Bespoke Menus to suit your occasion, taste and budget. Each dish prepared with love and expertise from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Our menus from around the World offer something for everyone.


Smokey Flame Catering LTD Whakatane, Our Story:
The Beacon Editorial

Media – Tiny Restaurant – Horse Float.

André Venter

Originally from South Africa, now based in New Zealand (Whakatane), we are not a cookie cutter corporate business, in fact, we are the antithesis of this model. We love the challenge of creating spectacular meals and believe in creating a feast for all to enjoy.

Menus are customized to suit your occasion, each dish is prepared with love and expertise from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Our menus from around the world offer something for everyone.

We offer variety for every palate, whether you are planning a wedding, business meeting, fundraiser, reception, family gathering, birthday party or any other occasion, we can meet your catering needs.

Being good to our environment by sourcing local ingredients / produce for each dish prepared is also very important to us. We feel doing our best to leave a beautiful Earth for our children, grand-children, and anyone thereafter is the least we can do.

New Zealand Testimonials. Write a Review Smokey Flame Catering

26th April 2024 – What a privilege to cater backstage for SIX60

4th July 2024 – Waiotahe Solar Farm Opotiki – Private Event

25th June 2024 – Whāngārā Angus – Gisborne Bull Sales

12th June 2024 – Riverlock Packhouse – Opotiki

Wedding Celebration – The Run 15 – Matata – 18th May 2024

23rd March 2024 – Wedding Celebration – Rotorua

21st March 2024 – The Mill Whakatane – Private Corporate Event

16th March 2024 – 40th Birthday Celebration – Awakeri

March 15th 2024 – Wedding Celebration – Waingarara Valley

March 9th 2024 – Wedding Celebration – Waingarara Valley

March 2nd 2024 – Wedding Celebration – Waingarara Valley

28th February 2024 – Mataatua Marae – Private Event

25th February 2024 – at Waingarara Valley Wedding & Event Venue

03/02/2024 – Opotiki – Opape Marae – Private Event

Private event 27/01/24 Opotiki

Beautiful day out catering 20/01/2024 at L’Orangerie Wedding Venue Tauranga

16th January 2024 – Welcome Christchurch Volleyball Team

31st December 2023 – Wedding Celebration – Matata

21st December 2023 – CLL Solutions Limited Tauranga – Year end function

16th December 2023 – Woodward Chrisp Lawyers – Gisborne – Private Event

15th December – Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua- Private Event

14th December 2023 – Year End Function – Whakatane
Te Puna Ora o Mataatua

10th December 2023 – Post Wedding Brunch – Whakatane

9th December 2023 – Wedding Celebration - Rotorua Wedding & Function Venue

Leighton and I wanted to tell you the biggest Thankyou for the delicious food you provided for us on Saturday. Honestly, that was the best food ever, and so many of our guests were raving all night about it! Sorry, I didn’t get your wife’s name, can you please say thank you to her also, you both were so lovely and we were just so lucky to have such awesome caterers!
Thank you again, Claudia & Leighton

25th November 2023 – Waiotahi Contractors LTD Whakatane – Year end function

18th November 2023 – Waingarara Valley Wedding & Event Venue – Wedding celebration

Thank you so much for everything this weekend. People are still talking about how good the food was- beef brisket and milk tart were definitely the crowd favourite! Dayna.

11th November 2023 – Waingarara Valley Wedding & Event Venue – Wedding celebration

4th November 2023 – Opotiki Volunteer Fire Brigade – Private Event

3rd November 2023 – Old Forest School – wedding celebration

16th September 2023 – 50th Jubilee – Liberty Church Whakatane

22nd July 2023 – special day catering at a Marae in Ruātoki.

21st June 2023 – Opotiki – Private function

13th May 2023 – Wedding celebration – Tāneatua

15th April 2023 – Wedding celebration – Whakatane March 2023 – Wedding celebration – Galatea Bay Of Plenty

18th March 2023 – Wedding celebration @ L’Orangerie wedding venue – Tauranga

We had a lot of great comments about the food. It was an amazing feast and
continued to be enjoyed on the Sunday. Regards, Jeremy Woolerton

11th March 2023 – Ohope Beach Wedding

3rd March 2023 – Wedding Celebration @ Waingarara Valley Wedding & Events.

18th February 2023 – Private event – Wine and food pairing – Coastlands

11th February – Wedding celebration at the Black Barn

4th February 2023 – Wedding celebration – Opotiki

29th January – Private event – Awakeri

22nd December 2022 – CLL Tauranga – Private event.

21st December – Lockwood Rotorua – Private event.

17th December 2022 – Nga Kakano Foundation Te Puke- Private event.

16th December 2022 – Campbell Contracting Ltd Rotorua – Private event.

15th December 2022 – Riverlock Opotiki – Private event.

3rd December 2002 – Wedding Celebration – Kawarau

2nd December 2002 – Private event – MEL Engineering Consultants – Awakeri

26th November 2022 – Papamoa – Wedding Celebration

25th November 2022 – Liberty Church private event Whakatane

19th November 2022 – 21st Birthday Celebration – Te Teko

18 November 2022 – Riverlock Opotiki – Private Event

12th November 2022 – Wedding celebration – Whakatane

22nd October 2022 – Wedding celebration – Opotiki

Thank you so much Smokey Flame Catering! Your food was absolutely amazing. Everyone said how incredible it was and we had lots of leftovers which was perfect for the day after and even a bit for today. So delicious. One very happy bride here, it was such a happy wonderful day, Thank you again, so grateful for your workmanship, professionalism and tasty food! Cheers, Mr & Mrs Franklin.

26th September 2022 – Private event – Whakatane

23rd September 2022 – Wedding Celebration – South Waikato

4th September 2022 – Te Pahou Marae – Private Event.

13th August 2022 – Private Function – Baptist Church – Whakatane

July 6th 2022 – Grand Opening Mainfreight Whakatane

5th July – Private function – Whakatane & Gather & Co.

3rd June 2022 – Whakatane High School

10th June 2022 – Riverlock – Opotiki – Private event

Thank you Riverlock Packhouse & Coolstore – Opotiki for yet another great day catering for your special event, everyone so friendly and always a pleasure to be there, cheers, Smokey Flame.
Menu: Beef cheeks, Corn bread, Pork belly, Asian style BBQ chicken legs, Deconstructed Greek salad, Moroccan cabbage salad.

4th June 2022 – Private party – Opotiki

16th April 2022 – Wedding Catering – Whakatane

9th April 2022 – Rotorua – Tironui Wedding Venue Rotorua.

2nd April 2022 – Tiny Restaurant – 6 people – Otao Reserve – Ohope

26th March 2022 = Silver Service – 6 people – Whakatane

13th March 2022 – Prize Giveaway

5th March 2022 – Wedding Celebration – Te Teko

4th March 2022 – Wedding Celebration – Awakeri

26th February 2022 – Wedding Celebration – Tāneatua

24th February 2022 – Private Catering – Small Group – Whakatane

19th February 2022 – Wedding Celebration Awakeri

12th February 2022 – Wedding Celebration – Cambridge

21st January 2022- 40th Birthday Celebration – Ohope

16th January 2022 – Wedding Celebration – Tauranga

01/01/2022 – Birthday Celebration – Ohope Beach

31st December 2021 – New years party – Whakatane

23rd December – Christmas Function – Waiotahi Whakatane

22nd December – Christmas Function – Riverlock – Opotiki

18th December 2021 – Christmas Function – Coastlands

17th December 2021 CLL Solutions Tauranga – Christmas Party.

10th December 2021 End of year celebration Whakatane

4th December 2021 Private Function Whakatane

27th November: 21st & 18th Birthday celebration @Whakatane

Wedding menu tasting November 2021 Whakatane

20th November: 50th Birthday celebration @ Coastlands

9th November: Bunnings Whakatane: 15 Year celebration.

Hi Andre
Thank you for today’s wonderful burgers and drinks what a lovely lunch, most enjoyable.
Cathy Seal.
Bunnings Whakatane.

30th October Engagement Celebration Whakatane

14th August Spit Roast Edgecumbe

July 31st Ohope Beach

July 3rd 2021 Whakatane (Lyceum Club).

11th July 2021 (Whakatane).

June 25th 2021 Opotiki (Riverlock Packhouse & Coolstore)

18th June 2021. Opotiki OPAC / Seeka Limited

12th June 2021 Edgecumbe

19th May 2021 Whakatane

23rd May 2021 Ohope

May 1st 2021 Ohope

March 2021 Waiotahi Whakatane

20/02/2021 (Hutec Engineering Kawerau).

06/02/2021 Matata

23/12/2020 (Waiotahi Whakatane).

Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park November 2019.

18/12/2020 (OPAC Opotiki).

07/12/2020 (The Electrical Training Company Limited Tauranga).

29/02/2020 (Matata Private Party).

South Africa Testimonials.

  • Hi Andre: Thank you so much for catering for our wedding and 2 other days in Oct 2018. The food was incredible, your professionalism was on point and keeping it to a lot of local dishes was delicious!! Our guests are still raving about all 3 days your catered for Us! Will be using you guys again in the future!!!! Thank you!!! Sam and Kristen 
  • Weereens baie dankie vir die amazing kos! Ons het soveel goeie komplimente ontvang. Kampala 03/03/2018 Groete, Eloise
  • Marelize and Andre I would just like to thank you and your husband for yesterday. You were very professional you have exceeded my expectations.The spitbraai was delicious and even though I had a package that was supposed to cater for 30 people there was more than enough. We actually had spitbraai for lunch today. Thank you for being as punctual as you were. I gave you a time and you delivered.I will surely recommend your spitbraai catering service to anyone. Keep well.
    Geraldine Barnardo (Bonnievale). 29/07/2018
  • Hi Marelize and Andre
    Just to let you know, the food was excellent and everyone had a good time.
    Thank you.
    Neil (Stayed at Pinotage House 25th November).

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