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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Starting today I plan to feature a small article about a producer or company that supported us in our efforts to create out amazing stand and gift basket for the Italian Festival. This stand allowed us to share our message and expand our membership.

The first of the companies I wish to thank for their generosity is the Luscious Food Store / Luscious Catering, Jono provided an extremely generous prize of a dinner, with desert for 2 and a bottle of wine. Thank you.

The Luscious Food Store is a local Te Atatu Peninsula cafe dedicated to serving great quality food in a relaxed family friendly environment. Where possible they try to source our produce locally including supplies from the Westmere Organic Butchers, Wild Wheat breads and even our beer from Hallertau Brewery in Riverhead.

The kitchen is headed up by owner Jono Clarke . Jono has worked in fine dining restaurants here and Europe, and have for the last 10 years been catering to some of the biggest film and television productions in Auckland including BBC’s Castaway, America’s Next Top Model and local productions including Outrageous Fortune and The Cult. Other events they have catered include The Louis Vuitton Cup, the Netball World Cup and Taste.

The menu is ever changing with little touches that go with the seasons but trying to keep favourites of all their regulars.

Please like their Facebook page - or even pop in to check them out



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Slow Food Waitakere at the Auckland Italian Festival

Come join us on the Slow Food Waitakere stand at the Auckland Italian Festival - A celebration of Italian culture and food. See the flyer below for our next event... more info to come soon. Cheers Clinton

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Modern Japanese Cooking Class

For our September Slow Food Waitakere event we had the pleasure of attending a modern Japanese cooking class hosted by Kazuyo at Pine Valley in Sliverdale (a beautiful setting). Spaces for this class were limited to 14 so they were filled really fast!

The menu was very varied and consisted of the following dishes:
  • Filo dumplings
  • Ceviche Sushi
  • Mushroom mixed grain rice
  • Seasonal salad with onion dressing
  • Sun Pickles
  • Grilled Tarakihi roll in a clear dashi soup.
  • Panna Cotta with Yuzu sauce
The class was extremely informative and I learnt a lot about Japanese cooking and a few idea's about how I could sew this ornate culture of cooking into the thread of my every day meals to bring them alive with taste. 

One of the key dishes we learned about was Dashi Soup/Stock (below) which forms the basis for soups such as Miso and other dishes like the Grilled Tarakihi mentioned above. The Dashi stock is made with Katsuo flakes, but can be made vegetarian by omitting this ingredient.

My favourite dish was a desert that was so fantastic it felt like there was just not enough! The amazing Panna Cotta with Yuzu sauce. (right) The secret ingredient is Limoncello!

The desert is really easy to prepare and will definitely wow your guests!

I hope you enjoy these simple recipes put together by Kazuyo as much as I have enjoyed cooking (and eating them) and they inspire you to take that step into the unknown of new ingredients and tastes for which I am sure you will be richly rewarded.  

If you have any ideas for an event or experience you would like to enjoy, drop us a line with your idea's.

For any of the recipes mentioned above or my take on the class please visit my blog. Ciao Clint! <end>


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