Seafood and wine combo wins

Last updated 13:00 14/02/2013

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Small Nelson seafood company Finestkind has produced a big result, winning the people's choice award at the Marlborough Wine and Food festival on Saturday with a combination of fresh top of the south fish and Marlborough wine.

It's the third time Finestkind has been successful in four years, previously winning the supreme food and wine match competition and being runner-up in the same event.

Finestkind teamed up a ceviche, a coconut cream seafood salad marinated in lemon juice and using blue cod, scallops and mussels, prepared by Stacey Quayle of 623 On the Rocks in Tahunanui, with a St Clair Family Estate gruner veltliner wine.

As well, the company sold chili macadamia scallops and scallop and oyster pies made with seafood from the top of the south.

"We even had a photo display of the fishermen that caught the scallops and blue cod," said owner Donna Wells.

She said Finestkind sold 1400 serves on Saturday, including 80 of the ceviche, 600 scallop dishes and 500 pies, along with shrimp cocktails. "It was really awesome and I'm very happy."

Finestkind is based at Port Nelson and deals in fish quota as well as selling freshly caught fish in New Zealand and Australia. Ms Wells is its only fulltime employee.

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- The Nelson Mail

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