I don’t normally talk about the competition, but with Gizzy food week kicking off tomorrow I thought I’d throw in a few cents worth on the great local foodies we should all celebrate this week.
Having been on the Gisborne hospitality scene for over 15 years, we know what it takes to stay above water in a tough industry, compounded by the unique challenges of our limited population, seasonal swings and provincial economic fortunes.
Often when I talk to customers and friends about eating out around the country and around the world, I hear enthusiasm for the latest food trends or ingredients that haven’t quite reached our corner of New Zealand. I hear of the dashing waiter who was taller, darker and handsomer or of the architectural interior of the smart new place, funded by a celebrity owner.
All these things are true and real and I enjoy them as much as anybody but are they any more than a holiday fling? By comparison, our local eateries, who serve you day in and day out for the rest of the year are a much more monogamous relationship. Anybody who’s been married for a while knows things are different in a long term relatonship, you may come to take the good for granted and focus on the flaws. Just be sure that the Ponsonby resident probably sees our empty parking spaces in a different light