Food and wine news

Food and wine news

The skill of turning leftovers from the bottom of the fridge into gourmet dishes will be celebrated on Wednesday 17 April at the annual Great Big Rescued Food Cook-Off. Last year 40 wannabe chefs donned their aprons and turned food...
The grape harvest is in full swing at the island’s two-dozen-and-counting commercial vineyards, with winemakers once again having to play the cards they’ve been dealt. Weather-wise, this is the third challenging summer in a row for Waiheke growers, but fingers...
Archive Bar and Bistro recently won Best Regional Restaurant in New Zealand by Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards 2018. It is the first award going to Mudbrick’s more casual bistro since its opening two years ago, and restaurant manager Corinne...
The ceremonial cracking of cheese is not an event to go unnoticed. Especially when the cheese is a three-year-old, 40kg heavy wheel of Italian Parmesan called Parmigiano Reggiano. Owners of the Island Grocer Nicky and Simon Cairns brought over Calum...
For the second year in a row, Tim Adams from Waiheke’s Obsidian Vineyard is the Bayer Auckland-Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year. Tim won the title last Friday, after a full day of competing in all things viticultural in the...
Casita Miro has been awarded the People’s Choice Award for Best Destination Restaurant in Metro magazine’s Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2018 awards. The Onetangi vineyard venue, co-owned by Cat Vosper and husband Barnett Bond, was nominated as one of...
Almost in defiance of the times, Waiheke Organic Food is closing after 20 years of offering a haven to the health-conscious on Tahi Road. Anna Ripper, Leila Lees and Carol Shortis opened the island’s first organics shop in 1998, selling...
Tactical planning, precision scheduling, navigating the lay of the land at Auckland’s Meatstock 2018 - the Smugglers team were ready for war, barbecue war. And they won - twice to be exact - smoking the competition to be crowned Culley’s...
Harvest 2017 may come to be viewed as the grape escape by the island's winegrowers. After an excellent fruiting season and dry January and February, hopes for a standout vintage were dashed by heavy downpours in March and early April....
Hungry Kiwis went crazy for fast-food last week as lockdown rules relaxed, and Waiheke was no different with some takeaway phones ringing off the hook. It was a welcome boost for Too Fat Buns owners Pounamu Gardiner and Remy Sandoy,...