Prepare your taste buds for a dining experience like no-other as the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute (GICI) invites you to dine with some of New Zealand’s top chefs while raising money to combat gastro-intestinal cancer.

The GICI’s annual GastroFest is not your typical charity dinner. Held this year at Auckland’s Wolf of Water Street, early next month, the dinner will once again provide attendees with a mouth-watering three course meal created by acclaimed chef and food writer Geoff Scott (formerly of Vinnies), Marcel Leydesdorff (executive chef at Little Wolf) and Jess Daniell (Underground Kitchen).

Each course, which has been designed to tempt even the most discerning palate is matched with wines and craft beer provided by O:Tu and Moa respectively.

Included on the night is an auction which includes: fifty pieces of ceramic artwork from artists across the country including pieces donated by well-known potter by Peter Collis.

The money raised will allow New Zealand patients to participate in international clinical trials and will help the GICI continue to raise awareness of gastro-intestinal cancers.

While there are more than 5,000 new gastro-intestinal cancer diagnosed each year, making them New Zealand’s most common form of cancer; they remain under-represented in funding and public profile. It is hoped that GastroFest will help to change that.

Chefs for the night


Acclaimed chef Geoff Scott has been delighting kiwi diners with his unique style of cuisine, melding the finest European style of cooking with fresh New Zealand produce for over a decade. Geoff trained under the famous Roux brothers, Alain Ducasse and Michel Rostang, and in restaurants across Europe, before returning to New Zealand in 2005 and taking ownership of his own highly successful restaurant Vinnies in Herne Bay.


Marcel Leydesdorff has been a permanent fixture on Auckland’s restaurant scene, working at Vinnies, MJ’s, and EightPointTwo before becoming a partner in a successful Auckland catering company. With a naturally creative persona and 15 years of being a Chef under his belt, Marcel founded LittleWolf in 2010, which has since gone on to become one of Auckland’s most highly regarded and most exciting catering companies.


Jess Daniell’s love of cooking has, in her own words, been inspired by her love of eating. The brains behind JUK (Jess’ Underground Kitchen), Jess’ insistence on using only the freshest ingredients has seen her brand of mouthwatering but healthy home-cooked meals delight time-poor food fans across Auckland. The popularity of Jess’ home-cooking has seen her move from cooking meals for friends to setting up a popular Facebook page, launching a cookbook in 2015 and opening a flagship store in Herne Bay.

Event Details

What: GastroFest, a decadent and interactive charity dining experience for a good cause.

When: 3rd November 2016, 6:30pm – 10.30pm.

Where: Little Wolf, 5 Water Street, Grafton / Mt Eden.

Price: $150 per ticket, with a table of 10 costing $1,400. You can purchase tickets here.

About GICI

The Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute of New Zealand – (GICI) is a registered New Zealand charity dedicated to improving outcomes for patients with gastro-intestinal cancer. This group of cancers is not often spoken about, but is in fact the most prevalent form of cancer in New Zealand. GICI aims to support clinical research in New Zealand, focusing particularly on clinical trials, and to increase the public profile of this under-represented cancer. Find out more at

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