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Sid at The French Café reveals new menu

The French Café officially changed ownership at the beginning of September with leading restaurateurs Sid and Chand Sahrawat given the keys to the famed Symonds St fine dining establishment on September 3.

Now renamed Sid at The French Café, it joins the Sahrawats’ other award-winning restaurants, Sidart in Ponsonby and Cassia in the CBD.Taking over the reins of The French Café from previous owners Simon Wright and Creghan Molloy-Wright, Sid says he and Chand are well aware of the 35-year legacy they’re inheriting.

“The French Café has been an Auckland icon for many years now, and we’re really excited about being the new caretakers of this jewel in the city’s fine dining crown,” he says.

“We know we’ve got really big shoes to fill here, but we’re looking forward to that challenge.”

With the restaurant’s menu changing from Tuesday, September 18, diners will soon be able enjoy what’s being described as the perfect marriage of old and new, with nods to The French Café’s famous favourites sitting alongside the innovative fare Sid’s other restaurants are known for.

The flavours of the famous beetroot and goat’s cheese tart that was a classic on the The French Café’s old menu, for example, will be referenced in a new dish, while a confit duck leg creation will see the duck cooked in the same way as before, but married with flavours from Sid’s repertoire.

With the Sahrawats’ other fine dining restaurant, Sidart, moving to a progressive Indian cuisine earlier this year, Sid has also repurposed popular dishes from Sidart’s old menu and is ready to give them new life at Sid at the French Café.

Lamb with walnut, fenugreek and turnip – photo credit Josh Griggs

Diners can expect other new dishes with Sid’s signature creative flair, too, such as pomme soufflé, smoked yoghurt, onion and kale or scampi with leek, lovage and spruce or aged fillet of beef, charred parsnip, goat’s curd and cavolo nero, to name a few.

Sid says the updated menu will appeal to long-time patrons of both The French Café and Sidart, as well as new customers.

“We’re looking forward to creating these reinvented classics for loyal French Café customers, as well as delighting the diners who’ve grown to love the ever-changing contemporary cuisine at Sidart,” he says.

While Sid will be at the helm of the restaurant, he will also be supported by The French Café’s excellent existing staff, as well as long-time colleague Lesley Chandra, has assumed the role of executive chef.

And it will be business as usual, with Sid at The French Café sticking with the same opening hours i.e. Tuesdays through Saturdays for dinner and lunch on Fridays with bookings available for the restaurant, private cellar and The French Kitchen. All pricing and menu options (degustation, vegetarian and a la carte) also remain the same.

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The Chocolate & Coffee Show 50% discount offer

The Chocolate and Coffee Show exhibitor space is sold out!

If you want to get involved, there are just a couple of sponsorships and event partnerships still available.  Please contact for more information.

We are offering a special trade price of 50% off GA Adult, Student and Senior tickets for the event, 9am – 5pm, 6 and 7 October at The Cloud in Auckland.

Just put in the discount code Disc50 on the ‘Enter promotional code’ section of the ticketing page and receive tickets at half price – offer closes 10pm Friday 5th October.

Masterclasses, Barista Zone, Demo Kitchen, you’ll get to see that latest products, meet Artisan producers, roasters and get an insight into the new innovations happening in these exciting industries.

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Formal commitment to Māori tikanga announced

Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s staff and board have made a formal commitment to establishing cultural competency in Māori tikanga, embarking on a journey to weave Te Ao Māori into the way it goes about its business and engages with the tourism industry.

The statement of commitment was written with TIA Board director and General Manager of Whale Watch Kaikoura Kauahi Ngapora. An engagement and competency plan has also been established to incorporate Māori culture into the organisation and industry in a respectful way that shows leadership in the industry.

“As the peak industry body for tourism in New Zealand we recognise that Māori culture is not only our unique point of difference in this world, but an integral part of what sets us apart as New Zealanders,” says TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts.

“We must show leadership by our actions and acknowledge the important role Māori culture plays now and in the future for the New Zealand tourism industry.”

The engagement plan outlines short term initiatives, such as supporting TIA staff and board members in learning karakia, waiata and their introductory mihi, introducing te reo in the signage of TIA’s office, and ensuring correct use of macrons in all TIA-produced material.

Longer term goals on TIA’s competency journey include organising an annual wānanga for the team on a marae to learn about Mātauranga Māori, tikanga, language and stories of the area.

TIA will also look into appointing a cultural advisor to suitably support the Board, CEO and team with their journey, develop a cultural strategy and support engagement with Māori.

“TIA recognises that the statement of commitment is just one step of a journey towards establishing conscious competency, which will take time to realise. We want to establish genuine commitment to Te Ao Māori and create long-term change in our organisation, rather than just ticking a box,” says Mr Roberts.

TIA changed its name from Tourism Industry Association New Zealand to Tourism Industry Aotearoa in May 2016, to better reflect and acknowledge the importance of Māori culture in New Zealand and the tourism industry.

TIA’s Tourism Sustainability Commitment embraces the three values of manaakitanga (showing great hospitality and generosity to visitors), kaitiakitanga (guarding and protecting our natural and cultural resources) and whanaungatanga (a relationship through shared experiences and working together to provide a sense of belonging) which have been widely adopted as guiding principles within the industry.

“We don’t have words in English that are as good as these three words in terms of describing the tourism industry’s aims,” says Mr Roberts.

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New International Marketing Manager joins Coffee Supreme

Fresh from her departure as General Manager of Acme & Co, Jessica Godfrey has joined Coffee Supreme in the newly created role of International Marketing Manager.

“Although we have had plenty of marketing outputs, we haven’t ever had anyone dedicated solely to that role, ” says CEO Al Keating. “ Historically, marketing has been something we squeezed in between crafting one-liners and picking through the de-stoner, looking for interesting foreign objects. Now that we’re in seven cities across three countries, it really felt about time we appointed someone. And, Jess was by far the standout candidate!” Keating says.

Her last role was as GM of Acme & Co, the New Zealand based cup company that was little known until she started to market the brand six years ago.

“I’m proud of what we achieved at Acme. The initial perception of the product when I started was ‘cheap Chinese cups’ or ‘ACF knock offs’. That just gave me the fire to change the mindset of the brand and to grow it internationally. Now I’m looking forward to a different challenge of working with a more established brand with big ambitions.”

Godfrey, who is also Immediate Past President of the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association, has been connected to Coffee Supreme for a long time. The first time she ever used an espresso machine was as a teenager and the beans were Belaroma , –  the company that would become Coffee Supreme in 1993.

“I love that the company is fresh and current but also has this history. Coffee Supreme was the company that emphasised training and quality in New Zealand,” says Godfrey.

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Lonely Planet rates Wellington ‘Cool’

Wellington has been named New Zealand’s best destination in the latest Lonely Planet guidebook, with the city branded “one of the coolest little capitals in the world”.

The new edition of the influential paperback – often described as the Bible for backpackers – says Wellington is the number one highlight for tourists.

But while Auckland, Queenstown and even The West Coast make the list, Christchurch is not mentioned among the country’s top attractions.

First published in 1977, Lonely Planet is the biggest-selling guide to New Zealand, providing tourists with recommendations on accommodation, restaurants, outdoor activities and cultural experiences.

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UK: A pilgrimage to free pizza

Pizza Pilgrims is offering an Oxford student the chance to become an official pizza taster, with $3000 and free pizza for a year up for grabs.

Applications for the position at the brand’s Oxford pizzeria opened on 17 September and be open to all Oxford Brookes and Oxford University students.

Interested students will need to fill out a form on the restaurant’s website and submit a video explaining why they are perfect for the role.

Finalists will be invited to compete in a series of tasks, including pizza box folding, pizza spinning and pizza delivery before the official taster is crowned.

The taster will be required to visit Pizza Pilgrims once a week with up to three friends to complete free quality control tastings, as well as act as a Pizza Pilgrims ambassador and create an ‘Oxford special’ pizza.

The Pizza Pilgrim concept arose five years ago over an idea Thom and James Elliot had one night in the pub when they were keen to move on from their roles in advertising and television and into food. It is considered one of the original street food success stories in the UK with six prime London sites under their belts and another in the pipeline, taking the street food concept into bricks and mortar.

Pizza Pilgrims’ London sites

Dean Street
 August 2013
Covers 60

Kingly Street
 August 2014
Covers 100

Exmouth Market
 November 2015
Covers 40

Covent Garden
 May 2016
Covers 60

 May 2016
Covers Takeaway only

Shoreditch (BYOB)
 April 2017
Covers 60

West India Quay
 May 2017
Covers 200

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Protein enriched coffee developed

After two years of research and product developed with the University of Auckland, Protein Enriched Coffee Solution has created what is believed to be New Zealand’s only protein-enriched coffee.

Just like your normal coffee grains with no added taste, with PECS you get 35 percent protein… just like that!

Founder, Chris Buhmann says the premium coffee product took two years to develop due to finding the right protein mix and getting the flavour and texture right.

“It’s a simple idea that gave rise to a few challenges at first. It became a passion project for us to find a protein powder that would actually blend with coffee properly without changing its taste or texture.

“We don’t want people to give up getting that coffee-hit feeling just because there is protein in it. It is an added benefit that doesn’t take anything away from people’s beloved cup of coffee.

“We have developed a premium instant coffee/whey isolate blend that dissolves easily in hot water. The idea is to get your perfect coffee hit, while also getting your protein intake.”

The concept behind mixing protein with coffee was to ensure people could get their protein intake without doing anything differently, day to day.

“The biggest challenge was including a high protein content in the formulation while

ensuring solubility in hot water,” says Auckland University’s Director of Food Science Programme Siew-Young Queck

PECS coffee is good for anyone looking to increase their protein intake while enjoying the perfect cup of coffee, but it’s especially great for vegetarians looking for alternative protein sources, body builders and fitness enthusiasts who are looking for muscle gain and to lean out.

Just add hot water and drink, it’s that simple.

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Auctions every Thursday 10am start

This week’s Auction includes bakery equipment, café furniture, a diesel generator and freight claim.  More details including the catalogue and photos are on our website.

Here are some of the products up for auction:

Moffat Paramount SM-380B pastry sheeter, JAC bread slicer MJG450/18, stainless steel bakery racks, salamanders, ice machines, Spiral mixers, gas hobs, conveyor toaster, panini grill, chicken rotisserie, kebab machines, slushy machines, Cossiga cabinets, Astoria cabinets and glassware.

Freight Claim
As usual there will be a great variety of items including wine.

Whether you’re interested in buying or selling All About Auctions can help you! /

643 Great South Road, Penrose

09 579 7060

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Stella Café for sale: Dunedin

A rare hospitality business opportunity: An amazing Dunedin and iconic New Zealand location, sales near $50,000 ex GST per week, Café, Bar & Restaurant.

There is no other hospitality business quite like this one in Dunedin truly a stella food and beverage opportunity.

This café, bar and restaurant business sits in drawcard Dunedin location. Winter and summer crowds of locals and visitors from further afield visit to enjoy the food, great coffee and atmosphere -complimented by the pick of nearby activities.

This is a serious business achieving an average weekly turnover last financial year nearing $50,000 excluding GST.

Morning noon and night they serve Dunedin’s favourite coffee -lots of it, alongside breakfast, cabinet foods, breakfast and brunch, lunchtime and evening dining.  Licensed, the business offers a choice range of wines and beers to accompany your meal or to enjoy while meeting friends after work.

Fantastic fundamentals:

  • Sales
  • Quality lease and long tenure
  • Licensed
  • Established systems in place
  • Reputation and great staff
  • A size and profit level that and could lend it to other ownership models

If you are looking for a premium business opportunity look no further. Find out more by contacting Nick Lucas or your local Bayleys Business Broker to complete confidentiality formalities.

A full information memorandum and supporting business information is available upon completion of this confidentiality process.

This is a serious business proposition that will impress. Priced at $990,000 plus SAV

Call Nick Lucas now 020 477 6778 for more information.

Otago Realty Partners Limited, Bayleys, Licensed under the REA Act 2008

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Supreme Tourism Award winner amazing multinational success story

Dynamic and visionary with annual global turnover of $426 million, multinational recreational vehicle business Tourism Holdings Ltd has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award. The winners of the New Zealand Tourism Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Christchurch on 6 September, attended by more than 400 industry leaders and supporters. thl also won the Auckland Airport Business Excellence Award – more than $6 million annual turnover.

The Awards judges said thl is a global business that can hold its own on the world stage, an amazing success story and exemplar for New Zealand’s tourism industry. Listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, thl looks after more than 200,000 customers a year, operating a global recreational vehicle fleet of more than 6000. Alongside its RV rental and sales operations, it also operates two additional tourism businesses in New Zealand – Discover Waitomo, including Waitomo Glowworm Caves; and Kiwi Experience, a bus network aimed at young backpackers. TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says creating a tremendous crew culture has been integral to thl’s success. Investing in sustainability and innovation are also priorities, including developing electric motorhomes. As part of their Air New Zealand Supreme Award prize, thl receives a prize valued at over $20,000, including $10,000 international air travel and a full-page advertisement in Kia Ora magazine. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the airline is extremely proud to partner with the event once again and to sponsor the Tourism Awards’ Supreme Award for a fourth year.

“With tourism the country’s largest export earner, it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate businesses who are providing outstanding and memorable experiences to visitors to our country and also contributing to New Zealand’s reputation overseas.” Tourism’s most prestigious individual honour, the Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Award, went to Kathy Guy, a tourism industry trail-blazer who rose through the ranks from waitress to become one of the first female hotel general managers in New Zealand, successfully leading the Chateau Tongariro Hotel and the Wairakei Resort Taupo. Chris Roberts says this year’s Awards were extremely competitive, a reflection of a thriving industry that is contributing $36 billion to the New Zealand economy and supporting almost 400,000 jobs in communities throughout the country. “Positively, several Award winners are from smaller communities, helping attract visitors to areas off the traditional tourist track. It’s also pleasing to see the focus our business winners are putting on environmental and host community sustainability, as well as financial performance.”

Mr Roberts thanked the Awards Partners, Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for their generous support.

MBIE Chief Executive Carolyn Tremain says the Ministry’s tourism policy team works to support the industry to make the biggest contribution it can to New Zealand’s economic success.

“We are really proud to sponsor the awards and celebrate the achievements of the industry. I congratulate all the winners and finalists on their innovative ideas and hard work.”

The New Zealand Tourism Awards 2018 winners:

Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award / Auckland Airport Business Excellence Award – more than $6 million annual turnover

Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl)

Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Outstanding Industry Leader Award

Kathy Guy

PATA New Zealand Trust Emerging Tourism Leader Award

Luke Taylor, Go Orange, Queenstown

JLT & AIG Tourism Industry Champion Award

Les Morgan, Sudima Hotels and Resorts

Westpac Business Excellence Award – Less than $6 million annual turnover

Owen River Lodge

Department of Conservation Environmental Tourism Award

Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Industry Alignment Award

Hawke’s Bay Tourism

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Māori Tourism Award

Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd

The Great Journeys of New Zealand Tourism 2025 Enabler Award

Christchurch Airport

epay NZ Tourism Marketing Award

Air New Zealand

ServiceIQ Visitor Experience Award

GO Rentals

NZME People’s Choice Award

Forgotten World Adventures

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