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

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Italian Food and Culture Presentation, and what a lunch!

Italian Food and Culture Presentation

Over 40 people attended our special lunchtime event presented by Wilma Laryn, wine- maker and producer of the Italian radio broadcast Cartolina.

Wilma offered us an engaging talk about Italian food and culture throughout the centuries, accompanied by fascinating images and photos, and after the talk we all enjoyed a delicious Italian shared lunch.
Thank you Wilma, and thank you to the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland for hosting the event.

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chinese Medicinal Cuisine

薬膳 -----Literally translates as "Medicinal Meal", and it has a long history in China along with the Chinese Medicine itself. Today Medicinal Cuisine is still widely enjoyed in homes and restaurants throughout China. The name may not sound so appetizing when translated, but in fact the medicinal herbs are well matched to the flavor of other spices and ingredients:
some may be delicate, other zesty and fragrant, offering an exciting way of eating and healing at the same time. 
The tutor will be Mrs. Takako Fowler, a Chinese Herbalist and acupuncture doctor who lives in Auckland.
We hope that you can come and try cooking some of the dishes and feel the effects after lunch!

Date : 1 July (Sunday) 
Time: 11:00 AM ~ 2:00 PM

Lunch and Drink included

$60. to public
$50. to Slow Food Members


This time of the year the theme is: the maintenance of your body during the cold season.
We are cooking dishes which combats cold, poor circulation, anemia and fatigue.

  • Soup with stuffed whole chicken
  • Boiled dumplings with herbs
  • Flavored rice with chestnut and long japanese yams
  • Tempura of seasonal vegetables with Rosa Rugosa salt
  • Spinach and liver with sesame sauce
  • Sweets made of Long Yan Rou and Chinese Jujube (dates)
  • Chinese Medicinal Tea
  • Medicinal Liquor for circulation and beauty

A personalized consultation is also included for those who may like one.
If people advise  of any particular medical condition they may have when RSVPing,  Mrs Fowler can also bring the appropriate herbs.

Pine Valley B&B, 48 Young Access, RD2, Silverdale (Dairy Flat), 0992

Please RSVP to
Kazuyo, Tel.: 09 442 5701

Monday, June 11, 2012

Italian Food and Culture rescheduled for 22 June

Dear Slow Food members, this event has been rescheduled for 22 June 2012,
 we hope to see you there!

The Dante Alighieri Society, in association with Slow Food Waitakere presents:

Italian Food and Culture Presentation

A special lunchtime event presented by Wilma Laryn, wine- maker and producer of the Italian radio broadcast, Cartolina.
June 8, 
Dante Rooms
Freemans Bay community Centre
52 Hepburn Rd
Freemans Bay

A highly visual romp through Italian art and kitchens through the centuries, exploring the connection between culture and food.
Wilma Laryn is a committee member of the Dante Christchurch, a teacher of Italian for Musicians at the University of Canterbury School of Music, and also a wine maker, so after the presentation there will be a chance to taste her Cracroft Chase Vineyard's award winning Pinot Gris.

Free event. Please bring a plate of something Italian for a shared lunch. 
RSVP to 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Riesling Challenge 2010 Tasting Vineyard v Winemaker



The Riesling Challenge 2010
Vineyard v Winemaker

Date:  Sunday 8th July 2012

Time:  2.00pm

Address5 Waima Cresent, Titirangi

Cost:  Members $20.00, Non-Members $25.00

           (limited numbers)

A Little Bit of the History of "The Riesling Challenge:

How It Began:  Neil Charles-Jones came up with the idea for the New Zealand Riesling Challenge
at an awards dinner.  It struck him that for all the talk of good wines being made in the vineyard, it
was the winemaker who always picked up the awards.

How it Worked:  Twelve winemakers were each given 4 tonnes grapes from one vineyard namely the
Mud House "The Mount" vineyard in Waipara Valley.  Each winemaker made 250 cases of wine,
processing the grapes and making the wine in the manner they saw fit.  Resulting in twelve very different
wines, varying from dry through to sweet.

The Tasting:

We will be tasting the resulting 12 wines under the guidance of Mark Compton, who is a well respected
winemaker and educator, with a particular interest in aromatic wines - Riesling being his favourite.

After the TastingWe thought it would be nice way to finish the afternnon if you would like to
bring a plate of finger food to share after the conclusion of the tasting, either to be enjoyed with rest
of the wine (if any is left) or a cup of tea or coffee.


Laurel McAlpine
Ph: 817 5859

N.B.  There will be limited numbers so please book early


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