Rivertstone Kitchen officially the best

August 24, 2010

The judges of the Cuisine Restaurant of the Year awards have given official confirmation to what North Otago people, and anyone from further afield who’ve been lucky enough to dine there already knew – Riverstone Kitchen is the best.

It was the competition’s supreme winner and also topped the casual dining section.

This is well deserved recognition for Bevan and Monique Smith who produce deliciously simple meals using locally produced ingredients, including fruit and vegetables from their own garden, where at all possible.

Riverstone Kitchen is on Bevan’s family’s farm about 12 kilometres north of Oamaru on State Highway 1. His mother Dot has an amazing gift shop beside it which adds to the fun for day-time diners.

We’ve eaten at Riverstone several times. Every meal from a casual lunch with small children to a wedding breakfast has been superb and the friendly, efficient service matches the food.

Bevan, Monique and their staff provide a wonderful experience for diners. They have also shown locals and people from further afield that it is possible to operate a top quality, successful business in the country.

A TV3 news story on the restaurant is here and a Campbell live interview with Bevan and Monique is here.

The ODT story on the win is here.


Recipe for success of Oamaru Wine & Food festival

February 15, 2009

Take 36 purveyors of fine food and wine, pour into the beautiful Oamaru public gardens .

Heat to optimal temperature with sunshine, tempered by a gentle easterly breeze. 

Pour in plenty of people and allow to mellow under blue sky.

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Add chef’s secrets from Bevan Smith of Riverstone Kitchen  and Fleur Sullivan of  Fleurs Place seasoned with wine producers’ tales from Jim Jerram of Ostler Vinyard.

Spice with music from  Boh Runga , Barry Saunders, The Rollicks, The Eastern and Spotless.

Relax, enjoy and thank those who made another  Oamaru Wine & Food Festival  such fun.


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