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…

CREATIVE CUTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

  Waikato chef named as Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards 2016 Finalist 22 November 2016 Mat McLean, head chef of Palate Restaurant has been named as a finalist in the 2016 Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.  His dish was Silver Fern Farms short rib, grilled tongue, smoked potato & liquorice. Judges commented that…

2016 Matariki Dish Challenge Winners announced

Victoria Street Bistro takes out the Supreme award in the Matariki Dish Challenge for a second year running. Andrew Clarke and the team at Victoria Street Bistro have proved a formidable force, not only gaining two hats at the Cuisine Magazine Good Food Guide this week, but also winning the Waikato Food Inc Matariki Dish…

Matariki Dish Challenge 2016 Foraging Filed Trip

This year’s Matariki Dish Challenge begins on Monday.  To help inspire local chefs and teach them a few new trick Waikato Food Inc organised Indigenous food expert, Chef Charles Royal to take them bush. After a morning spent foraging in Pirongia Forrest it was inside for a beautiful lunch. Read more about the day and…

Matariki Dish Challenge Terms & Conditions

Matariki Dish Challenge Terms and conditions: The challenge is open to any eatery in the Waikato region (refer to waikatofoodinc.com) The competition dish must include a minimum of two local ingredients which must be specified. Price for the dish must be no higher than $30. Judging for overall winner will take place between 6th June…

2016 Matariki Dish Challenge Judging Criteria

Service Rate the overall service        (1 – 5) Take into account the friendliness of staff, time it took to be greeted, time from ordering to delivery of meal, were the plates cleared?  Were there any other courtesies offered such as water supplied etc.? Were the Tino Reka Te Kai competition details prominently displayed        Y          N…

WAIKATO BUTCHER EARNS TOP SPOT IN NATIONAL TEAM

John Cox from New World Hillcrest has been named in the 2016 Pure South Sharp Blacks – New Zealand’s national butchery team who compete internationally each year. The Pure South Sharp Blacks will defend their three-time title in the 2016 World Butchers’ Challenge which sees the best butchers in Australia, Britain and France travel to…

Openings

The Hamilton hospitality scene continues to grow with some recent openings. It started with Sky Cities latest offering in their City Co-Op, La Parrilla.  Think authentic Tapas matched with a Spanish wine list.  The interior is gorgeous and cosy – grab a group and sit enjoying small bites in one of the booths or perch…