Viva’s ultimate Takeout Food Winner this year is, Bevan Kaan’s Dragonfired Artisan Woodfired Food which can be found at Little Oneroa Beach on Waiheke Island. Kaan is one of Auckland’s most respected macrobiotic chefs, and the fact that he serves takeaways makes him all the more intriguing. Now Kaan received a mention this time last year, and since then we’ve seen his business go from strength to strength. Not only has he a whole new pimped-out food trailer – inspired by the elements of earth, wind, metal, fire, air and complete with a taniwha carved over the oven – but he has fine-tuned his select menu and added in a few new treats, like the beef steak pocket with handmade tomato salsa and locally grown salad.
“Macrobiotics is about creating one peaceful world,” explains Kaan. And though his street food is not macrobiotic itself, his business is based on the same principles – “using whole foods, local organic produce that is nutritionally dense and making it with thought and love”. In a trailer that is run without power, Kaan works closely with his right-hand man, Argentinian Pablo Baldo whose family owned a wood-fired bakery and who trained as an apprentice in the world famous kitchen of Ferran Adria’s Spanish restaurant elBulli.
Together they create Italian pizza bases and Mexican bread pockets which are all organic, and top them with an array of fresh ingredients, while the North Italian organic polenta plate is made with gluten-free cornmeal. This is served with seasonal greens, olives, artichokes, feta cheese, capers and salsa.
Food aside, being 10 steps from the sandy beach of Little Oneroa makes Dragonfired the perfect place to stock up for a picnic lunch or dinner. We suggest you grab a bottle of wine and pick a spot by the rocks and watch the setting sun, safe in the knowledge that what you’re feeding your body – and soul – is all good.