June 06 2012
The Samoa High Commission celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence in Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. On the menu were two dishes from the Heart Foundation.
Samoa gained independence from New Zealand 50 years ago in 1962. This day is celebrated throughout Samoa and in Samoan communities throughout the world. In Wellington the Samoa High Commission celebrated Independence Day by holding a large cocktail function in Wellingtons Michael Fowler centre. The Samoan High Commissioner HE Leasi Papali'i T Scanlan was in the company of some notable guests including Hon. Bill English and Hon. Hekia Parata.
Positively Wellington Venues which is run by Restaurant Associates hosted the function and produced the excellent food. Restaurant Associates's Executive Chef Dan Mikkelsen discovered two recipes on the Heart Foundation's website while browsing the Hospitality Hub which he adapted for a cocktail service function for 400 guests.
Dan chose the Palusami and Oka i'a for the menu which he served as individual canapes with a tray service. The Oka i'a was marinated and then skewered for easy eating. These were well received and enjoyed by all who attended.
The Heart Foundation is very proud to have it's recipes used for such an important event.