COLOMBO Winery – Martinborough Celebrating 1 year NO MENU NIGHT on Friday 18th November
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Big thanks for all the support over the last year.

We are looking forward to kicking off the summer season with our first
NO MENU NIGHT on a FRIDAY.  www.colombo.co.nz

With the fine weather just around the corner you can relax on the deck with friends, enjoy a casual dinner for $20 plus drinks.

From November NO MENU NIGHTS will be on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6pm.

Friday    18th Nov, 2016
Friday    16th Dec 2016
Friday     20th Jan, 2017
Friday     17th Feb 2017

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – An evening with Malcolm Lee of One-MIchelin-Starred Candlenut – Singapore 25th Nov
Chef Malcom Lee dinner

For bookings, visit the Robert Parker Matter of Taste website

https://a-matter-of-taste.com/local-chef-series

SAGER + WILDE – Hackney Road – FAMILY OF TWELVE KIWI WINEMAKER PARTY – Sept 12th
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WHY BOTHER?
The family of twelve New Zealand wine producers are the only NZ wines I personally would list. In fact they are the only wines we have ever listed here from New Zealand. Therefore I am thrilled to throw a party in their honour and am confident that things will get out of hand.

FAMILY OF TWELVE The Family of Twelve is a fraternity of New Zealand’s most prestigious and enduring artisanal wineries.

Kumeu River – Villa Maria – The Millton Vineyard – Craggy Range – Ata Rangi – Palliser Estate – Neudorf Vineyards – Nautilus Estate – Fromm Winery – Lawson’s Dry Hills – Pegasus Bay – Felton Road

The family of Twelve wines are available to purchase by the glass as is our wonderful food selection.

THE PEOPLE PARTYING WITH US
Nigel Greening from Felton Road, Paul Roper from Villa Maria, Matt Stafford from Craggy Range, Pip Goodwin Palliser Estate and Ryan Hancock from Nautilus Estate

Bookings are limited and will fill up quickly.
I encourage you to come shoot the shit with these exemplary, fastidious and irreverent individuals whose wines have long shone for quality in New Zealand.

Free Entry
Monday September 12th
Sager + Wilde Hackney Road
Book from 6PM onwards

 

Logan Brown – Wellington on a Plate – Welcome Home menu
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Let us take you on a culinary journey to  Myanmar , Syria, Iran and Egypt, all on one night.

Join us for our Wellington on a plate event Welcome Home.

We love Wellington for its melting pot of cultures made rich and colourful from a continual wave of immigrants and people seeking refuge from turmoil in their own countries. Always curious about anything food, Chef partner Shaun wanted to explore this from a culinary point of view and see what he could learn and then share with our locals.


Over the last 3 months he has  met amazing people from Myanmar, Syria, Iran and Egypt and while cooking with them heard their inspiring stories and learned their family recipes, culture and traditional methods and together created an incredible Welcome Home Menu.

From  6.00pm Tues 16th through  Friday 19th and  Tuesday 23rd through  Friday 26th

You will be treated to a welcome glass of bubbles followed by a series of 4 authentic and delicious courses that will take you into the homes of these faraway countries $99. Carefully selected beverages to match the various dishes will be on hand and the Logan Brown team will share the stories behind each dish.  Decorated tables and traditional music completes the experience.

To purchase your tickets to this amazing event click  here.

 

 

The Food Show – Wellington – on NOW – 20-22 May, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am to 5pm Westpac Stadium
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Take your taste buds on a trip all over the world without leaving town. We make sampling the best cuisine from New Zealand and overseas easy by gathering the biggest, broadest, and most downright delicious selection of food all in one place.

http://www.foodshow.co.nz/

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Marlborough Rising – Wellingtons other ‘local’ Wine Region
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Richard the Great…Mate
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Had lunch today at Nikau Cafe Wellington with my good buddy Richard Genn, legendary chef ex-Aman resorts and one of the best palates I know on the planet – and a top man to boot! After a few decades at Aman resorts he’s decided to take a break and hanging out in Bris-Vegas with his family. He’s actually a kiwi, indeed a Wellington boy! Yes, another amazing (wandering) palate who grew up in the windy city in possibly the most culinary low era of New Zealand’s history other than the first settlers coming to terms with there only being birds, fish and kumara in Aotearoa.
We had a marvelous lunch at Nikau Cafe, one of my local favourites and totally civilized place to be on a gloriously sunny Wellington day with the tables spreading alfresco. We grazed our way through the entrees and I had him wrap his lips around some Mount Edward Gruner Veltliner and Burn Cottage Pinot Noir…both got the nod.

Nice way to spend a summers day and have a good yarn with a mate. Hoorah!

Two Paddocks Pop-Up Cellar Door January 2016 – Felton Road Bannockburn Middle Earth
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The Wandering Palate caught up with the Prop in Queenstown and enjoyed a sneak preview of the first Two Paddocks ‘Proprietors Reserve’ individual vineyard Fusilier Pinot Noir 2014, from the newly acquired Felton Road, Bannockburn vineyard… and as the festive season fog in the brain dissipates, the Fusilier 2014 is ingrained in my olfactories and I can still smell the lingering dark Indian spices and peppercorns on a hot wok…and that wonderful layered depth of black berry fruits and Christmas Cherry…and that alluring smokiness a melange of fire-hot schist rocks and gun flint (the smoking hot barrel of the Fusilier’s rifle no doubt)…and Oh that lush and dangerously plush texture, the wine seemingly beckoning to be drunk at a sprint even though we know it’s a long distance runner. And whilst we had a suspicion this Bannockburn pinot fruit would bring the house down, it seems to me the Fusilier is already taking a commanding position on the parade ground, a stiff arm salute and cold steel bayonet-fixed acidity to a sword drawn Major no less that will be a Brigadier given the passage of time.

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Salute!

Gunner Marsh

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