• Owner Jo Williams.

Easy meal solutions for good food lovers

Who doesn’t love to have great tasting food on the table? Even if you haven’t time to cook yourself, Jojos Gourmet can solve that problem.

Now well-established on Kitchener Road in Milford Village, Jojos Gourmet (previously Madame Jojo’s – new name, same team), this kitchen and retail store is a sight for the senses from the moment you walk in the door and receive a warm welcome.

Jo Williams, Cathe and the team are there to make your life easier without compromising on good, healthy food for you and your family and friends. No need for greasy takeaways when you have a tempting array of ready to heat and eat savoury dishes, colourful salads, fresh, crusty breads and delicious sweet slices to take home.

You certainly take a trip around the world at Jojos Gourmet with a variety of cuisines in the savoury selections and in the salads. New Peruvian chef Sigrid will be adding even more international flair and the menu is always changing up as Jo comes across new recipes and ideas. And did we mention their 'famous on the Shore' bran muffins and good, strong Atomic coffee for morning tea?

Jo told us: “There has been a shift in customers preferring more plant-based meal choices, even if they are not strictly non-meat eaters themselves. They are wanting fresher, healthier food so even our freezer meals reflect these preferences. And if you have just one vegan in the family, for example, you can pick up a meal portion, like our vegan lasagne, for them alone.”

The weekly hand-written menu is posted on the window for easy perusal on what’s available each day of that week. Or you can opt-in to receive their fun newsletter to help in your meal planning with the odd joke sprinkle or pinch of trivia thrown in.

Jojos Gourmet is currently changing out their packaging and reducing plastic, including no more single use plastic bags.

As Christmas approaches, bringing seasonal entertaining with it, the demand for Jo’s SPCA-approved glazed hams increases. They are taking ham orders now for pre-Christmas parties and for Christmas Day itself. Salads can be ordered too for your staff picnic, barbecue, or lunch and their Christmas Banquet menu is a steal at just $25 per person. Including the glazed ham, condiments, a selection of salads, fresh bread and sweet slices, why would you do it yourself?

Christmas cakes bursting with delicious fruit mix from artisan bakery Little Cake Kitchen are also available for pre-ordering either for serving on Christmas Day or for a gourmet gift.

Jojos Gourmet will be open Christmas Eve for order pick-ups then between Christmas and New Year. Your New Year’s Eve party catering can be solved too with some delicious finger foods available for order, as well as the ham and salads.

Make sure you get your ham, Christmas cake or catering orders in early to avoid missing out. If you aren’t sure of quantities, just give the team at call, or email them to ask.

Meanwhile, tonight, my daughter is having the vegetarian Mexican Burrito while I’m going for the ever-popular beef and pork version, slow cooked, pulled and combined with…, well that part’s a secret, but I’m assured the spicy flavours are robust! Adding a side of salad, we are good to go. Easy.

Jojos Gourmet, 89 Kitchener Road, Milford 09 486 5711
Email: madamejojosmilford@outlook.com or visit www.madamejojo.co.nz

Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9-3pm.

Issue 93 November 2018