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SWEET WIN

A COOKIE CHRIST­MAS

There are now three dif­fer­ent flavours for Cookie Time’s iconic Christ­mas Cook­ies. Along­side the tra­di­tional Choco­late Chip, and Apricot Choco­late, Cookie Time has in­tro­duced Cran­berry and White Choco­late cook­ies. The bright red bikkie buck­ets are avail­able from Novem­ber 8 so keep an eye out for lo­cal sell­ers or buy online at cook­i­etime.co.nz

Marl­bor­ough con­tin­ues its award-win­ning run as a lead­ing wine-pro­duc­ing re­gion, this time it’s the White­haven vine­yard that’s taken out the Supreme Cham­pion Wine in Show Tro­phy at the 2011 In­ter­na­tional Aro­matic Wine Com­pe­ti­tion with its Marl­bor­ough Gewurz­traminer 2010. White­haven’s se­nior wine­maker, Sam Smail, says he has rel­ished re­cent op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore the po­ten­tial of gewurz­traminer wines from a sin­gle vine­yard. A record 408 en­tries were re­ceived. All medal­win­ning wines will be on dis­play dur­ing the 2011 Can­ter­bury A&P Show Can­ter­bury in the Food & Wine NZ Pav­il­ion from Novem­ber 9 to 11.

ITALY AT HOME

If you would rather taste it than hear about it, Jo Sea­gar is shar­ing her Ital­ian cui­sine tips at a spe­cial din­ner at Oa­maru’s his­toric Pen-y-bryn Lodge. The three-course Ital­ian din­ner on Novem­ber 12 ( $130 per per­son) in­cludes a glass of Olssens wine paired with each course. The lodge is do­nat­ing $5 from ev­ery ticket sold to the din­ner to the Ti­maru Hospice, Sea­gar’s char­ity of choice. For reser­va­tions phone 03 434 7939 (ask about the spe­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­age). See peny­bryn.co.nz

BECK­EN­HAM WINE BAR

It’s a move across town for Savoire. The pop­u­lar Merivale Cafe and Wine Bar is open­ing up a sec­ond cafe at 147 Colombo St op­po­site the Christchurch South Po­lice sta­tion in Beck­en­ham. Owner Phillip Bell says the cafe has a large se­lec­tion of gluten-free food in its break­fast and lunch menus. Book­ings are now open for its Cup Day Break­fast, ‘‘‘Bub­bles & Bus’’ on Tues­day, Novem­ber 8.

AWARD WIN­NING BREW

Christchurch cof­fee roaster Ris’tretto Espresso has won sil­ver for best New Zealand espresso at the 2011 Huh­ta­maki New Zealand Cof­fee Awards held in Auck­land ear­lier this month. The awards, now in their sev­enth year, judge freshly roasted cof­fees from New Zealand’s cof­fee roast­ing com­pa­nies. Over two days the judg­ing panel, headed by one of the world’s lead­ing cof­fee au­thor­i­ties, In­stau­ra­tor, tasted nearly 300 cof­fees en­tered by 65 roast­ing com­pa­nies.

Roaster and co-owner of Ris’tretto Espresso An­drew Weir said it was a thrill to be recog­nised. ‘‘As a small bou­tique Christchurch cof­fee roaster it’s great to re­alise that if you are pas­sion­ate about great cof­fee, you can com­pete with the big boys.’’

GLAM­OUR IN A BOT­TLE

Tres chic and just in time for Cup Week, bot­tles of PiperHei­d­sieck Cu­vee Brut are cur­rently wear­ing a se­duc­tive Jean Paul Gaultier out­fit. In­spired by the al­lure and glam­our of the Parisian cabaret and nightlife, PiperHei­d­sieck ‘‘French Can­can’’ by Jean Paul Gaultier fea­tures a black la­tex cham­pagne skin and fish­net stock­ing, com­plete with a lip­stick-red mask. The last col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two French houses re­sulted in the first ever leather corseted cham­pagne bot­tle. Stocks are lim­ited and avail­able only from Glen­garry for $89.90 (see glen­garry.co.nz to find a lo­cal stock­ist)

WIN FOR REAL

Hubbards Real ce­real has been hon­oured with the top food ac­co­lades at the Massey Univer­sity NZ Food Awards. The ce­real, which was launched 12 months ago, won the ATEED Ce­re­als and Breads Award, the Ze­spri Award for Best Food Prod­uct In­no­va­tion and the Massey Univer­sity Health­ier Choice Award. Hubbards founder Dick Hub­bard says it was a tremen­dous hon­our to win three such pres­ti­gious awards. Two new tasty flavour vari­ants were added to the Real fam­ily this month – Real Berries and Real with Cinnamon Clus­ters.

DIARY THE DATE

There are bistros, books, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and movies aplenty to keep you busy.

Oc­to­ber 28. Ric­car­ton House Bistro opens for din­ner again from this Fri­day al­beit in a

❏mar­quee out­side the his­toric house. The Bistro will be serv­ing up lunches on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day and din­ner on Fri­day nights along­side the Stella Ar­tois Gar­den Bar. Book­ings es­sen­tial (03) 348 6190

Novem­ber 4. Spend an evening with Dame Ali­son Holst as she shares sto­ries from her new mem­oir, AHome Grown Cook, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4 at the Women on Air event, Mid­dle­ton Grange Per­form­ing Arts Au­di­to­rium at 7.30pm. Tick­ets $12 ph 384 4721 or 329 9789 or pur­chase from Merivale Pa­per Plus.

Novem­ber 9. Head to the movies for the Wattie’s Cans Film Fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 9. Go online to wat­ties.co.nz to see what movies are show­ing near you and swap a can for a movie ticket.

Novem­ber 14 and 15. Find out all you need to know about cook­ing with eggs Ital­ian style at The Gables (Wainui) cook­ing classes. From 11am-3.30pm $85pp to book, ph (03) 304 8980 or see gables.co.nz

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Photo: JOHN KIRK-AN­DER­SON/FAIRFAX NZ

Brew mas­ter: An­drew Weir of roast­ery Ris’tretto says his sil­ver medal win proves small can be big.

Sweet win: White­haven wine­mak­erSamS­mail brought out notes of grape­fruit, turk­ish de­light and ly­chee in his win­ning Marl­bor­ough Gewurz­traminer 2010.

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