Shining Bright this Matariki

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Alex Spodyneiko What can an English chef with an Italian restaurant teach us about New Zealand food? “That’s a great question,” says Ian Harrison, head chef and part owner of Sugo Restaurant in Tauranga. Ian has called New Zealand home for over a decade and recently cemented his ties with Aotearoa […]

Flavours of Plenty

Last June the start of something special happened. A large group of artisans, growers, makers, chefs and hospitality owners from around the Bay of Plenty came together at Toi Ohomai. Sure, there were a few stars, Ben Bayly, known for his promotion of New Zealand food, and Kelli Brett from Cuisine spoke. And, of course, […]

Courgette and Garlic Risotto with garden herbs and lemon

Recipes by Ian Harrison from Sugo, Images by Brydie Thompson Courgette and Garlic Risotto with garden herbs and lemon   A yummy summer risotto that everyone will love. The courgette flowers you should find at any good farmer’s market. The better the extra virgin olive oil you use – the better the dish will taste […]

Finding the Vegan Vibe

NOTE – Since this feature went to print Vegan Vibes has been postponed until April 2022 Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Erin Cave When Rachelle and Chris Duffy started Vegan Vibes seven years ago around 1000 people came.  The couple had been to a similar festival in Auckland and thought there would be an appetite for […]