Summary of July Event - Sizzling Summer Weather, Food and Wine

Kia Ora,
Two weeks on from the Modern Pantry Dinner and all I can think about is
the Te Mara Pinot Gris. Should any other member of the network be as obsessed with that wine as me I will remind you that the only place - aside from some
of London's best restaurants and Air NZ Business Class - that you can
access this wine is to order a case of 6 bottles online at www.temaraestate.com.
Summary of the evening
Our July event was held in the first floor dining area at the Modern Pantry located in Clerkenwell www.themodernpantry.co.uk on a hot London Monday.
Following a welcome drink and networking 36 (thirsty) New Zealand women took their places in anticipation of the gourmet food and wine to come.
Maggie Eyre, Professional Presentation Coach, introduced Janiene Bayliss, owner of Te Mara Estate and our speaker for the evening. The staff at the Modern Pantry were spot-on in serving both the wines and 2 courses, specially designed by Anna Hansen.
The menu on the night was:
Smokey grilled aubergine, yuzu, soy, chilli  & ginger dressing, crispy shallots
Te Mara 2008 Pinot Gris
Roast chicken, mole rojo sauce, samphire
Te Mara 2008 Pinot Noir
Janiene spoke about her vineyard and elegant wines, and the entertaining and professional summary of what we were drinking and tasting was enlightening. Janiene gave advice on what to serve these exceptional NZ wines with:  The Pinot Gris compliments a meal with a spot of spice particularly well, and the Pinot Noir was bit of a 'cross dresser' looking decidedly red, but thinking it's a white, and is a safe bet to serve with most main meals.
Following dinner Janiene shared with us a more personal story about her background as an international brand strategist, how she worked for a year on her own distinctly NZ brand, and also gave us an insight into exactly how much investment, planning and hard work you need to put in to sell your wine and be awarded a prestigious 98 points from Robert Parker.
Three women presented their business and themselves to the network;
Wendy Kerr introduced her Business Breakthrough Now www.business-breakthrough-now.com
Romy Brandeis spoke about the New Zealand Society www.nzsociety.co.uk
Jane Everett introduced TheMIGroup, www.themigroup.com
A prize draw followed with some great giveaways. A huge thank you to the women who contributed to the night, and the companies who donated door prizes to support us.
Dinner for two from the Modern Pantry www.themodernpantry.co.uk
Te Mara Estate Wine www.temaraestate.com
A stunning greenstone necklace from Auckland University of Technology www.aut.ac.nz
A collection of books by Janet Frame, from Women's Press.
Books can be bought at Kiwifruits, located behind NZ House www.kiwifruitsnzshop.com
The proceeds from all book sales will be used to raise public awareness and promote scholarship in the writings of Janet Frame, and to sponsor a blue plaque on her primary residence in London.
Tickets for two to the NZ Society Summer drinks on Thursday 29 July www.nzsociety.co.uk
We finished the night with a networking noticeboard; a concept that will continue to encourage making those critical connections you are looking for within the network. With good food and wine in our bellies departed nourished, and having met a new face or two.
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey, if anyone has anything to add please follow this link:
Up and coming events
September Networking Dinner
Our next event will be held on the evening of Monday 6th September. Founder of the NZ Business Women's Network Bronwen Horton will be back from her four-month adventure around Europe, and we have a divine restaurant and fabulous speaker lined up. Stay tuned for details!
Pathways to writing with Maggie Eyre and Mary Fenwick
Friday 23rd July 2010 - A one day intensive, but gentle, workshop for women combines writing and coaching skills, so that you not only get words on paper - or on screen - but you take away your own personal tool-kit to keep motivated.
Train travel, and all food and drink are included - plus there's an optional glass or two of champagne at the end. The cost is £397 per person. Includes train travel, and all food and drink free copy of The Strengths Book from the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology.
Breaking Gender Stereotypes - Calling professional women who have left the corporate world and are now entrepreneurs!
Join New Zealand's Sarah Gibbs, CEO and Founder of Trilogy Skincare Products, and share your views. Take the survey here: _http://www.bidiversity.com/survey/index.php?sid=78591
Follow us on twitter!
Check out our tweets for London / NZ events, discounts from Kiwi Kate and NZBWN news at www.twitter.com/nzwomen.

Modern_Pantry_Wine_ServingTwo weeks on from the Modern Pantry Dinner and all I can think about is the Te Mara Pinot Gris. Should any other member of the network be as obsessed with this wine as me I will remind you that the only place - aside from some of London's best restaurants and Air NZ Business Class - that you can access it is to order a case of 6 bottles online at www.temaraestate.com.

Summary of the evening
Our July event was held in the first floor dining area at the Modern Pantry located in Clerkenwell, on a hot London Monday. Following a welcome drink and networking 36 (thirsty) New Zealand women took their places in anticipation of the gourmet food and wine to come. Maggie Eyre, Professional Presentation Coach, introduced Janiene Bayliss, owner of Te Mara Estate and our speaker for the evening. The staff at the Modern Pantry were spot-on in serving both the wines and two courses, specially designed by Anna Hansen.

Our menu on the night:
Smokey grilled aubergine, yuzu, soy, chilli & ginger dressing, crispy shallots
Served with Te Mara 2008 Pinot Gris

Roast chicken, mole rojo sauce, samphire
Served with Te Mara 2008 Pinot Noir

Janiene spoke about her vineyard and elegant wines, and the entertaining and professional summary of what we were drinking and tasting was enlightening. Her advice included what to serve these exceptional NZ wines with. Pinot Gris compliments a meal with a spot of spice particularly well, and Pinot Noir being a bit of a 'cross dresser' looking decidedly red, but thinking it's a white, is a safe bet to serve with most main courses.

modernpantry_temara2

Following dinner Janiene shared a more personal story of her background as an international brand strategist, how she worked for a year on her own distinctly NZ brand, and also gave us an insight into exactly how much investment, planning and hard work you need to put in to sell your wine and be awarded a prestigious 98 points from Robert Parker.

Three women made snappy three minute introductions the network:
Wendy Kerr introduced her Business Breakthrough Now www.business-breakthrough-now.com
Romy Brandeis spoke about the New Zealand Society www.nzsociety.co.uk
Jane Everett introduced TheMIGroup www.themigroup.com

A prize draw followed with some great giveaways. A huge thank you to the women who contributed to the night, and the companies who donated door prizes.
The Modern Pantry www.themodernpantry.co.uk
Te Mara Estate www.temaraestate.com
Maggie Eyre www.maggieeyre.com
The NZ Society www.nzsociety.co.uk
Auckland University of Technology www.aut.ac.nz
Women's Press / Janet Frame Books. These can be bought at Kiwifruits, located behind NZ House www.kiwifruitsnzshop.com
The proceeds from all book sales will be used to raise public awareness and to sponsor a blue plaque on Janet Frame's primary residence in London.


The night finished with a networking noticeboard; a concept that will continue to encourage building those critical connections you are looking for within the network. We departed nourished, by good food, wine and company.

What's the Goss?