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The heart and soul of Ruth Pretty Catering is catering for corporate events, private parties, weddings, and large scale extravaganzas. We provide fabulous food, great service and seamless organisation.

We also offer fun cooking classes, a kitchen shop, and a beautiful and versatile function venue amid the rural tranquillity of Te Horo.

Function Venue

The house and gardens at our 25-acre Te Horo property Springfield are the perfect venue for memorable events, as guests appreciate the gracious relaxed atmosphere. The 1910 restored colonial homestead is set in a 2-acre garden with sweeping lawns, established trees and a pretty stream.

It is an ideal and select venue for corporate and private lunches and dinners, 'hands on' cooking classes, conference partner programmes and weddings. Comfortably seating up to 40 guests inside, plus an enclosed veranda protected from the weather which is ideal for pre-dinner drinks. If numbers are larger we organise a marquee on the lawn.

Cooking Classes

Most weekends from February to December, the Ruth Pretty Cooking School shares recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for 34 participants. Ruth Pretty's own classes are complemented by guest presenters - a range of top chefs and food personalities. A long lunch savouring every dish from the class (with matching wines) finishes off the day. Recipes are provided and participants only need bring their culinary interest and an appetite.

Alternatively enjoy a private 'hands on' cooking class for your own group. Excellent for corporate days out (maybe some team building, client entertaining, or staff rewards), conferences, Christmas functions or groups of family or friends. These personalised classes are held on demand, so there's no set schedule of dates or subjects. Choose a lunch focus (from 10am - 4pm) or a dinner event (from 2.30pm - 8.30pm).

Kitchen Shop

The Ruth Pretty Kitchen Shop is a cook's treasure trove for great gifts - for others or yourself. Virtually everything in the shop is used in our own commercial catering kitchen, so we know they are practical and will stand up to hard usage. You may shop in person in Te Horo or on-line via our website.

Visit Ruth Pretty Catering

Many groups such as Probus, Rotary and garden groups like to visit Ruth Pretty Catering by arrangement during the week so that we can show them around our catering company and our garden. Guests can shop in the Kitchen Shop and enjoy a light lunch in our home.