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

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Slow Foods visit to Delegat’s winery



On Saturday 13th February twenty or so Slow Food members and supporters visited Delegat’s winery in Glendene. The winery is tucked away at the end of Hepburn Road, deep in the heart of suburban West Auckland. From the street you can see the idyllic early villa that was home to Nikola and Vidosava Delegat from 1947. Around the back is the business end of the winery, the bottling line, the rows of stainless steel vats, the network of steel pipes, the abandoned crushing plant, the fat plastic hoses snaking over the concrete surface. Winemaker Carlos and Jo showed us round, and guided us in tastings of the Oyster Bay wines and Delegat’s Reserves. A straw poll following a sip of an unidentified white was evenly divided between chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, but there was no dispute about the rawness of the wine at an early stage of production. Same with the merlot, with the later tastings of the bottled product showing its more satisfying finished qualities. Carlos and Jo offered to demystify wine production, and proved to be informative hosts, explaining how the grapes are sourced and blended, how the grapes for reserve brands are selected while still growing, and some of the strategies of marketing, especially internationally. We learnt about the development of New Zealand sauvignon blanc from the sharp ‘smack you down’ style of twenty years ago to the more balanced style of today. Altogether a very pleasant and educational afternoon. Thanks to Carlos for the opportunity to visit Delegat’s, to Carlos and Jo for giving their time to show us around and sharing their knowledge, and to Tanya for hosting.

For more information about Delegat’s wines visit http://www.delegats.co.nz/


Tony O'Brien











Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Clevedon Oyster Farm





Please join us for a tour of the Clevedon Oyster Farm on Saturday February 27.


The Clevedon Oyster farming process is dedicated to producing fresh, natural Clevedon oysters. The Oysters are completely free from chemical contamination, microbiological or algal hazards or genetic alteration. This is a great opportunity to learn about how oysters are grown and brought to market. Come and join other Slow Fooders for an oyster expedition to Clevedon. Visit the website by clicking here.


Where: Clevedon Coast Oysters, 914 Clevedon Kawakawa Bay Road, RD5, Papkura.

When Saturday 27 February, 1145 am.

Cost: Free to members; $5 for non members. Donation to cover costs of Terre Madre Festival representation by Slow Food members.

Be quick. Numbers are limited to 20.

We have also reserved a table at the Clevedon Hotel (click here for map) where they will do a set menu for us for $32.50 (entree + mains). See menu below. If you are interested in reserving a place let us know.




Menu

Entree

Seared Clevedon scallops on brandard with beurre blanc sauce

Marinated beef skewers with a peanut and coconut sauce

Parmesan crumbed mushrooms with garden salad


Mains

Baked chicken breast with Clevedon buffalo mozzerella and Napoli sauce

Seared sirloin with beetroot jus

Pan seared Terakihi, cajun dusted with mint and bell pepper salsa


RSVPs are essential as numbers are strictly limited.


Please email Claire at seeq@paradise.co,nz or phone on 818 2192












Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Delegat's Wine Estate tour with Carlos de la Barra




Dear Slow Food members - please join us for this free upcoming event on Saturday 13 February.

Carlos de la Barra (Slow Food Waitakere member and winemaker) will be leading a tour through the Delegat's Wine Estate in Henderson to give us an insight into the workings of contemporary winery. Started in Henderson in 1947, Delegat's is one of New Zealands largest family owned and operated wine making operations. While they have facilities in various regions around New Zealand, the original Henderson site is still in operation.

The afternoon will commence with a tour of the winery, and the opportunity to taste wine from tanks at different stages of production. Following this Carlos will shed light on the many mysteries around the crafting of a bottle of wine. The afternoon will be completed with a tasting of finished wines in the Delegat's winemakers' tasting room.

Where: Delegat's Winery, 172 Hepburn Rd, Henderson (off Great North Rd, half way up Waikumete Cemetery hill - turn left at the end of the road)

When: Saturday 13 February. Meet at the winery at 2pm (visit will be approx 1.5 hours)

Cost: Free (non members are welcome to join us but a $5 donation will be requested to go towards the Terra Madre festival representation by Slow Food members www.terramadre.com

RSVP's are essential and numbers limited. Please email or phone Claire on 8182 192 or seeq@paradise.net.nz

We hope you can join us!

Slow Food Waitakere Committee

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