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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CATCH PINOT – Wellington 1-29 May 2016
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Enjoy the best Wellington’s very own wine region has to offer with premium Pinots from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton wineries, all expertly paired with noshes, nibbles and bites from Wellington’s finest eateries. Read More >

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Misha’s Vineyard Dinner – Copthorne Wellington – 25 Feb 2016
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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!

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Circa Theatre – Written by: Dylan Thomas Directed by: dramatised & presented by Ray Henwood
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The Wandering Palate attended the opening night of Ray Henwood’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and have to say it was a brilliant show – a totally engaging one man show that only someone as talented and charismatic as Henwood could deliver so well. I strongly recommend you see this most charming and highly entertaining show. And have a pre-show diiner at Circa Theatre Encore restaurant, good food and top spot looking out of the Wellington harbourside www.encoreatcirca.co.nz

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Ruth Pretty at Match Wine Bar showcasing the wines of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton
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On the opening night of Wellington on a Plate, I headed to the pop-up wine bar, ” Match“, a collaboration of 20 wineries from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton offering 40 wines by the glass and a pairing menu of 20 small plates created by legendary Chef Ruth Pretty. Read More >

Merry Christmas from the Wandering Palate
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It’s the Pōhutukawa tree that does it for me… our very own Christmas Tree

Where else on the planet would there be a tree that speaks to me, and understands I have been 28 years at sea.

I thought I was destined to roam, but as it turned out I found my way home.

To Wellington, the great harbour of Tara, but also named after our past master.

A town named after a Duke that would make most Kiwi’s puke, but never mind, its a ship of line that our character is defined.

And I did my time here in my youth, and some would say I was a touch uncouth, and that’s probably the truth.

Actually, it’s the garage beer that brings me here, a beverage I would like to be near.

They call it Wellywood, but my purpose for being here is little understood.

I should really live in New York as my wife is a banker, and she’s the anchor.

But what sort of tree would I talk to in New York… I think I’d rather shake hands with an Ork.

No, it’s the Pōhutukawa tree with its stamen bright, surely the future is in sight.

You know everything is all right, when I drive around Oriental Bay in the twilight.

And when I look at my daughter, and I see her shine, I know that coming back to New Zealand was always in my mind.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season

The Wandering Palate

Loretta – Wellington…this place is going to rocket

Had a quick lunch today at Loretta, Wellington…wanted to check it out, wow, most impressed, great space and balance between distressed look and modern clean lines and high-quality fit out. Its breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, wine bar, cafe and everything in between…bloody brilliant wine list, 40 eclectic offerings by the glass and 375ml carafe, all kept in perfect nick with Argon, equally impressed with steemless Riedel glassware. Try the wet risotto with purple carrot, thyme, chervil & parmesan – looks and tastes great. Beef pie was the real job too. This place is going to rock and aimed perfectly at the savvy Wellington palate www.loretta.net.nz

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Visa Wellington On a Plate – 15 to 31 August
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New Zealand’s largest and tastiest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP), is set to serve its sixth course of good times and great deals from 15-31 August. Read More >

The Wellington City Market 5th Birthday Celebration Sunday 22nd June
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A fantastic weekly food and wine market showcasing Wellington artisans. Tucked inside the atrium of the iconic Chaffers Dock Building on Wellington’s waterfront, the City Market is the capital’s number one destination for a taste of the region.

Championed by award-winning chef Martin Bosley and Rachel Taulelei of local food company Yellow Brick Road, the City Market brings a star-studded line-up of local food and beverage producers together under one roof. Each week sees new restaurant in the Market Kitchen, fabulous wine, cider and craft beer tastings, event previews, book signings, chef demonstrations and cooking classes in the Gaggenau Kitchen, and entertainment.

Providores at the City Market are Wellington’s best – real people

The Wandering Palate will also be there, having recently relocated to my hometown, and living in the very same building!

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