2017 Matariki Dish Challenge Winners Announced

Last night over a hundred guests at the Gallagher Performing Arts Centre were treated to an amazing meal created by Tim Carter and his team at Kahurangi Catering. The night’s festivities were a celebration of Waikato Food Inc’s third Matariki Dish Challenge and the announcement of the winners. Event organiser, Vicki Ravlich-Horan says, “such an…

NZ Food Writers go Wild in the Waikato

On July 21st and 2nd Waikato Food Inc hosted a group of NZ Food Writers in our wonderful region. Over the two days they got a real taste of the amazing producers and eateries that chose to make Waikato their home. We started at Zealong After a quick tour and a couple of delicious tea…

Matariki Entries – Restaurants

FURNACE RESTAURANT & BAR 150 Victoria Street, Hamilton Buried Forest – $24.00 48 degree sous vide eel swimming along the Waikato river forest, tasting and scenting its’ surroundings and burying itself on your plate. Earthy flavours are used to ground the dish and Ranginui smiles down from above; shining his warmth that is then woven…

Introducing our new Chairperson

Malcolm Jensen M(Inst)D CURRENT Advisor/Partner – Advantage Business Ltd MANAGEMENT SKILLS/PECIALITIES Change Management Management Organisation Succession Planning Business Planning Leadership/Governance Business Re-organisation Malcolm has more than 30 years experience in the Commercial, Not-for-Profit and Education Environment – initially in employed roles in the Government, Meat Exporting and Financial Services sectors, before beginning a 25 year…

Chairperson’s Report 2017

Our 2017 AGM saw a wonderful turnout of interested foodies in the Waikato and a lively discussion after with our Food for Thought Panel. A welcome to Malcolm Jensen our incoming Chairperson along with Katherine Mitchell and Lisa Quarrie, new members on our committee. A big thank you needs to be extended to the hard…

Double Dutch at NZ Champions of Cheese Awards

Two New Zealand cheesemakers of Dutch origin have stepped outside their traditions with two new cheeses that have claimed the top prizes at the 2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. The Smoked Goat Gouda by Meyer Gouda Cheese was judged as the Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial), and Fifty Fifty by Mercer Cheese was awarded…

Kai For Kaikoura Fundraising Lunch

On Tuesday the 13th of December a magical lunch was put on by Waikato Food Inc, The Event Company and a host of amazing local businesses to raise funds for the Red Cross Kaikoura Earthquake appeal. This was a fantastic example of what we can do when we join forces!  In a little under a…