Savour A Tasting Menu & More Fun Things For The Weekend
Delicious programmes abound, from menus for sweet-and-sour cocktails and vegan banquets, to red-hot film screenings
Dine out this weekend (and every weekend this month)
Auckland's sizzlingly good Restaurant Month is upon us, with a wealth of culinary delights on offer each day as restaurants plate up specially designed menus ranging from $25, $40 and $55+. There's a five-course tasting menu at Sid Sahrawat favourite Cassia, a two-course lunch or dinner at seafood specialists kingi (think antipasti and blue cod with buttered curry, mussels and coriander), and a three-course vegan banquet at top spot Cafe Hanoi, complete with crispy eggplant, lemon-braised tofu, and banana-filled dark chocolate bombe options. Peruse Heartofthecity.co.nz/restaurant-month and book your spot.
Support a good cause
Fashion designer Adrienne Winkelmann’s signature tailoring and evening dresses have proved a winning formula for its clientele of high-powered women, from surgeons and lawyers to business leaders and politicians. To make room for a new chapter in its more than 40-year history, its flagship Chancery store in Auckland is undergoing a refurbishment to usher in a new era for the business.
To mark the occasion, for the month of August, donated vintage Winkelmann pieces and sample pieces will be available to purchase from the 12 O’Connell St base. All proceeds from donated items, and 10 per cent of proceeds from sample sale items, will go to the Starship Foundation. Find yourself a stylish treasure and give to a good cause at the same time. The pop-up runs until August 26. Adriennewinkelmann.co.nz
Watch a flick
Haven't checked out the New Zealand International Film Festival programme? This weekend there's Aftersun, starring Normal People star Paul Mescal, a documentary on American writer Kurt Vonnegut, two screenings of Palm d'Or winner Triangle of Sadness, weekend getaway horror Speak No Evil and much more. View the full programme at Nziff.co.nz
Attend a complimentary beauty masterclass at DFS
Ever wanted to learn the secrets of crafting the perfect brow arch? Or tips on how to layer your skincare without it pilling? For the month of August, DFS is hosting The Foundations Of Beauty, a bookable, one-on-one beauty school every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. The interactive experience is designed to both educate and empower shoppers while showcasing DFS’ suite of premium beauty brands including YSL, Giorgio Armani and Guerlain. Every complimentary session includes a 50-minute tutorial for two people, including a skincare analysis, brow grooming and professional makeover tips and tricks, along with a glass of champagne. And if you’re lucky enough to book a session during “happy hour” (1-5pm) you’ll enjoy a delicious cocktail instead. To reserve your spot, visit Thefoundationsofbeauty.eventbrite.co.nz
See Sigur Ros
Icelandic three-piece rock band Sigur Ros are playing at Spark Arena this weekend as part of their 2022 world tour. Listen to their discography, then make for the stadium. Tickets are available via Livenation.co.nz
Have a Champagne brunch
To mark the 75th anniversary of Coronet Peak, Queenstown, Champagne house G.H. Mumm is toasting to the occasion with a series of dining experiences throughout August, from brunch at Heidi's Hut overlooking the slopes to a delectable long lunch featuring a fashion parade, to a black-tie gala dinner. Capacity for each event is limited, so get in quick. For more information, and to secure your tickets, visit Coronetpeak.co.nz