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 Waitakere is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet the Terra Madre Heroes. Sunday November 30th at 4pm.

An exciting moment - Fi and Anutosh with the founder of the Slow Food Movement, Carlo Petrini.

Read  on to find out about our next event and see some more great photos.

How many salami does it take to save the planet?

A hell of a lot and before we attended the amazing experience that was Salon Gusto/Terra Madre we didn’t know we needed any!

Inspiration and ActIon!
Sometimes in life you meet people that move and inspire you so much you realise anything is possible. Jamie Oliver said that a couple of days ago after getting to work with our heroes Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement and Alice Waters, the matriarch of Edible Education. And he took the words right out of my mouth!
And his achievements are pretty amazing as well.
The last few days have been about vision and inspiration, having to face the big issues that are challenging us, listening to and meeting amazing people from all over the world who are taking a stand, and understanding that we can make change by a lot of committed people doing their little bit.
Of course we have been eating a whole lot of delicious food and drinking great wine! And in doing so supporting the families and communities that produce it.

So besides Carlo and Alice some of the amazing people we have listened to and/or met have been
  • Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money and a passionate advocate for keeping more of our money local.
  • Tristram Stuart, the founder of Feeding the 5000, global waste campaigner and fighter for a fairer and more responsible food supply chain.
  • Don Luigi Ciotti, (the Italian priest who arrived with his body guards) and has taken on the mafia, fighting for their assets (particularly agrarian) and land to be confiscated and returned to the people. The crowd went wild!
  • The young women and men of Africa who against heart stopping odds have taken up the challenge to feed the people and create futures for African youth. Think drought, anarchy, war, rebels, terrorism, starvation and disease including Ebola and malaria. We have a whole new heart for Africa.
So why so many salami?
Because the big issues like protecting biodiversity, feeding the planet, climate change, preserving culture and tradition, creating a fairer society have solutions that lie with the many not the few. And each individual salami speaks to all of this. And none of this lets the big players off the hook!
So after an adventure in Paris we will be home and are looking forward to sharing our experiences and what they mean for Slow Food Waitakere and a our broader communities.
We have some great plans and ideas!

Save the date
Come  and hear all about them at our Aperitivo Italiano event on Sunday, November 30th at 4pm.  Wine. Food. Inspiration.
Carlo Petrini, Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver talk about the importance of food education for children .These three are true food revolutionaries.
We were guests at the Slow Food Pugliia event -and served delicious local sausage and pasta 3 ways.

One of our young African heroes, who are taking up the challenge in Africa in the face of climate change, war, anarchy and disease.
With Aussie chef and Slow Food Noosa member, Matt Golinski. A gastronomic  experience at Ristorante Basimento.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great food, wine, inspiration and action - Gusto Italiano August 31st 2014

Celebrating Salon Gusto and Terra Madre 2014

Embracing the slow life with Joelle Thomson
An update from the 2014 delegates Anutosh, Fiona and Yvonne
And an invitation to drop by our stall at the Italian Festival on September 28th  

Our Slow Food Waitakere Gusto Italiano dinner was a real celebration of all things slow and a fantastic way to bring together our members and supporters who are committed to good, clean,fair food.

Our special guest and Slow Food member Joelle Thomson shared her love of wine and passion for making it fun, accessible and enjoyable. And she reminded us that while we may not always live the slow life we can always aspire to it!    

The food and wine were bellissimo!
Love chardonnay then you have to try Terri di Chieti Pecorino
What we ate..... 
bruschetta all'aglio, affettati misti 
linguine gustose, gnocchi di zucca salsa primavera, tagiata di manzo, pesce al cartoccio tiramisu. biscotti, coffee 
Thank you Armando

And conviviality plus!
A truly passionate group came together - food and wine lovers, italiophiles, food writers,  a wine writer, food activists, food advocates and food producers, all sharing their vision.
We truly are "cooking up a revolution".   

Fi and Anutosh shared their excitement at being Terra Madre/Salon Gusto delegates.
The "big Italian road trip" is all about getting to the heart of the Slow Food Movement and how we can bring our new learnings, networks and ideas back to our convivium and our communities. Think biodiversity, family farming, Slow Money, Earth Markets ......

And we will be sharing it all at the Terra Madre event on November 23rd.

In the mean time make sure you come and see us  at the Italian Festival - its on September 28th  and is fantastic!

Noi non potemo avere perfetta vita senza amici
We cannot have a perfect life without friends (Dante) 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Your invitation to dinner at Gusto Italiano. Sunday August 31st at 6pm

Your invitation to dinner at Gusto Italiano 

Celebrating Salon Gusto and Terra Madre 2014

Meet our special guest Joelle Thomson
Wine writer, author, tutor and devotee of slow living.
And Slow Food member. 
Hear from the Slow Food Waitakere Salon Gusto/Terra Madre delegates and what's on their agenda - including  eating and drinking their way around Spain, Italy and Paris this October. 

Sunday August 31st at 6pm. Members $25. 
Friends and Supporters $45. 

RSVP:  or Anutosh 8349909 

Gusto Italiano is a true slice of alluring, excitable, beguiling Italy, plonk in the heart of Ponsonby. NZ Herald June 21 2014

Everything Italian!

To say I am excited would be an understatement - on October 5th along with Fi and Yvonne, I am off to Italy to attend Salon Gusto/Terra Madre 2014.  

The opportunity to get up close and personal with the international Slow Food Movement and connect with likeminded people is thrilling. It will provide a great platform for what's next for Slow Food Waitakere, as we  bring together what is important internationally with what is important to New Zealand and our local communities. 

And there will be lots of great food and wine - which we want to share.
So we are inviting our members, friends and supporters to join us for a "real' Italian dinner on August 31st.

I hope you can join us. 

Yours slowly,


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Everything Italian - Learn to make fresh pasta - August Masterclass

It's all things Italian as we get ready to head to TURIN and Salon Gusto/Terra Madre 2014 

This global event, held from October 23-27 in Turin, Italy, is dedicated to family farming and Slow Food’s international Ark of Taste project for the protection of biodiversity Organized by Slow Food, the region of Piedmont and the city of Turin in collaboration with the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the international Salone del Gusto event is coming back to Turin, Italy, this year in its 10th edition.

And in Waitakere we are celebrating with a pasta making class on Sunday August 3rd taught by Alessandra  Zecchini

Learn to make fresh pasta from the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, and take it home to cook for dinner!

Make lasagne, tagliatelle, ravioli, tortelloni and tortellini, coloured pasta and pasta with herbs and flowers.

"Making pasta is more than learning a skill, but it is also of the convivial experience of preparing traditional food the way is meant to be: together."


When: Sunday August 3rd from 2pm to 4pm.
Where: Oratia (address supplied on booking)
Cost: Slow Food members $20. Non members $40.
RSVP: orAnutosh on 8349909.

Book early - limited places 

What to bring
To bring: an apron, a mixing bowl, a tray and two clean tea towels to take your pasta home.
If you have a pasta machine bring it over, Alessandra will teach you how to use it and clean it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Slow and convivial evening in a pizzeria in New Lynn!

Last month Slow Food members and friends met at Settebello, an authentic Napoletana pizza restaurant in the heart of New Lynn.
The pizzas and company were great, thank you to our pizzaiolo Fancesco, and to everyone for coming along!  

 Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A real Italian experience right here in New Lynn Settebello Pizzeria Italiana Limited places - so book early

Come  along for the true taste of Italy at Settebello, an authentic Napoletana pizza restaurant in the heart of New Lynn.
The pizzas are fantastic, and whats more its BYO- so this will be a fun relaxed evening that won't break the bank.
With great company!  

The Details 
Where - Settebello Pizza Italiana- 3/1 Rata st New Lynn 
When - Tuesday June 24th at 6.30pm
RSVP - Friday June 21st - or Anutosh on 098349909

Friday, May 23, 2014

Slow Food Waitakere great Oxfam's High Tea

Slow Food Waitakere Tea Party to raise money for Oxfam was a great success! Over thirty people attended and it was a great afternoon, thank you to all the ladies at Slow Food for cooking and helping: Penny, Sue, Regina, Fi and Alessandra. Thank you also to Pukeko Baker and Miller's Coffee for donating bread and coffee, and to all who attended and donated to Oxfam, we raised $510 on the day plus many friends who could not attend donated online. If you haven't done so yet please click here to keep track of how much we have raised so far, and to make your donation: there is time until 31 July. 

What we had on the day:

The first 'Tea station' was the Kiwi herbal tea experience, with kawa kawa and herbal teas (hot and cold), NZ honey, flower and herb pumpernickel sandwiches, rose and orange biscuits, strawberry meringues and scones with cream and jam.

Then there was an English High Tea table, with leaf Indian tea, cupcakes, club sandwiches, asparagus rolls, and more scones, meringues and chocolates.

Then in the kitchen there was more or an Italian fare with bread and focaccia, Italian biscuits, orange cake, rich chocolate cakes… and coffee!

The last room was for the Japanese tea party, here we had mango agar agar, brown rice crackers, Japanese sweets with bean paste, nashi and persimmons, all served with green tea.

Guests tried different treats and sat around the different rooms ...
… or popped outside: we were really lucky to have a balmy afternoon!

Naomi and Jacopo were the two winners of our raffle on the day: a Fair Trade and Slow Food hamper each full of goodies! Congratulations to them, and thank you to everyone who is supporting Oxfam.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The best cuppa you will have all year - check it out!

Slow Food Waitakere High Tea to raise money for Oxfam
A Fair Trade Fortnight Celebration
 Sunday May 18th at 2pm
 The cost is a Koha for Oxfam

An exclusive afternoon tea experience with four delicious stations
Click here  to make a donation to Oxfam
Oxfam's Morning Tea (formerly Oxfam's Biggest Coffee Break) is enjoyed each May during Fair Trade Fortnight when people throughout the country get together to taste the Fairtrade difference and fundraise for Oxfam's work towards a fairer, safer, more sustainable world.
How does money raised at our Morning Tea help?
We want to raise $320 which is enough to help cover the cost of one year’s training in life-changing farming methods that can dramatically increase the amount of rice people are able to grow. 
Thinking of joining us?

Alessandra and Peter's 
783 West Coast Rd
Oratia, Auckland 
(please park on the road and walk down)
rsvp by 14 May.

About the Koha
We want to let our guests decide what feels right for them to contribute to Oxfam at our High Tea.
We know that contributions will honour the great work being done by Oxfam and the effort put in by Alessandra and the Slow Food Waitakere team in hosting this event.
Our goal is to raise at least $320.

Can't make it? 
You can still help just click here to make a donation to Oxfam.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter from Slow Food Waitakere - a Pisanki Photo Essay

More ways with eggs ...... Creativity, Tradition, Friendship and Fun - Thank you Regina


Regina's beautiful Easter Basket

The Polish Easter Tradition
The Polish tradition is that after fasting for Lent for 40 days a family makes a basket of food to be blessed at Holy Saturday’s Mass.  There is a quiet element of competitiveness with the baskets with most parishioner’s, especially the women, checking out the baskets to judge who they believe has the best one.
The contents of the Easter basket are eaten by the family on Sunday morning, so everything one consumes for breakfast needs to be in the basket, this includes: decorated Pisanki (eggs), kielbasa (Polish sausage), a butter lamb, salt, a babka (pound cake from a moulded tin) or a sweet yeast cake.  A Pussy Willow branch or toy chick is also in a lot of baskets as this is one of the first trees to show signs of the impending and long awaiting Spring and both are a sign of new life.


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