Nothing beats a piping hot homemade pie with a succulent filling to warm up a winter’s day. And Gorgeous Food in Wigram takes this hearty Kiwi favourite to the next level.
Owners JoAnne and Pete will enter this year’s New Zealand Bakels Pie Awards – last year they came seventh in the ‘Boutique’ category for their chicken and leek pie. The real beef and cheese and the pepper beef are popular with the hard-working regulars that are known by name here. There are pies and quiches too in the freezer to take home for tea. The latest addition to the pie warmer is handmade savouries, previously only for their catering customers.
Pete and Kayla make an amazing Vivace coffee, with dairy-free options including velvety almond milk, coconut, rice and soy. A real mix of customers, from workmen to office locals, come from Prebbleton and beyond for the fast and friendly service.
Office shouts of lunches and morning teas are a speciality. Sandwiches are made with a larger McKenzie loaf slice, and bacon and egg paninis are breakfast heaven. There’s raspberry and white chocolate and blueberry muffins that are ‘chock full’ – JoAnne promises they won’t disappoint. “I enjoy taking pride in what I make.”
Gorgeous Food, 66 Springs Road, has the cabinets full for a 6am opening Monday to Friday, until 3:30pm. Saturday hours are from 7am to 1:30pm, so you can grab a hot pie and coffee before or after the sports game. Phone 03-344 6043.
It’s something of an institution on Springs Road in Wigram. For more than ten years the Gorgeous Food specialist bakery has been delighting locals and those from further afield, with its ‘gorgeous’ range of tasty classic and not-so-traditional freshly-made treats, both savoury and sweet.
“We are proud to have served the community for so long,” says co-owner JoAnne Fryer. “Our food is healthy and made fresh every day in our bakery using top quality ingredients. Real butter and eggs – baking the way it should be.”
Firm favourites are the delicious pies, quiches and sausage rolls, as well as the bakery’s own style muffins and scones, Dagwood sandwiches, filled rolls and wraps.
“We have been asked a lot lately for salads and we have really enjoyed creating some especially scrumptious flavour combinations that we have had to try ourselves, of course. We have a chicken teriyaki salad with baby corn and bok choy, a pesto pasta salad with smoked chicken and a roast pumpkin salad with beetroot and feta. They are really good to eat on a hot day – or any day for that matter.”
An array of slices too has customers returning. ”Our gluten-free caramel meringue slice flies off the shelves as does the citrus slice and the ginger macadamia slice. And we are famous for nana’s chocolate fudge slice – a much loved family recipe. A slice and a cup of our takeaway Vivace coffee – what better way to indulge yourself?”
Gluten free products are available, along with a great variety of options for business or home catering.