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Contents REGULARS 06 DIGEST Marco Pierre White is coming to Auckland!

08 NEW OPENINGS From Napier to Wanaka new eateries have popped up!

25 IN SEASON Lamb Shank time! Winter vegetables & delicious Hoki.


18 MANGERE BRIDGE TAVERN Iconic Kiwi bar limbers up for the Rugby World Cup

23 SUSTAINABILITY Hotel Grand Windsor makes the grade – again!

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28 T  OO HOT IN THE KITCHEN? Steps to take care you of your employees





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Editor AUGUST 2019 Vol. 6 No.7 PUBLISHED BY The Intermedia Group Ltd 505 Rosebank Road, Avondale Auckland, 1026, New Zealand ph: 021 361 136 MANAGING DIRECTOR - PUBLISHER Dale Spencer EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Paul Wootton The Intermedia Group Pty Ltd, Australia EDITOR - HOSPITALITY Business Kimberley Dixon ph: 0274 505 502 PUBLISHING ASSISTANT Eclypse Lee SALES DIRECTOR Wendy Steele ph: 021 300 473 EDITOR - THE SHOUT Charlotte Cowan SALES MANAGER - THE SHOUT Jacqueline Freeman 021 256 6351 CONTRIBUTORS Jes Magill, Sue Fea GRAPHIC DESIGNER Adrian Tipper –

Limbering Up For The Cup Welcome to the August edition of Hospitality Business! In this issue we look at event management and feature a true icon in New Zealand’s hospitality industry, - the family owned Mangere Bridge Tavern - as it limbers up to cover the Rugby World Cup! Owner Mark Walsh talks about his family’s passion for providing great fun, food and entertainment at the Tavern, and with All Black legend, the great Pat Walsh as his dad and mentor , he certainly understands hospitality. We also celebrate the creativity of 55 eateries throughout New Zealand who participated in the Great New Zealand Toastie Challenge. A challenge which has seen the perennial favourite receive a wonderful make-over in some instances, – including slow roasted duck, smoked kawai , and even mustard béchamel sauce! Next time I plan to volunteer to judge!! Sustainability remains a hot topic across the industry and this issue is peppered with ideas and initiatives on how we can all do our bit!

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Kia Kaha Stay Strong.

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From left: Nuttaphong Teeranuntapichit and Dr Niphatchanok Najpinij at AUT’s recent Thai programme.

Food Strengthens Thai Connection AUT School of Hospitality and Tourism students were fully immersed in all things Thai recently when the Thai Ambassador to New Zealand, H.E. Danai Menabodhi, hosted two prestigious Thai chef lecturers at the school. The lectures, demonstrations and practical classes culminated in an exclusive dinner at the school’s Four Seasons restaurant. The focus of the four day programme, funded by the ambassador, was about strengthening relationships between Thailand and New Zealand and the importance of Thai food. The two top Thai lecturers offered the Thai cooking classes in the school’s training kitchens as part of the visit. Nuttaphong ‘Tum’ Teeranuntapichit, currently chef and consultant for the Thai Ministry of Labour, the Thai National Food Institute and many well known Thai universities, and Dr ‘Ning’ Niphatchanok Najpinij, lecturer and guest lecturer on Thainess and gastronomy, and founder of the Cooking Chronicle Studio as well asthe Bangkok Bold Cooking Studio, are leaders in their field internationally. AUT Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Linda O’Neill says it was an amazing opportunity for the students. 6 AUGUST 2019 - HOSPITALITY BUSINESS

“It was about sharing the Thai culture through food and how factors such as the physical environment and migration influence food,” says Linda. Dr Ning is not only a specialist in gastronomy, but her mother was also influential in Thai cooking, working closely with a Michelin Star chef in Bangkok and cooking for the Thai Royal family. Chef Tum is also famous in Thai cooking circles, renowned for his Massaman Curry. Each class, which was also open to the public, included presentations on the history of Thai food, followed by a cooking demonstration and then a practical class. Dr Ning spoke of the layers and layers of tastes in Thai food – eight in total. At the end of the week the school’s Culinary Degree and Diploma of Culinary Arts students worked with Chef Tum, helping to prepare a special banquet hosted by the ambassador. Hospitality students at the school served the food, all a great honour, says Linda. “The relationship between the Thai Embassy and AUT began more than 15 years ago and we’ve been holding events ever since,” says Linda. “The Thai Ambassador is hoping this will now become an annual event for our school.”

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One of the biggest names in the food world is heading down under later this year for some very special Auckland appearances. The ‘godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White, is set to appear at an exclusive white tie dinner and at the Taste of Auckland. The British chef, restaurateur and his executive chef Andrew Bennett will work with top New Zealand chefs on an exclusive multi-course dinner for around 400 diners on Thursday October 31. The event will take place at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf and raise money for charity, with tickets starting at $350 a head. On from 31 October to 3 November, visitors to this year’s Taste of Auckland will also be able to catch the famous chef - known for his acerbic wit as much as his signature wild mushroom risotto at appearances over the course of the four-day festival. Dubbed the ‘first celebrity chef’,’godfather of modern dining’ and ‘enfant terrible’ of the U.K. restaurant scene, White became the first British chef and the youngest chef in then Michelin history to be awarded three Michelin stars at age 32, before controversially handing them back. During his early career in the kitchen, the chef regularly ejected patrons from his restaurants if he took offence to their comments. Over the course of his 17 year career


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If the crown fits, wear it! Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards six times winner (2018), Patrick Lam, dreams of one day telling his grandchildren that he was once the Pie King of New Zealand. Well, he still is! Congratulations will be ringing out across his kingdom as we celebrate Patrick Lam as this year’s Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards winner. With this, his seventh win, he is our most awarded baker, clutching his crown in a one-point victory over his opponents with a stunning mince and cheese pie. The Awards were announced on July 30 in Auckland at a themed gala event set in the jungle as the Search for the Lost City of Pies explored the far reaches of New Zealand to find victorious pies befitting a gold, silver or bronze award in the 11 finalist categories. On July 25, the judges, including celebrity chef judge Gareth Stewart, began the task at dawn of finding a winner from 5326 pies entered by 553 bakers. It took nearly nine hours. While there have been four previous Mince & Cheese Supreme winners (2001, 2002, 2005 and 2013) since the competition began in 1996, entry numbers in this category have steadily grown as New Zealanders declared it their favourite pie. To win with a Mince & Cheese pie is phenomenal. Not only do you have to get passed the ‘big boys’, the Commercial Wholesale bakers who can only enter a mince and cheese pie in that category and who comfortably bake tens of thousands of them each week, but you have to get passed nine other categories, many with more opportunity to ‘stand out from the crowd’ such as Gourmet Meat.

It’s a daunting task, a conquest fit for kings and Patrick Lam of Goldstar Patrick’s Pies in Bethlehem and Tauriko in Tauranga, and Rotorua faced the conquest and became the victor. Bakels NZ managing director Brent Kersel says: “The Supreme pie was absolute perfection. The pastry was golden, with perfect lamination, flaky, and a delight to bite into. The filling though surprised us. It was like the cheese had been swirled through the mince and the way it blended in your mouth as a result was exceptional, delicious. “Mince and cheese is my favourite pie, and I’d go so far as to say Patrick’s was the best I’ve ever tasted.” “Year upon year it gets harder to win this competition because the standard of the entries just keeps getting better. “We saw some very creative pies come through the Café Boutique category including The Flintstone with beef brisket and bone protruding the top pastry. “A standout for me was the slow-cooked pork belly pie which was cooked in apple cider and pear cider. It looked pretty impressive. “So it’s interesting that out of all the categories the Mince & Cheese should take Supreme but then it proves that if you get the formula right, the eye-catching golden pastry and the beautifully cooked, well-seasoned filling, then, yes, Mince & Cheese can out-shine the others. It takes a Pie King to show us that and we congratulate Patrick on his success.” He’s won the Supreme trophy, two golds and two bronze awards and $9,500 in prize money. For this charming, humble Pie King though it is all about bringing satisfaction to his customers and recognising the efforts of his bakery team to make that happen.


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Connection, Passion, Place – Napier


RECENT ADDITION to Napier’s CBD hospo scene, Market St, has already raised the bar in the well-established enclave with its seriously good venues and occupies the oncefamous Criterion watering hole site that’s been vacant for nearly seven years. Owners of The Brewers Apprentice and previously The Strong Room in the Manawatu, Steve and Sarah Kelly are now based in the Art Deco capital of the world and in record time, Market St has grown a healthy number of fervent regulars. The Kellys realised the venue’s potential just over a year ago plus it’s prime location. The bar and eatery is accessed via a walk-through pedestrian space that links the two main streets at the top and coolest part of town. Stripping the interior back to its naked beauty, Steve and Sarah designed the fit out


as well, going for a “warm” industrial look which comes through in the fabric and materials selection. Their vision was for something superb from the get go: “A modern, casual city bar and eatery with live music, and in terms of what we offer in food and drinks, Market St will compete with anyplace, anywhere,” says Steve. The food offering has the “usual suspects with a twist,” he says. “In supporting local growers and producers we’ve created a menu that people relate to, we want people to feel connected.” Driving the venue’s service delivery is eight full-time and 22 part-time staff, with 273 people licensed for the space. Formerly a chef, Steve’s been in the industry for 26 years and couldn’t be more passionate and proud of it. His pitch-perfect hospitality spirit and operating smarts likely comes from a family legacy of hospo

operators, plus working with those he calls “great people.” Market St says “Yes!” The skilful use of space seamlessly defines the different areas where a broad range of diners and socialisers all seem to find their happy place. “Sarah and I love looking after people and that includes our team,” he says. “Without our team, we’re nothing.” n

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184 Williams Street, Kaiapoi Ph: 03 9262941

Port & Eagle Brewpub, located on the banks of the Kaiapoi River in Canterbury, is the new home of Eagle Brewing New Zealand and is pretty much home to ‘all things beer’. This is a family-style pub that can seat up to 120 people for dinner, with a capacity of some 250 for events. The food is good, wholesome, traditional pub food with a smattering of other flavours like steam dumplings. Manager Paul Hodgin says the new pub’s burgers – chicken, beef and even a vegan-style burger - have been massively popular. Owner Dave Gaughan, who owns the pub with his partner Marilyn Gaughan, is a vegan so naturally there are plenty of great vegan options here. Dave has been brewing for about 13 years and his Eagle Brewing label is distributed in some retail and wholesale outlets. The locals are also enjoying the Sunday roast in this great new venue, which features lots of wood and a huge deck outside around the perimeter that overlooks the river.

HIKARI TEPPANYAKI AND JAPANESE CUISINE Five Mile Retail Centre, A13/14, 19 Grant Road Ph: 03 4282400

A fun new 60-seater Hikari Japanese Restaurant has opened in the rapidlyexpanding Five Mile Retail Centre near Frankton with a strong emphasis on teppanyaki theatre and family dining. Specialist Filipino and Korean teppanyaki chefs have been brought in to work in the light, modern new restaurant and co-owner Kwang Yong Song says the locals can certainly expect some impressive teppanyaki shows. Skilled teppanyaki chefs, renowned for their stunning fire shows, are very hard to find in New Zealand. “Teppanyaki is very popular with families, as children love the teppanyaki shows,” says Kwang. Hikari, owned by Kwang and business partner Shawn Kim, has a strong presence in the South Island. Hikari has a buffet-style Japanese restaurant in Christchurch and a new sushi train restaurant on the way, as well as two restaurants in Dunedin – a sushi bar for more casual dining and takeaway outlet.

OTTO DELICATESSEN 173 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Ph: 0274357128

It may be small in stature but Christchurch’s Otto Delicatessen is turning out some big flavours. This little three metre by three metre, hole-in-the-wall-style gem is one of the six vendors in The Yard precinct – a central Christchurch showcase of artisan producers. Handcrafted European-style sandwiches made with house-made breads like focaccia, rye sourdough and mixed grain with gluten free options also among the offerings. They’re all baked in the Otto kitchen and packed with fillings like salami and prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, baba ganoush, homemade hummus, maple glazed, grilled pumpkin with sprouts, fried peanuts, red cabbage and tahina. Otto’s toasties are also becoming renowned, starring the likes of McClure’s Pickles and Provolone cheese. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours are strong here in the rotation of delicious Ottolenghiinspired seasonal salads and the firm favourite, chocolate brownies, team up nicely with a hot coffee.



A group of six Waimate mates – a former Dominion Breweries sales manager and five local farmers – have pitched in to revive the social fabric of the tiny south Canterbury town. Renovated from a former bakery and café, The Barn carries a distinctly rural theme, taking on the appearance of a hay barn. Local artist Billy Scott did the honours painting a mural for the wall, featuring a Massey Ferguson tractor in a shed and a horse in a stable. A café by day and gastrostyle pub by night, The Barn’s roasts, fresh beer-battered blue cod and burgers are sliding down nicely with a beer. Naturally there’s DB on tap here with former lower South Island rep and sales manager Adam Wilson the managing partner in the business. Pies, sausage rolls and breads are all baked fresh on site for the café, which has also been very popular.

Earl is a new 55-seater, European-style food and wine bistro in Christchurch’s Salt District, a new inner city quarter offering a cluster of classy and intimate restaurants through to courtyard bars, all new, fresh and exciting. Earl is one of these gritty new vendors offering a Coastal European-inspired menu and a 100 percent European wine list that changes daily. It’s the perfect pairing, showcasing different flavours and profiles and a powerful point of difference for Earl. A born and bred Cantabrian, owner Tom Newfield moved back to his home city after working in hospitality in Melbourne and the Middle East to get involved in the vibrant new Christchurch hospitality scene. Earl, overlooking a park, is elegantly effortless, breezy and light, with plenty of natural wood, glass and bespoke plants dotted about in blue and orange pots.

25 Queen Street, Waimate Ph: 03 6896010 Email: thebarnwaimate@

128 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Ph: 03 3660172



Café Success 101 Know your patch


veryone has a favourite café – one that makes the ‘ best coffee, the best eggs-benny, the absolute best kimchi, poke bowls or deconstructed plant based burgers.’ Arguments abound as to where to brunch on a Sunday; where to get the best table! And the success of a café comes down to a marriage of many factors, including cleanliness, staff friendliness, ambiance and of course the ingredients. If your clientele is looking for a quite Sunday get together with relatives for a catch up, raging heavy metal background music kills the likelihood of a return visit , no matter how good the Chai Latte or Dilmah tea and scones are, and likewise if your sustainability footprint is obviously still stuck in 1999, patrons will notice.


Selecting the business model that will draw customers to your café is a daunting task in itself. Decisions include, licensed or unlicensed, franchised, on-site food production from scratch, or off-site deliveries of pre-prepared meals, rolls, sandwiches, cakes and fruit – or a bit of both? Combine these with hours of operation, style of food….the list goes on and on. Knowing your patch – who you want to attract and retain is Café Success 101 – and being adventurous with the menu is essential, while retaining the obviously popular items. This month Hospitality Business looks at the Great New Zealand Toastie Challenge – a café, takeaway staple which has drawn over fifty entries from across the country , many of whom have taken the humble cheese toastie to whole new level! n


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AUCKLAND • Luncheonette by Culprit - Macaroni and Brisket Burnt End with McClure’s Pickle Toastie. • Fed Deli - Pastrami ‘n’ Swiss Melt – A toasted hot dog bun with pastrami, Russian dressing, McClure’s Pickle Spear and Swiss cheese. • The Apothecary - “Dagwood” Reuben sandwich.

WELLINGTON • Goods Manufactory and Café - Roasted cauliflower, garlic kale, Taleggio and McClure’s Spicy Pickles. • Park Kitchen – PK’s Tuna Melt – Tuna, mozzarella, spicy sliced pickles, red onion, garlic aioli and fresh basil on brioche.

WAIKATO / BAY OF PLENTY • The General (Mount Maunganui) – A toastie featuring Golden Harvest Organic Sourdough and packed with all kinds of goodies, including 12-hour braised beef brisket and McClure’s Sweet and Spicy Pickles. • Hayes Common (Hamilton) – Ol’ Smoky - The toastie that almost got away - Smoked kahawai, creamy mustard béchamel, smoked and vintage Meyer cheeses, McClure’s Sweet and Spicy Pickles, hot sauce, potato sourdough and a fried pickle.

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CHRISTCHURCH • Joe’s Garage Riccarton - Pulled lamb shoulder and Havarti cheese toastie. • Otto Delicatessen - The French Dip - Provolone, cheddar, onion and mustard aioli with McClure’s Pickles, hot beef jus and potato crisps.

CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND • The Federal Store Cafe & Deli (New Plymouth) – 12-hour slow-cooked corned beef with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, pickles and dressing on toasted, herbbuttered dark rye. • Replete Café (Taupo) - Kiwi Cuban - Ham, Th e

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Finalists named in search for New Zealand’s top toasted sandwich! ith the first round of judging complete in the annual Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover, one thing’s clear: the competition behind those sandwich grills is fierce. Now in its second year, this popular celebration of the not-so-humble toasted sandwich has introduced a competitive element, with 50 establishments submitting their take on the country’s tastiest toastie. A massive 10,000 toasties have been served up over July, with the participating eateries vying for a spot in the competition’s final round. Now, those 13 finalists have been announced in a group made up of two finalists per region (with the exception of Auckland, where there was a tie for points during judging). The competition criteria requires sandwiches to be toasted between two slices of bread and able to be eaten by hand. The toasties also need to contain cheese and McClure’s pickles, with all the other ingredients entirely up to the entrant’s imagination. And a glance through the finalists confirms the imaginative Kiwi take on this beloved snack knows no bounds. And the finalists are:

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bread,” he says. “Artisan breads, piquant pickles and richly braised meats are all being carefully compiled to create exotic treasure troves of taste. “Consumers are also more discerning and demanding a high standard of toastie Fed preparation. Out is the fatty, d Deli, Aucklan greasy, under-seasoned stodge of old and in is the artfully layered, beautifully presented and multi-textural sandwich, especially one that pays homage to local and regional produce. “The Kiwi toastie is no longer simply comfort food – it’s become a thing of culinary art.”   The final round of judging will also see Joe McClure of McClure’s Pickles in Detroit hitting New Zealand to taste the finalists’ creations – and he’s looking forward to sampling their efforts. All 13 finalists’ toasties look incredible,” he says. “It’s great to see how our pickles have been used in each sandwich and have been combined with such amazing flavours. I can’t wait to come over and try them all and also to see some of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery while I’m on the road.” Each toastie will again be judged on presentation, effectiveness of preparation technique, eatability, taste, innovation and originality, with the nation’s top toasted sandwich set to be revealed on Monday, August 26. n Replete Cafe, Taupo

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ICONIC GLASSWARE RANGE, Duralex adds to Città’s expansive offering of kitchen and dining products. The Auckland-based design house is known for its stunning ceramics, servingware, cutlery, glassware, napkins and other accessories—all of which seamlessly integrate into hospitality settings. The addition of Duralex to Città’s repertoire means the hospitality industry can now benefit from the direct distribution of the glassware. The collection has been designed to handle anything a busy kitchen throws at it. The tumblers are suitable for hot or cold drinks, and the full range can be safely used in microwaves, freezers and dishwashers. What’s more, the unique tempering process ensures the glass is impact and chip-resistant as well as light to hold. The Duralex collection includes its iconic tumblers available in different styles and sizes, varying from 90mls to 500mls. The range also includes Freshbox food containers with BPA-free lids, Ovenchef roasting dishes and ramekins, and a variety of stackable bowls. Made in France, Duralex pioneered their unique tempering process in 1945 and this is what makes their glassware so tough. The glass is heated to around 700-degrees before being suddenly cooled. The result is strong, quality products that are shock and thermal resistant. Duralex’s collection is now available at Città for wholesale and trade sales. Email enquiries to or phone (09) 623 9987 chip

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Designed by Chefs for Chefs Wild Chef is an award-winning New Zealand Gourmet Food Manufacturer, producing chef quality meal and canape components that look and taste like they have come from your own professional kitchen. The company’s goal is to support chefs by producing consistent quality products that are quick and easy, and save on prep-time.  This allows chefs and business owners to maximise kitchen productivity while still bringing exciting new menu ideas to kitchens across New Zealand. The Wild Chef range offers many delicious Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegetarian and Vegan/Plant-based options that can all be paired with either meat or vegetarian accompaniments to create a variety of dishes. “Our products contain fresh local ingredients with no added additives or preservatives to ensure they are as wholesome as you would make yourself. “We continually create innovative market leading products that align with evolving consumer demands.  Our product range include variations of Potato, Kumara or Veggie Rosti, Potato Gratin, Polenta Chips, Hash Browns, Falafels, and a variety of Veggie Patties which can be added to any meal of the day.” All are sold frozen free-flow through trusted Food Service distributors nationwide.   We are proud to be 100% NZ owned and operated and to be able to meet and exceed customer expectations.  From our standard range, through to our contract manufacturing capabilities, we aim to meet all your needs. Jeremy & Jennifer Lang.


Authentic egg yolk recipe, since 1913 It’s the premium ingredients in Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise that create its unbeatable, creamy flavour. The real, scratch-made taste is thanks to our use of traditional ingredients including egg yolks, vegetable oil, lemon juice, vinegar and seasonings. Perhaps not surprisingly, Hellmann’s has proven to be incredibly popular amongst chefs seeking a dependable and versatile mayonnaise. “I’ve tried many other brands and Hellmann’s has turned out to be the best,” says the owner and founder of Brisbane-based Charboys Burgers, Shravan Gautam. “[It’s the] creamiest, nicest tasting mayo on the market at the moment, I reckon.” Gautam’s burgers famously include a special sauce, which is created using a base of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. “My special sauce is unique in its essence,” says Gautam. “There’s nothing else out there that tastes like it! Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is the go-to solution for savvy chefs.”

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Mayonnaise and the “whole egg” myth A growing trend towards real foods has seen consumers and commercial kitchens seek out products with authentic, scratch-like credentials. However, establishing the virtue of some claims is not always clear-cut. For example, given the growing focus on “whole” produce, such as whole vegetables and whole grains, it stands to reason that mayonnaise made with whole eggs is the real deal, right? Apparently not, while you may be led to believe that “whole egg” mayonnaise is truly the genuine article, the fact is an authentic scratchmade mayonnaise uses just the egg yolk. This is where Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise helps your kitchen meet the most exacting customer expectations. Hellmann’s is based upon a traditional egg yolk recipe, just like it has been since 1913 when Richard Hellmann first created it.


Tatua Dairy Company’s New Zealand-made specialty creams and sauces have always tasted delicious, and they now have a brand-new modern look in the form of convenient pouch packaging. Tatua’s new pouches, stand up steadily in the fridge. Susanne Rolfe, Tatua GM Marketing and Sales, says that, in response to high demand, all Tatua specialty cream and sauce pouches are also resealable. “Because they’re made from thin but durable film, our pouches let users squeeze out every last drop of product. The controlled opening slot and air-filled handle also means the pouch is easy to grip, hold and use—making cooking a breeze,” says Rolfe. The new-look packaging consists of 35 percent chalk, which acts as a filler-meaning the dairy company’s strong, durable light weight packaging now comprises less plastic. Compared to conventional packaging concepts, Tatua’s premium cream and sauce pouches also offer lower environmental impacts in terms of less raw materials used, energy consumption, waste generation and emissions to air and water. Tatua Culinary and Whipping Cream, Mascarpone, Cheese Sauce and Sour Cream are available in 1kg pouches through foodservice outlets and distributors. Cooking Cream, Crème Fraiche, Mascarpone and Sour Cream will now be available in 500g pouches. Tatua's aeorsol range has also had a makeover; Dairy Whip features a modern new can design, while the Catering Whipped Cream has a fresh new name... introducing Unsweetened Dairy Whip–new name, same delicious formulation.

Duralex glassware Now available from Città , New Zealand’s authorised distributor

Designed to handle anything a busy kitchen throws at it. Suitable for hot or cold drinks, microwavable, dishwashersafe, as well as impact and chip resistant.

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One of New Zealand’s most loved rugby hospo institutions limbers up for RWC2019 to attract and please the thousands of punters who’ll pass through its doors from late September to November this year. Jes Magill talks tactics with the crew.

he owner of the Mangere Bridge Tavern, Mark Walsh and his tight team are getting match fit for this year’s looming Rugby World Cup and its first things first: those all-important screens that will stream the matches live via Spark Sport, all going well. A dozen Smart TVs have just been installed at the Tavern with the largest screen and the price to link them all coming out at $11,000. Mark says, “It was a more complicated job than we thought it would be. With Spark losing coverage with the hockey and soccer recently, we’re pleased the Telco has time to sort things out.” Meanwhile the Tavern’s RWC hospitality planning is in full swing.

“Our Lounge Bar takes 300 people and we’ll be offering ticket-only food and drinks packages for key games, which will vary depending on the ABs success, and other key games. Packages include the first handle of beer, juice, glass of wine or a selected RTD plus finger food from the bistro – chips, burgers, fish & chips, steak and chicken meals, etc.” Six screens will run in the Lounge, the largest at 3.8m x 1.8m, plus five 60” TVs. The Sports Bar will open to the general public for all games, showing on one 65” screen plus five 50” TVs. The Bistro caters for 250 people and will operate throughout the tournament with an extra BBQ for key busy nights.


“The opening ceremony is going to be huge, and the South Africa/New Zealand game, but after that of course no one knows,” Mark says. What’s more predictable are the potentially bigger business opportunities for Kiwi hospo venues, with Japan five hours behind New Zealand. “People can actually watch the games during the day. You don’t have to get up early in the morning


All Black & Son - The Walsh Connection & the legacy of Mangere Bridge Tavern Mangere Bridge Tavern has a unique history with a strong rugby affinity. Turning 50 this year, the tavern has been owned by the Walsh family for 32 years. “It’s still good old rugby, racing and beer and it’s always been about whanau”, says Mark Walsh, whose father and famous All Black Pat Walsh bought the venue in 1987. “Today our patrons represent a huge cross section and a lot of that goes back to my father’s days. Pat played his first All Black game in 1955, played for NZ Maori for six years, was an All Black selector too and the youngest All Black until Jonah Lomu came along. “We’re probably one of the oldest bastion type rugby venues,” says Mark. “Because of land values and the changing market, most of the other operations have all been carved up. The difference with us being, we own the land and buildings. We’re still a destination, popular for our free entertainment plus strong pool and darts teams. We’re not just about rugby though, we’re very much league as well.” Mangere Bridge Tavern still has the magic that Pat created. “Because of his Maori heritage there’s always been close whanau involvement. With our older clientele we’re getting second and third generations coming through, bringing their families for lunch and dinner. We’re still very much about family.” Pat worked as a teacher before going into the grocery/dairy business and then finding hospitality, which by all accounts was the perfect fit for the man with a legendary big heart, his love for entertaining and commitment to the community as well. It was probably inevitable that Mark would enter the industry too. He started a part-time job at Glen Innes Cellars aged 16 years before heading to university and earning a double degree, BCom/BSc. He then joined Lion Nathan as marketing assistant, spent time in the

US promoting Steinlager and returning home to various roles before becoming Waikato/BOP regional director, clocking up 16 years with the company. “Then Dad gave me the nod. He’d invested well in the Mangere Bridge Tavern and six other businesses including East Tamaki Wanderers Tavern. One day he said, ‘Well, are you going to get involved?’ The idea grew on me; I wanted to see if I could put into practice what I preached about sales and marketing, so I got on board. Between us we ran all seven businesses up until Pat passed away in 2007. I not only lost my father; he was my best friend, confidant and business partner too. He was an amazing guy.” Looking back at the early days, Mark says there wasn’t the proliferation of liquor licences that there is today. “It’s huge. You’re really competing but we’re still very much a neighbourhood tavern and always will be. We put on a lot of events and like to mix things up a bit. Once a month we’ll have a cook up or a Hangi and every six weeks we hold an event, such as Pacifica or Mexican themed nights.” Always aware nothing stays the same, Mark knows the Tavern needs to adapt to a rapidly changing market. “Mangere Bridge and Mangere are exploding with younger families moving in and with 40,000 people now working at the Airport, we’re going through the planning process of catering to these new markets along with our traditional customer base.” He’s definitely in it for the long haul. “I’m 55 now and still in the game. It’s a challenge but one that I relish. You make really good friends along the way too, you can’t discount the friendships. The basis that Pat worked on and I have continued is basically, if we’re having a good time, everybody has a good time.”

and although the games start a little later in the day, you’re effectively getting three games in during one evening. I think a lot of people are assuming they’ll be able to watch matches delayed on Sky TV or Free to Air and depending on how that plays out, we could be even busier than anticipated.” The Tavern has just kicked off RWC promotions starting in-house, on Facebook and Instagram. They’ll also be direct marketing shortly to all local motels and hotels including those near the Airport. After 38 years in the industry Mark has one golden rule for maximising opportunities that mega sports events offer: “After getting people in the door and understanding what they want, it’s then all about enhancing the experience so everyone has a good time.” n Mangere Bridge Tavern Sports Bar manager and 2IC for 15 years, Trevor Westrupp, left, with owner and hospitality whiz, Mark Walsh. HOSPITALITY BUSINESS - AUGUST 2019 19


As We See it Conference 2019 - Indigenous Ingredients & Sustainability Take Centre Stage By Vicki Lee, CEO Hospitality New Zealand



Polynesian cooking. She has served chocolates made with native horopito leaves to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, taken Gordon Ramsay foraging in the NZ bush for National Geographic, as well as representing New Zealand in the Netflix series Final Table. Hospitality New Zealand is pleased to welcome a chef of Fiso’s creative calibre to the conference and looking forward to hearing her share her journey with our members. At the Hospitality New Zealand Conference 2019 we will also be hosting Adam Hasley, the Director of Advocacy Research and Insights for the National Restaurant Association in the United States. Hasley will be using his experience of the US market to give our members expert insights in to trends and challenges that could be facing NZ’s hospitality market in future. Hasley will be able to provide insights into key issues for the US hospitality market, including topics such skills development and harm minimisation, to help us proactively plan ahead for the future of the NZ hospitality market. We are, for example, looking forward to sharing with you Hasley’s insights on how the legalisation of cannabis has affected the food services m Hasley Ada

ight now, Hospitality New Zealand is gearing up for our annual conference, which will take place from 15-17 October in Hawke’s Bay. This year the theme of the conference is Expanding Horizons, and we are planning to bring a great deal of innovation, learning and growth to our members that attend the event through three days of cuttingedge industry leaders sharing their insights and stories. It is important that the hospitality industry looks to, and anticipates the future of the sector. In line with the theme Expanding Horizons, at this year’s conference we will be helping our members to understand and prepare for upcoming trends in the industry, through a programme line up of industry trend setters. From a culinary perspective, we are looking forward to welcoming innovative chefs from home and abroad to the conference as keynote speakers. Among them is rising national hero Monique Fiso, the chef behind Hiakai restaurant in Wellington, who has been working to raise the profile of indigenous New Zealand cuisine and ingredients. Chef Fiso, who has a MaoriSamoan background, is becoming well-known for an innovative and elevated interpretation of Maori and

industry in some US states. Through everything we do at Hospitality New Zealand, we have our members’ best interests at heart. Ahead of the cannabis referendum we would like to provide the right info to our members to open up a debate on what impact the potential legalisation of cannabis could have on the hospitality sector in New Zealand, and what steps we would need to take towards harm minimisation in relation to cannabis. As such, we will also be looking at this topic in depth during our conference. As an industry, and as a society, we also need to be front footed regarding the growing need to preserve our planet, as well as New Zealand’s natural assets. At this year’s conference we will be highlighting the importance of sustainability in a panel discussion which will feature insights from James Robson from Australia’s first carbon neutral winery Ross Hill as well as Hospitality New Zealand affiliates Healthpak, who have recently launched a revolutionary solution to biodegradable packaging. Whichever of these trail blazing speakers has piqued your curiosity, we look forward to welcoming you to our annual conference in Hawke’s Bay, and hope that we can help you to expand your horizons this year. n


Get Match Fit & Rugby Ready


park Sport has announced options for businesses to screen Rugby World Cup 2019. Option one is to purchase a Spark Sport Tournament Pass for $79.99 until September 10 2019, the price will increase to $89.99 from September 11 2019. It is important to ensure your premise has a suitable internet connection and a technical set up that is capable of streaming Spark Sport. The company has established a handy checklist at downloads. The Tournament Pass allows customers to view: • All 48 matches live • Full match replays on demand • Highlights, plus pre-match, half-time and post match coverage • Interviews with former players and coaches • Historic Rugby World CupTM match content The second option is existing SKY commercial customers can purchase a Spark Sport Rugby World Cup 2019 pop-up channel through SKY, which includes all 48 matches live. Commercial customers can access this pop –up channel for a one-off cost. For more information contact SKY Business on 0800 759 333, during standard business hours. Keep in mind there is a range of upcoming sporting events coming up on Spark Sport, including the Premier League and Formula OneTM – so it could be worth considering getting set up to stream these as well.


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Five Star Initiatives In The CBD Sustainable initiatives win Grand Windsor Hotel more accolades!


he Hotel Grand Windsor “Bathroom products are MGALLERY by Sofitel all collected and returned to has achieved several Astro Hospitality, our supplier, and significant milestones since get repurposed into something else, its transformation from three-star to like safety flooring in playgrounds. five-star hotel in 2017. Now firmly at the Anything that’s half-full is sent on to forefront of hospitality modernisation, charities like the Salvation Army or this treasure in the heart of Auckland’s Women’s Refuge.” CBD is once again leading the pack, During the renovations, a lot of this time in sustainability, with several thought was put into the technology innovative environmental initiatives that behind systems like lighting, heating have set new benchmarks in an industry and cooling. “Until you redo a renowned for its high carbon footprint. property, it’s very hard to create Crowned Best Hotel in the World at a hotel that runs entirely on low the World Boutique Awards in May, energy,” explains Dickinson. It’s also and Best Redeveloped Accommodation more expensive. at the 2018 Hospitality New Zealand The list of sustainable initiatives is awards, the Grand Windsor long. Laundry bags are cloth, as are the MCGALLERY by Sofitel has had its slipper bags; there’s a compost system Gold Enviro rating from Qualmark for coffee grinds and food waste; any renewed for a second year in 2019 – no paper used is printed double-sided and mean feat. recycled, and staff are encouraged to “Our building is long and thin, which contribute to environmental solutions. makes it hard to find space for things Initiatives include a staff monthly like recycling bins, so we’ve had to Auckland beach clean (staff are paid), think creatively,” says General Manager and quarterly cooking for the families Chris Dickinson. “Some people equate and children in Ronald McDonald ‘sustainable’ with ‘cheap’, but the reality is very different. Being both a “Some five-star hotel and a gold Enviro people equate rating is hard to achieve, because our guests expect ‘sustainable’ with the best; however for a ‘cheap’, but the reality sustainable future, we have to be forward thinking.” is very different. Being To the visiting both a five-star hotel guest, nothing looks and a gold Enviro particularly ‘eco-tastic’. The art deco-style lobby rating is hard to is swathed in langorous achieve.” historical glamour; the rooms warm and comfortable, and the food delicious. However, a closer look reveals much more. “All our bin liners are biodegradable and compostable, and each room has a double bin for recycling,” explains Dickinson.

House. Staff are encouraged to think sustainably, and all ideas are considered. As part of AccorHotels, the hotel works with a number of partners, including Astro Hospitality, Soap Aid, and Planet 21, an initiative dedicated to ensuring the industry’s ongoing sustainability. They also partner with AgainAgain, a reusable cup service (currently Auckland only) which provides a fleet of steel cups which can be taken from participating hotels and cafes, and returned to any other participating outlet. But arguably the hardest part of the hotel’s sustainability commitment is in their food and beverage department. Because of the building’s long shape, there are no freezers, meaning all food has to be brought in fresh to the small kitchen. The menu is 100 per cent sustainable. “Food is brought in daily, and we only use sustainably farmed, line-caught and organic produce. Any excess food is used for staff meals, and we have a fully organic wine list,” says Dickinson. “This makes our food costs around 10 per cent higher, but it’s worth it.” With a zero singleuse plastic waste five year plan, there’s more for the hotel team to achieve. “We aren’t perfect, but we’re pretty passionate about investing in sustainable hospitality now,” says Dickinson. “There’s a lot more to do, but we’re proud of what we’ve done so far.” n HOSPITALITY BUSINESS - AUGUST 2019 23

Flavour Of The Month


Caviar dates back to the fourth century with the word originating from the Persian word Khaviyar which translates to the cake of strength, and for good reason. Caviar has one of the highest nutritional profiles of any protein ounce by ounce – so much so it was mandatory for warriers to feat on caviar before going into battle. Sadly the love for caviar, over fishing and industrialisation has pushed a number of the 27 types of Sturgeons onto the endangered species list. In 2008 CITES (The Convention in Trade of Endangered Species ) placed a blanket world wide ban on the harvesting of wild sturgeon, and so the world caviar market is now serviced by aquaculture. Sourcing Caviar should only be purchased fgrom reputable dealers. Always be sure to check the back label: caviar should only contain Sturgeon row and salt – preservatives should be avoided. Always ask the provider where the caviar comes from and if it is fresh or pasteurised. Caviar suppliers include: • Maison Vauron, Newmarket

• • Safka Continental Goodies, Auckland Flavour Matches Quality caviar should be savoured if not by itself, then with simple accompaniments so as not to disguise the distinct flavour. Vodka is the traditional pairing to start caviar tasting and works well with Blanc de Blanc Champagne to follow. Serving Suggestions The perfect caviar is taken at the optimum time of ovulation. The caviar should present with a glossy pearl and a perfect sphere that separates easily. The caviar should have a fresh smell that hints of a salty sea. Always serve caviar on crushed ice to keep the oils in the pearls relatively solid. After warming the aviar on the first part of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger, the pearls are licked off to settle on the tongue. The best caviar will melt across the palate when it comes into contact with the warmth of the mouth.

Storage Caviar should be kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator with an ice pack. It should be consumed within 48 hours of opening but is best enjoyed straight away. Steer Clear Of Caviar that has chemical preservatives and avoid caviar that has been pasteurised as this process changes the texture and affects the flavour.

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The humble hoki is a popular fish among consumers and has become the mainstay for fish fingers, fast-food fillets and fine dining. Hoki is New Zealand’s largest commercial fishery, one of our largest seafood exports and valued by overseas buyers for its quality, freshness and taste. A deepwater fish, hoki dwells in depths of 300 to 600 metres and are commonly found off the South Island on the Chatham Rise, Campbell Plateau and in the Cook Strait. Most abundant from June to September, fishermen target hoki in the winter months using midwater or bottom trawl methods. Hoki is easily recognised by its slender, elongated body and tapered tail. Its back is dark purple to blue in colour and is contrasted by paler iridescent blue and silver tones on its side. Certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), hoki is a sustainable and healthy choice of fish. Fresh fillets appear delicate in their appearance but have a dense texture that holds up well to a variety of cooking methods. An

absence of pin bones and very few scales makes hoki an easy fish to prepare. When cooked, hoki takes on a delicate taste and produces moist white fillets with a medium flake. Its mild flavour pairs well with most cuisines and flavours. Baking, steaming, frying and smoking work well, but crumbed and battered hoki portions are always particularly tasty. For more seafood recipes, visit


Winter Vegetables

Asparagus lovers may be in for an early seasonal treat this month. Due to warmer weather patterns the delicate vegetable may be available ahead of the traditional September harvest. Couple this with new season Ilam potatoes – covered in mint and butter – and winter will seem on the wain! Grown in Ohakune and Oamaru, Brussels Sprouts are in season now and can be prepared by boiling, baking steaming and stir frying! Coupled with bacon, olive oil, spring onions and croutons Brussels Sprouts are enjoying a quiet revivial! Winter soups remain a must have for the chilly season menu! Soups such as Pumpkin, Broccoli and Leek, Onion and Carrot, served with grated parmesan , crème fraiche or even blue vien cheese are great ways to use the abundant winter crops.

Lamb Shanks

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t isn’t truly too hot in the kitchen until a chef has placed a temperature probe on their work surface to figure out just how hot the space is. Small, poorly ventilated kitchens have the capacity to literally burn out employees – but how hot is too hot and can sizzling working environments and heat stress risks cause illness, or make pre-existing conditions worse and wear down staff? How hot is too hot? Despite the lower limit being set at -16 °C (-13 °C for strenuous work), there is no legal upper limit to how hot a working environment can be. However, employers are under obligations to make sure working environments are safe, and will have to consider taking action if the heat is putting staff at risk. Work Safe New Zealand has a fully detailed document of rules from 2015, however they are yet to be reviewed. There are simple steps restaurants can take, like providing lots of cold drinks, allowing kitchen staff more regular breaks and ensuring through draughts. And investing in decent air conditioning and reviewing kitchen design will help keep workers safe and comfortable. International research shows that ultimately, bosses who provide a cool and comfortable work environment are going to get more out of their staff. Chefs shouldn’t have to put their health at risk – and it does no one any good if they keel over into their pans. What are the risks? Heat exhaustion can cause a number of symptoms that are uncomfortable for workers, bad for productivity and could be hazardous when dealing with potentially dangerous equipment. In the UK the National Health Service warns to look out for signs of headaches, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite, nausea, cramps, fast breathing or pulse and intense thirst. However, while these symptoms can be reduced by taking some time to cool off and drinking plenty of fluids, it is recommended calling 111 if someone is presenting signs of heat stroke. Symptoms include: Not feeling better after 30 minutes of cooling off, feeling hot and dry, not sweating despite feeling too hot, having a temperature over 40°C, rapid shortness of breath, confusion, fits or seizures, loss of consciousness or becoming unresponsive. Is it time to risk assess? A risk assessment should be carried out if a “significant number” of employees are complaining about the heat and employers could consider the following when assessing how to keep kitchen workers safe in a hot environment:


Too Hot In The Kitchen? How hot is too hot to work in a kitchen? When should an employer risk assess?

• Work rate: The harder and faster kitchen staff work, the hotter they will be. Employers should consider if tasks can be simplified, moved to a cooler environment, or avoided altogether to prevent heat stress. • Working climate: While considering the air temperature may be more obvious, it is important to also consider how humidity and air flow could effect workers. • Worker’s clothing: While appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn for tasks at hand, European guidelines recommend looking into breathable materials to help keep employees cool. • Worker’s age, build and medical factors: At-risk staff should be considered as a priority to prevent exacerbating health issues. From here consider the following remedies: • Control the temperature using engineering solutions, for example by using fans or turning off unnecessary equipment, and installing good ventilation systems. • Provide mechanical aids where possible to reduce the work rate. • Regulate the length of exposure to hot environments for example by providing periodic rest breaks and rest facilities in cooler conditions. • Prevent dehydration by providing cool water in the workplace and encouraging workers to drink it frequently in small amounts before, during (where possible) and after working. • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment for example breathable chef whites. Avoid use of protective clothing which may increase the risk of heat stress. • Provide training for your workers, especially new and young employees, telling them about the risks of heat stress including what symptoms to look out for, safe working practices and emergency procedures. • Allow workers to acclimatise to their environment and identify which workers are acclimatised or assessed as fit to work in hot conditions. • Identify employees who are more susceptible to heat stress because of an illness, condition or medication for example pregnant women or those with heart conditions. • Monitor the health of workers at risk if you have deployed all possible measures to ensure the working environment is as safe as can be. For more detailed information regarding hot work places go to Guidelines For The Management of Work In Extremes of Temperature, produced by the Department of Labour, and Occupational Health & Safety. n

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Is Your Food Data Carrying Human Errors?


very year, an estimated 600 million – almost one in 10 people around the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food. Worryingly, it’s children under five that carry a massive 40 percent of that foodborne disease burden1. Like many a mundane but critical procedure, food safety and compliance can seem like dry and abstract subjects - just another tick of a regulatory box to worry about. But as the statistic above identifies, these are very human concerns with very real, sometimes tragic outcomes. Not only is unsafe food an ever-present threat to your brand, but it has the greatest impact on your most vulnerable customers: infants, children, elderly and the sick. In today’s world, where industrialisation and scale means food from a single source can be delivered to thousands of mouths, it’s vital that people can have trust in the brands they eat. At scale for multi-site businesses, the safe production, warehousing, transit, storage, and delivery of food is a complex chain. It depends on systems and processes that must be reliably monitored, accurately reported and constantly managed to remain unbroken. Historically, regulation of food safety across this chain has been dependent on variably skilled, trained and compliant employees and spreadsheets - lots of spreadsheets - with much of the paperwork still done by hand. And people are human. As a result, data is often filed carrying human errors. The integrity of data that’s not only a regulatory requirement but has such potential for harm has been a constant risk and challenge. Thankfully that problem has been solved. It’s now possible to leverage technology to deliver a seamless, visible, reliable and cost-efficient answer. And, in a very Kiwi display of ingenuity and effort, one innovative New Zealand company has designed a world-leading system that covers your food business from end to end. Created in 2012 to provide technologybased solutions to the human side of food safety challenges, iMonitor originally

One New Zealand Company Has The Cure. focused on wireless temperature monitoring. The subsequent integration of Food Safety Planning brought the human and regulatory together into a smart, reliable, seamless, fully online package that sites of any size and scale could rely on. It is the only service provider in the country capable of supplying this end-to-end compliance platform, right up to enterprise level food industry players. Whether it’s static, in-process, or spot-check monitoring – iMonitor has it all covered. The static side of the system alerts the people that matter when it matters, in real-time. Say your cold storage assets get hit with a power outage or fridge failure. No problem. The information is immediately relayed to a manager so action can be taken before any impact occurs. The in-line system allows production to be monitored from start to end, and even minute deviations in cooking, chilling or other process stages can be monitored and corrected to improve the quality of the product and, of course, ensure its safety. The system also extends to the transportation leg, so your product can be monitored – and safe – right up until it reaches your customers. The ‘smart probes’ allow for all your key spot-checks – during cooking, hot-holding, the chilling down process, or right before serving. They take the temperature of the product and directly upload that number into your Food Safety Plan app – no need to remember what the results are or trust a person to go back and enter it. Any action required is always prompted, clear, visible and recorded to ensure compliance. Its cloud-based, IoT system, collects and delivers all this vital information through a 24/7 digital dashboard, providing a meaningful oversight of food safety in real time - all the time - to all operational tiers of the organisation. Its technology is designed to meet and exceed both local and global standards. The iMonitor business is a leadingedge Kiwi player in a much bigger global game called ‘Regtech’2 – described by many as ‘the Next Big Thing’. Regtech


refers to using digital capabilities (tech) to deliver the automation of legal compliance (reg) that’s completely revolutionising the world of managing risk in business. Almost all businesses will be able to benefit from regtech, as it drives down the cost of compliance while adding value and complete visibility to previously out-of-sight processes. It’s being used to keep people safe across a wide range of industries, including health, construction, finance and now food. As far as staying on top of the food chain in New Zealand is concerned, iMonitor is keeping Kiwis firmly ahead of the curve with this technology. The bottom line is that any business in the food industry – of any scale that collects food safety compliance data by hand, on paper, or by any other means, is taking an unnecessary risk. And that’s a risk iMonitor is determined that both companies and their customers don’t have to face. n References: 1: World Health Organisation (2019). Food Safety. news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ food-safety 2: Deloitte (2019). Reg Tech universe. Take a look at who is orbiting the Reg Tech space. com/lu/en/pages/technology/articles/ regtech-companies-compliance.html

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The Perils Of Purchasing


urchasing goods for your venue should be one of the easiest parts of running a hospitality venue - right? Let’s step back and think what is involved in purchasing, choosing who your suppliers are and doing due diligence on them to ensure:• that you are going to get what you want in way of product and quality, particularly where food is concerned • a competitive price based on the quantities that you will order • reliability in being able to supply your needs and deliver at the right time. Sounds simple and yet there are many suppliers out there who have a competitive price but fall down in the other areas that can leave you spending far too much time on something you thought you had nailed. You want to know that when you place an order that order will be delivered correctly as you ordered in in the right quantity, with the right price and when you wanted it. One of the most difficult areas that we see for people to get right is having the right amount of stock. Sounds easy but ordering too much or too little can have equally disastrous consequences. We find owners who delegate staff to do the ordering find themselves carrying more stock than is necessary. In most cases there is no accountability or budget constraint put on the person and from their standpoint they would rather have too much than run out. While under purchasing can save money in the short term, does it cost you money in the long-

term? If you haven’t got it, you can’t sell it! Add to that if you rush out and buy from the nearest supermarket or liquor store you are going to pay a premium price and reduce your margin. Consistency of supply is another area that needs to be carefully considered. A smart marketing strategy of venues is to have a point of difference that their competitors can’t match and a key area of this is with product offerings. Wines, or particular food types or varieties that can be sourced are a great way of doing this, but you need to be able to get your supplier to guarantee supply. Some wine importers will put specific stock aside for this, but the key is making sure that they don’t run out, as your customer isn’t interested that they can’t get what they ordered because your supplier couldn’t deliver. Like you, suppliers deal with multiple customers and as is human nature all those customers have demands and expectations. Be prepared to show flexibility but talk to your suppliers about a delivery schedule that meets both of your needs. A busy restaurant doesn’t want a delivery coming in, in the middle of service, and your suppliers will know this so find a time that is mutually agreeable to both of you. This will enable you to ensure that you have staff available to receive, check and put the order away (more on this next month) and this will also speed up the time the delivery takes for the supplier. Obviously, price is one of the key elements in the purchasing cycle. As mentioned above just because it is the cheapest price may not be

the best deal for you. A lot of suppliers today will offer you contract pricing which makes life simpler for you in setting a sell price and costing a menu. Having that consistency is an important thing but make sure that you still check your invoices to ensure that you are receiving your contract pricing. We can site many examples where contract pricing has failed to roll over in the supplier IT system or someone has forgotten to enter it and this can have a devastating affect on your liquor and food costs. If you’re not having regular audits carried out to identify this then the cost to you could be in the tens of thousands over the course of a year. Suppliers will also over you rebates, either in monetary terms or free product. Make sure you have a system in place to see that you receive this and that it is what has been agreed. It is also important that you clear in how you are going to treat this, have you costed this into your costs already or are you going to accumulate it and add it in later, from an accounting perceptive this can have quite an affect. Selling food and beverage items is what makes a hospitality business tick but it is essential that your purchasing strategy is equally robust. n

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Food For Thought Full Cost Recovery – We Need More Checks & Balances By Marisa Bidois – CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand


he Wellington Council is proposing to increase the fees it collects from licencing services under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act). In 2017/18 the fees recovered by the Council covered 68 per cent of the licensing cost with the additional 32 per cent being made up from rates. The Act allows the Council to collect fees to recover the total costs for its alcohol licencing functions. Without an increase in 2019/20 the Council expect that fees will only cover approximately 60 per cent of our costs with the balance paid by rates. The Council is proposing to increase the level of the fees to recover 85 per cent of the costs incurred by the Council to administer alcohol licencing. Any remaining costs will continue to be subsidised by rates. We vehemently oppose the Council’s proposal to increase the level of the fees it collects from licence services under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The Association has submitted to the council that not only do the costs seem to be excessive for the work required, the proposal has uncovered what appears to be largely inefficient processes being adopted and enacted by Council. Of particular note: • workload and staffing levels seem to be incongruent; • ballooning IT overhead costs, with little-to-no justification; and • the opportunity for Council to use this as a chance to better streamline internal processes, rather than pass on their costs to business. Against this backdrop the Association has drawn attention to the number of staff the Council currently employs in this area, in direct contrast to the amount of applications, renewals, and inspections currently being carried out. The application for an alcohol licence is a multi-step process with many fees incurred. It

also takes a long time due to requiring clearance from many parties, but often it is merely a check-box exercise for them. When considered against the fees schedule, new applications per week in 2017/18 totaled 22 (a mix of special, club, off and on and also duty managers certificates) when you average the license renewals per week this brings the total to around 27. With a team of 14 that is less then 2 licenses per person a week. Our own Hospitality Report1 shows there has been subdued growth in the number of outlets in the Wellington area however this is sharply offset with the number of closures. In 2017-2018 there was a 1% growth rate in the number of outlets in the Wellington region, and our most recent figures (2018-2019) was again a 1.76% increase – a very subdued increase. The Association is devoted to reducing costs for our members, but we also have a wealth of expertise and experience in the sector that we are willing to share. At the Association we process over 2,300 renewals spanning the breadth of New Zealand per year, with a small administrative team of two, highlighting our familiarity and efficiency in this area. We have offered our services to the team at Wellington City Council to help identify productivity gains and streamline the process. We believe that we could make valuable contributions and suggestions for improving process. We see this as a collaborative and efficient approach to solving the problem with the hopes of


ultimately saving the hospitality community money in ever growing burden of compliance costs. The Association and its members strongly oppose the proposed changes and fee increases for the alcohol bylaws revision. These fees would negatively impact the hospitality industry, which generates significant revenue in Wellington and is tied to the economic and cultural growth of the city. n 1. Restaurant Association Hospitality Report 2018

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What are you sipping on tonight? Your favourite Hawke's Bay Merlot? A crisp vodka tonic? I’ve said it before, we all love the classics - but each month we know that something new is just around the corner to bump us out of our comfort zones, and this issue is all about testing your taste buds. Yes, we have our Kiwi favourite, Sauvignon Blanc, on pgs 12-13 - but how about trying a Würzer, a blush Riesling or a Viognier? Take a look at Cameron Douglas MS' aromatics tasting notes on pgs 14-15 for some great examples. Or why not make a special effort to seek out a vegan wine this month? In fact, you won’t have to try very hard – more than 250 wines in New Zealand are considered vegan. Flick to pg 10 to find out exactly what that means. And on our cover this month we have something we know you haven’t tried yet – vodka-infused kombucha. Yes, you heard me right. This low-sugar, 100% natural RTD is the third offering from The Premium Liquor Co. who are changing how we view the ol’ ready-to-drink. Available in three flavours, Happy Booch is clean, natural and basically healthy (according to me, anyway). For more info, head to pg 7. So there we have it, an August filled with new things to try! Put down your Merlot and give them a go. See you next month!



An introduction to New Zealand’s first vodka-infused kombucha



Spirits writer Tash McGill explores new trends in gin




Sip NZ’s Caro Jensen gives us an insight into what makes wine ‘vegan’


Tasting notes from Cameron Douglas MS



John Oszajca shares a travel diary of his windy weekend in Wellington





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A partnership between The Premium Liquor Co. and Good Buzz, Happy Booch is New Zealand’s first 100% natural vodka-infused kombucha. Available in three flavours and naturally low in sugar, Happy Booch is available now. For more information, head to pg 7. VEGAN WINE AROMATICS WINTER ALES FESTIVAL


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SEIFRIED NELSON GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2019 An early ripening variety with an aromatic, fragrant bouquet, Gewürztraminer is full of flavour and sophistication. Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer 2019 is floral, peachy and balanced and is one of Cameron Douglas MS’ highest scoring aromatics this month. For more, visit pgs 14-15.

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2 AUNTSFIELD SOUTH OAKS BARREL FERMENTED MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 Bright straw in colour and complex on the palate, Auntsfield’s Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc is a stand-out in this month’s Sauvignon Blanc tastings with a huge 96 points. For more on this wine, and many other stellar Sauvs, check out pgs 12-13. 3 WORLD OF WINE WINTER 2019 EDITION For a comprehensive wine bible for lovers of the grape drop, you can’t go past World of Wine magazine. The Winter 2019 edition is out now and is packed with industry news, trends and insights. For more, take a look at pg 4.   THE SHOUT NZ | AUGUST 2019 | 3


World of Wine magazine available now The Winter 2019 edition of World of Wine magazine has been released and is available now from In partnership with Cameron Douglas MS, New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, World of Wine is a 68-page magazine packed with industry news, innovations and exclusive features on some of the industry’s trailblazers, plus Douglas’ personal tasting notes. Written in Douglas’ own distinctive style, World of Wine brings you the latest in wine trends, as well as regional discoveries, food and wine pairings, and varietal highlights. The ultimate resource for wine lovers, both at work and at home, and you can subscribe for just $12.95 or $19.95 for both the Winter 2019 and Summer 2019/20 editions. For more information and to subscribe, head to


The Dunedin Craft Beer Festival is back!

The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival is back in 2019 and taking place on November 8-9. Due to an unprecedented sell out in 2018, festival organisers have decided to stage this year’s festival over two days to cater for public demand. Hosted at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, the DCBFF will open on Friday 8th November at 3pm and run until 9pm (R18). The Saturday is family-friendly and is open from 12pm to 7pm. One of the region’s most highly-anticipated events, the festival will again showcase an impressive selection of food and craft beverages, entertainment and kids’ entertainment on the Saturday. “Heading into the seventh year, we are excited to grow the festival,” says festival organiser, Jason Schroeder. “Stay tuned for new additions and exciting news.” We have one double pass to the Dunedin Craft Beer Festival to give away! For instructions on how to enter, head to @theshoutnz on Instagram and Facebook!

WHAT’S ON August 9-10 BEERVANA Westpac Stadium, Wellington August 18 INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR DAY September 30-October 2 NZ International Wine Show 2019 judging October 5-6 THE CHOCOLATE & COFFEE SHOW The Cloud, Auckland October 6 MATAKANA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Matakana October 17-19 BREWNZ 2019 Wellington October 19 INTERNATIONAL GIN & TONIC DAY October 25 NZ INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW AWARDS DINNER Auckland


Auckland’s highest rooftop bar opens Auckland’s newest and highest rooftop bar has opened on the 20th floor of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel on Queen Street. The Churchill – specialising in gin and champagne – offers panoramic views of the city in a stylish space celebrating the beverage traditions of the 1920s. The favoured tipple of the great Sir Winston Churchill and author of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are more than 160 gins to choose from, including Hayman’s Sloe gin, Glenalough Rose gin and Malfy Arancia Blood Orange gin. For more information on The Churchill, head to 4  | AUGUST 2019  |  THE SHOUT NZ

industry insights

It’s a Pinot party! Make a note in your calendar. While it may seem like there’s a ‘special day’ for everything nowadays, International Pinot Noir Day on August 18 is a date you won’t want to miss. Pinot Noir is New Zealand wine’s second biggest variety in terms of production, second only to Sauvignon Blanc, with the majority grown in Marlborough and Central Otago. In 2002 we planted 2,029 ha, but by 2018 we recorded 5,653 ha of prime for-the-picking Pinot. The difference in our climate is a major factor in the defining regional styles, with Pinot Noir having a host of different flavours based on where it’s come from. Spin the wine flavour wheel and you could land on dark berry fruit, chocolate, fresh herbs and spicy notes. Pinot has established itself as Central Otago’s flagship variety and it flourishes there, as extreme climate rewards careful site selection with wines of great intensity, sophistication and reputation. Though the rugged terrain may be breath-taking, it doesn’t make life easy for grape growers and winemakers – this is one of the hottest, coldest and driest regions in New Zealand. Historically however, Pinot Noir was first planted in the Wairarapa region as far back as 1883. Things didn’t really kick off until a century later, and by the late 1980s, local wine show accolades began rolling in. By the 1990s, gold medals were won in Australia, then London, and

Amber Silvester New Zealand Winegrowers Communications Manager

murmurings of a potential new Pinot powerhouse began traveling around the world. And now in 2019, New Zealand has cemented its place as a world-renowned Pinot Noir producer. From Central Otago to North Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough in the south, over to Wairarapa and Central Hawke’s Bay in the north, our winemakers produce a dramatic and distinctive array of styles, driven from the land. And the rest of the world has discovered it too. There has been impressive growth in export sales of New Zealand Pinot Noir in the last five years, with nearly 1.5 million cases exported in 2018. As any New Zealand wine lover will tell you; Pinot Noir is a chance we’re glad we took.

Is there an export market for NZ beer? People often say to me: ‘With the growth in New Zealand’s craft sector, we must be exporting a lot of beer’. While it’s true, we are exporting more than before. It’s a relatively small amount. In 2018, we exported $45 million worth of the amber liquid. Which equates to about 10% of the beer produced here. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what variety of beer is leaving our shores because the data is shown in ABV. The biggest segment by far was 4.35-5% ABV coming in at $22.5 million. So where do we send our beers? The biggest consumer of our beers is Australia, which last year took $30 million worth of the $45 million exported, easy to see why. It is so close. So, distribution is cheaper. It’s a similar market. So, Australians enjoy (and are familiar with) our craft beers and there are plenty of ex-pats who want a taste of home. Whether that’s the most recent hazy from their favourite local. Or a six-pack of what their dad drank. NZ Trade and enterprise recently put together a ‘howto’ for exporting craft beer titled ‘Craft Beer: Turning on the export tap’. Which is a pretty good starting point for those looking to expand their horizons. One of the biggest take outs for me was the statement: ‘It’s about finding a value proposition – a story – that resonates with craft

Dylan Firth Executive Director, Brewers Association of New Zealand

beer drinkers. Hammering it home: being a premium craft beer from New Zealand is probably not going to be good enough anymore’. Understanding what the target market is key, you can’t be everything to everybody. Whether that’s the growing Chinese market, which is notoriously hard to crack, or just doubling down our existing biggest export destination Australia. Exporting must be highly targeted. Lastly, do you know we exported $30,000 worth of beer to Antarctica in 2018? It was the highest single value New Zealand export to the icy continent. Guess our Scott Base residents need something to enjoy during the darker months!

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appy Booch, New Zealand’s first ever 100% natural kombucha-infused vodka, has been launched nationwide. A partnership between The Premium Liquor Co. and Good Buzz, Happy Booch is available in three flavours – Raspberry Lemon, Pineapple Mango and Lemon Ginger (all 4.5% ABV). Premium Liquor’s third edition to the low-sugar ready-to-drink market, following the successful launches of Sundown and Hint over the past 18 months, Happy Booch vodka kombucha is naturally low in sugar and made from 100% natural ingredients.

“There has been huge growth for kombucha-based beverages, both in New Zealand and around the world,” says Hamish Gordon, Premium Liquor Founder. “We’re thrilled to be part of this journey, collaborating with kombucha aficionados, Good Buzz, to launch Happy Booch.” Gordon says Premium Liquor and Good Buzz share the same passions and values in what they are aiming to achieve - creating innovative beverages that are made from natural ingredients, are naturally lower in sugar and made in New Zealand. “As the first charcoal-filtered premium vodka-based kombucha to launch in

New Zealand, those lucky enough to try Happy Booch can rest assured they are drinking the cleanest vodka infused with the best quality kombucha,” says Gordon. “Each bottle of Happy Booch contains vodka that is made from pure New Zealand water and whey that’s been triple-distilled, contains no additives, is gluten and GMO free and is then charcoal-filtered to remove any impurities,” he says. “The kombucha is also naturally fermented and brewed in the most traditional form.” Happy Booch is available in four-packs from liquor stores across New Zealand and at RRP $15.99. n

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f you’ve been looking at the producers and the Sloe berries everything through rosy, pinkconsumers, as to who hued glasses for the last three influences who. years, you’re not alone. The ongoing popularity of Millennial A SPIRIT WITHOUT pink has continued to inspire a range of BOUNDARIES pink drinks. Which raises the question, Pink has traditionally have we reached peak pink yet? With a been the realm new pink gin being released nearly every of strawberry and month in the last year, we’re asking rhubarb notes, or – what comes next? As we’ve spoken the deep luscious about before, gin is one of the least purple-tinged hue regulated spirit categories in the of Sloe berries when it world, which means a ripe territory comes to the botanicals used for exploration. in gin. But what if you took an already It’s hard to deny the industry well-regarded local ingredient and threw research that is telling us (more it in a batch of already delicious Four frequently and at louder volume) Pillars gin? That’s exactly what the Four that the Millennial drinker is drinking Pillars team out of Australia have done. less but with more focus on quality Four Pillars was founded in 2013 using the ingredients. Which means trends will best of New World ingredients, like native continue to give way to one another Tasmanian Pepperberry and lemon myrtle, Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz and the tension remains between along with more traditionally Asian-inspired

spirit on show botanicals. With the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz, founders Cameron Mackenzie, Stuart Gregor and Matt Jones steep Shiraz grapes from the Yarra Valley in their delicious gin. The result is a twist on Old World sloe gin with a deep burgundy violet colour. It’s a bold gin that holds up to cocktails - an interesting theme we’ll revisit in the world of experimental gin. EXPERIMENTING WITH COLOUR AND CHEMISTRY Here’s a curious fact – as colour and flavour experimentation takes us beyond pink, we land on blue. Sharish Blue Magic Gin is named for the magical blue pea flower than bestows a luscious violet blue to this Portuguese gin. For additional curiosity, the gin changes colour depending on the chemistry of what it’s mixed with, often turning pink. Similarly, the soon-to-be released Black Gin from New Zealand-based Scapegrace offers bartenders and customers an array of colour transformations to play with - it’s all about natural, not added colours.


Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin

LOCAL EXPLORERS Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin from Wales once again proves that local ingredients can be some of the most interesting. Taking seaweed from the coast and then infusing it into small batch gin for three weeks produces a coastal aroma and slightly saline-heavy note. They are not the only ones to experiment with marine algae – we’ll be drinking a lot more seaweed infusions if Nelson’s Dancing Sands distillery has its way. The addition of kelp adds savoury, salty long finishes to their gin and it’s an ingredient that is gaining popularity around the world, from the Isle of Harris to Japan. Anywhere you’re on an island, seaweed and kelp become an interesting part of the flavour combinations pushing us into new savoury gin territories. Another local brand, Ariki, is focused on using local Manuka flower, Rarotonga vanilla and Tongan coconut in their botanical recipe to create a truly Pacific flavour profile in their gin. What does

that taste like? Generous mouthfeel from essential oils, a citrus-forward refreshing taste that gives way to warm spice from lemongrass and a hint of sweetness from the vanilla. If this is stretching your definition of botanical, then the producers of Japan’s Ki No Bi Gin take it even further. Would you like a bamboo leaf with your spice-influenced gin? While Japanese whisky has been a hot commodity for the last few years, when news broke that a number of Japanese distilleries were working on gin releases, taste buds started salivating. Almost every category of Japanese spirit or brewing sets itself apart from the rest of the world either through balance and harmony or unique ingredients. The Ki No Bi from Kyoto Distillery is no exception, boasting Japanese ingredients like yuzu, hinoki wood chips, bamboo leaves, green sansho and gyokuro tea. The same Japanese tradition of balance is repeated here with six key flavour categories independently distilled and then blended for the botanical recipe: citrus, tea, spice, fruity, floral and herbal.

BASE SPIRIT CURIOSITY If using rice-based spirit is both local and practical for Japanese distilleries, there are plenty of other distillates making their way into gin production, some with a considerable splash. The White Sheep Co. having been making gin and vodka from sheep’s milk distillate for some time, creating a Sheep’s Milk & Honey gin alongside their Sheep’s Milk vodka. Yes, it does taste milky. There’s just a hint of creamy mouthfeel and milky aroma to this gin that wakes up the senses to something unusual. The usual crisp, dryness of juniper is softer, allowing space for sweet honey notes to round it out. It’s a gin that invites careful tonic matching, but really shines as a potential cocktail ingredient. As is often the case with gin, the addition of modifiers and mixers can highlight and allow the various botanicals to shine. In a similar fashion, Applewood Gin Distillery out of Australia are using grape spirit as the basis for their gin that aims to showcase the Australian landscape in a beverage. Prominent use of finger limes and desert limes, alongside peppermint gum leaf, wild thyme, pepperberry, wattleseed, anise myrtle and macadamia. SO WHERE TO NOW? While pink drinks (and gin in particular) have been pretty to look at, the work they have really done is introducing a new world of flavours to the consumer palate. The best pink gins haven’t added sugars or sweetening elements but rather have let the subtleties of true botanical and fruit notes to come to the surface. Without the added sugar of how we’ve understood some of these ingredients previously, consumers get to understanding fruit like strawberry, rhubarb and botanicals in their truest dry, sweet, spicy, dry and savoury character. It’s ultimately all about flavour, which is why colour won’t matter quite as much as flavour and local ingredients – despite the eternal appeal of blue drinks. It will also mean a resurgence of these unique gins as cocktail ingredients, where they can truly shine. n   THE SHOUT NZ | AUGUST 2019 | 9

wine insight

vegan wines


Vegan wine is becoming more prevalent amongst our most popular varietals – but what makes a wine vegan… or non-vegan? Caro Jensen, co-founder of Sip NZ and explains. hen KFC launches a vegan chicken burger, you know that a niche lifestyle is about to turn mainstream. The Economist predicted late last year that 2019 is going to be the ‘Year of the Vegan’ and Kiwis are at the forefront when it comes to finding out more about veganism, ranking third in vegan-related Google searches over the last year. Vegans regularly fill forums with lengthy posts about whether Nutella or Oreos are 100% vegan or not. Unfortunately, wine often makes vegan blacklists, potentially turning new generations of wine drinkers away from the category that doesn’t want to study the intricate details of winemaking practices. In the end, it all comes down to the ‘fine’ details - the process of clarifying a wine with fining agents. Young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates and harsh tannins and the fining process helps clarify those, but it can also improve its colour and flavour. Animal-derived fining agents are commonly used in red, sparkling, or white wines, making those wines unsuitable for a vegan diet. These include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fibre from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes). Those agents, however, are processing aids, not additives to the wine, as they are filtered out along with the haze molecules. Traces of animal-derived agents may be present in the wine, therefore making them unsuitable for a vegan diet. However, there are several fining agents that are suitable to make vegan wine. Carbon, bentonite clay, limestone, kaolin clay, plant casein and silica gel are some alternatives for winemakers to choose from. Another alternative method is… time! Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilise and self-fine. Gravity will simply do the Caro Jensen work. Especially amongst


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organic and biodynamic winemakers, this lowintervention method is often used to get their wines market-ready. For consumers it’s down to the ‘fine’ print as to whether a wine is vegan or not. Thanks to the NZ Foods Standards Code, the presence of fining agents as potential allergen products must be declared on the back label of a wine. An increasing number of wineries also use the vegan logo (a green V symbol) to clearly state the benefit of their wine being suitable for a plant-based diet. A smart move in 2019 that will hopefully excite consumers’ taste buds more than a certain vegan ‘chicken’ burger. n

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f Sauvignon Blanc was a song, then it would probably sound like the opening few bars of a heavy metal track – I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss (1979) is what’s playing in my mind right now. Not only does Sauvignon Blanc have a distinctive and very recognisable beat and rhythm - a loud bouquet - it often hits the palate with a core of energy and style that makes it, well, a bit like a heavy metal song. So there’s no mistaking this variety, with its pungent, fresh and crunchy texture, sweet herbs, tropical fruit, peach, citrus, apple, gooseberry and grass/hay characters. These are typical of the variety grown in cool climate appellations. New Zealand’s southerly location, strong maritime influences and narrow shape gives rise to this type of cool climate needed for such intense aromas and flavours. Classified as cool climate, promoting naturally higher acid levels, yet warm enough and with abundant sunlight to fully ripen the variety in almost any part of the country. Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago have these attributes and can produce some excellent examples. While some Sauvignon Blanc can be made in a generic style, and these wines sell well, there are regional differences to be discovered as well. For example, Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blancs often show a riper more intense yellow peach and sweeter tropical fruit characters with less herbaceous drive, while a Marlborough version can often taste of pink grapefruit, basil, thyme, passionfruit and be very herbaceous (these are just some of the descriptors). Central Otago expressions often have a mineral core, dried thyme and white peach character. Regardless of origin and individual expression, Sauvignon Blanc is a great match with foods that are light-weight, high-energy and with a noticeable freshness or higher acid content, such as salads with radishes and apple, pickled vegetables and even oysters or mussels with fresh lemon juice.







Cameron Douglas is New Zealand’s first and only Master Sommelier. An experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant, he is academically in charge of the Wine and Beverage Programme at AUT University in Auckland and is Patron of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association. Douglas consults to a variety of establishments, taking care of their wine lists, wine and food pairings, and staff training matters and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. 12  | AUGUST 2019  |  THE SHOUT NZ

tasting notes AUNTSFIELD SOUTH OAKS BARREL FERMENTED MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 Complex and developing bouquet with aromas and flavours of baking spices and lemon pepper, baked apple and wood smoke, ripe peach and vanilla. A weighty and complex wine with a youthful acid line, nutty oak flavour, some pristine fine tannins and long varietal finish. Complex and very enjoyable. Drink now and through 2025+. Points 96 RRP $38.00 Distributor: Negociants NZ Phone: (03) 578 0622

SAINT CLAIR FAMILY ESTATE WAIRAU RESERVE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 Fragrant, fruity, varietal and enticing bouquet of Sauvignon Blanc. Classic, bold and very expressive with aromas and flavours of sweet and tart passionfruit, spicy pear and apple, a stony mineral core and leesy ginger spice note. No mistaking the sweet herbs of basil and thyme, high acidity and lengthy finish. Lots to like. Drink now and through 2022. Points 94 RRP $33.90 Distributor: Negociants NZ Phone: (03) 578 8695

PALLISER ESTATE 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC MARTINBOROUGH Lovely bouquet and palate of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas and flavours of wet rocks and silty earth, mixed with whitefleshed stone fruits and sweet citrus; some delicate fruit spice moments, lively acidity that dances on the palate and a lengthy persistent finish. This wine a has a definitive core of fruit, a fleshy texture and lively acidity, satin mouth feel and moderate weight. Drink now and through 2023. Points 92 RRP $28.00 Distributor: Negociants NZ Phone: (0800) 634 624

DOMAIN ROAD VINEYARD BANNOCKBURN CENTRAL OTAGO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 Complex and enticing bouquet of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas and flavours of angelica and apple, pear and minerals, white flowers and sweet herbs. Balanced, fresh, quite complex and dry on the finish. Additonal flavours of preserved lemon and barley sugar, some white blossom and gooseberry. Well made, drink now and through 2021. Points 94 RRP $23.00 Distributor: Co Pilot Phone: (03) 445 4244

SEIFRIED NELSON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 Aromas of tropical fruits and white peach, sweet herbs, hay and nettles then stony soil suggestions. Very crisp, youthful and refreshing acid line, flavours of tropical and citrus, white stone fruit and herbs on the palate. Lengthy finish, lots to like, well made and not quite ready. Best enjoyed midsummer 2020 through 2022. Points 93 RRP $18.00 Distributor: Seifried Estate Phone: (0508) 4 WINES

RT WINES WILD WAVES MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 Varietal and gently spicy with aromas of herbs and citrus fruits, some grapefruit and apple then a light saline moment. A modern expression of Sauvignon Blanc with a more delicate set of flavours, but still showing cool climate acidity and intensity. Balanced and well made, a wine to consider cellaring to discover its evolution over the next three to six years. Points 90 RRP $18.00 Distributor: Currently looking for a distributor, please phone below Phone: (027) 410 1745


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ALLAN SCOTT MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 White smoke and white-fleshed fruits, citrus blossoms and apple, sweet hay and freshly gathered herbs of basil and thyme. Some classic aromas of tropical fruit with a definitive grapefruit and green apple flavour. Youthful, crisp and firm texture, lengthy finish. Enjoy from the beginning of summer 2020 and through 2024. Points 94 RRP $18.00 Distributor: Hancocks Wine, Spirits and Beer Merchants Phone: (03) 572 9054




Wines are scored out of 100 points and are listed in no particular order. Numbers are not indicative of a ranking.



WAIRAU RIVER ESTATE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 Unmistakable aromas of tropical fruits and citrus, sweet grass and wet stone. On the palate - flavours of pineapple and passionfruit, red apple and peach. Additional flavours of lemongrass and galangal, wet stones and minerals. Crisp and dry on the finish. Drink now and through 2022. Points 92 RRP $20.00 Distributor: Federal Merchants Phone: (03) 572 7950


SACRED HILL RESERVE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 Spicy and smoky, varietal, fruity, herbaceous and tempting. Aromas and flavours of barrel spices and ripe grapefruit, apple and baked stone fruits and custard. Nice creamy texture, youthful acid line, lengthy finish showing off spice, oak and fruit attributes. Drink now and through 2024. Points 92 RRP $21.99 Distributor: Quench Collective Ltd Phone: (06) 879 8760




SAINT CLAIR FAMILY ESTATE ORIGIN MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 Aromas of white peach and grapefruit, some passionfruit, apple and floral moments with a whisper of spice. Crisp, fruity, varietal, refreshing and just dry on the finish. A very light creamy texture, luscious and fresh, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2021. Points 90 RRP $18.90 Distributor: Negociants NZ Phone: (03) 578 8695


ARA SINGLE ESTATE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 Aromas of lemongrass, sweet hay, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Crisp, dry, fruity and ready with flavours of apples and citrus fruits, tropical notes of passionfruit and pineapple. Herbaceous grassy notes begin to emerge on the finish. Balanced and well made, drink now and through 2021. Points 89 RRP $19.99 Distributor: Giesen Group Phone: (03) 344 6270


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romatics are a category of wine that have a distinctive, sometimes intense aroma of flowers, ripe white-fleshed fruits, musk, candy and spices. These translate easily to the palate as flavours, as well as the palate intensifying the aromas even more. Aromatic wines can be very powerful and present interesting food and wine pairing challenges. The texture of these wines is often described as creamy or oily, finished with a spiciness. The term ‘aromatic’ refers to a specific category of white grape varieties that contain an extra set of naturally-occurring compounds called ‘terpenes’. Terpenes enhance and even amplify the spice, fruit and floral scents of wine. This makes them particularly distinctive. The following wines are classified as aromatic or semi-aromatic and are regularly available in New Zealand: Würzer, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Torrontes, Albarińo, Riesling, Müller Thurgau and Pinot Gris. Each of these wines are floral, fruity and intense on both the nose and palate, with moderate acidity. Textures ranges from soft and creamy to satin or silky and crisp. Gewürztraminer is the most intense and exotic of the aromatic varieties, with flavours of tropical fruits, roses and spices. Descriptors such as lavender, talcum powder, pineapple, white pepper and even apple strudel have been used to describe the wine. The most popular of the aromatic varieties is Pinot Gris. Strictly speaking Pinot Gris is semi-aromatic - it is not as floral or intense as a Muscat or Gewürztraminer. The aroma and flavour package of Gris is relatively simple - fruity, mouth-filling, without being cumbersome or too complex and often, with just a little residual sweetness, it can be enjoyed with or without most white or yellow proteins (chicken, fish and pasta). Pear skin and poached pear, yellow or red apple, white spice like pepper and Asian pear are typical descriptors. Medium weight and acidity and mostly with no wood flavours, or the use of old wood for structure, and some complexity. Some of the more enjoyable examples I have encountered recently have been made using indigenous ferment techniques and a touch of older wood. 14  | AUGUST 2019  |  THE SHOUT NZ




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TIKI KORO WAIPARA NOBLE RIESLING 2017 Golden yellow leading to intense aromas and flavours of apricot and peach, honey and ginger, beeswax and lemon. Thick and creamy, spicy, fruity and delicious. High acidity and sugar to match with a spicy preserved lemon and baked custard finish. Drink now before anybody else finds this gem. Points 95 RRP $34.99 Distributor: Federal Merchants & Co Phone: (03) 326 5551


SEIFRIED NELSON GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2019 Immensely floral with lavender and rose, acacia flower and fruit perfumes. There’s a subtle delicate side as well, showing some minerality, kombucha and cider notes. Fleshy, fresh, crisp and dry on the palate with flavours of everything that the nose suggested. Medium acidity, youthful textures, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2023. Points 94 RRP $18.00 Distributor: Seifried Estate Phone: (0508) 4 WINES



BLACK BARN VINEYARDS HAWKE’S BAY PINOT GRIS 2018 Aromas of ripe tropical fruits, grapefruit and wet stone layers. Delicious on the palate with flavours of red apple and tropical fruits, white peach and baking spices, plenty of acidity and light weight. A lovely texture adding complexity, length and charm. Drink now and through 2021. Points 94 RRP $26.00 Distributor: Negociants NZ Phone: (06) 877 7985



LAKE CHALICE THE FALCON MARLBOROUGH RIESLING 2019 A classic bouquet of Riesling with aromas of apple and lemon, white peach and stony, earthy qualities. Off-dry at first then a sound acid line turns the wine drier, adding texture, crispness and highlighting some nice pure fruit flavours. Balanced, even, persistent and ready with flavours of ripe lemon, apple, pear and white peach. Drink now and through 2026. Points 93 RRP $18.99 Distributor: Hancocks Wine, Spirits and Beer Merchants Phone: (0800) 699 463


JACKSON ESTATE MARLBOROUGH DRY RIESLING 2016 Pungent, fragrant, floral, a mineral core of wet stone, citrus and tree fruit. Delicious on the palate with fleshy green and red apple flavours, some pear, lemon and white rose. Dry with a lighter weight, abundant acidity and crisp refreshing finish. Drink now and through 2024. Points 93 RRP $20.00 Distributor: Hancocks Wine, Spirits and Beer Merchants Phone: (03) 572 9500


GIESEN ESTATE RIESLING 2018 Fragrant and enticing bouquet with aromas of sweet citrus, honeysuckle, white-fleshed tree fruits and flowers. Off-dry style with an immediate sweetness, tempered by high acidity and flavours of honeysuckle, white peach, sweet lemon and tropical fruits. Balanced and well made. Ideal for moderately spicy seafood and poultry dishes. Drink now and through 2024. Points 92 RRP $14.99 Distributor: Giesen Group Phone: (03) 344 6270


TOI TOI RESERVE MARLBOROUGH RIESLING 2018 Intense aromas lemon and green apple with jasmine and white rose, wet stone and lots of energy. Crisp, tense, youthful and dry. Flavours reflect the nose - all equally intense with long finish and developing complexity. Best drinking from 2021 through 2031. Points 92 RRP $30 Distributor: Toi Toi Wines Phone: (09) 972 9498



Wines are scored out of 100 points and are listed in no particular order. Numbers are not indicative of a ranking.

PASK HAWKE’S BAY VIOGNIER 2018 Bold and richly fruited on the nose, with some wood spices and ripe fruit adding weight, shape and intensity. Immediately varietal on the palate with flavours of ginger-spiced apricot, baked apple and peach. Medium acidity with a bite of oak adding firmness and structure with, a whisper of bacon, alcohol adding warmth and sweetness. Overall a delicious wine, weighty, rich and distinctive. Drink now and through 2022 Points 92 RRP $25.00 Distributor: Hancocks Wine, Spirits and Beer Merchants Phone: (06) 879 7906


SEIFRIED NELSON GRÜNER VELTLINER 2019 Classic bouquet of Grüner with a mix of white pepper and radish, crisp white-fleshed tree fruits, citrus and apple moments. As the wine opens up, these ideas get louder and stronger. Dry, crisp, youthful and tense on the palate. A young wine needing some development time to release and harmonise all the attributes on display. Decent finish and well made - a wine to watch. Best in cellar till late 2020, then enjoy through 2026. Points 92 RRP $18.00 Distributor: Seifried Estate Phone: (0508) 4 WINES


SEIFRIED NELSON WÜRZER 2019 Very fragrant, floral, spicy and tropical with aromas and flavours of white spices and lychee, pears and flowers, lemon and apple. Crisp, refreshing, just-dry with a light sweet moment, balanced and well made with a lengthy floral and spicy finish. Drink now and through 2021. Points 90 RRP $18.00 Distributor: Seifried Estate Phone: (0508) 4 WINES


GIESEN RIESLING BLUSH 2018 Classic aromas of Riesling with red apple and citrus then whispers of Bing cherry and a hint of strawberry. Off-dry style, juicy and fleshy in texture. Flavours of red apple and light red fruits re-emerge. Fresh, crisp, easy to enjoy and balanced. Ready to drink now and through 2023. Points 88 RRP $14.99 Distributor: Giesen Group Phone: (03) 344 6270


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r l e a v t i t s n e i f w ales

It’s 4:30am. My phone’s alarm pulls me from a deep sleep and into a confused, semiconscious state. This is just the first of four alarms that I’ve set to insure that I don’t miss my flight from the Bay of Islands Airport in the Far North, down to Wellington for this year’s Winter Ales Festival. Though Nelson’s hop growers might disagree, it’s pretty widely accepted that Wellington is New Zealand’s craft beer capital. Not only is it home to an everincreasing abundance of breweries, but it is also home to numerous beer festivals, competitions and events, such as the well-known Beervana festival. Thousands of beer lovers across the country travel along ‘the road to Beervana’ to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, just to sample hundreds of beers from breweries across the country and abroad. While Beervana is certainly a fantastic festival – and one not to be missed – it is the humbler Winter Ales Festival that has got me out of bed at such an ungodly hour. My first stop on this wintery beercation is The Society of Beer Advocates Annual General Meeting at the Fork & Brewer. SOBA (the Society of Beer Advocates) is a “consumer-based organisation with a mission to educate, promote, and advocate for the appreciation of, and access to, a diverse range of quality beer” in New Zealand. They 16  | AUGUST 2019  |  THE SHOUT NZ

fund and/or organise a multitude of beer events across the country each year, as well as hold New Zealand’s national homebrew competition; arguably the heartbeat of New Zealand’s homebrew scene. I happen to be the Far North regional coordinator for SOBA, and SOBA happens to be the organisation behind the Winter Ales Festival. Expertly killing two birds with one stone, SOBA officers decided to hold their annual meeting just hours before the Winter Ales Festival kicks off. Fork Brewing (the brewing wing of the restaurant/brewery combo that is the Fork & Brewer) is located at the top of a steep staircase in the middle of the city’s CBD. This is unusual for a brewery when you consider the literal tonnes of grain that needs to be carried up, and kegs that need to be carried down each month (without the aid of a lift I should add). The stairwell spills out into a row of shiny stainless steel sentinels that usher me towards the brew pub’s iconic circular bar. I am immediately struck by the most impressive house-brewed tap list I have ever seen in New Zealand. Forty-two beers (only two are guest taps), ranging from all manner of IPAs, lagers, sour beers, stouts, and more. Given that it is only 11am, I opt for a handpulled pint of their Pict English Dark Mild. Full bodied and creamy, with notes of toffee, chocolate, and just the right amount of roast, this is the finest example of a Dark Mild I’ve personally ever had.

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beer feature With the meeting, and a second pint of Fork Brewing’s famous Burton Earnie (a hand-pulled Burton Ale) behind me, a few of my fellow SOBA members and head up to the Hunter Lounge, where the Winter Ales Festival is being held. The festival is housed within a huge halllike space, with a second floor balcony that wraps around an otherwise open space. More than 600 people fill the room, literally to the rafters, and lines have already sprouted behind some of the more popular beers. There are 38 beers on tap, (four of which are casked, and two of which are on hand-pull), and there is only one beer on offer from each brewery. The majority (if not, perhaps all) of the beers available are new releases, one-offs, and otherwise festive-or hard to find-beers. My comrades and I disperse in an attempt to grab a glass of whatever had most caught our eye on the beer list. I kick things off with a half-glass full of New Reserve Barleywine, a 10.5% ABV Barleywine that was brewed as a collaboration between North End Brewery and Emerson’s. The beer is rich in notes of bread crust and marmalade and has the added appeal of being served on hand-pull. Next, I make my way over to the Sawmill Brewery tap to try my first White Stout, a beer that I’ve written about but never had the pleasure of trying. A White Stout is a pale beer that is typically brewed using herbs, nuts, spices, and specialty malts to create those signature Stout-like flavours without the use of any actual dark malts. In this case, Sawmill used cocoa nibs, coffee beans, and vanilla pods for flavour, and a generous portion of oats and wheat to give the beer body. A unique, and well-brewed beer to be sure, but one that leaves this beer fan feeling that I have just enjoyed a coffee pale ale more than anything actually approaching a Stout. Next up is Friends in the Wild #4 from Wilderness Brewing. Friends in the Wild #4 is a mixed ferment, pale sour beer, brewed with honeydew melon and Huell Melon hops. The acidity level on this beer is neither subtle, nor overbearing, allowing the deliciously barnyard flavours of Brettanomyces to shine through along with the subtle-but-present notes of honeydew melon. Perhaps this is not for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. As the day draws on, I sample all manner of delicious concoctions, including (but certainly not limited to): Bassline Brewing’s Hello Sailor, a Rum and Raisin Doppelbock; 8 Wired’s Gypsy Fruits, a barrel-aged sour beer with grapefruit; Hey Day Beer Co’s King of Hearts, a Belgian Brown Ale and many more.

“THE MAJORITY (IF NOT PERHAPS ALL) OF THE BEERS AVAILABLE ARE NEW RELEASES, ONEOFFS, AND OTHERWISE FESTIVE-OR HARD TO FIND-BEERS.” But after several hours of the palatecrushing, wild and crazy brews that are so common at beer festivals, I find myself craving – of all things – a beer. Just a simple, balanced, well-brewed beer that simply tastes of malt and hops. No chocolate, rum, or raspberries, no acidity, barnyard funk or experimental hop flavours; just a good old-fashion beer to sip while I enjoy the many conversations I have throughout the day. I find exactly that in Boneface Brewing Company’s modestly titled Belgian Pale Ale. This beer was brewed by the Boneface Staff on their small pilot kit. The resulting beer is a classic Belgian ale, with perfectly balanced fruit and spice, and a pillowy mouthfeel. Only a single keg of this beer was produced for the public and it is on tap at today’s festival. I declare this beer my favourite of the day and soon go back for seconds. However, as odd as it may sound, the defining aspect of the Winter Ale’s Festival is arguably not the beer itself. It is the people. Unlike many of the larger festivals that pull in thousands from far and wide, cost the brewers thousands to participate in, and foster a much more expo-like environment, the Winter Ales Festival has a feeling more akin to an enormous house party. Everyone seems to know someone, and those who don’t are quickly absorbed into someone else’s circle of friends. While many of the brewers are present, they are not pouring the beer, or networking. They are just hanging out, catching up

with friends in the industry, and generally having a good time. This sentiment is expressed frequently by attendees. It feels good, less profit driven, and more about the beer. I catch up with many friends (old and new) within New Zealand’s brewing industry. As a beer writer and podcaster I have interviewed many dozens of brewer’s across New Zealand, but so seldom get to meet them in person due to my geographical isolation in the Far North. Much of that changes today as I finally have the opportunity to share a beer with many of New Zealand’s finest brewers. I enjoy getting to know Kelly Ryan from Fork Brewing, Bruce Turner from Urbanaut, Simon Edward from Black Dog, as well as catching up with more familiar faces such as Jason Bathgate from McLeod’s, Matt Dainty from Boneface, and many more. As quickly as the festival comes to an end, a plan to meet at Bruce Turner (from Urbanaut’s) house for an ‘after party’ is hatched. Soon dozens of brewers and beer-loving Wellingtonians have gathered in his beautiful home for a night of music, dancing, Urbanaut beer, and Shigeo from Funk Estate’s famous cocktails. I woke up the next morning with a cell phone full of hilarious photographs and feeling far less hung over than I expected. As is often the case when I travel somewhere far from home to meet great people, and enjoy an abundance of wonderful food and drink, I feel certain that I’m going to move the family down to Wellington; as I am sure that there could be no better place in New Zealand. It’s a feeling that I know will inevitably fade as the novelty of somewhere new begins to wane. I hit the city once again to soak up what little more I can. There is, however, one last stop I am intent on making before I fly home to the far North. I’m off to the Fork & Brewer. I need to get another pint of that damn Pict British Dark Mild. Man, that’s a good beer! n

More than 600 beer lovers attended the festival

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