Schan Crowther was set to launch her own business late last year before she tragically lost her fiancé in a motorcycle crash.
Caleb Neho Wikaira died in the early hours of November 3 from injuries sustained in the crash on St Vincent St in central Nelson.
Caleb had proposed to Schan just two days prior.
Almost a year on from that fateful day, Schan has realised her dream and launched her local platter business Pereti.
Schan sources a range of local foods and displays them in a Harakeke Kono, incorporating her Maori heritage in the product.
She says focusing on her business has helped with the grieving process.
“It has kept me busy, but I was coming home really excited about things and he wasn’t here to share it with, which was hard.”
Schan says Caleb was instrumental in helping harness her entrepreneurial spirit.
“He helped me with a lot of the ideas, I think he would be really proud.”
The young mother says she has always had a passion for good food.
“I love food, if you make something nice it just makes everyone happy.”
Her platters showcase some of the best culinary treats in the region including cheeses from Viavio, Cranky Goat and Moody Cow, freeze-dried fruit from Little Beauties, caramelised nuts from Nutty D’Lites, fresh fruit from Raewards, crackers from Rodrigo’s, chocolates from Hogarth’s, cutlery from Woodulike and more.
“The whole theme is to go local.” Schan says it has taken a lot of work but has all been worthwhile.
She hopes to expand and eventually cater grazing tables for birthdays and weddings. To order a platter go to Pereti’s Instagram or Facebook page or contact Schan at [email protected]