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Weddings on a budget: Halswell Bakery


When it comes to the big day, you don’t need a big budget… that is if you head to Halswell Bakery!

From simple, rustic style cakes, to beautiful fresh sandwich platters, the bakery offers a bespoke service so you can get exactly what you want for your engagement celebration, hen/stag do, the wedding day, or the ‘day after’ barbeque.

Individually packaged and personalised cookies make great wedding favours, while ‘message’ cupcakes are great for popping the question to your bridesmaids.

What about some freshly baked bread for your dinner table, croissants for a champagne breakfast, or a selection of sweet treats for a dessert table?

The possibilities are endless.

Open seven days, you can discuss the options with the friendly team by popping into the store at 346 Halswell Road, phone 03 322 4600, or email shop@halswellbakery.co.nz.

“Let us help you celebrate this special occasion without breaking the bank.”


 

Dedicated to GF


The Totally Gluten Free Bakery (TGF Bakery) is dedicated to making delicious and solely gluten-free food daily at their Colombo Street premises, which can be bought over the counter or be delivered anywhere in the city. In fact, TGF Bakery has become so trusted a name within the Coeliac and GF community that they pretty much deliver to cities nationwide.

 

 

Despite a couple of moves and the disruption of the earthquakes, TGF Bakery, which began back in 2006, has maintained strong and longstanding loyalty from its customers because they appreciate the wraparound service from owners Wendy and Lori. It’s something they both take very seriously.

“From the outset, our business was all about serving those with Coeliac disease and GF requirements. We’ve met so many amazing people and continue to do so. We love the face-to-face interaction with customers, getting to know them and understanding their needs is very important to us,” Lori says.

With their move to Sydenham, TGF Bakery now enjoys a prime location nestled amidst a smart shopping precinct with very convenient parking for customers to pop in for whatever they need, including GF flours and other baking ingredients, or just relax with friends over a coffee.

In many ways, TGF is more than a bakery – it’s a hub… the hub of its community.

Find Totally Gluten Free Bakery at 290b Colombo Street, phone 03 341 1172. Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-4pm (closed public holidays).


 

A sweet, sweet summer: Sweet Societe


A sensational spread for any summer soirée or tea party wouldn’t be complete without the decadent goodies from Sweet Société.

 

 

Craving a sweet treat? You’ve come to the right place! Sweet Société is a boutique French-inspired bakery in The Colombo that’s a wonderland of heavenly flavours. A rainbow of delectable macarons wink at you from the glass cabinet, where they sit alongside homemade-style cupcakes, filled donuts, cheesecakes, brownies, meringues… the list goes on! Everything is baked fresh, and gluten-free folk will be delighted to hear that there’s an extensive range of options to satisfy their needs.

J’aime Les Macarons have recently introduced their summer macaron selection which features 12 new tempting flavours such as watermelon, pistachio and orange sorbet – which all taste exactly like they sound!

With Christmas just around the corner, treats like shortbread, pies, cupcakes and the ever-popular meringues make for tantalising additions to the table, while gift boxes of macarons or the popular local favourite She Chocolate are bound to delight as a cute present for under the tree. For something a little different, the Central Otago apricots preserved in riesling are a smart choice for any food fanatic.

Premium organic New Zealand tea range Libertine is the newest addition to the tea menu, which also features iced milk frappes and crowd favourite Harney & Sons tea. Stuck for what to get your mother, sister or friend this Christmas? A selection of teapots and boxed teas will be ready for the festive season, with gift-wrapping also available!

And for those hot summer days that call for a refreshing icecream… premium gelato imported from Italy awaits – think flavours like tiramisu, chocolate hazelnut and coconut.

So be sure to make this summer an especially sweet one with the freshly baked goods from Sweet Société.

 


 

Second-to-none nosh: Gorgeous Food


The lead-up to Christmas can be a stressful time, especially if you’re having to provide food – be it for large home gatherings, work dos, Christmas parties, or for any of those end-of-year happenings where people need to be fed.

 

 

 

Gorgeous Food provides a pick-up catering service that’s second-to-none. Their catering menu provides freshly baked, mouth-watering goodies to satisfy every palate, including those with special dietary requirements.

When it comes to sandwiches, these guys are legends. From standard, club or ladies’ sandwiches (ideal for that Christmas Croquet Club knees-up) through to rolls, wraps and paninis, they’ve got it covered.

Fancy savouring something savoury? Then their selection of mini sausage rolls and pies, mini frittatas, cocktail quiches, marinated chicken nibbles, corn fritters, sushi and vegetarian Vietnamese rolls pack a mighty tasty mouthful!

Sweet-toothed folk can feast on scrumptious muffins, friands, cinnamon cream oysters and in-house specialty Gorgeous Slices, while date and cinnamon or double cheese and chives scones are hard to resist. If bikkies are your preference, then afghans, passion moments and gypsy creams make for tantalising treats!

Their quality service doesn’t stop here, for Gorgeous Food also offer made-to-order spicy carrot cake, banana cake and chocolate mud cake, as well as family quiches and family pies.

With many menu items also made gluten-free, there’s nothing left to do but kick back and enjoy your Christmas do!

Find them at 66-68 Springs Road, Wigram. Open Monday to Friday, 6am-3:30pm, Saturday 7am-1:30pm. For catering/kitchen, phone 03 344 6044 or visit www.gorgeousfood.co.nz/catering.

 

 


 

Catering to the crowds: Halswell Bakery


Whether you’re hosting an event or planning a picnic for Cup Day, the talented team at Halswell Bakery can provide fresh, delicious catering to suit any requirements.

From tasty club sandwich platters, bacon and egg slices, mini quiches and savouries to yummy birthday cakes, donuts and sweet treats, everything is freshly handmade on-site. They are renowned for their delicious pies, and steak and cheese is a best seller, says owner Ruth Buckley. “We make everything from scratch, including the pastry, and all our fresh meat and vegetables are sourced locally.”

With a focus on fast, friendly and efficient service, the team encourage customers to bring in reusable cups for a discount on their delicious Three Llamas coffee, made by the talented baristas. “Minimising our impact on the environment is really important to me, and we go by the motto ‘simply delicious and deliciously simple’ – we don’t do fancy – just good, tasty, wholesome food.”

 

 


 

Wigram’s must-visit: Le Bakermen Cafe and Bakery


From classic Kiwi favourites to fresh, modern ideas with a twist, the impressive range of scrumptious options at Le Bakermen Café and Bakery in Wigram makes it well worth a visit.

 

 

Creating familiar dishes with an added flair, owner Will Leung opened the vibrant eatery in March and describes his baking as ‘using French techniques for Japanese-style delicacies, with a Kiwi kick.’ One of the most popular current dishes is the Motherclucker – French toast with crispy fried chicken – followed by the Pulled Pork or Eggs and Spinach on Waffles.

Everything is made fresh onsite daily – apart from the famous Fairlie Pies, sitting alongside the café’s own stunning pie range. Will also bakes a selection of delicious breads, including sourdough, beautiful baguettes and bagels baked in honey. The amazing cheese scones made with buttermilk are a sell-out by 11am every day and the Havana coffee is expertly made by Vii, a former Ara barista tutor.

Sarah bakes the ‘sweets with a spin’ such as sponge cake with lemon curd instead of jam, or lollie cake with pineapple lump marshmallow – along with traditional favourites such as banana loaf. Doughnut Friday is also a sell-out, with funky flavours attracting customers from all over the city, such as cereal-infused malt custard doughnuts topped with crunchy caramelised cornflakes or roasted balsamic strawberry doughnuts, topped with dulce de leche.

A selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The café is also dog-friendly and parking is plentiful. Follow Le Bakermen on Instagram and Facebook.

 


 

 

Gorgeous food on the go: Gorgeous Food


At Gorgeous Food, the cabinets are full of delicious, quality homestyle pies, sandwiches and sweet treats that have all been lovingly prepared on-site.

 

 

The specialist bakery, located at 68 Springs Road, has been open since 2005, catering to hungry locals and those after a quick, delectable bite to eat on the go. Owner JoAnne Fryer, who runs the operation with partner Pete, says, while the service is quick, and the food is ready in a flash, it’s “not your usual takeaway”.

“We bake all our own products, except the bread which is sourced from Vic’s Bakehouse. This makes us quite unique,” she says. “We’re providing quality homestyle baking, using real butter and eggs. “It’s the older-style recipes, like Nana’s Chocolate Fudge, that are the most popular.”

Other favourite items gaining points for nostalgia include Real Beef and Cheese Pies, Bacon and Egg Pies and Carrot Cake. New additions to the line-up, such as the dairy-free and gluten-free Plum and Almond Friands, are quickly becoming popular items on the menu too! For their caffeine fix, customers can also pick up a takeaway Vivace Espresso Coffee, prepared by barista Tammy.

“We have a lot of regulars,” Jo says. “We know all their names, it’s fantastic. It’s a real buzz for us because we’re providing what they want.” The team also offers catering for local morning and afternoon teas, lunches and parties, with all handmade food presented in disposable boxes, ready for you to collect and take home.

Gorgeous Food is open Monday to Friday 6am to 3:30pm and Saturdays from 7am to 1:30pm. For more information, phone 03 344 6043 and visit www.gorgeousfood.co.nz.’


 

Baked Perfection: The Bakehouse Cashmere


Nestled amongst other quality stores at the bottom of the Port Hills, The Bakehouse Cashmere at 8 Colombo Street is where you want to go for freshness, quality and great customer service.

With a large variety of daily fresh baked bread, the choice is yours from the sliced loaves, multi-seed bread, ciabatta the fresh roll selection, to the array of sweet buns. Whether it’s a mouth-watering pie, a filled roll or sandwich, creamed doughnut or one of the many other sweet or savoury delights, there is sure to be something to tempt your taste buds, with a variety of vegetarian options also available. Plus, the chance to quench your thirst from a vast range of hot and cold beverages is always given. Switch espresso coffee, tea, hot chocolates, milkshakes; whatever you fancy, you will find it at The Bakehouse Cashmere, from a team who are always warm and friendly.

With Easter fast approaching, there is nothing like diving head first into the most succulent delicious hot cross buns imaginable and, as it happens, The Bakehouse Cashmere has you covered, with delicious hot cross buns, baked fresh each day. So, regardless of whether you like them fresh, toasted, or slathered in butter, you will be sure to return time and again.


 

Totally Gluten Free

Baking for the one in five: Totally Gluten Free


Wendy Smith, a traditional baker, says the only thing going for Coeliac Disease and associated gut disorders is that it unites people from across the cultural and class divide.

 

Totally Gluten Free

 

“I remember when Totally Gluten Free was located at our original Worcester Street premises, seeing this elderly Merivale lady chatting away to this biker looking guy with full face tattoos; they were comparing notes on the various breads – talk about surreal!”

The Totally Gluten Free Bakery, now located at 290b Colombo Street, is a bright, airy space with funky retro décor and lovely staff who’ve been with Wendy for years. Everything is made onsite.
It was in 2006 that due to rising demand, Wendy approached the Coeliac Society and pitched her idea for a bakery producing solely gluten free products. The Coeliac Society came on board and Wendy opened Totally Gluten Free that same year.

Wendy estimates one in five Cantabrians are now gluten intolerant, “because it’s present in so much more of our food nowadays – soy and pasta sauces, dressings, sausages… even ice cream”.
Totally Gluten Free makes breads, buns, biscuits, muffins, pies, savouries and sausage rolls, plus vegan loaves and biscuits.

Customers can relax and enjoy a coffee while watching the bakers work their magic in the kitchen. “Our customers are awesome! People have cried because they’re so relieved to have finally found a bakery committed to their needs. I love baking; I love people; I love my job!”

 


Phone 03 341 1172, visit www.glutenfreebakery.co.nz or find @GlutenFreeNZ on Facebook.


 

Japanz Bakery

A sweet favourite: Japanz Bakery


If you think the name Japanz Bakery sounds familiar, then you would be right. The quality baked eats with a Japanese flavour and friendly customer service you’ll find here have made it a firm favourite in Christchurch for years.

 

Japanz Bakery

 

Four years ago, Japanz Bakery moved from the original central CBD location to SouthCity Centre at 555 Colombo Street, where it continues to thrive thanks to a loyal customer base and the selection of delicious delectable delights. Always popular are the croissants, gingerbread men and cream donuts. There are four flavours of donut to choose from; Custard, ChocoCustard, Redbeans and CoffeeCream. Plus, $15.50 gets you a box of six donuts to share.

 

Japanz Bakery

Japanz also specialises in a range of beautifully prepared gift boxes and made to order cakes. With the festive season well and truly upon us, now is the perfect time to order one. There’s a choice of three flavours: green tea, fruit and of course, chocolate, each a mouth-watering offering and beautifully prepared. With a range of styles and sizes, Japanz’s cookie gift bags are a must, with gingerbread men and assorted flavoured cookies becoming the perfect stocking filler. So rest assured, your favourite bakery with a Japanese flavour is still alive and kicking, giving you lovingly baked delights made fresh each day.