently for a replacement. The wait has been well rewarded. EntX, on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo Streets, is the entertainment company’s flagship cinema complex, certainly something unique and exciting in a city longing for, and demanding, serious entertainment.

The Calder Stewart design and build project broke ground in 2016, facing issues such as a tight, 100 percent coverage site with extremely limited access due to its central city location. What they have delivered is a contemporary movie theatre complex, with seven screens, recliners and state of the art Dolby sound systems. There are two Extremescreens – biggest and best screens and sounds available – and for the ultimate movie experience, two LUX theatres. As the name suggests, LUX is a premium dine-in cinema experience. “Optimised for luxury over capacity,” it means you get to combine fine wine, premium food and comfort while enjoying the latest blockbusters from the guaranteed best seat in the house.

 

Serious Entertainment destination

From the top of the escalators you enter two floors of an almost futuristic other-world. Self-serve ticketing terminals, bathed in the flicker of a huge screen showing movie shorts, give way to Treat City, an open plan treat centre. Self-serve popcorn, drinks, frozen drinks, novelty cups, sweets and popcorn buckets, and movie merchandise such as hats, soft toys, mugs, Pop! Vinyl figures and more – all on display for purchase. “We’re all about customer interaction, and them having the time to browse and make selections before the movie,” says Location Manager Michelle McConaghty.

Arties Bar and Café serves hot and cold food that can be taken into the theatres to make for a unique experience in Christchurch. And if all that isn’t already the makings of a funtastic entertainment experience, on the ground floor is an incredible line up of some of the best casual dining in the city. That accounts for the amazing smells as you enter a large atrium with stylised seating areas, including comfy leather lounge seats in front of a fireplace, bar leaners, benches, and tables and chairs.

 

Serious Entertainment destination

Each of the eateries has its own seating area, too. Cleaver & Co and Joe’s Garage offer all the gastro-pub and breakfast favourites while Two Fat Indians, Nando’s, Ottoman Turkish Kebabs, Roll and Bowl, Hanoi Old Quarter, and Pad Thai Pan make all the ethnic delights you would expect in such a culinary festival. Infinito, Leemo, Nourish Pod, and Habitual Fix also offer quality favourites such a pizza, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, juices and smoothies, and teas. More food outlets are coming.

Whether checking out the latest Oscar hopefuls or meeting friends for a night on the town – the Bus Interchange is just across the road and there are parking buildings close by, making this central city hotspot easily accessible – EntX is the perfect starting point.