Celebrity foodie Natalie Oldfield's grandmother always taught her that when you cook and share food you're sharing love.
The writer of four cookbooks spent hours in her late grandmother's Weymouth kitchen to catch a every little piece of her wisdom.
Some of the late Dulcie May Brooker's culinary delights can be found at Ms Oldfield's Mt Eden's foodstore Dulcie May Kitchen.
Ms Oldfield will also be sharing her foodie gems at Totara Hospice South Auckland's gourmet fundraiser, the Hospice Long Lunch, on October 20.
Totara Hospice cared for Dulcie May in the weeks before she died aged 96 four years ago.
Like her late gran, Ms Oldfield loves coming together with others over food.
"One of her lessons was about food and at least once a week to give a meal, make an extra cake and give it away - to show your love for people through food.
"The Long Lunch is all about a chance to share true food, creating moments and memories," she says.
Ms Oldfield remembers her grandmother as the most humble person she ever met.
"Gran was a very strong person and her tiny house was always full of people."
Totara Hospice offers free support and care to people who have a terminal illness, and to their extended family.
The Long Lunch will have a celebrity host at each table along with a sumptuous menu of food and wine selected only from New Zealand producers.
Other celebrity food heroes include Ben Bayly, Claire Aldous, Fiona Smith, Kerry Tyack, Nadia Lim and Brett McGregor.
Each table will enjoy nine shared and plated dishes, four dishes matched to New Zealand wines, plus live entertainment and cooking demonstrations.
The Long Lunch will be held at Ponsonby Central Function Centre at midday on October 20. Tickets cost $125 each.
Call Melinda Seal on 640 0208 to book a place or a table.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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