Capital Cider Co. – Nelson Mail 31.10.18

There is a new player in the craft cider scene in Nelson and they will be launching their Capital Cider Co. treats on the unsuspecting public at the New Zealand Cider Festival this weekend. Capital Cider Co. is owned by talented winemaker Trudy Sheild, marketing man Ryan O’Connell and their respective partners so they bring […]

Heke Homemade Herbals

Local Food and Beverage Heroes – Nelson Mail 24.10.18

Over the years I have written about some the wonderful food and beverage producers Nelson is lucky enough to have living and working in this region. When you stop and think about it there are many world-class products made here, everything from craft beers to fine wines and superb products. Nelson has always been recognised […]

Tasteology @ Kahurangi Estate – Nelson Mail 17.10.18

I am sure you will know what I mean when I say familiar faces and tastes in a different place, and that is exactly what you will find at the rejuvenated Kahurangi Estate cellar door and cafe at Upper Moutere. Cameron Woods and Maria Gonzalez who both worked at the Neudorf Vineyards cellar door have joined […]

Viva la Vaca Parrilla – Nelson Mial 10.10.18

This region is lucky enough to have some wonderful food producers, and a part of the food scene that adds colour and vibrancy to the city and events around the region are the food carts, one of my favourites, Viva la Vaca Parrilla, specialises in beautiful Argentinian style slow cooked meats. I’m an unapologetic carnivore, […]

Lone Star – Nelson Mail 26.09.18

The hospitality industry isn’t an easy one to be in but the good operators who manage their finances and menus well enjoy the ride through the ever-changing hospitality business environment, but it is unusual for a restaurant or restaurant chain to survive pretty much unchanged, on the outside anyway, for 30 years. One restaurant chain […]

Society Coffee Roasters- Nelson Mail 19.09.18

Society Coffee Roasters is the latest entrant into Nelson’s boutique coffee production sector, and the owner brings a wealth of experience with him. Guy McCracken used to own Café on Oxford, a nice, bright café in Richmond where they serve great food and where Guy used his barista skills to craft some of the best […]

Vintage Port Tasting, Wellington – Nelson Mail 12.09.18

A few weeks ago I got an email asking me if I would be interested in going to a luncheon in Wellington to taste a range of Vintage Port wines, including the release of 2016 Vintage Ports, of course I said yes, just because someone has to do these things. Kahurangi Liquor Distributors are the […]

Jeff Scott Foster – Rutherford Hotel – Nelson Mail 05.09.18

Since the Rutherford Hotel was built by DB in the 1970’s on the former Nelson Breweries site it has been through many changes, especially since being bought by a local family in the 1990’s. When built is was a landmark building in the region and Nelson’s premiere hotel and function centre, even if it did […]

Karsten’s Wurstladen & Snack Bar – Nelson Mail 29.08.18

Karsten’s Wurstladen is a little food store in Hardy St that specialises in beautifully made, traditional German fare. Wurstladen had been operating for about ten years when Karsten Rentsch bought it and rebranded the store to include his name, since then he has quietly developed a strong following, especially from those who love traditional German […]