On a wine delivery visit to Public Kitchen & Bar Domenic Mondillo was tackled by Manager Heidi Thomson about ways to promote their Mondillo Wines at the restaurant this winter and also ways to warm up Public Kitchen & Bar for winter.
The answer was simple, “New Zealand wool blankets – in red”! Simple As!!!
As it happened, Ally Mondillo, from Mondillo Wines, had been looking for wool blankets to put their branding on and use as promotional items to clients and overseas visitors and had just found Polly McGuckin at Exquisite Blankets.
Ally says, “when Domenic proposed the idea it seemed like a perfect opportunity to promote NZ wool, while keeping Public Kitchen customers warm this winter, and continuing our joint beliefs in sustainability and using New Zealand Made products”.
Jan Rae, Co-Owner of Public Kitchen & Bar loved the idea as well. “We source our meat, our vegetables, our wine and our beer as locally as possible and it didn’t make sense to use a fabric made off shore when we have beautiful New Zealand Wool grown on our door step.”
“Meeting with Polly from Exquisite Blankets and seeing the beautiful blanket stitch finish on the edges of the blankets and the vibrant colours sold us on the product. We are looking forward to keeping our customers warm this winter as well as passing on the story of the blankets, the vineyard and knowing that we are using something that is natural, renewable and home grown!”
With Mondillo Vineyards celebrating its 10th vintage this year, Jan Rae in her 27th year of owning restaurants in Queenstown and Polly McGuckin’s family business, Yaldhurst Wools having supplied New Zealand Wool to Hainsworth Mill in England for 37 years it makes sense for us all to promote our premium products and celebrate the fact we all operate under strong sustainable beliefs.
New Zealand wool is naturally renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, sustainable, and extremely warm. Our customers at Public Kitchen & Bar will be extremely happy either inside or outside under these beautiful wool blankets.
We also hope to sell the blankets in various colours to those who can’t bear to give them back and want to take them home as a unique and beautiful memory of New Zealand.