Watering the Hobbits
The Neudorf Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2010 will be served tonight in Wellington at the launch and dinner for The Hobbit premiere. The winemakers of the tipple, which is available in Christchurch at EuroVintage, Vino Fino and Liquorland (Riccarton, Beckenham, Tower St, Shirley), hope to please the stars, big and small. ‘‘We can assure you that no hairy feet were involved in the pigeage (trampling of the grapes) of this wine,’’ Neudorf’s Judy Finn says, ‘‘but we are pretty chuffed to think Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman and Hugo Weaver will be poured a wine from our Upper Moutere winery.’’ neudorf.co.nz
Eat drink learn
Chef Darren Wright (ex Harbour 71 and the Bangalore Polo club), Leanne Wright, and Graham and Lynda Bellaney opened new hospitality venture Chillingworth Road last week. The business, with its theme of ‘‘eat drink learn’, provides an interactive casual dining experience. Nestled in the Cranford St complex, which also houses the new Costa’s and second Burgers and Beers outlet, Chillingworth Road features a swish bar area, bistro lunch area, demonstration kitchen and culinary shop, and a super-swish dining room. The focus of the bar, lunch and dinner menus is ‘‘fresh local produce’’. The demonstration section, with its streamlined benches and cooking equipment, will host twice-daily sessions, with baking the feature in mornings and meat and fish preparation in the afternoons. Each area flows into the next, so having a coffee while watching a chocolate specialist at work, or a beer as the experts demonstrate boning meat cuts, is sure to be more fun than watching a cooking show on television.
Why Chillingworth Road when the address is Cranford St? When they were scouting for a site, the Wrights discovered their preferred location was once in Chillingworth Rd, but the address disappeared when Cranford St was extended.
Alongside Wright in the kitchen are Gareth Evans, Guy Stanaway and pastry chef Jae Min Aw.
Chillingworth Road, 478 Cranford St. Open 7.30am until late for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and demonstrations. Phone 03 352 7784.
Opening soon in the Cranford St complex and completing the row of good food outlets is outlet No 2 for Arjee Bhajee. The famous Indian will still retain its Riccarton Rd business.
Posh Porridge, the staple breakfast stall, has become Posh Pancakes for summer at the Riccarton House Farmers’ Market. The menu can’t be beaten for those with a Saturdaymorning sweet tooth: pancakes are lathered in the likes of rhubarb and raspberry crush, topped with dried fruit, such as Nigella’s marsala prunes, or swirls of berry or chocolate sauces and roasted nuts. Although the pancake toppings change weekly, the bircher breakfast bowl, full of Canterbury oats, toasted seeds and honey, remains throughout the season. From 9am on Saturdays at Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Rd.
Garden City 2.0
This community produce collective is bringing new life to
Sorted: the city, as local growers distribute their goods via the initiative’s Vege Box Delivery. Its $30 family box contains roughly enough fresh vegetables for fourperson family for a week, while the $15 box is ideal for singles or older customers. Pay by 5pm on Wednesday and before noon on Saturday you’ll have a delicious selection of potatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, apples, pears, mixed herbs and other seasonal vegetables and fruit.
Pint and a pie
Last week the Upper South Island Regional Final of the Guinness Pint Master competition was held at The Craic in Christchurch, and a husband and wife team from Seamus’s Irish Bar in Picton won the top prize. Liz and Alistair Hawthorne took the Irish dry stout to the kitchen, impressing judges with their hot pot pie, which was presented with a Guinness reduction relish, served in a shot glass, topped with sour cream to resemble the beer.
‘‘I adore cooking,’’ says Liz, who has served her version of Guinness pie at Seamus’s since 2003. The Hawthornes go to Auckland for the grand final on December 4. Runner-up in the Christchurch event was a strawberry and cream Guinness cocktail with homemade Guinness truffles, created by the team from Paddy Barry’s in Blenheim. The Irishman bar in Christchurch also created Guiness cocktails – After Dinner Guinness Mint and the Guinness Rocky Road – for the contest.
Hot shot: Good craic was sure to follow Liz and Alistair Hawthorne’s Guinness win – hot-pot pie and Guinness relish
Drink it in: There’s more than good food at Chillingworth Road in Cranford St.