Alice Neville

Alice Neville is The Spinoff's food editor. Email her on aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

Food
Jun 26, 2019

A tale of two city farms

About as far as you can get from Aotearoa's rural heartland, a new breed of farmers are rethinking the way we grow. 

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Food
Jun 14, 2019

Pets or steak? The inside story of a bovine brouhaha in the 'burbs

An urban farm in Auckland has been raising cows for meat for years. This time, they decided to involve the community in the process – but the backlash was so intense, the plan was canned.

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Food
Jun 8, 2019

Fishing for the future

A new generation of commercial fishermen is pushing for change, and chefs are helping to tell their story. 

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Food
May 27, 2019

NZ chefs on Jamie Oliver and the trouble with having your name above the door

In the wake of the demise of the famous UK chef's restaurant group, Al Brown and Martin Bosley reflect on how in the hospitality business, being a "name" comes with its own baggage.

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Food
May 18, 2019

In high spirits: Three cocktails from the Highball booze fest

Alice Neville drank a lot of cocktails at New Zealand's first dedicated cocktail festival in Wellington last weekend... here are a few standouts.

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Food
May 15, 2019

How to host a Game of Thrones finale party worthy of Westeros

All men must die, and all true Game of Thrones fans must dress up as their favourite character, sup from a goblet and recite quotes from the show without context at some point in their lives. It's the rules. 

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Food
May 10, 2019

Calm down, people: avogeddon is not upon us

Do you lose your shit when you can't get cherries in July? No. So why is everyone grumbling about the so-called avocado shortage?

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Food
May 7, 2019

Taking on single-use culture, one takeaway coffee at a time

Wellington-based startup Again Again has big plans for the way you do takeaways.

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Food
May 2, 2019

Everything you ever wanted to know about slushies but were afraid to ask

Ah, the slushy – it's the semi-frozen sugary beverage that has the nation talking. But what even is a slushy, and what's Simon Bridges' beef with them?

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Food
Apr 14, 2019

A few crusty councillors can’t change the fact that Hamilton is cool now

Thanks to a rapidly increasing population and some savvy young returnees, these days the Tron oozes quiet self-confidence. 

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Cheese
Apr 9, 2019

Getting to know your food chain: traditional Italian cheeses made in Nelson

Alice Neville learns about what goes into making mozzarella, ricotta, gorgonzola and more.

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FWDCo
Apr 8, 2019

What the heck’s a Crowler? It’s the future of beer, that’s what

Fresh from the tap, sealed and delivered to your door – and you can drink some, reseal it and finish later. Welcome to the latest innovation in craft beer consumption.

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Food
Mar 27, 2019

How the summer drought brought a sheep dairy company to its knees

Despite being in its infancy, Thorvald could barely keep up with demand for its sheep's milk cheese and yoghurt. But Tasman's devastating drought has effectively put the company out of business.

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Food
Mar 25, 2019

When sharing food means so much more

Proceeds from the sales of a new cookbook that shares recipes and stories from people from refugee and migrant backgrounds will go towards funding a new scholarship.

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Food
Mar 9, 2019

Our prime minister is meeting your prime minister and we’d love you to do lunch

New Zealand's best-known chef has built quite a life for himself in London, but, now more than ever, he yearns for Aotearoa.

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FWDCo
Mar 6, 2019

Mastering the art of the at-home cocktail

You don’t need a cocktail shaker, 14 different obscure liqueurs or even any particular skill to create a killer mixed drink in your own kitchen.

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New World
Mar 4, 2019

Why is there still so much plastic in our supermarkets?

OK, so we've got rid of plastic bags. But what about all the other stuff? Phasing plastic packaging out is a mammoth task, but some of the industry's main players are working hard to promote change.

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Food
Feb 22, 2019

Our Stories on Plate: empowering migrant women by sharing food

Women from migrant and refugee backgrounds celebrate food and storytelling from their cultures at Renu Sikka's Auckland workshops.

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L'affare
Feb 10, 2019

Season’s eatings: the joy of summer’s provisions

Chef Luke Adam talks to Alice Neville about why cooking and eating with the seasons is so much more than a fad.

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FWDCo
Jan 31, 2019

Mixed blessings: How to up your G&T game this summer

The quest for the perfect gin and tonic is one many of us undertake come summertime, but remember: the quality of the tonic is as – or dare we say even more? – important than that of the gin.

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Barkers 1972
Jan 21, 2019

Why you should consider a life less meaty

Why do we act like the idea of reducing our meat consumption is an assault on the very backbone of the nation?

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Food
Jan 17, 2019

The Spinoff’s unofficial ‘bad tourist’ eating tour of New Zealand

With this detailed guided tour, it's easy to follow in the footsteps of the unruly visitors whose shocking antics have gripped the nation.

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Food
Jan 9, 2019

Dutch courage: The little Kiwi cheese taking on the world

Since 1981, a pioneering Dutch immigrant has been developing a distinctive New Zealand style of cheese, and now the world is starting to sit up and take notice.

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Food
Jan 4, 2019

Summer reissue: Meet Monique Fiso, New Zealand’s most exciting chef

No-nonsense 31-year-old Māori/Samoan woman Monique Fiso is behind one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in years. Get ready, Wellington.

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Beverage
Dec 26, 2018

Summer reissue: Meet the Ukrainian nuclear engineer making spirits in Puhoi

In an unassuming spot just outside of our biggest city, exacting standards and secret methods are producing some of the smoothest spirits you’ll ever try.

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Beverage
Dec 18, 2018

Pét-nat, what the heck’s that?

This lightly sparkling natural wine has been popping up on drinks lists all over the show, and it's not going away any time soon.

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