Long lunch chance to rub shoulders

Otago's gallery-museum-archive development project fundraising launch on Harbour St promises to be "unique".

The Forrester Laneway Long Lunch, from noon on April 1, hosted by Oamaru restaurateurs Sally Ann Donnelly and Bevan Smith, would let "people just rub shoulders with people they know — and strangers", Mr Smith said.

"It’s always nice to eat outside in a big long table setting, especially somewhere iconic . . . and whenever we do communal table events like that, it’s always a really good feel," he said.

"It just kicks up the vibe a lot and [people] have a really, really, really good time."

At Mr Smith’s Riverstone Kitchen, preparations had already begun for the sharing style "interactive" meal that would "take over a portion of Harbour St".

The team at Riverstone Kitchen had begun building four open double barbecues "that can handle a whole lamb on each" and feed lunch, cooked on the spot, to the up to 200 guests organisers were hoping for.

Mr Smith said his  suppliers had come on board and donated a large amount of product, and if there was "a really good response", he would close Riverstone Kitchen for the day and his entire staff would be on hand to help out.

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