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Gordon's Picklery

Tickling Taste-Buds: Gordon’s Picklery

With two decades of experience and expertise supplying gherkins and pickled onions to many of New Zealand’s largest and most recognisable food service customers, Gordon’s Pickles has now launched an impressive range of ‘ready to serve’ quality products available to you, direct from the factory door.

Gordon's Picklery

Owner and Manager Janice Burnett knows her onions when it comes to tickling taste-buds; she’s passionate about producing the best food for customers. “Our pickles are like a vintage wine; they get better with age.”
Production Manager Dean Thomas has a focus on quality. Long slice, cross slice, crinkle cut and whole gherkins are available, plus the old favourites – chilli and honey, old school and posh party pickled onions for that special platter. Enjoy the tangy flavour of mum’s favourite gherkin relish.
If you want to create your own favourite recipe then ‘Pickle Your Own’ peeled pickling onions and whole gherkins are also available for purchase.

Browse the shop and chat to ‘Pickle Personality’, Michelle Kittelty, to discover Gordon’s products for sampling, platter ideas and free recipes. Michelle has gourmet-gorgeous gift packs ready-to-go for that last-minute gift. Speaking of gourmet-gorgeous, check out their Hororata Foods Hot & Cold smoked salmon… they sure are smokin’!
There’s fabulous off-street parking and easy access, so customers experience a truly stress-fee, mouth-watering, experience. Yum!

The Picklery retail shop is open weekdays 9am to 3pm at 1 Timothy Place, Wigram. Phone 03-3480 223, email gordonspickles @xtra.co.nz or visit www.gordonspickles.co.nz

Wigram Brewing Co

A winters’s ale feast: Wigram Brewery Co

Flavour sings over winter at Wigram – whether it’s cooking with a stout or porter or pairing them with your favourite cheese board, the winter fare is accentuated by the stunning range of hearty beers at Wigram Brewery.

 

 

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With sumptuous darks and their rich, malty, earthy flavours that add such depth to stews, BBQ marinades and even chocolate cakes and puddings.
Chocolate notes, brought out by the complex dark beers, balancing sweetness with malty, nutty flavours, dark ales pair well with cheeses. Yes, even baby cheeses love beer.
Drop in to see head Brewer, Andy. Have a tour of their brewing facilities and really immerse yourself in what Wigram Brewery is all about. With 15 great beers available at the brewery and the team there to explain each one, why wouldn’t you drop in on Monday to Saturday? It’s the best way to get to know this local brewery.

If you can’t pick up your favourite winter supplies from your local New World Supermarket. If it’s too cold and the snow drifts are keeping from leaving the warm fire, then if you’re in the Christchurch Metropolitan area, email them at sales@wigrambrewing.co.nz or phone 03-343 4493 for a local courier to deliver to your door.
I’m sure when you’re cooking with beer this good, you’re in for some great meals but I’m pretty sure if you put aside a pint or six to drink with your scrumptious meal, that will be great too!

Gorgeous Food

A hearty Kiwi favourite: Gorgeous Food

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.

Gorgeous Food

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.

The Christchurch Art Show

A creative collection: The Christchurch Art Show has something for every kind of art lover (and those who didn’t know they liked art yet)

Art is a creative journey that is experienced differently for each of us. From the creative edge of street art, to upmarket abstract painting, no matter which way your creative taste swings, Christchurch’s largest art show is designed to have something up your artistic alley.

The Christchurch Art Show

With quality original artworks from established and emergent New Zealand artists, there really is something for everyone at the Christchurch Art Show. Featuring hundreds of artists and thousands of artworks priced from $50 to $6,000, there is a wide range of styles and mediums on sale and, once purchased, you can take your new artwork home with you.
As each piece sells, a new one is hung in its place, ensuring a diverse and ever-changing selection and making a return visit equally enjoyable across the three days, from the 22 to 24 June at the Air Force Museum in Wigram.
If you’re staring at a blank wall in your home, trying to picture your dream work of art, The Christchurch Art Show is where visions come to life and your home becomes a creative canvas.
You’ll find an on-site, licensed café, Eftpos and credit card facilities, a wrapping room and courier service available, free parking on-site and cash and carry capabilities, with art removed on purchase.
The show is from 22 to 24 June at the Air Force Museum in Wigram. For more information, visit
www.chchartshow.co.nz.

Wigram Brewery

Winter tipples: we ask Andy Deuchars what’s brewing this winter at Wigram Brewery?

We recently caught up with Andy Deuchars from Wigram Brewery to discuss some of the company’s fine beers.

Wigram Brewery

With winter upon us, our attention is drawn to those darker brews such as the Czar Imperial Russian Stout, 8.5 percent. A big, black bitter beast.
The red wine of beers that takes your palate on a journey with its mixture of fine components to keep you amused. That end of the night beer, that meal in a bottle.
Can’t you just imagine sitting by a warm fire with some hearty food and a trusty 500ml bottle? Speaking of food, these dark ales go stunningly in dishes such as a hearty venison stew.
The Ace Smokey Porter uses a manuka smoked grain, using Canterbury grown grain of course is perfect for the occasion. The Ace is a robust indigenous Kiwi beast; smooth, mellow, rich and rewarding, it’s pure gold to any bohemian winter slow cook.
Then, of course, the mainstay of Wigram Brewery’s darks, the Dakota Dark; a caramel delight Schwarzbier that’s not too challenging on the tastes but with a beautiful coffee aromatic.
As Andy and I say to the ladies, “don’t be afraid of the dark” and for guys, we always focus on Porters and Stouts in winter, and why shouldn’t we?
When the days are short, and the nights are long it’s time to head for the dark beer. Now is the time to head to Cooking with Gas, The Volstead, Civil and Navel, OGB or head to Southern Dark Fest on Saturday 26 May at 3pm to try this stunning epicurean delight at Wigram Brewery.

Customlight Engineering

An impressive line-up: Customlight Engineering delivers the goods

The line-up of designs and products Customlight Engineering puts out is nothing short of impressive.

Customlight Engineering

Design Engineer Glen Wykes bought the company three years ago, but he has been in the industry for most of his adult life. With his wife Toni-Jane, he has grown the business from its Treffers Road premises, where it manufactures for the lighting, sheet-metal, signage and building industries, among others. Its clientele covers a broad spectrum, from homeowners to international hotel chains, and from retail outlets to universities and hospitals.
Products range from steel gates for residential and commercial clients to metal staircases, window flashings, and presentation furniture such as computer stands and lecterns at the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and ARA, with home dialysis trollies also made for DHBs.
Glen’s innovative thinking and design skills have seen LED backlit mirrors adorning motels in Melbourne, Fiji and New Zealand, and children running and playing on their custom-built playground at Cathedral Grammar School. There may be no end to Glen’s potential, with lighting units for salmon farms currently under development.
All this and much more suggests Customlight Engineering is the go-to place for all things related to metal fabrication, sheet metal and powder-coating, lighting and signage structures.
Glen is also focused on landscape products such as planter boxes and borders, bollards, gates and fencing. His latest creation is a pizza oven chimney and bench area for a residence in Christchurch. It is the kind of thing Glen hopes to do more of. Many, many satisfied customers attest to the quality and professionalism his company provides. See customlight.co.nz or contact Glen on 03-341 7175.

MrHomes

Class-leading construction: building a quality home is easy with Wigram’s MrHomes

MrHomes lives and breathes the home building and construction industry. Based in Wigram, the company has earned a sterling reputation for providing customers with quality service and industry knowledge, providing the customer with modern, class leading designer homes at an affordable price.

MrHomes

A dependable contracting service is available, along with house and land packages, design and build options, renovations, plastering, painting and other alterations. If your venture is focused more towards the light commercial side, the company also caters for light commercial projects.
With the vision to modernise the construction industry and the understanding that every individual house constructed is unique, only the finest materials and techniques are used to ensure the finished product is nothing less than perfection.
Once the architectural design is finished, the build process will not begin until every aspect meets with the customer’s approval. MrHomes also guarantees, regardless of your criteria, a shorter design to build process – no more than six months.
The company has proved over countless occasions, it lives up to its sterling reputation. With so many satisfied customers in their dream houses, it’s a popular choice.
For more information or to discuss your project, contact MrHomes on 021 117 1666, 0508 111 666 or email contact@mrhomes.co.nz.

Le Bakermen Cafe & Bakery

Café construction collaboration: how DNG Construction worked with LeBakermen Cafe & Bakery to make their dreams a reality

DNG Construction Ltd is going from strength to strength. With countless completed building projects around the city, the team behind this dedicated company can provide you with the experience, knowledge and commitment to ensure your building project, commercial or residential, becomes a reality.

Le Bakermen Cafe & Bakery

LeBakermen Café and Bakery at 187 Wigram Road offers a strong example of the level of dedication the company applies to every project. “The owner originally just wanted some help framing partition walls and installing Gib board, but soon learned we could help with organising subcontractors, mechanical services, electricians, gasfitters, plumbers and painters etc,” owner Dean Inglis says.
“We ended up helping him through the whole project from start to finish, including all paperwork, applying for and obtaining Code Compliance from the council on the owner’s behalf.”
LeBakermen Café and Bakery owner William Leung was very impressed by the company’s dedication to the project. “DNG Construction LTD has been very accommodating from start to finish. They were always one call away and ready to help. One of our ovens had no water lines connected, but DNG had them installed and connected in two days,” he says.
From design, to construction, to the finish product, DNG Construction is with you every step of the way, with the capacity to handle larger commercial project, residential builds and smaller maintenance jobs, including skylight replacement and bathroom refurbishments.
For more information, visit
dngc.co.nz, phone 03-741 1490 or find the company on Facebook.

Lady Wigram Retirement Village

Unique model of retirement living: Lady Wigram Retirement Village

When it comes to sourcing retirement facilities for your loves ones, not surprisingly quality is front of your mind. As soon as you arrive at the Lady Wigram Retirement Village, it’s clear this is a unique model of retirement living and one that is all about lifestyle.

Lady Wigram Retirement Village

Owned by the Golden Healthcare Group, the concept for the $100 million retirement village was launched post-quake, with the first stage of 101 villas opening in 2015.
This year the development at 210 Kittyhawk Avenue has moved one step closer to completion, with the opening of 16 new apartments and a community centre dubbed The Club House, featuring a restaurant, bar,
billiard room, movie theatre and library.
The next stage of Lady Wigram is also now well underway, and will offer another 14 apartments, a swimming pool, spa and gym. When completed, there will be 73 apartments, a rest home, a dementia facility and a hospital.

Lady Wigram Retirement Village
Golden Healthcare Group purchased the 5.7ha Lady Wigram site in 2013 from Ngāi Tahu Property, the developer of The Landing – the $40 million central hub of the Wigram Skies subdivision, at the heart of which is an architecturally designed town square and a collection of restaurants, cafés, retail and mixed-use community space. Not only is Lady Wigram a short walk from The Landing, it is also just a short drive to Hornby Mall, the Hornby Working Men’s Club and the city.
Everything about the retirement village speaks of the quality and attention to detail this service provider brings to the table, with this resort-style living piquing the interest of a younger demographic.
“In our experience, a lot of people are choosing to move into retirement village life earlier because they recognise the benefits of the ease of living and it allows them greater freedom and more social interaction,” owner John Tooby says.
“This means that it’s really important for us to provide amenities that help residents to socialise and keep active. More and more, retirement villages are becoming communities within their own right.”
Golden Healthcare Group already provides dementia, aged care and mental health support at seven other facilities, employing 259 staff and cares for approximately 350 residents.

Gorgeous Food

A gorgeous variety: checking out Wigram’s delightful bakery Gorgeous Food

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.

Gorgeous Food

“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.