Monthly Archives: September 2017

Art at the Lodge

Posted by Website Admin on September 25, 2017

From local produce to local wine and now local art, enriching our guests’ luxury experience by celebrating the best of Marlborough, and New Zealand, in the most authentic way is a core feature of what we offer guests at The Marlborough Lodge.

The artworks that we choose to display throughout the lodge have a big part to play in this experience. Each exquisite piece has been carefully hand-picked to convey the story and history of our country, with the intention that our guests may learn more about this very special part of the world and reflect our inherent and unique creativity.

In our Great Room, enjoy Sofia Minson’s ‘Ranginui’ - the form of this portrait was inspired by  hundreds of black and white 19th and 20th century photographs of Maori and historical portraits by C.F. Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer. Sofia describes him as a Rangatira (Maori chief), and a positive symbol of the wisdom and evolution of the culture. He embraces past, present and future and is an exceptional element of her recent Sacred Mirrors series of works.

Beside Ranginui sits Nelson’s Sally Burton’s stunning depiction of the Wairau Bar on Marlborough’s east coast, representing the earliest Maori settlement in our region, overlaid with moa eggs in the shape of a welcome leis. 

 This truly is a story of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Sofia Minson’s ‘Ranginui’ & Sally Burton’s work based on the Wairau Bar

Or, take a seat by renowned New Zealand contemporary artist Karl Maughan’s fabulous garden scene with the Richmond Ranges depicted in the background.

Karl Maughan’s work is among the most readily identifiable in contemporary New Zealand art. He is recognised for his hyper-real paintings of lush gardens and native fauna - flower gardens, vegetable gardens, manicured bushes and out-of-control wildernesses - Maughan finds inspiration in them all.

He loves the narratives that viewers create for themselves as they enter his paintings. Viewers can fantasise walking along the garden paths, among the super bright flowers and sunlight dappled bushes. 

Come and imagine your own journey into Karl Maughan's garden whilst savouring delicious food and wine in our dining room.


Karl Maughan

Then move through to our casual dining area and meet our "Million Dollar Duck" by New Zealand artist Joanna Braithwaite. The tightrope between reality and the surreal is explored through Joanna's love of animals and her fascination with the human qualities of their personalities.

Joanna states that animals have been terrific subjects to paint, not only because she loves painting them – the colours, the textures, their characteristics – but also people’s relationship with animals, the balance of power, and people’s ability to compartmentalise these relationships with animals, fascinates her.

We love how he lords over the dining room and seeing people’s reaction to this painting.

Joanna Braithwaite

You will also find one of New Zealand's best known landscape photographers, Craig Potton featured on our walls:

Jetty Lake Mapourika – Craig Potton

Then there is this quintessential Kelvin McMillan Kiwi landscape. Although unusually for him this is an oil painting, it certainly showcases yet another area of New Zealand. Kelvin is more well-known for his watercolours and we have several of these in other areas of the lodge.

Kelvin McMillan

South Island artist Mark Rodgers’ realism style is shown here to great effect with this Central Otago landscape which he has become renowned for.

Mark Rodgers

 And Queenstown-based artist Graeme Brinsley's Milford Sound is also on display.

Graeme Brinsley

This is just a sample of the Marlborough Lodge’s large and eclectic art collection. So when you’re visiting, be sure to take the time to wander around the lodge’s many rooms and take in some of the very talented New Zealand artworks on show - of course with a glass of sauvignon blanc in hand. 

 

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Meet More Locals

Posted by Website Admin on September 18, 2017

The story behind each and every ingredient used by the Harvest Restaurant team at The Marlborough Lodge is critical to them so that they can confidently combine these to create dishes that showcase the fantastic local produce.

With a philosophy of simple, fresh, local and seasonal, our team uses what is fresh in our gardens along with creating great relationships with our suppliers, so they can confidently tell you where and how the products in our dishes were grown.

Those relationships now also work in the reverse where our suppliers understand what we are creating and are calling the team when they believe they have that one off item that would be perfect for us or simply letting us know when the first of the season is on its way. This means our menu is ever-changing; although there will always be some Harvest classic favourites on the menu. 

As you would imagine our producers are critical to us to allow us to create our menus and, in recognition of their efforts and our ongoing relationship with them, we thought it timely to provide you with a little background on some of these fantastic producers. This is the second in the series, following our earlier Meet the Locals blog.

Kaikoura Cheese

Beneath Kaikoura’s majestic snow-capped mountain range and next to the wild Pacific Ocean, a herd of goats and a flock of Jersey cows are the beginnings of some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan cheeses.

Daniel and Sarah Jenkins of Kaikoura Cheese have overcome incredible odds to create their award-winning range of handcrafted cheeses which attracted the attention of respected cheese connoisseurs less than two years after their first flock of just three goats was used to turn out their first cheese attempt.

A business born from a desire to leave earthquake-ravaged Christchurch would itself become a story of survival and pure community spirit when Kaikoura itself was hit, and isolated, by a massive earthquake in 2016. Yet, through sheer ingenuity and persistence, the Jenkins’ have continued to create their sought-after cheeses; With demand high for this limited product, the Marlborough Lodge is proud to be on Kaikoura Cheese’s list of customers in order to serve this finest of cheese to our guests and tell its inspiring story.

Photo: Kaikoura Cheese

Pinoli

Here in Marlborough we are lucky enough to have the only commercial producer of pine nuts in the southern hemisphere: Pinoli.

So it stands to reason that this niche local product, which is in high demand overseas and in the culinary world in general, features on our menu at The Marlborough Lodge. 

Established nearly 20 years ago in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim by Andy and Barbara Wiltshire, the first of Pinoli’s Mediterranean stone pine nuts took 12 years to emerge on the local market. Pinoli now has six plantations, totalling 40,000 mature pines, scattered across Marlborough and one further south.

Premium Game

From the purest New Zealand back country comes some of the most incredible wild venison, pork and thar you’ll ever taste - and The Marlborough Lodge chefs have access to some of the best.

Premium Game has a team of registered hunters who roam Marlborough’s most isolated and untouched high country to supply certified wild meat which, due to stringent regulations, has all locations strictly plotted and recorded. All meat is processed in Premium Game’s Blenheim factory. 

These wild animals have spent their lives eating native herbs and grasses and, being in top physical condition, result in lean meat with unique gamey flavours that is loved by chefs and foodies the world over.

Photo: Premium Game

Thymebank

Based on beautiful Hammerichs Road in the heart of wine country and mere minutes away from The Marlborough Lodge is Thymebank, owned by the Roberts family.

Here, they grow hydroponic lettuces, herbs and other greens such as watercress that are sent to restaurants and retail outlets around the top of the South Island and the bottom of the North Island - although the largest share remains right here in Marlborough.

Photo: Thymebank

Yellow Brick Road

Sourcing our food from sustainable suppliers without compromising on freshness, quality and flavour is very important to us at Harvest restaurant, and one of the best examples of this is Yellow Brick Road which supplies us with fresh fish.

This company, with its roots in Nelson and run by renowned Wellington chef and restaurateur Martin Bosley, was established in 2006 to reward those who fish and farm responsibly by distributing the resulting sustainably-produced product to New Zealand’s leading restaurants.

Even better, all fish sourced through Yellow Brick Road that is caught in Marlborough’s own Cloudy Bay has been certified by European agency Friend of the Sea - the only such certification in the country. 

Photo: Yellow Brick Road

Keep an eye out for the next installment of our local produce supplier blog…

 

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