For the team at The Urban Butler, one of the biggest pleasures of our job as Airbnb Hosts is meeting and interacting with guests and providing Airbnb host tips and experiences for people visiting our beloved Aotearoa.

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting @ericpateman in one of our Airbnb properties. Eric is one of the world’s leading experts on Culinary Tourism, Canada’s leading ambassador of cuisine, as well as being an all-round nice guy! He is a story teller for hundreds of small artisan food companies, farmers, fisherman, foragers and is known for bringing together chefs and influencers from all aspects of the culinary world. Currently, Eric is consulting to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) (@visitauckland) to help promote New Zealand food and sustainability to the world, as a true food destination.

To ensure Eric had a memorable trip (and a little break from all the eating), we teamed up with @ateliernash to show Eric and the marketing team from ATEED, a comprehensive story of the best wines New Zealand has to offer. To follow the wine we lead Eric and the ATEED team to the best new addition to the Auckland bar scene @lafuentenz, hosted by the owner Edmundo Farrera. La Fuente is home to the artisanal spirit known as mezcal, the original alcohol of the America’s. Hand-crafted and distilled from agave plants it is not too far from tequila, yet with a rustic and smoky texture. The bar accompanies this ‘one of a kind’ experience with curated and co-ordinated Mexican canapés selected by Edmundo himself.

We love this type of interaction, not only because we love our food and drink, but also because we want to be able to create experiences for our guests that are individually catered to their passions and interests. By doing this we get to show guests a unique insight into the lives and stories of local professionals who are at the top of their fields and want to share this with the community.

We can’t wait to see the results of Eric’s study and where that takes NZ and Auckland as a culinary travel destination.