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Summer Menu Update & other adventures

Summer Menu Update & other adventures

Update

So since my last blog post – when I got back from New York – its been an exciting start to summer.  And we’ve just launched a new summer update to our menu. And I just want to say thanks to everyone who’s emailed, facebooked and popped into the (very hot) kitchen and said “Hi” after reading the first blogs 🙂

I’ll let you know about the update – and a quick note about how summer began for me!

Wedding Adventure

So, as well as getting to know everyone a bit better I’ve also had the privilege of leaving the kitchen in the hands of  the rest of the hard working team while I snuck to Akaroa for 4 days.

I was best man for my great old friend -Steve who I’ve spent many historic hours producing great tasting food with: Steve (the taller and hairier guy in the picture…).. Best moment of the wedding was (picture this) the best man, groom and groomsmen taking over table service at a wedding of 100+ people in Akaroa – that was us.. hospitality is a way of life!   If you want to hear more about that adventure, hit me up at Five Stags (it was a hoot!)…

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Me with Steve (Steve is the taller hairier one)

The Summer Menu Journey

The wedding was HOT and busy and I feel like Summer has unofficially only just began! So we’ve launched a summer menu update..

If you’ve read my other posts or talked to some of the locals – you’ll know we’re going through an exciting evolution..

I’ve said before – that food is a journey… the exciting difference is now that I’m sharing my food journey with you – in my own area – in my own business!

We’ve really worked hard to create our menu.  And this latest menu update is based on many deep and meaningful conversations.. trials, tastes and a big-old survey!

What everyone told us…

I could tell you some fancy stats from our survey completed by over 300 people. But its not much different from… or should I say… Just confirms what you learn from just talking to 3 or 4 different tables of great locals on any given night.

It’s not Black and White – we need to constantly talk to our guests.

I’ll let Kerry my business partner explain a bit more of the numbers from the survey…

Kerry: Rangiora and greater North Canterbury has this real mix (about 50/50) of people who want and expect “Casual” style of dining Vs people who want refined or flavors. Over 90% of people in the region have mortgages – and deserve paying fair prices too. Value is a real consideration for people these days.  So its continuing to get feedback to find the right mix of  “Casual” meets “Refined”.  That’s what getting it right has been for us.

“Value is a real consideration for people these days”

But back to me…As most of you know by now – I’m a local boy – and my parents live out here.   As we listen to more locals – we feel like we are starting to really learn what Rangiora wants.

And when it comes to who wants what?  We’ve found that people want to decide when they arrive.   That’s all part of the experience.

And then I love for people to try new things – I’m always excited to hear about a regular local who’s giving something new a go.  A new food experience.  And waiting with anticipation to hear their feedback… that’s when I get my most valuable feedback.

Getting it right for that local is what gives us the confidence to launch new menu’s 🙂

So as Restaurant owners we need to carefully balance value, flavor, taste, familiarity and variation. To get that balance of Casual and Refined Kerry mentioned, just right..

What you’ll see and taste on this update?

You’ll be pleased to know – nothings really been taken off the menu… We’ve just added what you want – and how you want it!

And we’ve reduced some prices where we could – because we’re selling more > we can charge less. Simple.

For those who love the ease, value (and wow that we bring it) of “casual”: We’ve included the Chicken Snitz and Chicken Filo on – as well as Seafood Chowder and Rump Steak…

And some exciting new options we would like you to try.. including the Ceviche, oysters and jerk chicken salad which match up well with your favourite wine!

Oh and here’s a link to the new menu for you to check our before you pop in 🙂

[click here – this is the link to the new menu]

Check out the gallery of some pic’s i snapped on my phone…

Email me if you have any questions about anything to do with food 🙂

jbunea@gmail.com

 

Sweet, Jay.

If you haven’t seen my other posts, take a look below.

  1. Meet Jay – my introduction blog post
  2. Summer Menu Update & Other Adventures

 

Back from a Trip to New York

Back from a Trip to New York

Back from New York

Back home in North Canterbury and its great to be home!

I was in New York for 3 weeks and I wanted to share some of my pics of some of the things that I thought were interesting 🙂

So here’s my run down..

My Top 5 Best Bits from New York

  1. Seeing Family in New York (my brother lives there)
  2. Experiencing the diversity of the food – its just done right, eating out is part of the lifestyle.. because it’s such good value and they work hard to do it right..
  3. The New York Scenery!
  4. The Oysters – you can buy them EVERYWHERE… I love Oysters.
  5. New Yorkers are obsessed with Kiwi’s (New Zealanders) – I don’t know if it’s our accents or laid-back style but its a fact!  If they keep up the good food – I’ll keep on being obsessed with them.

 

“New Yorkers are obsessed with Kiwi’s!”

“Oysters.. Ceviche Seafood Salad… New Zealand Green Lipped Mussells”

 

 

Actually, one of the most hilarious interaction was talking to someone selling “New Zealand Bluff Oysters” – that clearly weren’t even an NZ species of oyster!  And you won’t convince a New Yorker who knows they are right!?  All of the oysters were amazing though..

 

If you haven’t seen my other posts, take a look below.

  1. Meet Jay – my introduction blog post

 

Meet Jay – Five Stags Rangiora

Meet Jay – Five Stags Rangiora

 

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Family is really important to me

Hi, I’m Jay!

New to the place a couple of months ago I pulled my camera out and posted a clip to introduce myself.

But this picture really sums me up…

It’s me baking cookies with my niece.  Food and Family… that’s really what’s important to me. It’s family that inspires me to cook. Mum was a Hospo-Queen in her day and Dad was playing in bands around Canterbury and Internationally.  I was always surrounded by hospitality and music. Mum and Dad live in North Canterbury so its amazing to still be so close to them!

 

 

Its the people that make the place work

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Time has really flown in my first few months here. I really think its because I put my heart and soul into what I do.  So yeah, days and weeks have just flown by!

I’m someone who does things to the fullest, I naturally have lots of energy, but it’s really my team who gives me my fuel!  Writing this blog is a great chance for me to show appreciation for Manish (Head Chef), Kapil (Jr Sous), Haruka, Alex, Charlotte my business partner Kerry and the rest of the team who have shared every moment of this Journey with me – its the people that make the place work in my opinion.

Hard work and dedication to our mission is the key.  And that has never changed in my years working with great people who have lead me here.  Like the Murdoch family at the Carlton (pre and post earthquake) where I soaked up a lot about the business side of hospitality.


We’re on a journey and I really want North Canterbury to join us

If the last 6 months are anything to go by the next 6 months are going to be a blast!

Getting to know what Rangiora and North Canterbury wants from a Restaurant has been a real learning curve for me – which I’ll share in another blog post!  We’re on a journey and I really want North Canterbury to join us.

And the simple answer to any questions about my Journey here so far are –  “I’ve dreamed about this since I was a kid” – fueling a great community with my food.


 

My Top 3’s

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Hobbies

  1. Everything Food!
  2. Golf
  3. Art (I like Drawing), Reading, Documentaries, Shopping (Butcheries, Supermarkets not retail haha)!!

My Important Things

  1. Family
  2. Work / Career
  3. The Future!
  4. Food culture

 

“Food is an endless Journey – Food is a feeling”

One thing I want people to know about me is that I think food is a feeling..

Let me explain..

For me it’s about using every ingredient to its fullest.. understanding and appreciating food on a spiritual level. Everything that makes up the team and everything we know is driven by a true passion of food.  What I’ve learn’t in my career… from my family..

Working with hundreds of different chefs throughout my career and all the people who inspire me to believe that balance is the key – the balance between flavors and textures.. paintings and sculptures.  Understanding different cuisines, cultures and communities and striving for the best possible product that customers deserve.

Hard work and dedication is the key

I believe its my mission now is to continue to lead my team as the owner of a business. And as part of a growing community I feel like its my role to master getting the balance right.. its not just about making the painting pretty – its about listening to the community.. and translating that onto a plate that can bring friends and family together.  Hard work and dedication to the mission is the key.

Like the great Dwayne the Rock Johnson once said “It’s nice to be important – but its more important to be nice”…

So next time your in Five Stags – feel free to poke your head into the kitchen and say “Hi” to me!

-Sweet 🙂

Jay

 

If you haven’t seen my other posts, take a look below.

  1. Back from a trip to New York – check out the inspiration from New York

 

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Fundraising Quiz Nights?

Fundraising Quiz Nights?

Have a fundraiser quiz night!

How it works

You hold a Quiz Night at our place.

100% of ticket sales go to your cause!

What we provide:

  • Free venue for hosting the quiz’s from 5.30pm on a Monday or Tuesday
  • All of the quiz resources and materials
  • $150 worth of Restaurant vouchers to use as prizes
  • Free designing and printing of tickets

What you provide:

  • Decide how much you want to charge for tickets
  • A host/M.C. for the event for the evening
  • Decide on a Day for your fundraiser event
  • Book in your event with us
  • Provide 2 x helpers to count points and help out during the event
  • Sell the tickets and raise the funds!

Five Stags Rangiora

Re‐Style Me Team

Re‐Style Me Team

Dear Kerry,

Well I am delighted to say our event for the ladies of North Canterbury was a huge success!

We have had amazing feedback and a great night was had by all who attended. We also raised $20,000 for our wonderful school!

I wanted to thank‐you so very much for your contribution to our 370 Goodie Bags which were fabulous and a huge hit with the ladies.

I sincerely hope your generous support brings business and recognition your way, I’m sure it will.

Once again thank‐you.

Regards

Karlie

(for the Re‐Style Me Team)

Karlie Benney

Karlie Benney

Re‐Style Me Team