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Congratulations to Tsion and Rebecca! 2019 Winners of Rabobank Root to Tip


Tuesday, September 03, 2019   |   Linda Taylor

The nervous excitement was tangible as the fizzing finalists set up their kitchen spaces at the 2019 National Finals of the Rabobank Root to Tip cooking competition. After weeks of practice, 12 teams of primary school students from across New Zealand had travelled to Weltec in Wellington, to cook for some of New Zealand’s top food judges and try for the title at the 2019 Rabobank Root to Tip competition. A true masterclass of how to make the most of fresh New Zealand food, the Garden to Table-led contest, held at Weltec in Wellington on Friday 23rd August, was the chance for 12 teams of primary school students in Years 5 and 6 from the length and breadth of New Zealand to show what they could do with fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, leaving little or no waste at the end.

Handmade ravioli, volcanic vege roast, butternut crisps, kumara “bangy burgers”, vegetable masala and fresh dumplings; apple bombs, creamy rhubarb and kiwifruit ice cream, and self-saucing beetroot chocolate puddings were among the 24 dishes dreamed up by the primary school students who had travelled from as far as Northland and Invercargill for the competition.

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Pre-order Bounty: Cooking with Vegetables, supporting Garden to Table


Tuesday, July 30, 2019   |   Linda Taylor

We have some exciting news - we are launching our own cookbook in November! Our co-founder and chairperson Catherine Bell has written a cookbook in honour of our 10th birthday and to raise funds for Garden to Table. Bounty is a beautifully designed and photographed book all about cooking and growing vegetables. More than a recipe book, each chapter focuses on a specific vegetable group and contains a plethora of reliable hints and tips for growing vegetables at home. There are 80 inspired, approachable and delicious recipes, each one photographed and ranging from snacks and starters to sides, salads, main dishes and even some baking. A perfect opportunity to order now and have your books personally signed by Catherine and delivered in November - ideal for Christmas gifts.

Scattered throughout are practical and encouraging facts and suggestions aimed at making growing and cooking both easy and fun plus you’ll find lots of lovely images of our schools long with quotes from some of Garden to Table's heroes. Ambassadors Al Brown, Niki Bezzant and Dan Mackay also generously share their thoughts and wisdom.

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Introducing a new Garden to Table Partner: CareSaver.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019   |   Linda Taylor

You may have seen in the news yesterday that a new KiwiSaver scheme has recently partnered with NZ charities to help make a world of difference. We’re proud to say that Garden to Table is one of these charities. CareSaver KiwiSaver Scheme is a KiwiSaver Scheme with an ethical focus. You may find this offers you a KiwiSaver Scheme that shares your values.  To benefit NZ charities, Pathfinder Asset Management Limited (which is the issuer of the CareSaver KiwiSaver Scheme) will donate 20% of their management fees from CareSaver to charities like Garden to Table and investors can choose which charity they would like to receive their donations. To select us as your charity, all you do is nominate Garden to Table as your chosen charity in the application form if you switch to CareSaver.

 

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Root to Tip is back for 2019!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019   |   Linda Taylor

We are delighted to announce that, with the support of Rabobank, Root to Tip will once again see kiwi kids cooking up a storm in 2019!  The competition is open to all year 5 and 6 students in NZ, with entries opening soon! Working in teams of two, they design two dishes with a focus on seasonality and reducing food waste, using vegetables all the way from their root to their tip!

Great prizes are up for grabs including $1000 in a Rabobank NoticeSaver account for each of the two overall winners! Along the way children will have a chance to get creative in the kitchen and cook their dishes alongside great kiwi chefs all around New Zealand.

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"Be with a Tree" and make a fruit crumble!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019   |   Linda Taylor

This year Garden to Table is collaborating with Forest & Bird's Kiwi Conservation Club as a partner in their 'Be With A Tree' promotion, which runs from 31 May-9 June. There is a series of 10 tree-related challenges for kids to complete over the 10 day period: https://kcc.org.nz/be-with-a-tree/.  Our challenge is to find a tree that provides us with food, and make a fruit crumble. Hopefully that and some of the other challenges will prompt great conversations with children about where they might find particular kinds of trees at school, around their neighbourhood (in backyards, parks or the bush), or further afield in places like orchards or botanic gardens.

We encourage everyone to embrace these challenges to #bewithatree next month!  Click to view  a new fruit crumble recipe which Garden to Table has produced for this promotion.  Enjoy!

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The nervous excitement was tangible as the fizzing finalists set up their kitchen spaces at the 2019 National Finals of the Rabobank Root to Tip cooking competition.\n After weeks of practice, 12 teams of primary school students from across New Zealand had travelled to Weltec in Wellington, to cook for some of New\n Zealand’s top food judges and try for the title at the 2019 Rabobank Root to Tip competition. A true masterclass of how to make the most\n of fresh New Zealand food, the Garden to Table-led contest, held at Weltec in Wellington on Friday 23rd August, was the chance for 12 teams of primary\n school students in Years 5 and 6 from the length and breadth of New Zealand to show what they could do with fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients,\n leaving little or no waste at the end.

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Handmade ravioli, volcanic vege roast, butternut crisps, kumara “bangy burgers”, vegetable masala and fresh dumplings; apple bombs, creamy rhubarb and\n kiwifruit ice cream, and self-saucing beetroot chocolate puddings were among the 24 dishes dreamed up by the primary school students who had travelled\n from as far as Northland and Invercargill for the competition.\n
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Judges Al Brown,Catherine Bell, Jacob Brown from Wellington’s The Larder and Rabobank Marketing and Communications manager Paul Cording, were treated to\n an incredible standard of food, as dish after dish of mouth-watering plates were brought for them to taste and score. After several lively discussions\n around textures, flavours, seasonality and creativity, the judges had the unenviable job of picking a winning team. It came down to half a point in\n the end, with Tsion Medhane and Rebecca Zhu, from Holy Cross School in Wellington, named as the winners. Head judge Al described their dishes, Cheesy\n Green Risotto, followed by Creamy Rhubarb and Kiwifruit Ice Cream with a hint of Lemon, as ‘fantastic’.\n
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“We had our work cut out for us picking a winner this year,” says Al Brown. “There were two other teams – Hawea Flat School in Otago, and Te Mata School\n in Hawke’s Bay, who both came within half a point of the winners, but we simply couldn’t fault that risotto. They also used every part of the produce,\n from stems to leaves, which is what this competition is about.” Al says it’s time New Zealanders stopped thinking that only certain parts of the\n product are ‘the best’ bits – the tips of the broccoli, the rack from the lamb. Because in doing so, we’re missing out on some amazing flavours.\n
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“To me, the inside of a broccoli stem is the best bit!” he says. “That’s what Garden to Table is about, and that’s why I like it so much – it’s about teaching\n kids an understanding of where food comes from; creating, growing and harvesting what they cook, and eating together around a table. It’s a great alternative\n way to learn, too; I struggled in a traditional classroom with studies like maths equations, but if I was given a 1kg pumpkin and told to divide it\n into four – that made a lot more sense to me. It’s a different way of learning.”\n
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Since winning the regional heats earlier this month, the teams from across New Zealand have been practicing their dishes every chance they got – and their\n dedication was clear. “Technically, some of the dishes we saw today were incredible for kids as young as nine,” says judge Jacob Brown. “I found it\n really inspirational. We’re a community-based restaurant, and seeing this competition has given me the drive to go back to my own community to see\n if we can make that connection with the restaurant.”\n
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We have some exciting news - we are launching our own cookbook in November! Our co-founder and chairperson Catherine Bell has written\n a cookbook in honour of our 10th birthday and to raise funds for Garden to Table. Bounty is a beautifully designed and photographed book all about cooking and growing vegetables. More than a recipe book, each chapter focuses on a specific vegetable group and contains a plethora of reliable hints and tips for growing vegetables\n at home. There are 80 inspired, approachable and delicious recipes, each one photographed and ranging from snacks and starters to sides, salads, main\n dishes and even some baking. A perfect opportunity to order now\n and have your books personally signed by Catherine and delivered in November - ideal for Christmas gifts.\n

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Scattered throughout are practical and encouraging facts and suggestions aimed at making growing and cooking both easy and fun plus you’ll find lots of\n lovely images of our schools long with quotes from some of Garden to Table's heroes. Ambassadors Al Brown, Niki Bezzant and Dan Mackay also generously\n share their thoughts and wisdom.

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Epicure Press Ltd has been established by author Catherine Bell to publish and sell Bounty on behalf of Garden to Table Trust. All profits\n from the sale of Bounty will benefit the Garden to Table Trust to enable more children to experience the Garden to Table programme. Catherine\n Bell is a food writer of longstanding. Having owned The Epicurean Workshop cook shop and cookery school for many years, Catherine was also the co-founder\n and founding editor of well-known Dish magazine. Bounty is Catherine’s third published cook book.

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To see more about Bounty and purchase, visit www.epicurepress.co.nz\n

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You may have seen in the news yesterday that a new KiwiSaver scheme has recently partnered with NZ charities to help make a world of difference. We’re\n proud to say that Garden to Table is one of these charities. CareSaver KiwiSaver Scheme is a KiwiSaver Scheme with an ethical focus. You may find\n this offers you a KiwiSaver Scheme that shares your values.  To benefit NZ charities, Pathfinder Asset Management Limited (which is the issuer\n of the CareSaver KiwiSaver Scheme) will donate 20% of their management fees from CareSaver to charities like Garden to Table and investors can choose which charity they would like to receive their donations. To select us as your charity, all you do is nominate Garden to Table as your chosen charity in the application form if you switch to CareSaver.

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To find out more please visit www.caresaver.co.nz where you will find a copy of the CareSaver product disclosure statement. If you then want to transfer to CareSaver please go to https://caresaver.formsbyair.com/forms/apply. We’d like to think that with KiwiSaver everyone can make a world of difference.\n

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We are delighted to announce that, with the support of Rabobank, Root to Tip will once again see kiwi kids cooking up a\n storm in 2019!  The competition is open to all year 5 and 6 students in NZ, with entries opening soon! Working\n in teams of two, they design two dishes with a focus on seasonality and reducing food waste, using vegetables all the way from their root to their\n tip!

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Great prizes are up for grabs including $1000 in a Rabobank NoticeSaver\n account for each of the two overall winners! Along the way children will have a chance to get creative in the kitchen and cook their dishes\n alongside great kiwi chefs all around New Zealand.

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What creative recipes can your kids come up with? Entries and recipe submissions are open from 17 June to 1 July. For\n all the latest information and to see all the fun from Root to Tip 2018, head to www.roottotip.org.nz\n

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This year Garden to Table is collaborating with Forest & Bird's Kiwi Conservation Club as a partner in their 'Be With A Tree' promotion, which runs from 31 May-9 June. There is a series\n of 10 tree-related challenges for kids to complete over the 10 day period: https://kcc.org.nz/be-with-a-tree/.  Our challenge is to find a tree that provides us with food, and make a fruit\n crumble. Hopefully that and some of the other challenges will prompt great conversations with children about where they might find particular kinds\n of trees at school, around their neighbourhood (in backyards, parks or the bush), or further afield in places like orchards or botanic gardens.

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We encourage everyone to embrace these challenges to #bewithatree next\n month!  Click to view\n  a new fruit crumble recipe which Garden to Table has produced for this promotion.  Enjoy!

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