Julie Legg: What I’m Cooking

Julie Legg has a huge curiosity for learning and rediscovering lost skills (growing, cooking, preserving, fixing, making, doing) and also enjoys throwing herself into DIY, upcycling and recycling. Having grown up in Auckland she escaped to rural Waikato to pursue a road to self reliance, particularly regarding food production. Check her out on www.rediscover.co.nz I’ve been in … Continue reading Julie Legg: What I’m Cooking

Influence vs Influencers

Niki Bezzant weighs in on the subject of influence I’ve been getting publicly grumpy lately. It’s been building for a while; but it came to a head for me after the awful, despicable events of March 15th in Christchurch. That’s when I observed on social media, alongside the natural expressions of grief and shock, what … Continue reading Influence vs Influencers

Jill Brewis and André Taber went to New Caledonia on separate family holidays last year. They saw each other while out buying (what else?) food. Here, they share their impressions of eating on the island. André: What a pleasant surprise to run into you. We were both making a trip to the bakery l’Atelier Gourmand (141 Route de l’Anse … Continue reading

Olena Williams and ethnic food

Olena Williams, who has Russian and Korean ancestry, lives in Taranaki with her New Zealand family. Olena loves the diversity of ethnic food and the role it plays in the ‘cultural immersion’ experiences on offer in her Lozhka Ethnic Cooking classes.  Where does your interest in food spring from?  Raisa, my Russian grandma from Siberia, … Continue reading Olena Williams and ethnic food

top 10 tips : social media

Did you miss Tash McGill’s social media presentation at our October 2018 conference, or wish you’d taken better notes? Tash – a writer and transformation strategist who you might also recognise from Instagram as @thewhiskygirlnz – has shared her top 10 tips with us for Digest.  1. Choose a social media channel that you enjoy, … Continue reading top 10 tips : social media

Eat New Zealand

Eat New Zealand is taking to the road in 2019. Kate Underwood reports.   Eat New Zealand is a collective of New Zealand’s chefs, producers, media, tourism and event operators, who have all been inspired to create a national platform to promote and champion our best food, drink, and culinary tourism opportunities. What started as a series … Continue reading Eat New Zealand

Clooney Lunch

When Tony Stewart from Clooney Restaurant suggested an exclusive lunch for Foodwriters NZ we knew it would be popular, but didn’t imagine it would sell out in less than 60 minutes. Michelle Jones reports. You could sense everyone’s anticipation as we wandered through the elegant curtained booths in the main restaurant and down the stairs … Continue reading Clooney Lunch

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Feasting in Hoi An

Kate Underwood recently spent a deliciously rewarding holiday in Vietnam. She shares her six top Hoi An food experiences here (pictured left to right above). I managed to average about one Banh Mi per day in Hoi An, and Madam Khanh – Banh Mi Queen served  some of the best and most popular in town. The ‘mixed’ or Thap … Continue reading Feasting in Hoi An