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Entertaining in Style with the Australian Women's Weekly

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Episode 1: The Long Italian Lunch

Entertaining in Style with The Australian Women's Weekly on TVNZ Heartland

Episode 1: The Long Italian Lunch

Sandy is a breast cancer survivor who volunteers for many organisations in the Tauranga area. Giving freely of her time and energy, shes making a big difference to many people on a daily basis. Now its time for her to be on the receiving end.

With an Italian heritage,Sandy adores Italy and all it has to offer especially the food.  Returning to Italy is on Sandys wish list, but in the meantime, Sandys daughter Janine has decided to hold a Long Italian Lunch in Auckland, bringing together immediate family and close friends.

With the assistance of the EIS team of experts, Janines lounge is transformed into a glamorous dining room, Sandy gets an amazing makeover, and we surprise her with a celebrity guest. Finally we serve five delicious courses of Italian cuisine. 


Jo Seagar says the great thing about a long Italian Lunch is making the courses small and simple and lots of them, allowing guests the time to really relax and enjoy themselves good food, wine and company makes for a great event& 

The Menu&

Antipasto Platters

  • Rock Melon wrapped in Prosciutto
  • Semi-dried Tomatoes
  • Salami
  • Caper Berries
  • Green Stuffed Olives
  • Black Stuffed Olives
  • Crostini & Bread with Olive Oil for Dipping

Tomato & Mozzarella

Chicken Involtini with Roasted Potatoes & Pears

Figs & Blue Cheese drizzled with Honey

Individual Tiramisu


Every Tuesday and Thursday during the school term, Sandy volunteers for this national initiative, helping to serve breakfast to children at Merivale School. 

Melvile is a Decile 1 school. Sandy (and her colleague) serve up the sponsored breakfast products in the School Librarys kitchen between 0800 0850. It is an open to any of the schools children with numbers served varying between 35 80 per day.

Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust

The Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust was formed in 1991 to offer support, education, information and resources to women diagnosed with breast cancer in the Bay of Plenty area.

All of the Trust's volunteer support visitors are survivors of breast cancer and are trained to International Reach to Recovery standards.    


HOURS: 9.00am - 12.30pm   

Mon - Fri (after-hours phone available)


For those in less fortunate circumstances by providing basic nutritional food from the Fullstop van which drives a different route through Tauranga six nights a week.

The long-term goal is to provide more than a meal - it is to provide friendship, trust and a listening ear.

Contact:  07 548 0398 or