Monday, 05 November 2018 19:48

Heritage AKL first vegan accredited NZ

Heritage Auckland’s Hectors restaurant has been announced the very first New Zealand restaurant to achieve Vegan Certification by a new scheme created by the New Zealand Vegetarian Society.

The New Zealand Vegetarian Society is running the Vegan Certification programme in collaboration with the Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The certification is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

It involved a stringent and independent audit of every ingredient in the hotel’s Hectors restaurant plant-based menu range.

‘It took weeks of research to conduct a detailed examination of our suppliers’ ingredients that go into our vegan menus,’ says executive chef Gerrard O’Keefe.

The thoroughness of the New Zealand Vegetarian Society process proved a great discipline and their support is hard-earned, so it’s a huge honour to be the first restaurant to achieve their accreditation.’

Heritage Auckland began offering plant-based menu items in both its lobby cafe and Hectors restaurant in 2011.

The hotel has a regular ‘The Creative Kitchen – Meat Free Monday’ menu with new seasonal plant-based dishes each week.

The hotel also regularly hosts special events to celebrate vegan dining including World Vegetarian and World Vegan Day each year.

Hectors restaurant is open seven days and welcomes both in-house guests and casual diners and caters plant-based menus for conferences and weddings upon request.

A six-course plant-based meal will be available on Christmas Day. (Bookings are essential).