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The power of nourishment

When trained midwife Kat detected a sizeable lump in her pelvic region, she knew it was something to be concerned about and had it checked out immediately. Several tests and scans later, it was confirmed that she had metastatic melanoma, an aggressive type of skin cancer.



This came as devastating news to Kat, who was looking forward to marrying Darryl, the love of her life, in 2016 and settling down to a long and happy life together.

Kat underwent palliative surgery but refused further invasive treatments. Little did she know at the time that she was already on the journey to what was to become the most fulfilling work she and Darryl would ever know; and it all began with food presented on a hospital tray.

“I know budgets are tight, but the food was carcinogenic food that would literally support the spread of cancer,” Kat says.

One day Kat photographed her food tray and made a vow that should she survive the cancer, she’d do all in her power to try to help people understand that good foods can go a long way in preserving good health.

Kat never ate any of the hospital food; instead, she took her nourishment from the green smoothies Darryl brought to her daily.


Overall, the statistics for surviving metastatic cancer aren’t good. Kat says many people have asked her how she survived it and she says that language around the disease is very important. “I never owned it. I never got angry or thought about ‘fighting it’. But I did feel determined about going with my own instincts as to dealing with it.”

Kat’s instinct was to begin an eating regime based on the extensive reading and research she’d been doing on nutrition and healing from disease.

“I believe diet plays a big role in healing the body. Basically, with the disease I had – of that magnitude – I couldn’t afford to make bad food choices. I made the decision to eat food that would support my nutrition and immunity, and give me the vitamins and minerals I needed, and I steered away from anything that would cause inflammation and send toxins through my body.”

Four years on and Kat is finally making good on that vow she made the day she photographed her tray of hospital food.

“Our plant-based mobile café came about because of three things: I always wanted to have my own café; there was nowhere to eat out that served healthy and tasty food; and, most importantly, this is our way of paying it forward. If we can provide people with one meal a day that’s packed with all the wonderful things to support their health, then that’s our job done. The power of nourishment can never be underestimated.”


When not out in their mobile café, Kat gives cooking demos at her home, showing friends and colleagues how to make simple nutritious plant-based meals that aren’t expensive or time-consuming.

“I love the creativity of thinking up new and different menus, and experimenting with new recipes. I’m so happy when I’m cooking – listening to beautiful music… I even dream of food now!”

Currently Kat and Darryl’s mobile café services a city health provider two days per week, and visits Ohoka Farmers’ Market every Friday. They’ll happily cater for any function or event, and look forward to festivals, such as the 2019 FGS Vegefest on 24 November, and the Aroha Essence Festival, 17-19 January 2020.

“We’re passionate about what we do, and have big plans to grow our business,” Kat says, “There’s nothing more satisfying than handing over our life-affirming food to customers.”





The resort for foodies: Methven Resort

The sublime Methven Resort, one of the most popular and luxurious places to stay in Canterbury, has new management and a new logo. New Directors, Olé and Bruce Wallis, know and understand the ethos of Methven Resort better than anyone, and are the perfect choice to bring this much-loved establishment into a new season.






Methven Resort’s 47 affordable and comfortable rooms are simply divine, giving you unequalled refinement and the best night sleep you could possibly have.

The resort is renowned for the three pristine outdoor hot pools set amongst stunning scenery and rejuvenating mountain air. They are available all year round free of charge for in-house guests or with a small fee to the public. Enjoy swimming in the 25-metre outdoor pool, sunbathing on the manicured lawn and enjoy cold drinks by the poolside on a sunny day.

Revered for exquisite top-class food, the resort’s in-house chefs use fresh, local produce to create delicious dishes like the Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese or Quinoa, and there’s seating for up to 100 guests looking out to the view of Mount Hutt.

Methven Resort is an easy hour’s drive from Christchurch with parking on site. So if you are wanting a luxurious holiday like no other, visit or phone 03 302 8724.




First in first served

For the past five years, First Table has been bringing people together over delicious food and broadening our dining experiences with exciting opportunities.




The global business first launched in Queenstown on 22 September 2014, before moving to Christchurch where, for some time, it was their fastest growing market.

That title now goes to Auckland (considered the biggest market internationally), with First Table offered at more than 1200 restaurants in 50 different cities around the world.

The website-based service provides diners with a 50 percent discount off restaurant meals at specific times, chosen by the establishment. Diners pay a $10 booking fee to secure the discount and are treated to half-price meals for two, three or four people when booking the restaurant’s first table of the evening, lunch or breakfast time.

It’s a win-win situation where foodies get to explore their expansive restaurant horizons, and owners can fill a usually-empty seat with guests who share their positive experience with friends and family.

Offering people from all walks of life the opportunity to try something new, it’s a concept that New Zealanders have embraced, and proof that the First Table model is indeed a modern dining success story.

From its humble beginnings in Queenstown, the company has just been named Rising Star (winners) in the 2019 Deloitte Fast 50 Regional Awards (Dunedin and Lower South Island) and is looking forward to November’s national competition held in Auckland.

For more information, or to sign up, visit




A happening hotspot: The Pedal Pusher

The Pedal Pusher – Addington’s local favourite – is gearing up for a busy summer season, celebrating good food and good times!



Known for its chilled, relaxed atmosphere, sensational menu and friendly service, this little hotspot has been encouraging visitors to escape the rat race and join them for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 2011.

The popular gastropub and café, located at 286 Lincoln Road, sources South Canterbury meat and produce, and the chefs and owners are passionate about serving free-range and organic ingredients to their diners.

It’s also a great place to meet friends for one of The Pedal Pusher events, most notably their quiz nights, backpackers game night, and to catch the Rugby World Cup matches on the big screen. Serving New Zealand craft beers and local wines, this is a great place for a night out, but also the perfect place for brunch the next day to relax in the outdoor seating area over a coffee and the stand-out eggs benedict.

If you’re looking for somewhere to hold that next event, The Pedal Pusher is ideal for both groups or parties, and is family-friendly.

The Pedal Pusher is your home away from home. A great place to enjoy coffee, top-notch food and excellent service.

For more information, phone 03 335 0095 and visit to read the menu and make a booking today!




For the culinary connoisseur: Woodley’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located just 40 minutes from Christchurch, Woodley’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is Darfield’s best kept culinary secret.



With three outdoor dining areas, a newly landscaped beer garden, under-cover and heated dining area and the front terrace that has a stunning picturesque view of the Southern Alps, Woodley’s is easily Darfield’s cosiest and most stylish restaurant and bar.

Talking of restaurants and bars, Woodley’s has a delightful range of beautifully prepared, reasonably priced meals and desserts to satisfy every culinary connoisseur. Lunch/brunch is served from Wednesdays to Sundays 11am until 3pm, and Dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays from 5pm till late. Woodley’s also sports Darfield’s biggest range of craft beers; a good IPA, pilsner or lager from Boundary Road is never far away.

Woodley’s can also cater for your function and can take large bookings on request. For more information on Darfield’s dining hotspot, check out




Culverden’s culinary oasis: Red Post Cafe

With the days getting longer and the nights shorter, now is as good a time as any to enjoy some spring dining and quality eats with your nearest and dearest at Culverden’s Red Post Café.


Situated on Highfield Street and facing onto SH7, Red Post Café, in its beautiful restored villa, has been the cornerstone of Culverden’s culinary community for many a moon. Red Post Café is a fully licensed family eatery, able to offer you a stunning selection of delectable delights including muffins and scones, cakes and slices.

You and yours can also relax in Red Post Café’s garden dining area. Here you can soak up the sun while feasting on either a light lunch or an evening meal. Vegetarian, gluten-free options and a children’s menu are also available.

Plus, the addition of West Coast Whitebait to Red Post Café’s new menu really gets the taste-buds excited. Red Post Café also has a wide range of hot and cold beverages on hand to quench your thirst.

Open from 8am–4:30pm Monday to Thursday, Friday until 8pm and weekends until 5:30pm, what are you waiting for? Red Post Café is waiting.




Breakfast of kings: Universo

Breakfast is of course the most important meal of the day on Canterbury’s most highly anticipated race day of the year, and beautiful Universo will set you up in style.



Tuesday 12 November launches the Christmas and summer social season and we must start as we mean to go on!

A glass of French champagne, a free transfer by bus to Addington Raceway and breakfast à la carte, or canapé-style while you mix and mingle with your squad in the bar area or al fresco, is yours for just $50 per person at Universo from 9am.

You will be transported from Universo just after 11am, arriving in plenty of time for the first race – the perfectly stylish, delicious and hassle-free start to a glorious day of fashion and racing. Reservations are essential – so phone Universo on 03 379 5214 to reserve your place.




A taste of India: Coriander’s Indian Restaurant

What do a former Bollywood actor and a chain of Canterbury ethnic restaurants have in common? No, it’s not a trick question. The answer is Amardeep Singh (Amar to his friends), the one-time Bollywood actor and model in India and now the owner of the Coriander’s Indian restaurant chain.



Established in 2006, Corianders’ take on Indian food has now been a popular favourite for some thirteen years, expanding to three locations – Rolleston, Christchurch CBD and Bush Inn – and serving hundreds of thousands of Cantabrians from all parts of the area. Visit any of the restaurants and delight in the delicious aromas wafting from the kitchens where the chefs expertly handle long skewers and tandoor ovens.

“I’m passionate about my restaurants and their food,” Amar says. “What our customers can be assured of wherever they dine at a Coriander’s Ethnic restaurant is the consistent quality of the dishes. I take a very personal role in ensuring that quality by visiting all the restaurants and sampling the food on a regular basis.”


Coriander’s restaurants not only offer the wonderful variety and taste of their authentic Northern India-inspired dishes, but also a relaxed dining experience with surroundings that are warm, traditional and inviting. The flagship colonial-style St Asaph Street restaurant is especially sophisticated and impressive, after Coriander’s breathed new life into the old Occidental and its beautiful veranda.

Two special banquets – silver and gold – are just the way to experience everything that Coriander’s has to offer. An exclusive chef’s selection with two courses of sure-fire favourites, this wonderful feast offers incredible value for money at $85 for a couple, including house wines. The banquet consists of: Starters — two vegetable samosas, two onion bhajis and two Coriander Special Chicken Tikka; Mains — Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh, mixed vegetables, rice and two naan breads. There’s an exquisite cocktail and beverage list and, with their ‘specials of the day’, there’s always new items to try.


Coriander’s St Asaph Street has a private function space – the Bollywood Room – ideal for pre-Christmas parties. Although it’s right in the CBD, there is a carpark available off Welles Street behind the restaurant. That’s also where you can pick up your takeaways. Check out Corianders’ mobile app for weekly specials and earn points on every visit to the St Asaph Street restaurant.




Authentic Thai dining

Since 2013, Hoon Hay Thai Restaurant has been offering an authentic Thai dining experience right here in Christchurch, and has quickly become a popular local favourite.



Conveniently located at 9 Coppell Place, it’s handy to meet family and friends for lunch or dinner, or opt for a takeaway and relax at home.

All dishes are made on-site by skilled chefs who serve up an extensive menu featuring Thai classics, such as Tom Yum Soup, luxurious Red, Green and Massaman Curries, Satay and Larb. The entrées – think mouth-watering Thai Fish Cakes, Money Bags, Wontons and Curry Puffs – are all homemade by the skilled team.

Also included on the menu are the Hoon Hay Thai customer favourites, like the Pad Thai prepared with their own style sauce, Spicy Duck Red Curry, Garlic and Black Pepper Crispy Pork, and the popular Peanut Sauce Stir Fry.

To sample these varied and delicious options, the restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays, offering $10 lunch specials, and can also be hired for special occasions and private or business functions.

Hoon Hay Thai is fully licensed, with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and BYO is also available. For more information, call 03 339 0320.




Forefront of sustainability: The Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

The Belgian Beer Café Torenhof is one of Christchurch’s best longstanding establishments.



Based in the Sydenham Quarter at The Colombo, which is fast becoming a mecca for Christchurch Hospitality, Torenhof is proud to be at the forefront of the sustainability field. All their menus are focused on this, with a new spring menu, lunch (Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm) and dinner menus (Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm).

Using Canterbury and South Island produce from paddock to plate where possible, Torenhof is all about food that is fresh, free-range and supports local businesses. Furthermore, with assistance from its suppliers, the café has reduced its plastic usage by 85 percent, and switched its consumables to fully recyclable and, where possible, compostable.

The team has also undertaken an energy and waste audit with the help of Christchurch City Council and True North Consulting. While this is a very interesting journey, they are always pleased to receive suggestions from their customers on the in-house feedback forms.

Torenhof is an ideal place for your function or corporate event. They have an exclusive Oktoberfest German-style menu with beer matches coming up on 18 October – $68 per person for a table of four (usually $136) and don’t forget to book your Christmas function now. There’s a great array of set menus available for Christmas, email or check out