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Ponderings and musings on the topics of eating, drinking and sharing

Anything for cake and bubbles

Do we celebrate enough? There are moments in our lives we celebrate an awful lot: there’s the string of 21st, then weddings forever, then births but do we find enough reasons to celebrate beyond these set plays?  If celebration means cake, or bubbles, then both of those things are worth thinking up more memorable moments for.

50th birthdays. A trip to Italy. A completed degree. A child leaving home (finally!). Let’s pop a cork to that!

A new job. A new home. A new grandchild. A new puppy. Why not share cake with a friend to mark those occasions?

And let’s go even bigger on our yahoos. Cake isn’t always enough. Let’s have lunches, dinner parties, surprise morning teas. Let’s all shout each other flowers.

One of the nicest parts of doing what we do is witnessing celebrations in people’s lives. Today we helped a woman hide a bouquet in order to surprise her friend after they shared brunch together. Often we don’t know what the celebration marks. But it’s a simple privilege to see the happy faces, the big smiles, yes sometimes a tear or two. Your celebrations become the warm moments in our working day, it’s a nice thing to be part of.

Unique Shopping Treat

We are very excited to see what’s possible when we put an event in the new Parlour Projects space next door. Sunday 22nd May we are collaborating with Milo & Mitzy to put the SHOP into WORKSHOP!!

Guest speaker Claudia Zinzan from Father Rabbit will present a workshop on running and expanding an online business, there will be a high tea from the Picnic with a Rod McDonald Wines rose on arrival.

The shopping part of the afternoon will be provided by five boutique stalls. Usually found only online, these five providers will share their wares with you. Enjoy a special shopping treat, with a glass of wine in your hand – what could be better?

Sunday 22 May 2-5pm. Cash bar available. $75 pp from Opera Kitchen or email info@operakitchen.co.nz to secure your ticket.

Food and Wine Classic in Hawke’s Bay

Twice a year we get involved in FAWC in Hawke’s Bay. It’s an intense month long showcase of food and wine, where wineries and eateries get creative and pull out all the stops to give people a good time. Winter FAWC creates a month of excuses to get off the couch and out into the world, and it’s a great antidote to the winter blues.

This Winter FAWC we have three FAWC events. One has sold out already – our sourdough workshops – if you missed out we hope you will get to sign up to some other great treats, or perhaps we will see you next year. Our other workshop focuses on everyone’s best friend, CHOCOLATE. This workshop is very close to selling out so don’t hesitate, book here to be part of it. We are running it twice: Friday 3rd and Friday 10th June.

Our third event is a pretty special two-parter on Friday 17th June. We are focusing on Californian wines and food. We have Brendan Nash from purveyors of fine wines Dhall and Nash presenting on the characteristics of Californian wines and how they compare to Hawke’s Bay wines. Then we will serve up a delicious spread of Californian inspired cuisine. You are able to book for both parts of the event or just one. But, believe us when we say, it’s better together!

California Cruising will be held in Hastings’ newest space: Parlour Projects. This event will introduce you to this versatile gallery space that can be used for private dinners, with Opera Kitchen providing the catering. Parlour Projects is right next door to the newly reopened Opera Kitchen in Hastings.

 

TEA FOR ME

Ten o’clock: coffee time. Thin columns of people exit offices in search of the bean. It’s grey outside and the urge seems keener. But it’s not always the bean they’re after, sometimes it’s the leaf: the tea leaf.

There’s a romance to drinking tea, a tradition and a ritual. And it’s therapeutic. Whatever ails you there’s a tea to treat it. Relaxing, energising, sleeping, detoxing, each has its own tea-remedy.

This morning we celebrated tea in a small but important way by carefully placing our new tea caddies and tea cups on the shelves at the newly opened Opera Kitchen.

Our teas are by Storm and India, an exciting artisanal tea distributor run by Auckland-based sisters Storm and India Bellamy.

The cups and saucers are from Rachel Carley, also in Auckland. As well as being aesthetically lovely these pieces have a rich back story based on the academic pursuits of their maker in design, form and architecture.

Both the vessel and the tea itself are a treat to have and to savour, it’s an experience in itself and a special element of our new Opera Kitchen, one we are really pleased to put in pride of place.

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