Cafe Chat with Kim Triegaardt
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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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.