Wow, it’s been a hectic few weeks for Stu and I as we reflect on Maina’s first year and taking Stu back to his culinary roots as part of a trip to Melbourne for the annual stunning food show.

Maine Food for food loversFor Stu, being in Melbourne and visiting Elgin in particular, was his food genesis, so for us to make that trip back was special. We so enjoyed the Italian restaurants, bistros and other ethnic based eateries owned by generations of the same family. They remind us of the same family spirit and embodiment we believe Maina exudes in the spirit of hospitality and how we aim for it to run through the coming generations of our family.

The fine Italian baking, the Cannoli was just divine and refined; the pastries, the homemade Turkish Delight and the new artisan drinks such as the Espresso Martinis and the raft of Limón cello were highlights of the food show for us, and I’m pleased to say reinforced to us that our baking is very much in concert with international trends.

Maina is Maori and used as a name means ‘past, present and future’, but not so long ago, a customer gave us the meaning of Maina that when used in a sentence is ‘to light a fire’.

For us this was a piece of gold, as we reflected on Maina’s first year, where we’ve been and our ambitions for the future – all based on family, community and connectivity.

We’ve always seen Maina as the house – for our family and our family community of staff and customers; a warm and friendly place to connect, to smile and enjoy company as bread is broken, laughs and loves exchanged and new opportunities explored, friendships born and rekindled.

We’ve so valued the relationships we’ve established in the first year, we’ve loved presenting amazing flavours, tastes and food experiences and great coffee created and served by our incredible team and we hope that within you our offering has lit the fire of superb hospitality.