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ctober really is a month to anticipate in our beautiful city. It’s as if someone flicked a switch on the weather. All the mud and rain is gone, and blossom is lining Hagley Park. All is well again. We can pretend winter never happened. Well, at least for several months! As the sun warms up our city, your homes and your lives – so it will your social calendar. Cup Week is just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic week of festivities. In this issue, we celebrate a Return to Fashion, placing the spotlight on three people who are key in the revival of bespoke fashion. We talk to Anna White, Roz Willmott-Dalton and Shannon Thompson and hopefully give you some inspiration for this Cup Week. We also speak to Andrew Loake, a sixth-generation shoemaker about Loakes Shoes and its commitment to timeless quality. A well-made shoe really does maketh the man, and will last a lifetime. Imagine Fashion is another event to add to your calendar. Avenues is proudly supporting this inaugural event. I sat down and spoke to directors Kelly and Suzanne about realising their passion for fashion, and presenting a top-notch event for Ōtautahi. We will be there, with the most fashionable of bells on. Will you? Lastly, I enjoyed a visit to the Christchurch Bonsai Society. The care and artistic commitment given to these miniature trees is next level. The society is turning 50 this month and is celebrating with a display and event – do take a look. It really is amazing. This is my first issue as editor and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Happy spring to you all!
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Based between both New Zealand and London, violinist and composer Fiona Pears has forged a career as an international soloist and recording artist. Fiona has composed and written music for recording artists such as Hayley Westenra, Aled Jones and Lee Mead. What better way to celebrate the upcoming festive season than to sit back and enjoy an evening of exquisite music from of one of the finest violinists in the country and the nationally acclaimed ChristChurch Cathedral Choir. Come along to the December 15 concert at the ChristChurch cathedral on Hereford Street. Tickets are available now. fionapears.com
KNOCK KNOCK IT’S GIN O’CLOCK Summer is fast approaching and gin is always pinned as the drink du jour. Japanese distillers Beam Suntory are bringing their latest triumph ROKU to New Zealand. Kiwi gin drinking is on the rise and in the midst of a global gin boom, ROKU is a proudly Japanese drop giving the traditional gin producers a run for their money. ROKU is blended from six unique botanicals each prepared in accordance with the Japanese tradition of ‘shun’ where each ingredient is harvested at the peak of its flavour. We love the hints of cherry blossom and cherry tree leaves, and the label printed with Japanese washi paper. societyliquor.co.nz
ON YA BIKE Christchurch’s annual month-long festival of cycling, Biketober, is being held this month. The inaugural 2017 event has just been awarded the NZTA ‘Revolutionary Award’ (for best activity) in their 2018 Bike to the Future Awards. The Biketober festival builds on this renewed interest in cycling and offers something for all riders, on all bikes: commuters, explorers, shoppers, students, thrill-seekers, families, the inexperienced, and the seasoned pedal-warrior. Make sure you get your copy of The Biketober Passport for a chance to win prizes. biketober.nz
LOVE, WHAT CAN I DO? Finn Andrews, lead singer from Kiwi band The Veils, has recently released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, One Piece at a Time. The track, titled Love, What Can I Do? is the first song from the album to be released and is but a taster of things to come. The song was recorded entirely live without Andrews wearing headphones, as he wanted it to feel as much like playing a live show as possible. Andrews comes from rock royalty – his father Barry Andrews played with the likes of Iggy Pop and David Bowie. You can expect big things from Finn. theveils.com
EAT MY LUNCH Eat My Lunch, one of New Zealand’s largest social enterprises has now started operating in Christchurch. An estimated 25,000 children in New Zealand go to school without lunch every day. Eat My Lunch is changing that by providing a free lunch to a kiwi kid who would otherwise go without. Why not give them a go? eatmylunch.nz
TAI TAPU GARDEN TOUR & FETE Take a trip to Tai Tapu to celebrate six treasured local gardens from historic to modern, native to exotic. This is a self-tour package, with an option of the ‘Otahuna Garden Tour package’. In addition an art exhibition at the Sculpture Garden, garden talks, live music, spot prizes and a spring fete for you to enjoy. This event is a biennial fundraiser for Tai Tapu Primary School with all profits going directly into teaching resources and support services for the school. For those curious about local history, art and architecture – you will not be disappointed! taitapugardentour.nz
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A world-class art event comes into full bloom in Christchurch in Spring. SCAPE Public Art Season 20th anniversary celebrations will be large-scale, impressive and unforgettable. SCAPE Public Art has brought to life 14 permanent and over 214 temporary works of art in Christchurch. A towering bronze sculpture by world renowned artist Tony Cragg, a glittering gala dinner, a family fun day and more than a dozen daring new public artworks for Christchurch by some of the most exciting artists in the world, are just a few of the offerings that make up the SCAPE Public Art Season 2018. Held in Christchurch’s central city public spaces, 6 October scapepublicart.org.nz
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A weekly drop-in event for all. Each class consists of a guided meditation and a talk based on Buddhist wisdom. This month, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, teaches methods to increase and stabilise levels of love and compassion so we have the ability to help others. Classes hosted by Buddhist Nun Kelsang Luma.
After his last sell-out Blue Smoke show, former frontman of Salmonella Dub, Tiki Taane returns to his old stomping ground to perform his powerful and uplifting One Man Band show with support from special guests. This will be another epic night of experimental music with plenty of classic hits by the King of the Dubs.
One of the most popular spots in the city centre on a Friday – the market at The Cathedral Square has the best food trucks and stalls from different cuisines around the world. With live entertainment, buskers and food from Coq au Van, Escarto Espresso, Liberty Dogs, Little German Kitchen and more.
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The Tannery, 6 October bluesmoke.co.nz
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STREET PARTY WITH FESTA Christchurch has always had a powerful relationship with food and to celebrate this ongoing love FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture) is throwing a street party – a public feast of architecture, design and food. Artists, musicians, community groups and more will come together to create a spectacular celebration of food and city-making for one night only. This collective reimagining of Christchurch takes place in the city’s new public spaces. FEASTA! will fire up your appetite and imagination with installations, artists, performers, family activities, musicians, community groups, businesses, and lots of wonderful things to eat and drink.
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Find one-off gems, spectacular specials, discounted seconds and vintage treasures at the Arts Centre’s Monster Spring Clean Market. It’ll be impossible for you to leave without a bag stuffed full of incredible, unique, purchases so bring a bag, a suitcase or even a trailer and get yourself down to Market Square at the Arts Centre.
The first ever ‘Art Do’ will bring together world-leading chefs, designers and rockstar artists all in the name of bringing more great art to Christchurch. Amazing auction items in the mix include a $10,000 Crane Brothers package and business class flights to London, staying in a Fleet Street apartment. This is an event not to miss!
Otahuna Lodge is hosting a classic murder mystery event with an overnight stay. With an array of clues and a colourful assemblage of characters, it promises to be a night of unforgettable intrigue, deception and much good humour. With your insight, they may figure out this whodunit before the murderer has a chance to strike again!
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Doping horses, and framing jockeys… Did we just step into a daytime soap opera? The chlorinated water. Still! Is this coordinated so we can fill up our pools again? A cathedral full of feral cats and rabbits. Surely they’re staging a takeover.
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A return to fashion In a climate of fast fashion and throwaway looks, three Cantabrians are forging ahead with their commitment to homegrown quality. In this edition of Avenues, we profile three of the very best in their fields. We talk to Anna White about the research and use of classic, traditional methods for her range of leather handbags and the process of creating only the best in designer leather accessories. Local milliner Roz Willmott-Dalton introduces us to the time-honoured magic of millinery, a skill that defies hasty technological advancement, and keeps the essence of hat making a hands-on experience. Emerging streetwear designer Shannon Thompson shares her path from London to New York to Christchurch, with her apparel brand Out Of Comfort. Recently returned from Vancouver Fashion Week, her dream of having her own label is now a firm reality. A return to bespoke, artisan fashion is being carved out right here in ĹŒtautahi, and we couldnâ€™t be more excited.
CREATIVE FREEDOM IN HAT MAKING WORDS Joshua Brosnahan PHOTOS Sarah Rowlands
ou’ll find milliner Roz Willmott-Dalton in her own creative hub at the back of her garden. A room filled to the brim with art and inspiration, colour and activity. Not to mention two Griffon dogs, Elvira Jellybean and Ozzy Oscar. There is no choice but to get creative alongside her. Roz is a master of her craft, talking to Avenues while manipulating and firmly instructing the fabric beginnings of a piece for a client. “Millinery skills have really skipped a generation,” she tells me. “People have had grandmothers or great aunts that were milliners. Around the 1960s the hairdos started to die down and flatten and the expectations from society changed. “You didn’t automatically put your hat and gloves on to go out – so that was the end of that.” Roz trained in Dunedin but the majority of her career has been based here in Christchurch. “I did a fashion design degree for three years, back in the late 90s. Last century! “We had an introduction to millinery there. I played around as much as you can do. “My husband encouraged me to work for myself. I ended up working on everything from tourist apparel to street wear and club wear – it was really broad. It was fun. That was in 2002 and I’ve been in the design business ever since.” However, it got harder for Roz to compete with offshore manufacturers and their prices and she began to reassess what she really wanted to dedicate her time to. “I’d been thinking about hats for a long time. There’s a creative freedom in millinery that I was longing for, I suppose. It’s definitely an
art, and to a degree a somewhat forgotten art. The way things are done now has been the same for generations. Some techniques have been in practice for 200 years and are still relevant today.” Roz says there is “always more to learn” and heads to Australia when she can to take courses with top milliners from around the world. “There’s nothing like being in a room of like-minded people to make you realise you made the right choice. It’s exciting. “I find a lot of satisfaction in hat making. There’s as many technical aspects to millinery as there is to fashioning a good garment. You might wear something on your head that you might not specifically wear in a garment. That’s part of the fun of it. You want to wear the hat, not have the hat wear you. “You’ll meet people who say, ‘oh no, I can’t wear hats. They don’t suit me!’ I feel like saying, ‘well, do you have feet? Do you suit shoes?’” Roz believes it’s all about finding the right style and wearing it correctly. “A hat can take a low-key outfit to the next level,” she enthuses. “You can wear an outlandish hat, and it adds an element of class. You can escape in a hat. You can look more alluring. You can become someone else.” When prompted for a tip on finding a good hat, Roz stays true to her art, urging people to go for quality. “Steer clear of a hat with traces of hot glue!” she quips. Roz’s millinery pieces are stocked exclusively at Ingrid Brook Fashion & Bridal Designer, on the Boardwalk at The Tannery.
BAGS OF STYLE WORDS Joshua Brosnahan PHOTO Sarah Rowlands
really can’t source a structured bag like that, made in New Zealand.” However, Anna has plans for making at least some of her range locally. “I’ve just started working with a local manufacturer in Christchurch to do some of the softer totes, and I’m using these beautiful New Zealand leathers,” she says. “They’re from a tannery here in Canterbury who use deerskins – they export to Louis Vuitton and other amazing brands. “Local manufacturing means I can produce new styles more regularly. My classic collection will still come from Europe, but our satin evening bags will be made locally in Christchurch. I can launch different colours each month, and keep things fresh. I wanted that balance. “There are actually a lot of resources locally. It’s a matter of piecing them together. When you discover the right factory, it’s like finding gold.” Naturally, Anna is hands-on when it comes to the utility of her bags. “I always test my bags first. I’m a practical person. I hate things that don’t function properly. I make sure they always have the right pockets. Everything just needs to work well.” Anna’s bags have hand-painted ink edging, and bespoke hardware which she designs herself. “I like the idea that the bags are not trend-driven either. I want you to be able to pick up an Anna White bag in 10 years’ time and for it still to be relevant – you’ll still love it. “I wanted them to feel completely timeless, but for there to still be something special and different about them.”
rom the age of 10, Anna White was designing her dream handbags. Anna’s childhood memories are mostly from her father’s studio, where he based his textile company, producing neoprene wetsuits under the brand Seventh Wave. “I used to do the cutting of the neoprene for some of the smaller items,” she says. “I just always had a real love for the design process and the textiles. I’d even accompany him on photoshoots – so I was quite involved in the whole process.” Now 31, Anna has her own line of handbags. The range is beautiful with a nod to the classic elegance of the Birkin or the YSL tote. “I constantly have ideas for my new bag designs. I start by sketching. I can design hundreds of bags a day! I end up forming quite a collection. I guess it’s as much about aesthetics as it is about function when I’m playing with ideas. Designing a bag is like sculpting an object. There’s a certain element of mathematics to it, you really have to think about every element and how it all fits together.” Anna’s creative journey has evolved somewhat in recent months following a visit to Italy to scope out potential production partners for her bags. “There are a lot of craftsmen [in Italy] who have the tools and skills, handed down throughout the generations. They make bags for Mulberry and Burberry and the like, so the quality is very high. As it stands, you
STREET CONSCIOUS WORDS Kim Newth PHOTOS Sarah Rowlands
“Nana [Margaret Thompson] is a seamstress and taught me everything. Her work is incredible. I have loved spending time at her side, learning from her. My grandfather, a photographer, taught me a lot too and gave me that eye for detail.” After leaving school, Shannon studied fashion design at the Auckland University of Technology before spreading her wings and taking up an internship with a menswear designer in London. She remembers getting to Heathrow Airport and suddenly realising she didn’t know a soul. “I took an hour to breathe and calm down before I was ready to go forth!” The small London design firm happily made the most of Shannon, and she was soon fully immersed in the business of modern menswear, travelling to Paris to source fabrics and attending top fashion events such as Première Vision in Paris and London Fashion Week. She also got to tick New York and Los Angeles off her bucket list. By October 2016 she was ready to return home and start her own brand. New York street culture of the late 1980s, as photographed by US photographer Jamel Shabazz, helped inspire the look of her Long Time Come collection. Self-expression, authenticity, sustainability, comfort, quality and longevity are words that fit her vision, translated using 100 per cent wool, cotton and denim into her trademark streetwear of classic silhouettes with defined detail. Shannon is already working on her next collection for Out of Comfort, with plans for a 2019 release. The talented 27-year-old is in it for the long haul and hopes her journey will encourage others’ aspirations, particularly young Māori like herself. “Go after your dreams – they’re never too big!”
hristchurch fashion designer Shannon Thompson couldn’t quite believe it when she received an invitation to this year’s Vancouver Fashion Week. In brand terms, Shannon’s Out of Comfort streetwear label is very new. The official launch party was held at Christchurch’s Anchorage Café only a year ago. Her first collection, Long Time Come, was imagined and created out of her nana’s sewing room at Hanmer Springs. What a leap to go from quiet mornings bent over a sewing machine in rural Canterbury to the runways of Vancouver! “The organisers noticed me through social media and my website and got in touch,” says Shannon, who was on the eve of flying out to Vancouver at the time of writing. “The entry fees were huge but I thought ‘well, I’m going to give it a go and try and get there’ so I started a Givealittle page and also did my own fundraising. As the only Māori designer invited, I also saw this as an amazing opportunity to represent my culture on an international platform.” Teaming up with Apparel Magazine got her the rest of the way, making it possible for Shannon to debut her Long Time Come menswear collection in Vancouver. The collection’s name references Sam Cooke’s famed song A Change is Gonna Come but also reflects Shannon’s deep roots in design and her long held aspirations. “From the age of five, I knew what I wanted to do. This has been my path since I was little. When I launched Long Time Come, it was like ‘now it’s here – it’s the beginning’.” Shannon grew up in Arthur’s Pass and, throughout her childhood, spent a lot of time at her grandparents’ Hanmer Springs’ home, particularly in her grandmother’s sewing studio.
Pony up Place your bets on the latest in Cup Day fashion Photos Dave Richards Stylist Stephanie Rumble Assistant Stylist Jasmin Percasky Models Rebecca and Yan, Portfolio Hair & Makeup Simone Thurlow Location Thanks to Riccarton Race Park
Yan wears: Day To Night Luxe Deluxe jacket, wide leg pants and Four Corners earrings, all from Treasure Box by Biani; Portmans cami; Miu Miu sunglasses from Sunglass Hut; headpiece from Show Pony Millinery.
Yan wears: Kaleela T-shirt and Thali Skirt, both Ted Baker from Ballantynes; United Nude Icon Pump from Treasure Box by Biani; headpiece from Show Pony Millinery.
Yan wears: Liam Vince jacket, trousers and cami from Ruby; Anna White Protagonist clutch bag; gloves stylistâ€™s own, Paulette headpiece from Willmott-Dalton Designer Millinery. Rebecca wears: necklace and vintage Ralph Lauren dress from Nurse Maude Hospice Shop; Bvlgari sunglasses from Sunglass Hut; Loren hat from Willmott-Dalton Designer Millinery.
Rebecca wears: Trelise Cooper Up Your Sleeve dress from Lynn Woods; vintage belt from Nurse Maude Hospice Shop; Prada sunglasses from Sunglass Hut; gloves stylistâ€™s own; headpiece from Willmott-Dalton Designer Millinery. Yan wears: Trelise Cooper Speak Easy dress from Lynn Woods; headpiece from Show Pony Millinery.
Rebecca wears: Ivy Blu Tori jacket; Sills + Co silk cami; Miu Miu sunglasses from Sunglass Hut; headpiece from Show Pony Millinery.
Yan Wears: Ted Baker Kaleela T-shirt in pink and Thali Skirt in grey from Ballantynes, United Nude Icon Pump in silver from Treasure Box Yan wears: WORLD Saturday Night Fever blazer; cami; headpiece from Show Pony Millinery. by Biani andPortmans Grey and Floral Millinery
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Traditional style, timeless quality WORDS Rosa Shiels
centuries-old adage states that ‘shoes maketh the man’. Archaic the language might be, but the concept lingers. A stylish shoe or boot, well made, is superior to five or 10 cheap-as-chips examples and feet will thank the wearer for the weatherproof quality, comfort and both new and worn-in style. What’s more, the longevity of a well-made shoe equates to wise economy. Sold at Sergio’s in Christchurch, but made in Britain, Loake’s shoes are the archetypal shoes to maketh the man. Andrew Loake, 60, is the managing director and a fourth-generation Loake. He had considered becoming a musician, but opted instead to run the company founded in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1880 by his forebears – brothers Thomas, John and William, the sons of a silk weaver and plush-maker. Loake’s Kettering factory houses some 150 staff, among them craftsmen exercising specialist traditional skills of which Andrew Loake is justifiably proud, especially the Goodyear welted construction used in signature classic styles. “It is generally regarded as the highest form [of construction],” Andrew says. “A strip of leather, a welt, is stitched to the upper and insole of a shoe, and then a sole (usually, but not always leather) is stitched to this welt. “The main benefits are that the shoes are relatively water-resistant, because the sole stitching doesn’t penetrate the insole and as long as the uppers are kept in reasonable condition, the shoe can be re-soled relatively easily.”
Loake’s makes 150 standard styles of welted-construction shoes and also retails a lifestyle collection of other styles, such as boat shoes, drivers and desert boots, sourced worldwide. Its footwear, made mostly from European leather, is worn by many well-known footballers, politicians, musicians and actors. “We don’t have official endorsees and we don’t give shoes to famous people for marketing purposes, but, of course, we’re always appreciative when we see celebrities wearing our shoes.” Loake Shoemakers opened its first dedicated shop in the heart of London in 2011 and there are now three more in the city and several more throughout Britain. It made shoes and boots during wartime for the British Army and Navy, as well as convalescent boots and, during WWI, Cossack boots for the Russian Army. It was granted a royal warrant in 2007, but, as Andrew says, “the business that we do with the Royal Household is, of course, confidential and we are not expected to discuss it.” And while the company’s in-house design team tweaks its timeless styles to reflect contemporary tastes in order to march with the times and remain relevant, it’s no surprise that Loake’s most successful shoe is a full brogue Oxford. “An English brogue is probably the most versatile style there is,” Andrew says. “It can be worn with a suit, with jeans or anything in between. No man’s wardrobe is complete without a pair!”
50 years of bonsai WORDS Joshua Brosnahan PHOTOS Corentin Esquenet
crisp night in Cotswold coaxes out a One founding member, Beryl, remains unique community. From teenagers, active in the society today, with her tree on couples and old friends, they all have display nearing 40 years of age. one thing in common. The art of bonsai. “As a life-long member I have seen the club The members efficiently move through grow from growing trees in pots, to creating the hall, all lending a hand to set up for their beautifully styled bonsai we can all be proud monthly meet-up. This has obviously been of. It is an immense achievement to be done many a time before. celebrating our 50th anniversary,” she says. Friendly greetings and regular embraces The hall is filled with laughter and candid show this is a society with a strong history. quips – a member lamenting his bonsai’s This year, Christchurch’s Bonsai Society is collision with his daughter’s netball is met celebrating its 50th anniversary. with mirth. Over a dozen trees grace the hall in a The word ‘carving’ is used frequently; this range of hues; a sunset maple, moody refers to the shaping and pruning of the green pines, cool whites and hot pink trees. President Wendy describes the trees as blooms. All proudly put on display. New ‘dancing’. This is a captivating world of activity. Zealand natives such as the kōwhai are When asked for tips for budding bonsai trained to reflect these ancient skills. The enthusiasts, Wendy says you must “treat micro fruit and flowers are absolutely your bonsai as you would a pet. It needs fascinating to see. attention, water and constant care”. Founder member Peter McLay began a “We like our art to be appreciated, much life-long interest in bonsai when he spent like any other artist does,” adds society time in an English hospital during WW1, next member Karl. to a young Japanese man who whetted his For the last 20 years, the club has run at appetite for the art. least one beginners’ course each year. They July 1968 saw the birth of The Christchurch also have two club members who are on the Bonsai Society when 11 people met in NZBA list of National Bonsai Demonstrators. Foresters Hall on Oxford Terrace. In 2018, this Years of patience, love and art are on current meeting sees the two Canterbury display in a celebration of The Christchurch bonsai clubs join together to celebrate. There Bonsai Society’s 50th anniversary. Do show are close to 50 members in attendance. your support.
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Think big, then think bigger WORDS and PHOTO Joshua Brosnahan
“Between us, we reach this happy medium,” says Suzanne. Kelly adds, “We balance each other out. I go as big as possible, and Suzanne pulls me back down to earth.” The event starts with an emerging designer showcase, followed by a black tie gala with a unique layout where everyone will enjoy a view of multiple runways. There’s a push for ambience and sophistication that will be a taste of future events. A charity auction for Christchurch City Mission reveals a philanthropic side to the duo. City Mission has an “enormous need for support,” says Kelly. Suzanne describes the event as “trying to turn the light on for Christchurch fashion”. “We’re excited about the feedback from the industry and we hope that people will want to come along. We’ve put our heart and soul into this,” she says. “You’re not attending a fashion show where you’ll just sit and watch pretty people walk past you. We want people to come away from this thinking, ‘well, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year’”.
he passions of business women Kelly Morison and Suzanne Carson have come together to form a fresh new event for Canterbury: Imagine Fashion. The inaugural fashion event is a full-scale immersive experience with food, music, fashion and a chance to support charity. Kelly and Suzanne met through their respective businesses – NZ Models and Talent, and Event Professionals. The event concept came to Kelly while she was working on national events, such as New Zealand Fashion Week and I.D in Dunedin. “I just thought, ‘we need something big like this in Christchurch’. I’m one of those people that say if you can think big, then think bigger. I guess it was a pretty stratospheric idea.” Suzanne says she immediately clicked with what Kelly was trying to do. “This event shows us what Kiwis are doing at a world-class level.” The two are obviously a great team, laughing, sharing excited smiles and finishing each other’s sentences.
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A taste of our great backyard Canterbury is home to one of the world’s leading wine regions – something to be celebrated by those lucky enough to be living here. The North Canterbury wine region is made up of a close-knit community of independent, family-owned wineries. The region includes premium drops around the volcanic Banks Peninsula as well as north of Christchurch in the clay and limestone soils of the Waipara and Waikari valleys. Taste North Canterbury is an event involving more than 20 wineries from the wider region coming together in the heart of the city for a springtime celebration of boutique wine tasting, artisan foods and music. Taste North Canterbury is championing the produce grown in our great backyard. This month’s Palette is brought to you by Taste North Canterbury. northcanterburywines.co.nz/taste
Pearl barley salad
North Canterbury food and wine belong on the table together – and food has always been in abundance since farmers seeking large expanses of pasture settled here in the 19th century. The region is surrounded by fields, farms, market gardens, truffières, rivers, coastlines and vineyards – an environment that allows different foods to grow naturally and appear on our plates all year round. This Pearl Barley Salad is a simple springtime dish that heroes North Canterbury organic and biodynamic grain producers, Milmore Downs. Pair this delicate and zesty dish with The Boneline’s fresh, lemony and citrus flavoured Hellblock Riesling.
1 cup Milmore Downs pearl barley ½ head of raw cauliflower thinly sliced Juice and zest of 1 lemon ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste Handful of fresh mint leaves 2 cloves raw garlic 4 oranges 2 Tbsp sumac 1 Tbsp cinnamon Handful of roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
In a large pot of salted water, cook your pearl barley as you would pasta. This will probably take around 30 minutes – you want a firm bite, but not crunchy. Drain. Once cooked, set the barley aside to cool. Once at a cooler temperature, add your cauliflower, lemon zest, olive oil, salt and pepper, mint and garlic. Keep the mint leaves whole, and use a microplaner for your garlic. Give this a good mix and taste as you go. You will probably need more salt than you think. Peel and thinly slice your oranges. As you mix these in, add your sumac and cinnamon. When you are happy with the flavour, gently mix the parsley through before you serve. This salad can easily keep in fridge for a couple of days. Be sure to serve at room temperature. This recipe has been created by BearLion Foods and will feature at Eat New Zealand and The Restaurant Association’s two-day Hui in October, the most important food conversation in New Zealand. More info at eatnewzealand.nz/events.
Pour decisions The best wine and food pairings from Taste North Canterbury
TERRACE EDGE SYRAH AND LOVAT VENISON
BLACK ESTATE HOME CHARDONNAY AND KINGS TRUFFLES TRUFFLE BUTTER
GREYSTONE PINOT NOIR AND BELLBIRD SPRING PORK
When it comes to growing and making wine, Terrace Edge believes in honest processes that encourage the natural cycles of the environment – a philosophy that has recently led it to top the country’s wine leaderboard, taking home this year’s number one spot at the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards for ‘Organic Vineyard of the Year’ as well as two Champion wine awards. One of these award-winning wines was the 2016 Syrah – loved for its dark plum, cherry pie, cocoa, cedar and floral characters with decadent hints of black olive and spice. Exquisite! The obvious choice for this rich Syrah is venison, a pairing made even better when you know it’s been grown by a local just down the road. Terrace Edge love Lovat Venison, a deer farm in Greta Valley that supplies farm raised quality venison to multiple New Zealand restaurants and is also available for everyday lovers of quality meat to have delivered to their doorstep.
With a reputation as Cuisine Good Food Awards’ Best Winery Restaurant of the Year, producing several wines of international acclaim and being legends at throwing a good shindig (keep an eye out for their next Bangers and Beats event!) Black Estate is well-known across the city and the world for its remarkable wine, food, boutique accommodation and people. This family-owned winery keeps it real, with a focus on using organic and biodynamic processes across three different hillside vineyards. Recently bottled up and put on the shelf is Black Estate’s Home Chardonnay 2017, a complex and intense wine with strong acidity underlying the peach, pear and citrus flavours with notes of toast. Co-owner Penelope Naish recommends Rachel Scott bread with a smear of truffle butter from North Canterbury truffière, Kings Truffles, a delicacy that is celebrated each year at the wintertime Truffle Hunt.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate Greystone Wines. Winemaker Dom Maxwell has been named this year’s Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2018, and Greystone had the honour of pouring wines for Barack Obama at a special New Zealand dinner (no joke). Plus, it’s a massive backer of the city’s creative scene – exclusively supporting Christchurch Art Gallery. We like what this winery is about. Pulling in high score after high score from big-time wine critics is the deep dark plum coloured 2016 Pinot Noir. Fruity flavours of blueberry and ripened plum are complemented with vineyard elements of spice and blue flowers. It’s full-bodied with subtle French oak smoke. And if you don’t speak wine, just trust us on this one – it’s very good. The Greystone team suggest pairing the Pinot Noir with hand-raised Saddleback pork from the wide-open spaces of Bellbird Spring. The pigs are available for private customers – something to think about for those planning a Christmas spread laden with local produce.
MAIN DIVIDE ROSÉ AND SHELLFISH Main Divide is the second label of Pegasus Bay – a winery restaurant that has had nine years of holding Cuisine Good Food Awards’ Winery Restaurant of the Year (before neighbours Black Estate won it this year). Pegasus Bay has also just taken out Regional Establishment of the Year and Supreme Establishment of the Year in the Christchurch Hospitality Awards 2018.
As we dive into the heart of spring, we’re ready to crack open those bottles full of good pink stuff – and we’ve got our eye on Main Divide’s 2018 Rosé. Bringing together Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this number is salmon pink, dry on the palate and full of lovely strawberry and redcurrant smells. Pegasus Bay’s winemaker Ed Donaldson suggests a plate of seafood to make the Rosé
sing – and with coastlines all along the region, it’s a great opportunity to grab the rod and catch your own perfect wine pairing. Otherwise you can meet some great producers offering locally-sourced seafood at various farmers’ markets around town, including the Christchurch, Amberley and Lyttelton Farmers’ Markets. ‘Tis the season to seek out sumptuous local fare.
ON THE JOB
Beauty & Wellness Therapist DEBBIE MCGREGOR, TOTAL BODY CONCEPT AS TOLD TO Joshua Brosnahan
ight from the very beginning, I focused on three elements; beauty, body and freedom of spirit. 25 years ago, that was quite unique. I just knew this was needed. I started with a dream. This was my vision, and now I really am living this dream. My purpose was to create a place called Total Body Concept. I believe that if you get your vision into place then you can manifest. My vision was the first of its kind; to pioneer the culture of nurturing the spirit in the beauty industry, with particular focus on creating wellness before illness takes over. There is a uniqueness, a vibe about the energy when you come here. Clients have become integrated into our culture. We started with simple skincare regimes, then invested in IPL technology in 2004, and then in 2016, the Laser Genesis facial. We’ve carried clients through that journey. We’ve had 25 years now, and now where for the next 25? We will continue with educating
people about life balance, taking time out, reducing stress. It’s my life philosophy – life needs to be kept in balance. I will always choose the best product, for the best result, for the best treatment. I always aspire to lead from the top. That is the way I started out. It’s an innate part of my DNA. I had to remind myself of this in those tough times. Post-earthquakes, we lost 75% of our clientele who were based in the central city. We pulled on every resource we could. I did everything I could to look after my staff, so they could in turn look after as many clients as we could. Business just started rolling again. Thank goodness. The key to our survival was our reputation, and the quality of our service. I began with this dream, this vision of what we’ve created now and that took 25 years. At the end of the day, it’s all worth it. You can create your own outcome, no matter what the odds.
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