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NZ Snail Ravioli Named Best In Auckland For The Monteith's Beer & Wild Food Challenge

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20 August 2008 - Auckland restaurant The Abbey has won the Auckland region formal category in the 11th Monteith's Beer & Wild Food challenge.

The Abbey served NZ snails with blue cheese ravioli for an entre, followed by smoked pigeon and wild mushroom risotto. The dishes were complemented by Monteith's New Zealand Lager and Monteith's Pilsner respectively.

Crocodile cakes, confit possum, and ostrich legs are just some of the key ingredients of Auckland dishes in the Monteith's Beer and Wild Food Challenge. The long-established competition has encouraged Kiwi diners to sample some of nature's best fare, expertly matched with a carefully crafted beer at their local restaurant, caf or bar.

The Challenge - believed to be the only one of its kind anywhere in the world - is now into its 11th year with a staggering 120 restaurants applying to be involved nationwide.

The Auckland regional informal category was won by The Villager who amazed diners with The Bush-Pig Boil-Up - roasted pork and watercress sausage stew matched with Monteith's Pilsner.

Monteith's senior brand manager Malcolm Everts says: "The Monteith's Beer & Wild Food Challenge is about celebrating some of our best food where the public would otherwise need to dive, catch or gather from the wild themselves. It's a great platform for chefs to pioneer new taste experiences for their customers."

Convenor of judges Kerry Tyack was impressed by the expert matching of beer and food throughout the competition, plus the continuing innovation, skill & creativity it inspires.

"Beer is an entirely credible match when it comes to complementing cuisine; in fact on some occasions it's more appropriate to match food with beer, rather than wine," Tyack says.

"When this Challenge started 11 years ago, New Zealanders had no idea how to match beer and food. Now, with more than a decade of effort from our top restaurants that mentality has begun to change and it is incredibly rewarding to see."

Monteith's has a wide beer range with brews to suit even the wildest meal and occasion.

The Auckland winner will compete for the national title to be announced at an awards dinner in Wellington on October 6.

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