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Newsletter: Autumn Times, School Holidays, Bread & Wine


 As many of you will know, I have very deep roots in Christchurch and regularly travel back to our farm in Pigeon Bay and visit my mother-in-law June Hay, for whom I have power-of-attorney and is in her 92nd year.

Recently I have managed to combine these trips with teaching our online food safety and alcohol licensing LCQ courses.

It’s great to see how Christchurch has evolved and regained its status as a desirable place to live with a network of roads that Aucklanders could only dream of. Dining out is going from strength to strength and Canterbury‘s wine region is building its own distinctive reputation. Here are some photos of recent meals and artisan foods in Canterbury.

Autumn is baking time and the cooler weather inspires kitchen time. Chef Ralf Schmidt has been teaching our Artisan Bread Saturday classes as well as Chocolate Essentials since 2015. Ralf's depth of knowledge of the Patisserie world have inspired many people to experiment and practice their craft at home.  Ralf's great sense of humour also make his classes lively and fun. We are very honoured to have Ralf join us for these weekend classes. Click here to find out more.

Wines in Autumn

Autumn is also a time to work on your wine skills and we are very pleased to announce a collaboration with NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals to offer a Wine Tasting Club that will meet regularly on Mondays from 4- 5.30pm. It is designed for people who may have studied WSET or NZ Wine with us and want to continue to taste more wines and keep practice their skills. It also slots in well to people who are starting their journey into wines especially if they are looking for a career change and perhaps find out more about the sales and marketing of wines, spirits and other beverages.

We have a new intake of the NZQA Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge which is run over weekend and NZ Residents can use the student loan scheme to pay these fees including for WSET.

Our series of high school courses, run during the April school holidays continue to demonstrate that young people are remain curious to learn more about a world of hospitality and often provides their first opportunity to get a job. We also know it’s also exciting for these young people to come into Auckland City and get a taste of an adult world. Click here to read more.

With best wishes

WSET Award in Wines

For over 50 years, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust has offered credentials in wine and spirit training. The New Zealand School of Food and Wine has been accredited to teach these programmes since 2003. As the first approved WSET school in New Zealand and over these 20 years, we have become New Zealand's largest provider of wine and spirit education for consumers.

Coming up soon:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
27-28 May; 10-11 Jun 2023
Cost: NZ$1,225
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WSET Level 1 Introduction to Wines
Over 3 evenings 23, 25, 30 May 2023 (Tues, Thurs: 6pm - 9pm)
Cost: NZ$375
Book now

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Weekdays: 8, 9, 10, 11 May 2023 (9am - 2:30pm)
Cost: NZ$895 
Book now

Artisan Breads: Bread dough to Ciabatta

Join Chef Ralf Schmidt for a day in kitchen learning bread-making techniques to make classic Basic bread doughs, sourdough and ciabatta.

At the end of the day you will come away with a large amount of fresh delicious bread to take home and enjoy sharing.

Cost: NZ$135

Recognising NZ Women in Food and Drinks

What a gathering to celebrate International Women's Day and the vision of Cuisine Magazine editor Kelli Brett to celebrate inspiring and influential women in New Zealand’s Food and Drinks sector.
With a luncheon of 240, mostly women, at Soul Bar and Bistro in the Viaduct, Auckland applauded the achievements of 50 women as well as the Hall of Fame 2023 with six notable women nominees. 

Artisan Dumplings - One day workshop

Who doesn’t love soft and tender dumplings? The Artisan dumplings course begins with a preparation of classic dumpling pastry which you then roll, twist and shape to make delicious, fresh dumpling parcels filled with flavoursome stuffings.

Sunday 9:30am - 2.30pm
Next course: Sunday, 18 June 2023.

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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The School

Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

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