Monday, November 14, 2011

North Otago Roadie - Part 1, Riverstone Kitchen

Just returned from a 3 day roadie around North Otago. The parting thought was: is this the most fertile growing region in NZ? The black soils, sculptured hills and heritage of market vege growing seemed so obvious - especially when all tied up together at the very modern Riverstone Kitchen. Their food, and gardens are truly remarkable.  Huge project - executed with integrity and care.  Awesome. Go there.

 Pistachio Porc Terrine, wrapped in what I think was vine leaf.  Best modern take I've had on the terrine.
 They smoke their own salmon - and of course 'lay their own eggs' (well the chooks do)...
 And then the extensive gardens just go on and on - and they only grow for themselves, which means they are feeding many mouths - with whatever is growing well.  Having seen many restaurant gardens in California - this left them in the dust I have to say.  No tokenism here - just production!

 Perhaps - photographer of the year for the photo above?

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