Bringing Otago’s best produce directly to your table

From local market gardens to our favorite secret coves, Stem Fine Foods will source the very best local ingredients to provide amazing meals for your wedding, private dining or pop-up event. We have deep roots and connections in the Otago region which translate into outstanding seasonal dishes made fresh for you on the spot.


As a mobile catering business, we strive to leave a big impact on you and virtually none on the environment. Our food sourcing, preparation and delivery has all been designed around creating next to zero waste. We want to provide your Otago based wedding, private dining or event with the option to curate a waste free event.


Definition: The stem conducts nutrients collected by the root and feeds the plant so it can flourish. We, like the stem collect the most seasonal, local ingredients
to create unique nourishing dishes.

Private Dining

Stem Fine Foods can fashion a meal around your special occasion, tailoring it to your needs in any location while providing a professional style of service to match your environment. Let us take the stress out of hospitality allowing you to focus on the event in the comfort of your own space.


We understand that each wedding is completely unique and we’d love to create a bespoke menu that perfectly suits your wishes. Once we’ve developed the dishes for your big day together, you can relax into the moments while we provide outstanding service on time and on budget.


With heaps of experience in cooking for groups, we have a wide variety of menu’s you can choose from for your particular needs. From canapés featuring local ingredients to a regional storied banquet, we’ll work with and for you to set the culinary mood.

pop ups

We like teaming up with like-minded groups in the area where breweries, markets and events draw out our own creativity to match the space. Have a look at “What’s On” in the menu above to see where you can join in on the food and good times.


Being careful with the environment is a big deal to us at Stem. The hospitality industry in particular is known for being wasteful on a number of fronts which makes us all the more committed to holistic systems whereby we create fantastic meals with as little waste as possible.


full circle

Local producers

There are so many wonderful producers in New Zealand, especially here in the Otago region. So we choose the freshest seasonal produce and save on packaging by using reusable containers to collect our ingredients.


Stem Fine Foods reduces waste by composting all food scraps, using silicone mats instead of baking paper, and storing our food in reusable containers instead of using cling wrap. This keeps both our overall costs and environmental impact down.

Service of food

When serving you or your group Stem uses compostable plates, napkins and cutlery. You can then dispose your waste in our compost and recycling bins provided at all of our events. You get to enjoy the meal without damaging the earth along the way.


Clean up, compost, repeat

Stem ensure that no disposable cloths are used for clean up. We buy quality materials which can be washed and reused. We also compost food waste back onto the veggie patch completing the cycle.


integrate beautifully into any scene

At Lake Hawea Station we have loved working with Mitch and Anna to provide not just meals but experiences for our visitors. From purpose built lamb spits made especially to fit over the LHS fire pits to plated dinners and Xmas feasts. Mitch and Anna integrate beautifully into any scene, they leave no trace apart from a few next day treats and their food is thoughtful using local produce and sustainably caught fish and game.

The Ross family

always creative

Stem Fine Foods menu is always creative, delicious and satisfying. Plus their commitment to seasonal, local ingredients and relaxed service make the food taste even better. Also, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried their Paris Brest.

Melissa Cottle

“raved about”

We tried Stem at their pop up out at Arc Brewery and we were blown away! They catered to all of our food requirements with no hassles involved. Everything tasted so yummy and was raved about!

Keelia Ivamy

was blooody good

Ate too fast to get a photo — was blooody good! We had the porchetta Sammy, chicken bites and the salad. Thanks Anna and Mitch

Rosa Anderson-Jones

“thanks to the team”

We just want to say thank you so much for the beautiful meals that you made for us on our wedding. Everyone enjoyed the food and so did we. Thank you so much for all the help, without you guys we wouldn’t know what to do 🙂 A big thanks to the whole team – you guys did a fantastic job.

Pet & Rodel

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We are currently accepting event bookings

or call: 0226521335

Stem Fine Foods has a variety of ever-changing seasonal menus, from plated dinners, sharing banquets, canapes, and food truck snacks. We can tailor a menu specifically to your event, but note we only use the freshest, most seasonal produce so some ingredients will not be available all year round.