Artisan Catering is a dedicated team of chefs, event planners and waiting staff ready to help make your next event a success.

Our philosophy is simple. To create innovative award-winning cuisine and deliver it with exceptional service at every event.

A Menu to Match Any Occassion

Whatever your event, Artisan has the experience and understanding to create a world class culinary experience to match.

From an intimate wedding through to a large-scale corporate event. All our food is made by hand, using the finest and locally grown ingredients that reflect the best Otago and the surrounding regions have to offer.

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Exceptional Service with a Personal Touch

Our staff are hand-selected and personally trained to ensure a gold standard of service at all occasions.

From start to finish, we listen and take the time to understand your vision. All our client’s needs are met with a personal touch and we are with you every step of the way.


For the Love of Fine Food

Artisan catering has grown to become one of the regions most respected catering companies. Founded in 2010 by husband and wife team, award-winning Executive Chef John Pickens and hospitality icon Debbie Pickens, Artisan was born from a desire to bring innovative, adventurous cuisine and exceptional service to Queenstown events.

In 2016 Artisan Catering partnered with well known Central Otago Akarua Wines to create Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan, now established as one of Queenstown’s favourite restaurants.

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan


Today, Artisan caters a wide range of private and corporate functions from small intimate dinners and weddings through to large-scale 1000 pax music events.

Artisan has earned itself an international reputation with a client list that includes Hollywood celebs, politicians and royalty, as well as some of the world’s biggest names in the music industry and business world.

Outstanding Chef of the Year 2019

Awarded to Executive Chef and founder of Artisan Catering, John Pickens at the Queenstown Hospitality Awards 2019.

The award represents the New Zealand Restaurant’s Association and hospitality industry’s Mark of Excellence.


Awarded to Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan with members of the dining public overwhelmingly selecting it as their favourite place to dine.

  • A Truly Exceptional Occasion

    Everything was faultless from the service, staff to the food. I have had emails and phone calls flowing in this morning thanking us for the event but mostly commenting on the incredible food.
    Sarah Cairns
    Bendemeer - Mount Farm Ventures
  • Impeccable Service

    Thank you Artisan Catering for the delicious food you created for our wedding, your service was impeccable and came through with all our tricky requests without fault. You have friendly, positive and professional staff which we admired. Thanks for everything, we couldn’t have done it without you!
    Anna and James
    Lake Hayes, Queenstown