45 days ago

Do you have a dream to open your own food business?

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

This course looks at how to turn your dream into reality and understand better, how to work methodically through the requirements.

First, we look at the foundations of establishing a successful hospitality business -
- the concept
- the important sales to ingredient cost rations
- staffing levels
- profitability behind these costs

We look at key information regarding the physical setup of a business. Starting with important information from Auckland Council, or your local council, about zoning for a location and approvals for alterations to a building, formulating a food control plan, getting approval for an alcohol licence.
We then look at the equipment you may need to use and commercial kitchen food safety requirements - from refrigeration and extraction systems to types of ovens and coffee machines, flooring and much more.

We will discuss look models of how to calculate what you should sell your product for - the retail margins, as well as the cost breakdown as well, has how you are going to pay your self.
Lots to think about and learn in this one day workshop.
Celia Hay, director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine and hospitality entrepreneur having established 10 different business and has a wealth of knowledge about how to establish and then grow a business. In 2020, Celia Hay and the New Zealand School of Food and Wine will celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
The seminar includes Celia Hay’s book How to Grow your hospitality business - a guide for owners and managers.

When: Saturday, 29 Feb from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

More messages from your neighbours
5 hours ago

Its not a holiday or an exercise fest... Not being disrespectful , but people are dying all around the world and they will here too.

Nic from Rothesay Bay

Thanks for your responses, keeping social distancing is imperative and its great on my drive to work and home, to see people out and about, and far too many. Please just be respectful and cognizant of essential workers, that cannot go out for 2 hour walks, and are given attitudes by people who by driving to work make you feel like you are impacting them. And bottom line if people continue to act like they are, we will not be allowed outside our houses. Sorry working at the hospital , I am doing everything in my power to stay safe in order to serve the community, and myself my family or everyone else on the front lines respect the isolation everyone is in, but also ask for consideration..............we can not afford to have runners/biker's / even walkers , sweating, dropping tiny amounts of fluid , spitting ( not in a bad way, in a way that when you exercise you naturally do/we all do ), the mandate is to stay home, you can do exercise but please keep that within your bubble, your street , don't go for a 2 hour walk between neighbourhoods , walk up and down you street, work out online, Sorry its so sad to say that people in this neighbourhood are not smart enough to actually get whats going on. Northland has closed off areas, we should close off our areas also........ What people are doing, and walking in Lululemon gear, with dogs for hours........ absolutely talks to the fact the you are not getting it.!!!!! and people will die as a result , its not an if its a when......watch the news, stay inside,
Work out online, don't leave your house, a daily walk is not a walk from Rothesay bay to Milford ....... and for all the cyclists and distance runners, every seat drop that happens will contaminate multiple neighbourhoods . DONT DO IT, if you have to run or cycle up and down you road, you bubble, then do that, you must do that, you have to do that. Every drop of sweat, of spit while you exercise could and in the coming weeks will kill someone. Our community are acting like idiots, no-one wants to stay at home, but pushing the limits of "excercise" because for everyone its hard to stay at home, will kill people. You run, you sweat, a little kid rides his scooter over it and takes it home . I don't think people are comprehending the enormity of this, and the fact we are talking about Microparticles for transmission. No long distance walking, cycling, running between anything out of you street should be allowed, and if you you feel thats OK, then you are right now or certainly will be killing people. So If you can live with that in order to have your bike ride or run , then that is entirely on you. Stay inside, stay in your bubble, stay in your bubble to exercise , to walk . A 10 K ride or walk, will be a death sentence for some, just because you need to exercise and in doing that you sweat on the road/footpath........And those droplets will kill people.

2 days ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

3 days ago

In case you need help...

Shawna from Albany

I am not rich, nor am I full of answers.

However if any residents, elderly or in need - residing on Wharf Rd or The Landing Albany require help during this lockdown period - please contact me.

Things like supermarket shopping, walking your dog, I don’t really know what I am offering here, other than a helping hand during a World first, a time we’ve not only not known before but won’t know for sure about for quite some time yet it seems.

I am virus free and will be suited up and masked when offering services.

Please contact me judgement and discrimination free, completely confidential.

It’s a time to stand as one and I would just like to help those that need it.

Stay home, stay safe.