The Brief

International drinks company Moet Hennessey invites their top customers to join with key staff for an annual regional petanque tournament, celebrating their French savoir faire as well as top results. Continuous food for 50 discerning guests was needed throughout the afternoon for hungry petanque players, matched with prestigious Veuve Clicquot champagne.

The Result

Fortunately, Ruth and Paul Pretty are both Friends of the Widow, an accolade from Veuve Clicquot which recognises their food and wine skills and experience in both New Zealand and France.

Ruth relished the chance to create a series of food stations and continuous service of passarounds, matched to each style of champagne, and many with a touch of France in their heritage. All ‘All Day station’ served artisan breads and tasty accompaniments, while other offerings were served progressively.

A marquee was set up to provide overhead shade and room for 5 petanque courts, with gentle music with a French theme playing in the background to set the mood. On arrival, guests were served a glass of champagne in the garden before the tournament started in earnest. C’est magnifique!


Chicken and Tarragon Sandwiches

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label

Panko Crumbed Quails Eggs
with Tomato Chilli Jam

Spicy Battered Prawns
with French Fries (served in small paper cones)

Clevedon Coast Oysters
with Iceberg Salad and Spicy Thai Dressing

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Blanc 1998

Roasted Winter Vegetable Tarte Tatin

Scampi Tails in Carrot Broth with Herb Picks

Barbecued Lamb Cutlets
with Mustard Hollandaise

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rosé 1999

Spicy Chicken Relish

Salmon and Coconut Soup

Chargrilled Spicy Eggplant

Veuve Clicquot Rich Reserve 1998

Crépes Suzette station

Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec

All Day station

Artisan Bread
Served with Roasted Garlic,
Crescent Farmhouse Dairy Cheese
with Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
Flaky Salt and Pepper

L’affare plunger coffee,
loose leaf tea, mint tea