Mark your culinary calendar: Restaurant Month returns for 2015
Auckland’s preeminent dining event, Restaurant Month, returns this August promising to give Kiwis a taste of some of New Zealand and the world’s best chefs and sommeliers, the chance to savour over 100 special menu offers and access to over 30 foodie-inspired events. Read more...
Quest Serviced Apartments to open new property in Nelson
Australasia’s largest and fastest-growing serviced apartment operator is opening a new property in Nelson.
Quest Serviced Apartments latest property, Quest Nelson, features 40 studio, one and two bedroom apartments. It is due to open on 22 June. Read more...
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Time to explore what lies ‘beneath the surface’ at the Rockhampton River Festival
When most people think of Rockhampton, Australia they often think of beef and bulls interspersed with cowboys.
The Rockhampton River Festival will dispel this myth from July 9-12, when the Fitzroy riverside comes alive with a massive celebration of what lies ‘Beneath the Surface’ of the river, the region and the people who bring it to life. Read more...
Jacques Pepin turns 80
The International Culinary Centre [ICC]New York campus created a chocolate stove to celebrate Jacques Pepin’s 80th birthday in Washington in early April... Read more...
Tiny fast food chain ruffles competition feathers with organic chicken
A tiny US-based fast food chain is making its presence felt among the bigger players by offering organic meat. Read more...
Late night chips no more after fire
A favourite late night fry spot in New York's East Village is no more after an explosion and fire ripped through the building that housed on the ground floor the 'chippie' and neighbouring sushi restaurant. Read more...
Ears in your lobby
The popularity of digital check-in at hotels is having an impact on the amount of service that can be offered through lobby or concierge assistance, reports Hotels Mag.com Read more...
Tailored messages best for promoting hotel stays: research
With most New Zealanders well and truly back at work after a summer break, plenty of us are spending time browsing the Internet and dreaming of a holiday in the Pacific or beyond. So how can hotel operators best turn idle calls and website searches about room availability into solid bookings? An AUT University marketing researcher has identified a simple way that hotels can get traction with potential guests...Read more...
Restaurant Association of NZ announces new Professional Development Manager
Professional development within the hospitality sector is a key focus for the Restaurant Association of New Zealand moving forward and with it comes the announcement that Ian McLaughlan has been appointed to manage this role. Read more...
Chard Farm Winery celebrates 25 years and raises funds for local schools
Chard Farm Winery marked its 25th Anniversary last weekend (February, Friday 21 and Saturday 22) with a wine tasting soiree and a community open day which raised over $5000 for local primary schools. Read more...
Sustainable salmon farming subject of $5.2 million research project
New Zealand government, research and commercial groups are aligning with international salmon experts to make salmon farming here even more sustainable. Read more...
Knowledge and practical skills win Nathan 2015 Young Bread Baker of the Year Award
Judging for the top young bread baker in New Zealand took place in Auckland on February 19 with Nathan Roberts from Goodman Fielder in Auckland being declared winner of the 2015 "Young Bread Baker of the Year" competition. Read more...
Mission Estate - seven Golds in one day!
New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, has certainly started the year off with a bang – picking up a series of prestigious awards, both locally in New Zealand at the Easter Show Wine Awards 2015 - and from around the world... Read more...
Cooks completes China franchise deal
Cooks Global Foods’ (NZX:CGF) has successfully completed the purchase of its Esquires Coffee Houses master franchise in China.
Cooks signalled the purchase of Beijing Esquires Management Co. Limited (Esquires China) in September last year. Read more...
Yealands Family Wines launches P.G.R. aromatic blend
From the very beginning, Yealands Family Wines has never been afraid to think differently and take the road less travelled. In the spirit of innovation, Yealands has released an exciting new wine, P.G.R.
Accor Hotels launches "Savour, Snap, Share" social media campaign
Accor Hotels launches a “Savour, Snap, Share” social media campaign across Asia, aimed at bringing together social media, food and selfies. Hotel guests and visitors alike are encouraged to share “food-fies” of themselves enjoying culinary delights at any Accor property around the world. Read more...
Four weeks until Airbourne National Honey Week returns
The 2015 Airborne National Honey Week is only four weeks away, kicking off on Monday 16 March. Tying in with the end of the New Zealand honey harvest, it will be a celebration of the country’s sweetest natural resource... Read more...
Queenstown takes on the world in Monopoly!
Queenstown is competing with the world’s top destinations to win a place on the new global Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition game.
Celebrating the MONOPOLY brand’s 80th anniversary, the special new edition will feature great cities from around the world that have been voted onto the board game by fans. Read more...
World Masters Games 2017 announces Pita Pit as official partner
Healthy, nutritious food will be on the menu for athletes, supporters and volunteers at World Masters Games 2017 with the announcement of Pita Pit as the Official Quick Service Restaurant Partner for the Games. Read more...
Chard Farm Winery celebrates 25 years on the farm
Central Otago’s Chard Farm Winery is celebrating 25 years on the farm later this month with a VIP wine tasting, birthday party and a family-friendly locals’ Open Day. Read more...
Different cultures add new flavour to the Cuisine Artisan Awards
New Zealand-made miso paste, oatcakes born through a Scottish family connection and a zingy sauce tasting of South America are some of this year’s winners in the Cuisine Artisan Awards, showcasing the variety of culinary flavours and talent blossoming in the artisan food community.
Lindauer and The Bachelor the perfect match
Before it’s even begun The Bachelor New Zealand has already found the perfect partner in Lindauer sparkling wines.
The recipient of numerous international awards, Lindauer will be supporting The Bachelor New Zealand as a programme partner. Read more...
Raise one for the 20th crusade - Montheith's new limited edition Crusaders Can
We’re a proud rugby loving bunch at Monteith’s Brewing Co., so much so that we’re raising one for the 20th crusade with a limited edition Crusaders branded can. Read more...
Kiwis invited to celebrate National Lamb Day
Sunday February 15 is to be National Lamb Day, with this year marking the 133rd anniversary of one of the most significant milestones in New Zealand’s sheep meat industry. Read more...
The crema the crop of NZ's baristas prepare to battle it out
The country’s best baristas are set to prove they’re the crema on the coffee as they battle it out in the capital at this year’s Huhtamaki New Zealand Barista Championship.The New Zealand Championships are being held in Wellington from Thursday March 19 till Sunday March 22.
New Kiwi venture taps into growing popularity of craft beer
A unique new tour being offered by an Auckland travel agent is set to take Kiwi craft beer lovers to the global hub of hops for a prestigious festival experience.
Online restaurant bookings soar in New Zealand
Going online to book flights, hotels and rental cars is common practice now, but New Zealand’s dining out culture is also going digital, encouraging the country’s restaurants to make booking easier by going online. Read more...
Alpha Domus appoints new winemaker
Alpha Domus has announced a changing of the guard after 10 years, with Kate Galloway passing on the wine making reigns to the highly regarded Barry Riwai. Read more...
Obey the claw, The Crab Shack Auckland is here!
The Crab Shack Auckland is now open on Princes Wharf in the former Leftfield Bar site, overlooking the central ferry terminal. Beloved in Wellington, it’s only right that the ultimate ‘bibs and fingers’ seafood experience now has a home in Auckland too. Read more...
NZMA students pitch in at ASB Auckland Seafood Festival
The annual ASB Auckland Seafood Festival drew a record high of 20,000 visitors last weekend. Amongst the throngs were 50 hospitality and cookery students from NZMA, all keen to develop their industry skills. Read more...
Riccadonna Prosecco brings a taste of modern Italy to New Zealand’s shores
In time for the summer season, Riccadonna proudly introduces its new Prosecco made exclusively with Prosecco grapes produced in the designated Prosecco area between Conegliano Veneto and Valdibbiadene in the Veneto region of Italy.
It’s cheese time! Sample New Zealand’s finest cheese at MiNDFOOD CheeseFest
The ultimate experience for cheeselovers is back with New Zealand’s supreme cheese event offering the chance to sample award-winning cheeses, and mingle with the experts who produce them. Read more...
Giving to Garden to Table in support of life-changing skills
The Langham Auckland made a generous donation to local charity Garden to Table last week. Sales and marketing director Michael Shah was delighted to present a cheque to Garden to Table Trust.
Sporting stars set to choose nation's top lamb
ron Maidens Lisa Carrington, Sophie Pascoe and Sarah Walker are set to judge the ninth annual 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards, aka the Glammies.
The competition, supported by Zoetis, aims to find the most tender and tasty lamb in New Zealand, with categories for both farmers and retailers. Read more...
New manager for Craggy Range’s Terrôir Restaurant
One of New Zealand’s most experienced restaurateurs has been appointed manager at Craggy Range Winery’s award winning Terrôir restaurant in Havelock North. John Logan brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in hospitality in the UK and New Zealand, most recently as restaurant manager at Auckland’s enduring O’Connell St Bistro. Read more...
Queenstown’s award winning ways!
Queenstown’s world class activities and operators coupled with its outstanding natural beauty have recently earned Queenstown a collection of domestic and international accolades. Queenstown hotels also took out the top three spots in the Top Hotel category of the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels in New Zealand. Read more...
New Zealand's Top Restaurants and Chefs Revealed
The top restaurants and chefs in the nation were revealed at a long lunch held at the prestigious Kelleher Estate on Puketutu Island today, after months of assessment by culinary trained experts.
163 restaurants from across New Zealand received the 2015 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award, recognising the highest quality, most skilfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb cuisine. Read more...
A platform to help those who save others
For six weeks from January 16, the Piha Surf Life Saving Club (PSLSC) will host a unique exhibition of 10 stunning New Zealand coastal images, captured by a selection of globally recognised surf, travel and lifestyle photographers.
Currently fundraising for a major redevelopment of their facilities, PSLSC welcomes the Corona Extra curated 'NZ Perspectives' exhibition and auction to help generate much needed funds this summer, while capturing the spirit of "From Where You'd Rather Be". Read more...
Kiwi icon celebrates 20 years with return of Marmite
This month, the iconic New Zealand snack the Bakers Delight Cheesymite Scroll celebrates its 20th anniversary with the return of Kiwis favourite spread, Marmite. Now that Marmite is back in business, Cheesymites are once again “kiwi as.”
The search is on for the nation's top steak
Beef farmers across the country are putting their best entries forward for the 13th annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin Competition.
The highly anticipated competition, sponsored by Zoetis, seeks to find New Zealand’s most tender and tasty steak, an award taken seriously by those in the industry. Read more...
Gibbston Valley Winery launches full-service bike centre to cater for growing demand
Award-winning Gibbston Valley Winery is adding to the experiences that locals and visitors can enjoy at the winery with the opening of a new on-site bike centre. Read more...