New venture for Russley Rd


The team at Taste Events that runs the Christchurch Farmers' Market at Riccarton Bush have opened their newest venture, Passengers + Co, at 92 Russley Rd. A big part of the experience is the deli cabinet, fully stocked with breakfast croissants, duck crepes, filled ciabatta with lemon chicken and house smoked salmon, macarons, and truffles. Homemade brioche and gnocchi are specialities. Open from 7am Mon-Fri with evening dining available Wed-Friday.


An Italian tradition has made its way to Christchurch. Ris'tretto Cafe is supporting the Global Suspended Coffees Initiative where people pay in advance for a coffee for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. How it works is that you purchase two coffees, you take one and leave the other to be held as a "Suspended Coffee". This is given to someone in need who comes in and asks if there are any "Suspended Coffees" available. It's a tradition of goodwill, says Ris'tretto Cafe owner Madeleine de Jong. "It's kindness in a cup." 670 Barbadoes St. See the Facebook page.


Gibbston Valley Winery has opened a new Mediterranean-style delicatessen cafe and cellar door experience in Arrowtown. After a six-week refurbishment of one of the township's historic buildings, chief executive Greg Hunt says they've brought back the old days of the gold mining town. "The store is styled with an historic theme and materials with an array of homemade goods available for take-away or dining in," he says.


Vegetarian Christchurch has brought the Forks Over Knives debate to Christchurch. The movie is being shown on Saturday, July 6, at the Canterbury Horticultural Centre, South Hagley Park. $5 charge includes movie, dessert, tea and coffee. Ph 03 940 9483 or email for more information.


Saint Clair Family Estate's Pioneer Block 22, Barn Block Pinot Noir 2011 has won Best Pinot Noir at the Shanghai International Wine Challenge, the only New Zealand wine company to win a gold medal. Saint Clair has won medals in previous years for its chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

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