Our black tie dinner events are so involved from the invitation process down to the way we fold our napkins – it can at times be a tough event to deliver seamlessly. The expectations from our senior leadership for this event are very high, understandable given we have many high profile guests attending.

Feedback received from our Vice-Chancellor over the weekend, was that the “meal was the best ever!”
High praise indeed! Please feel free to pass his feedback on to Carlos and his team. 

You experienced first-hand the many changes we face with our seating plan right up until the afternoon of the event, and you did a fantastic job to manage these changes! Thank you Katreen for being so patient and professional during the lead up to the event, not to mention being an efficient leader on the night.

Lynette Auckram|  Event Manager | Alumni Relations & Development, The University of Auckland

On behalf of all of us involved with the Gala Dinner at Auckland Grammar School, I would like to extend our congratulations and thanks to Montana Catering.

Overall, your efforts on Saturday were fantastic. Nearly all of the reviews that we’ve had are glowing and positive – great service, great food and an overall great result. In the next few days we will send out a survey to all of our attendees too – any feedback regarding catering I will make sure to pass along to you. I can personally say that I found my chicken main delicious, and that the team were a pleasure to deal with. Although as with any event there were problems along the way, all of these were ironed out quickly and professionally. Special thank you to both Guill and Kamila for all of your patience and efficiency - you are both huge assets to the Montana team.

Once again, many thanks for helping us pull off a fabulous Gala Dinner evening. We look forward to speaking with you about the 150th Celebrations for next year.

Kirsty Homersham | Events Manager | University of Auckland

Firstly let me congratulate you and your team on the successful delivery of the Distinguished Alumni Awards catering. We have received excellent feedback about the event from guests and staff, and the catering was no exception.

Carlos – you delivered outstanding dishes on all three courses (I have no words for the short rib). Our guests loved the courses that were served and we are hearing about the food even today. Please pass our thanks also to your team of chefs!

Lydia – thank you for all your help in the lead up to the event, you were very patient with our changes as well as on the night of the event when we are all under pressure to deliver to time.

Your front of house team did an excellent job of serving almost 400 guests without incident; this was very much appreciated as the level of expectation from our guests is very high.

I would also like to make special mention of your team who manage the floor like pro’s – Avi, Jay, Guillaume (not sure if I spelt this correctly), and of course yourself; I enjoy watching your team work, they do a great job!

Thank you for helping us deliver the best DAA yet - Troy you must be very proud of your team!

Lynette Auckram  |  Event Manager, Alumni Relations & Development | University of Auckland


As an Events Manager at the Trusts Arena, I recently had the pleasure of working with Phil Christou and the wider Flame Tree team on the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show 2017 retail concession offering.

Working in the event industry, I have encountered many outside catering companies and have to say that, Flame Tree is one of the best companies that I have worked with. Phil and his team showed an incredible amount of professionalism and flexibility during the event. Their teamwork and willingness to assist in all aspects of the event greatly exceeded my expectations.

I can confidently recommend that Flame Tree will provide excellent catering services for any event large or small.

Martin Avard | Events Manager | The Trusts Arena


I wanted to pass on a massive thank you to everyone that worked on ASPIRE this year. We couldn’t have pulled it off without each and every single one of you playing your part. I greatly appreciated having a team to work with as wonderful as you all; team work makes the dream work!

My biggest thank you does go to Flame Tree who pulled off something entirely knew for themselves, us and OGGB, a seated lunch for 500+ pax! What an amazing display of team work seeing you turn that set up around in under 1.5 hours and providing such excellent service to all the attendees. I think it’s safe to say everyone really appreciated being taken care of. Keep it up!

Onwards and upwards for next year!

Camille Rees | Event Coordinator, Event Services | University of Auckland


We just wanted to give you and all your staff a big thanks for making Stuart and Kathi's wedding such a memorable day! Your preparation was meticulous and the whole day went without a hitch.

We are so glad you recommended the Karaka Paviliion to us. It is a beautiful venue, spacious, quiet and relaxing, room for the kids to run around and for the adults to sit a have a chat with an expresso or drinks from the cafe. The Parade Ring was beautifully themed for the reception and all credit to Holly for doing such a wonderful job in creating such a lovely atmosphere.

The canapes and buffet were superb, from starters, mains to desserts, there was plenty and it was all delicious! Our friends thought your chicken curry in particular was yum! The Seafood Island was a real hit with the guests, it was beautifully presented and the selection was perfect. Compliments to the Chef!

Our guests have commented on how professional the whole day went and that is a reflection on you and Jay and the rest of your staff who looked after our guests in such a friendly and polished manner.

Thanks again for your work and we highly recommend you to anyone planning a wedding or function!

Les & Yvonne Young