NZGFW Round Table Lunch – Friday 29 May

Join your colleagues at the next Guild Round Table Lunch. 
Friday 29 May at 12 noon, Mexican Specialities, 92 Marua Road, Ellerslie.

RSVP to André Taber by text message on 021-361-357."



2015 Beef and Lamb Ambassador Series

An evening with -  REON HOBSON

Pescatore, The George, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch


Enjoy an evening of superb cuisine with Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef, Reon Hobson of Pescatore at The

George in Christchurch. Enjoy a specially prepared five course degustation available for one night only and hear

what inspires Reon to create his award-winning dishes using New Zealand beef and lamb.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to indulge your senses with a unique dining experience and meet one

of New Zealand’s top chefs.


6.30pm Wednesday

10th June 2015


$120 per person for five

courses with wine match and

a glass of bubbles on arrival


Call Pescatore on

03 371 0257 or email

Click here to download NZ Beef & Lamb Reon Hobson Click





Olives NZ Lunch March 2015 Click

Sunday 22 March - 12pm onwards

Cable Bay Vineyard Restaurant - Waiheke Island 

A set four course lunch featuring matched award winning New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Be quick – only 34 spaces

R.S.V.P by

Friday 27 February to Rachel at

$40 NZGFW member

$90 non member

(Drinks not included)

Prepayment required to NZGFW account 





You are invited to attend a unique opportunity to taste 2014 new season’s New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oils, which will be led by three of the international judges for the 2014 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards:

Franca Camurati – Italy

Jenny Birrell – Melbourne

Trudie Michels – Adelaide

The Tastings follow on from the success of New Zealand producers at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, where they scooped 4 Best of Class, 14 Gold Medals, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Several of these Best in Class oils are included in the Tastings along with other top oils from across New Zealand.

The event is being jointly hosted by Olives New Zealand, the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers and the New Zealand School of Food and Wine. Following the Tastings, please stay and enjoy some tasty canapés made with New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other local olive products, accompanied by locally produced wines.

Tickets are $25 and need to be purchased in advance from the Guild. 

WHEN:            Wednesday 24th September 6pm sharp

WHERE:          New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland 1010

RSVP:             By 29 August to    or   Ph 027 278 3262








The Auckland Writers Festival and the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers are delighted to present a very special event:




Dine with one of the most acclaimed food writers of our time!

New York based Ruth Reichl is coming to Auckland for an unmissable one-off event on August 26th.  

Well-known for her wit and extraordinary descriptive powers, hear her share her insights over a delicious three course meal at The Langham Great Room. 

Familiar to many through her best-selling and much-loved memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, most recently she has branched out into fiction with her debut novel Delicious!

Join us at The Langham Great Room on August 26th, where you will be welcomed with a glass of bubbles, followed by a three course meal accompanied by Crossroads Wines.





Standard $195.  Table of 10 is $1800 or $180 per ticket. Auckland Writers Festival Friends/Patrons $180 (patrons book though Festival office ph 09 376 8074 or email

When: Tuesday 26th August 2014, 6.30 for 7.00pm start

Where: The Langham Great Room, 83 Symonds St, Auckland



Media release                                                                                                                  

14 July, 2014 

Acclaimed US food writer to speak in Auckland 

One of the most acclaimed food writers of our time is coming to Auckland for a one-off event on August 26.  

New York based Ruth Reichl is well-known for her wit and extraordinary descriptive powers. At the “Delicious Dining with Ruth Reichl” event she will share her insights and experience over a sumptuous three course evening meal.   

The event is presented by Auckland Writers Festival and NZ Guild of Food Writers in partnership with WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. 

Reichl is familiar to many through her best-selling and much-loved memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Restaurant Critic in Disguise

She is also renowned for her restaurant reviews for both The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.  For 10 years she was the editor in chief at Gourmet magazine and most recently she has branched out into fiction with her debut novel Delicious! 

The special event is being held in The Langham Great Room includes a welcome glass of bubbly followed by a three course meal accompanied by a selection of Crossroads Wines. Tickets are available through Eventfinda

“The Auckland Writers Festival and New Zealand Guild of Food Writers are thrilled to be working together, with the support of WORD Christchurch, to present such a high calibre writer as Ruth Reichl in Auckland at a gala event,” says guild president Trudi Nelson. 

The Festival is a charitable trust established to present the world’s best writers and thinkers to a New Zealand audience while the guild, started 30 years ago, is inspired by the vision of promoting global food writing to New Zealanders.  

Event details are:

26 August 2014

6:30 PM arrival for 7 PM start

The Great Room, The Langham Auckland

*NB - Guild members are at a discounted price of $180 per person $1800 per table of 10 - book directly with Auckland Writers Festival office PH: 09 376 8074 or email



“The internet is killing food writing...”


The New Zealand Guild of Food Writers invites you to an evening of fine food and entertainment at its mid-winter debate. Feast on warming roasts with New Zealand’s finest produce, including a fabulous pig on a spit, cooked in the traditional Pilipino style.Then enjoy hot puddings by the fire, and loads of laughs from our debaters. 

 WHAT: New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Mid-winter Roast

WHEN: Thursday 17th July, 6.00pm

WHERE: Winter Garden Pavilion, Auckland Domain

TICKETS: $75 for Guild Members and $90 for non-members.

 Email us on

And pay online to account 38 9011 0701145 00. Include your name as reference.

Tickets are limited to first 60, so book now.



Food Styling 101...

Join Denise Vivaldo for a one-of-a-kind seminar that will give you the tools to take your food photos from blah to beautiful. Denise’s extensive background in food styling and the culinary arts is unparalleled. Denise is in New Zealand for one seminar only: Saturday 9th August, Sachie's Kitchen in Auckland.

As a consultant, food stylist, and culinary producer, Denise has helped with numerous television productions, infomercials, food manufacturers, grocery stores chains, restaurants, publishers, authors and celebrities with their projects and products. Denise is the author of eight books, including the award-winning The Food Stylist’s Handbook.

Book for the day workshop on SAt 9th August ($395) and see her work at

Plus here is last week's food styling article from Stuff:



Market Day 2014 - Thursday 1st May

It’s that time of the year again for the Guild’s May Day market. 

It will be held on Thursday 1st May 2014 from 4 – 6pm.

Jubilee Hall

545 Parnell Road


RSVP to Rachel 


‘How to get the Media to Love You’

Would you like to be a better public speaker, that go-to person that NZ media interview about food matters in NZ? Perhaps gain some presenting skills or learn tips from people that know how to get you noticed? As food writers, you do need to know how to play the media game and we'd love you to join us for our first NZGFW workshop of 2014. Join fellow members, movers-and-shakers and food lovers alongside Bill Ralston and Janet Wilson for an evening of media training, mingling and no doubt, a few fun laughs.

Monday10th  February 2014 6.30pm – 9.00pm

The Sapphire Room, upstairs at Ponsonby Central 

Members $45

Non Members $69


AGA Cookery Demonstration 

What a wonderful evening of entertainment, and food this was. Richard's 'act' was magical, he created, cooked, and talked for almost two hours, making the AGA perform like the Tardis, a huge amount of food magically appeared out of the stove's three ovens and two hotplates - sausages, a lamb roast, poached apricots, pears, meringues, berry crumble, a lemon roulade, and much, much more. (His popovers individual yorkshire puds were to die for!) We all left totally full up and in great spirits.

Richard will be back in Auckland, same time next year and is willing to do it all again for Guild members - watch this space!


2013 NZGFW Conference

Don't miss this event. 1 - 3 November. Click the banner below for more information about the Conference.


2013 Culinary Quill

Finalists in all Culinary Quill categories will be announced in September.

Winners will then be announced at an Awards dinner in Dunedin on Saturday 2 November. 

The NZ Guild of Food Writers Culinary Quill Awards is a chance to showcase your best work of the past two years.

Judged by peer Guild members in the first round, and then by local and international non-member judges, Culinary Quill winners are the best of the best. The Awards promote and celebrate excellence in food writing. More information here