Auckland Made: Lovenotes and Waiheke Honey

Saturday afternoon was my second Auckland Made event hosted by Yelp Auckland – an awesome opportunity to hear more about Lovenotes – a sustainable stationery business, meet Richard from organic honey company, Waiheke Honey Company and indulge in an afternoon tea feast at Scarecrow on High Street.

Scarecrow on High Street's temporary location

Scarecrow on High Street's temporary location

Scarecrow on High Street’s temporary relocation with its open kitchen, florist and grocer shop layout works a treat. Ben, the head chef’s philosophy is to eat with the seasons and use local produce where possible. With a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influence our afternoon tea tantalised the tastebuds and included: pilchard with sweet onions, beetroot and blue cheese, kawhai ceviche and pumpkin balls with romesco sauce, accompanied by Forage and Bloom teas.

Pilchard on sweet onions

Pilchard on sweet onions

Beetroot and blue cheese toasts

Beetroot and blue cheese toasts

Amanda from Lovenotes shared the delightful story of Lovenotes sustainable stationery – turning office waste into beautiful stationery and seed cards before we had the opportunity to make handmade seed paper ourselves.  Given the drying time is 6 hours, Lovenotes provided basil or wildflower impregnated cards for us to letterpress the old-fashioned way with a special Auckland Made design. Fingers crossed the card I brought home grows into edible basil – apparently it loves water so vigilance is required.

Amanda from Lovenotes

Amanda from Lovenotes

Trying my hand at seed card making

Trying my hand at seed card making

Lovenotes basil impregnated seed card

Lovenotes basil impregnated seed card

Richard has been producing organic honey from his hives on Waiheke Island since 2007. The honey is as natural as you will ever get: raw, unpasterised, unfiltered, unblended and extracted from a single hive. With all natural controls there is a 5-10% loss of hives per annum and with each hive requiring 20-40 hours manpower per year between August to March, having time off over summer is a rarity. In addition to honey, Waiheke Honey Company makes lip balms and candles too.

Waiheke organic honey

Waiheke organic honey

If you’re interested in coming along to the next Auckland Made event then sign up to Yelp Auckland so you don’t miss out when tickets are made available – places are limited with events often oversubscribed.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the business owners face-to-face and hear their stories.

Enjoying afternoon tea

Enjoying afternoon tea

For more on an earlier Auckland Made event – Bonnie Goods at The Cheese Room click here Oatcakes, Wine and Cheese

Enjoy your week.

Michelle

 

Oatcakes, Wine and Cheese

Navigating spaghetti junction and the harbour bridge to get across Auckland in peak hour traffic is something one tends to avoid unless out of absolute necessity. Wednesday night, clear skies and no major traffic jams, it was only 50 minutes door to door.

The Foodie Inc loves connecting with food producers so was excited to discover ‘AucklandMade’.  A collaboration between Alex from Yelp Auckland and Hannah from Auckland in a Box, it’s a series of events showcasing an Auckland food producer – the people behind the brand, their story and their vision.  Sarah and Otis Frizzell from The Lucky Taco headlined the first event and tonight it was Morgan Maw from Bonnie

Auckland in a Box - artisan food and beverages

Auckland in a Box - artisan food and beverages

Bonnie Oatcakes
Bonnie oakcakes 2

A cosy venue on a chilly night The Cheese Room, Milford was the perfect location for the second AucklandMade event. Standing room only, a glass of handcrafted Huia Brut from Huia Vineyards (Marlborough) greeted us at the door.  I enjoyed a chat with Morgan from Bonnie before we indulged in a decadent cheese, oatcakes and wine pairing while Morgan and her husband Nic shared their journey – the Huia Brut and Huia Chardonnay a perfect match for the Evansdale Cheese  from Hawksbury Village (half way between Oamaru and Dunedin).

Huia Brut

What started with a love of baking and an Edinburgh “baking club” – a foodlovers book club of sorts and a perfecting a traditional recipe’s taste and texture, Bonnie Oatcakes are now available in 60 stockists nationwide. Handmade, rolled and cut the Scottish style oatcakes use locally sourced New Zealand ingredients including South Canterbury linseeds from a family farm, Bonnie oatcakes are currently available in three flavours: original, smoked paprika and Canterbury linseed.  With plans to extend the range, Morgan might need a few extra pairs of hands to keep up with demand.

A lovely welcome from Alex,Yelp Auckland

A lovely welcome from Alex,Yelp Auckland

Morgan and Alex pairing cheese and oatcakes

Morgan and Alex pairing cheese and oatcakes

Yelp Auckland participants

AucklandMade events are a fabulous opportunity to meet food producers, mingle with like-minded foodies and of course taste some amazing New Zealand food and wine.  To find out more about these events go to the Yelp Auckland or follow them on Facebook Yelp Auckland.

Cheers

Michelle