Alice Neville

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

Beverage
Sep 18, 2018

Grape(fruit) expectations: Announcing the hoppy arrival of a very special beer

Six weeks ago, through a haze of blood, sweat, tears and citrus, a grapefruit IPA was born. This week, it’s finally time to introduce Juicy Tart to the beer-loving public.

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Beverage
Sep 11, 2018

In our hour of mead: The happy return of an ancient beverage

By rejuvenating the world's oldest alcoholic drink, the founder of Lone Bee Mead hopes to breathe new life into our regions.

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Food
Sep 8, 2018

My day of meat: A vegetarian goes to butcher bootcamp

Our usually meat-eschewing food editor attempts to prove she's got the chops for job by getting acquainted with some dead animals. 

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Food
Sep 7, 2018

A ringside seat at NZ’s ‘most important cooking competition’

The country's most promising chefs of the future battled it out in the grand final of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Championship this week.

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Beverage
Aug 31, 2018

Still life: 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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Music
Aug 27, 2018

In love with those times: Preserving Flying Nun’s legacy

Flying Nun's rightful place in New Zealand history has been secured with the acquisition of the legendary label's master tapes by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Beverage
Aug 26, 2018

Beyond sushi: why you should be drinking sake with pizza

Auckland sake sommelier Wayne Shennen is on a mission to spread the gospel of the oft-misunderstood Japanese tipple.

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Beer
Aug 21, 2018

Out of the wild brew yonder: Why weird beers are the new normal

Did you know that all kinds of weird and wonderful shit floats about in the night sky, and you can make beer with it? If you’re into wine, you’ll probably be …

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Food
Aug 16, 2018

Remembering Anthony Bourdain: Hope springs from tragedy for Auckland hospo

For many in the restaurant industry, Anthony Bourdain's death hit close to home, so a group of hospo friends decided to build something positive out of the sadness.

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Beverage
Aug 15, 2018

X is for extra pale ale: An A-Z of the Beervana craft beer festival

Reflecting on the highs and lows of multiple circumnavigations of a beery concrete concourse.

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Food
Aug 8, 2018

Zero waste, maximum taste: The restaurant with no rubbish bin

Meet the UK chef inspiring his Kiwi counterparts with a radical approach to food waste.

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Food
Aug 1, 2018

Saving our bacon: How Freedom Farms champions consumer-led change

Choosing ethically produced meat and eggs at the supermarket is now a no-brainer for many of us, but not so long ago it wasn't even an option.

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Food
Jul 31, 2018

What’s the deal with the country-of-origin food labelling bill?

A select committee has proposed limiting the kinds of products the Consumers' Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill will apply to, and plenty of folk ain't happy about it.

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Beer
Jul 19, 2018

Do not fear the dark side – drink it

Fill the void of those long, lonely winter nights with a dark beer – there's one out there for you, we promise.

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Beverage
Jul 15, 2018

Why punch is illegal in New Zealand (kind of)

In the best drinking cities in the world, sharing a punch bowl with your mates at a bar makes for a splendid evening.

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Food
Jul 10, 2018

Tino reka! Fry bread, creamed pāua and boil-up for Matariki

Chef Luke Adams shares three delicious Māori dishes.

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Beverage
Jul 8, 2018

Beans behind bars: Turning prisoners into baristas

A new addition to Wellington's cafe scene is giving former female prisoners the chance to hone their barista skills.

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Beverage
Jul 4, 2018

Smash the beer patriarchy! How women are putting brews before bros

Gather round, hop-loving harridans of Aotearoa, for now is our time.

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Launch
Jul 2, 2018

Raise your glasses to The Spinoff Food!

We’re jolly excited to announce the launch of The Spinoff’s newest section, dedicated to all things food and drink.

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Ātea
Jun 28, 2018

Karena and Kasey’s big dinner was incredible. But was it worth $320?

Alice Neville went along to The Creation Dinner, a pop-up restaurant by MasterChef winners Karena and Kasey Bird, and it was bloody good.

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