• Articles by Stone Soup:

    • The Truth

      by Lottie Hedley Barbecue is a serious pastime in Texas. In Austin, folks line up outside the doors to Franklin Barbecue at six in the morning so they are first in when it opens at 11.

    • Wild Food Love

      By Angela Clifford As a family, we love mushroom hunting, and from open paddocks for ‘fieldies’ to forests for porcini, North Canterbury provides no end of habitat for adventure.


      a short story by Ruby White We were welcomed with overwhelming stillness. The house was perfect; thatched roof, mud walls, aged wind turbines turning lethargically in the garden. We knew we were in the right place when we saw the front door, a triple glazed shoji. With the Japanese sensibility radiating from everything, I felt […]

    • Good things grow

      What could be better as a chef than to have a direct relationship with the people who grow your produce and an influence over what they grow? Or as a grower committed to producing high-quality produce to have an assured market, which is passionate about what you do and how you do it? A sustainable […]


      Alesha Bilbrough-Collins of Christchurch’s BearLion Foods lays down a challenge to her fellow restaurateurs. I really have no idea where to start. Someone once told me when you’re trying to train staff, start with the negatives then end on the positives, so they take away something good and hopefully things will improve.

    • Brews before bros

      Alice Neville is a female human who likes to drink beer, and she’s just about had it up to here with your sexist shit. ‘Smash the beer patriarchy’ is a phrase I trot out good-naturedly whenever I encounter an example of everyday beer sexism — the likes of being immediately directed to the wine list […]

    • Slam, bam, no thank you Ma’am

      When your dumpling lands with a thud on your table William Chen finds out why service doesn’t always come with a smile at Asian eateries.

    • Immigration

      Finding good staff is no mean feat for restaurants in New Zealand. With much of our hospitality talent seeking experience abroad, we have a vacuum of local talent, which is eagerly filled by visitors from abroad.

    • Blue Nile

      By Martyn Pepperell “When people come here, we want them to feel like they’re transported to Ethiopia,” explains Iman Mahyup.

    • Where Restaurants Eat

      We like crowdsourcing information as well as funding at Stone Soup. And we like celebrating exceptional food as well as hidden gems. So we asked some questions of possibly the best source of information about where to eat, our country’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs.

    • Volume 6 – Hospitality

      “Don’t tell me what you ate. Tell me who you ate with.”

    • Bladecrafters: Zander Blades

      Stone Soup Syndicate Presents – Bladecrafters: a series of mini doco’s by brewery.studio which in this second installment introduces us to Zander Blades

    • Radishes

      Our friend Niva Kay from Pakaraka Permaculture has been learning film-making, and naturally turned her talents to the farm.

    • Sick Leave – podcast

      Sick Leave podcast: Honest and open discussions with Chef’s/leaders/owners/operators in the hospitality industry throughout New Zealand about their journeys with mental health, depression, and anxiety.  Hosted by Shaun K Anderson EP1 Mathew Fitzgerald, owner of Madame George bar & restaurant (Auckland) talks about his journey with depression and anxiety, the importance of exercise, and channelling aliens.

    • Bladecrafter: Marten ten Broek

      Stone Soup Syndicate presents the first in a series of short documentaries on New Zealand knife makers by Jacob Brown of brewery.studio

    • Back to my Roots

      Back to my Roots. Stone Soup films and Roots restaurant in Lyttelton made this documentary of the collaboration between Giulio and his Roots family and Andoni Luis Aduriz and his team from Mugaritz in San Sebastian in Spain, to celebrate Roots 5th anniversary. We’ve launched the film on the 20th anniversary of Mugaritz.

    • Hiakai > Monique Fiso

      Monique Fiso’s Hiakai project is currently taking on the world. We are very proud to have been there to document the beginning, to give people a glimpse into  Monique’s graft and determination and to give her the space to tell her story.

    • Rain & Shine

      Rain & Shine is a celebration of modern soul, disco, jazz and gospel records that are previously unreleased or have never been reissued.

    • Not just a load of crap

      By Sarah Smuts-Kennedy I have to confess I am already a fully signed-up cow-shit lover.

 – A celebration of Dead Wood

      by Anna Dadson Beneath the zigzag matrix of divaricating shrubs a layer of leaf litter reveals a microcosm of life in the first light of dawn. I can only just hear them rustle in the undergrowth

    • Pomegranate Tequila Sunset

      by Mark McAllister Tequila, it gets a bad wrap a lot of the time. I reckon for the same reason that people turn their nose up at foods they dislike, they’ve just had a bad experience with it.

    • Xuan’s Place

      By Kate Underwood – Relish the Memory I could go on all day about the rich, fragrant and laborious beef pho that awaits you at Try It Out, an Auckland restaurant serving up one of the best and most mispronounced noodle soups in the city. I could divulge the secret to their signature made-from-scratch broth,

    • Kevin Morris of Dante’s Pizzeria

      This issue we talk to Kevin Morris of Dante’s Pizzeria as we continue our journey through the hospitality world via nomination by our previous subject. Naomi Nakama of Takapuna’s ARK Coffee

    • The real food poisoning: Plastic in our food system

      By Anna Mathieson You’d have to be hiding under a rock if you hadn’t heard the freaky statistics about plastic pollution in the environment. Microbeads and microfibres in our waterways, plastic waste leaching toxic chemicals into our soil, more plastic by weight than fish in the sea by 2050