News in Business: February 9

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 09/02/2013
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EXPANDING: Sukothai's Ang Boonprasit has moved north to manage their Auckland restaurant.

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Timaru and Auckland are not readily comparable, but they do share one thing - a Sukothai restaurant.

The Auckland Sukothai restaurant opened recently underneath the Chancery Chambers, beside the Chancery shopping centre in central Auckland.

Owner Wirun Boonprasit said they were encouraged by customers who visited the Timaru restaurant from Auckland to set up the Auckland restaurant. His children, Louis and Lucy, have also moved up there to study.

His wife, Heap, and Ang Boonprasit have moved up there to manage the new restaurant. The family took over the Timaru restaurant in 2004.

"They miss Timaru but they can't come back for a while, it is too busy," he said.

Lucky diners were treated to a taste explosion at Aoraki Polytechnic's Starz restaurant on Tuesday night. Organised by the South Canterbury Primary Produce Innovation Cluster, an offset of Aoraki Development Business and Tourism, set up to help grow food and beverage businesses.

The dinner was an opportunity to showcase South Canterbury produce and coincided with the visit of sister city guests from Eniwa, Japan, which has enjoyed a 10-year relationship now with Timaru.

The exquisite menu was put together by Aoraki Polytechnic hospitality chefs and tutors. The five-course meal included slow- cooked pork from Havoc Pork, seared High Country Salmon, and a roasted loin of Balmoral Estate Venison. Dessert was summer berries from Raspberry Cottage in white wine jelly, followed by a selection of cheeses from Talbot Forest, all served with Quarry Rock Vineyard wines.

Snap Fitness celebrated its first birthday last Saturday. The milestone included a visit by a John Britten superbike, one of only 10 in the world.

The late John Britten created motorcycles which won races and set numerous speed records on the international circuits, including coming second and third against the factory machines in the Battle of the Twins at Daytona in 1991.

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- The Timaru Herald

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