Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.


Slow Food Waitakere is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Everything Italian - Learn to make fresh pasta - August Masterclass


It's all things Italian as we get ready to head to TURIN and Salon Gusto/Terra Madre 2014 

This global event, held from October 23-27 in Turin, Italy, is dedicated to family farming and Slow Food’s international Ark of Taste project for the protection of biodiversity Organized by Slow Food, the region of Piedmont and the city of Turin in collaboration with the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the international Salone del Gusto event is coming back to Turin, Italy, this year in its 10th edition.

And in Waitakere we are celebrating with a pasta making class on Sunday August 3rd taught by Alessandra  Zecchini



Learn to make fresh pasta from the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, and take it home to cook for dinner!

Make lasagne, tagliatelle, ravioli, tortelloni and tortellini, coloured pasta and pasta with herbs and flowers.


"Making pasta is more than learning a skill, but it is also of the convivial experience of preparing traditional food the way is meant to be: together."

Alessandra

Details
When: Sunday August 3rd from 2pm to 4pm.
Where: Oratia (address supplied on booking)
Cost: Slow Food members $20. Non members $40.
RSVP: Slowfoodwaitakere@gmail.com orAnutosh on 8349909.

Book early - limited places 

What to bring
To bring: an apron, a mixing bowl, a tray and two clean tea towels to take your pasta home.
If you have a pasta machine bring it over, Alessandra will teach you how to use it and clean it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Slow and convivial evening in a pizzeria in New Lynn!


Last month Slow Food members and friends met at Settebello, an authentic Napoletana pizza restaurant in the heart of New Lynn.
The pizzas and company were great, thank you to our pizzaiolo Fancesco, and to everyone for coming along!  












 Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A real Italian experience right here in New Lynn Settebello Pizzeria Italiana Limited places - so book early


Come  along for the true taste of Italy at Settebello, an authentic Napoletana pizza restaurant in the heart of New Lynn.
The pizzas are fantastic, and whats more its BYO- so this will be a fun relaxed evening that won't break the bank.
With great company!  


The Details 
Where - Settebello Pizza Italiana- 3/1 Rata st New Lynn 
When - Tuesday June 24th at 6.30pm
RSVP - Friday June 21st - Slowfoodwaitakere@gmail.com or Anutosh on 098349909

Friday, May 23, 2014

Slow Food Waitakere great Oxfam's High Tea





Slow Food Waitakere Tea Party to raise money for Oxfam was a great success! Over thirty people attended and it was a great afternoon, thank you to all the ladies at Slow Food for cooking and helping: Penny, Sue, Regina, Fi and Alessandra. Thank you also to Pukeko Baker and Miller's Coffee for donating bread and coffee, and to all who attended and donated to Oxfam, we raised $510 on the day plus many friends who could not attend donated online. If you haven't done so yet please click here to keep track of how much we have raised so far, and to make your donation: there is time until 31 July. 

What we had on the day:

The first 'Tea station' was the Kiwi herbal tea experience, with kawa kawa and herbal teas (hot and cold), NZ honey, flower and herb pumpernickel sandwiches, rose and orange biscuits, strawberry meringues and scones with cream and jam.

Then there was an English High Tea table, with leaf Indian tea, cupcakes, club sandwiches, asparagus rolls, and more scones, meringues and chocolates.

Then in the kitchen there was more or an Italian fare with bread and focaccia, Italian biscuits, orange cake, rich chocolate cakes… and coffee!

The last room was for the Japanese tea party, here we had mango agar agar, brown rice crackers, Japanese sweets with bean paste, nashi and persimmons, all served with green tea.

Guests tried different treats and sat around the different rooms ...
… or popped outside: we were really lucky to have a balmy afternoon!



Naomi and Jacopo were the two winners of our raffle on the day: a Fair Trade and Slow Food hamper each full of goodies! Congratulations to them, and thank you to everyone who is supporting Oxfam.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The best cuppa you will have all year - check it out!


Slow Food Waitakere High Tea to raise money for Oxfam
A Fair Trade Fortnight Celebration
 Sunday May 18th at 2pm
 The cost is a Koha for Oxfam

An exclusive afternoon tea experience with four delicious stations
Click here  to make a donation to Oxfam
 
Oxfam's Morning Tea (formerly Oxfam's Biggest Coffee Break) is enjoyed each May during Fair Trade Fortnight when people throughout the country get together to taste the Fairtrade difference and fundraise for Oxfam's work towards a fairer, safer, more sustainable world.
How does money raised at our Morning Tea help?
We want to raise $320 which is enough to help cover the cost of one year’s training in life-changing farming methods that can dramatically increase the amount of rice people are able to grow. 
Thinking of joining us?
Venue

Alessandra and Peter's 
783 West Coast Rd
Oratia, Auckland 
(please park on the road and walk down)
rsvp alessandra@clear.net.nz by 14 May.

About the Koha
We want to let our guests decide what feels right for them to contribute to Oxfam at our High Tea.
We know that contributions will honour the great work being done by Oxfam and the effort put in by Alessandra and the Slow Food Waitakere team in hosting this event.
Our goal is to raise at least $320.

Can't make it? 
You can still help just click here to make a donation to Oxfam.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter from Slow Food Waitakere - a Pisanki Photo Essay

More ways with eggs ...... Creativity, Tradition, Friendship and Fun - Thank you Regina









Success!


Regina's beautiful Easter Basket


The Polish Easter Tradition
The Polish tradition is that after fasting for Lent for 40 days a family makes a basket of food to be blessed at Holy Saturday’s Mass.  There is a quiet element of competitiveness with the baskets with most parishioner’s, especially the women, checking out the baskets to judge who they believe has the best one.
The contents of the Easter basket are eaten by the family on Sunday morning, so everything one consumes for breakfast needs to be in the basket, this includes: decorated Pisanki (eggs), kielbasa (Polish sausage), a butter lamb, salt, a babka (pound cake from a moulded tin) or a sweet yeast cake.  A Pussy Willow branch or toy chick is also in a lot of baskets as this is one of the first trees to show signs of the impending and long awaiting Spring and both are a sign of new life.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Polish Easter Egg Workshop Wednesday 16 April 7pm to 9pm



Preserving and celebrating our traditions is at the heart of Slow Food.

 Celebrate a Polish Tradition and Create Beautiful Eggs for Easter

An Invitation from Regina

The Polish tradition is that after fasting for Lent for 40 days a family makes a basket of food to be blessed at Holy Saturday’s Mass.  There is a quiet element of competitiveness with the baskets with most parishioner’s, especially the women, checking out the baskets to judge who they believe has the best one.



The contents of the Easter basket are eaten by the family on Sunday morning, so everything one consumes for breakfast needs to be in the basket, this includes: decorated Pisanki (eggs), kielbasa (Polish sausage), a butter lamb, salt, a babka (pound cake from a moulded tin) or a sweet yeast cake.  A Pussy Willow branch or toy chick is also in a lot of baskets as this is one of the first trees to show signs of the impending and long awaiting Spring and both are a sign of new life.

Every year our family has made an Easter basket with many friends joining us for the decorating of the Pisanki.
We extend a warm welcome to all to join us this Easter!

The Details
Where: Oratia - address available on registration
When: Wednesday April 16th 7pm to 9pm
Cost: $5 Members $15 Guests
RSVP: Anutosh 8349909



Sunday, March 30, 2014

A few images from Glen Eden Food Festival

Last Saturday Slow Food Waitakere took part to the first Food Festival in Glen Eden, a community led festival organized by several local groups with the help of Auckland Council and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. 


Outdoors and indoors stalls entertained several hundred visitors with World food, free cooking demos, informations about community gardens, seed and composting, food sharing and more. Live music and entertainment for the children were enjoyed by all, and our own Slow Food Waitakere stall also had a game for the little ones: guess what kind of fruit is in the bag and win (a pear and an apple). Everyone was a winner! Our committee member Regina did a wonderful cooking demo with a Pacific Beat theme. She prepared Vermicelli Chicken Lemon Salad and Oka i’a, raw fish salad.


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped making this event so successful, it was a pleasure working with you!


Friday, March 14, 2014

March Event: Glen Eden Food Festival, Free Entry


Slow Food Waitakere has been working very hard with other local organisations and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board to bring a good, clean and fair food festival to Glen Eden. Please join us and celebrate with us on Saturday 22 of March!

Free Entry!

Come and enjoy:

Stalls from different local community groups to help you with all your gardening needs, from composting to free seeds to community gardening and even a produce swap. 

Free cooking demos by experts to show you how to prepare yummy and healthy food, preserve and bottle produce, make cheese etc., including Regina from Slow Food Waitakere dishing up some fashionable 'Pacific Beat' dishes (free tastings). Scroll down for the full demo timetable.

Live music and entertainment plus lots of kids' activities, including face painting and give-aways at our Slow Food Waitakere table.

Hot and yummy hot food from around the world cooked by the New Lynn Night Market WISE Collective Hub (former refugee women) for your Saturday lunch.


Glen Eden Food Festival Cooking Demonstrations

10:30-11:10    Cheesemaking workshop: Halloumi and Ricotta with Virginia Best and Madeleine Collins 
Madeleine Collins and Virginia Best will demonstrate making ricotta and halloumi at home using simple ingredients.  They will demonstrate how to cut the curd and press cheese.  You don’t need any fancy equipment to make cheese and this workshop will give you the confidence to make your own cheese at home. 

11:15- 11:45     Preserving talk with Julie Craig of Oak and Thistle

Julie Craig lives self-sustainably in an urban environment and has done for many years. With a young family to provide for, Julie has learned the arts of cooking, preserving, jamming & jellying, herb growing and their uses, home gardening and livestock maintenance. 

In this workshop Julie will speak about many aspects of preserving the harvest, from fruits and vegetables to herbs, extracts, and more.  Julie will teach you what you need to get started and give some great ideas for making your own basic equipment.  She’ll go through the steps of making healthy and tasty edible foods to keep on hand so that you can preserve at home.  There will be an opportunity to see examples of preserves and more, and have a taste of some of Julie’s deliciously preserved harvest. 

11:50-12:20     Indian Vegetarian Cooking demonstration with Indira Vallabh

In this fun and informative workshop, you’ll come away feeling confident about preparing delicious, authentic, and healthy Indian dishes at home.  All dishes are gluten free and recipes will be provided.  Indira Vallabh is an experienced Indian cook and has a popular Indian Vegetarian Food stall at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market.  Indira will demonstrate a delicious vegetarian curry and either a raita or chutney as an accompaniment.  Tastings will be available at the end of the class. 

12:25-12:55     Pacific Cooking demonstration with Regina Wypych of Pacific Heartbeat 
Regina Wypych of Pacific Heartbeat will bring a Pacific Island flavour to the Glen Eden Food Festival with two simple, delicious, and heart-healthy recipes.  The first dish, Vermicelli Chicken Lemon Salad, is a fresh zingy Pacific chicken salad.  The second will be a tasty Oka i’a, raw fish salad.  You will have a chance to taste both of these dishes, and recipes will be available to take home. 

1:00-1:30    Simple Meals at Home with Peter Clifton-Sprigg of Vision West
   
Learn how to prepare “Pan Fried Moroccan Chicken Breast served with Mini Rostis and a Seasonal Dressed Salad” with chef Peter Clifton-Sprig of VisionWest. This impressive dish is cheap, fast, easy, nutritious, awesome tasting and beautifully presented, with lots of possible variations to try out at home. Ingredients will include fresh raw beetroot, carrots and parsnips or golden kumara, fresh chicken with a deliciously fresh seasonal salad including green, red, orange and yellow vegetables.

See you there!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Slow Food Waitakere Summer Brunch at the amazing Cafe Ethos.



Last Saturday Slow Food Waitakere members and friends enjoyed a wonderful brunch at Ethos, a new Vegetarian cafe in West Auckland set up by iconic shop East West Organics. As to be expected the food at Ethos is also organic and there are plenty of Vegan dishes, plus raw food, gluten free choices, and salads and juices made with the produce grown in the cafe's own garden centre. Everybody was blow away with the vitality and quality of the food and the lovely setting.
Korin, the store manager, talked about the philosophy behind Ethos, East West Organics and heirloom seeds. We ended the morning with a bit of shopping in the store adjacent to the cafe, and a smile on our faces. :-)

Ethos is at East West Organics - 34D Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland.

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