Culprit is rolling out a new corporate lunch menu. Photo / Supplied

News Bites: The Latest Food & Drink News To Snack On

Don't miss Daily Bread's new home deliveries and Ima's big ten year birthday bash

NEW OPENINGS

General Kai has opened on Dominion Rd off the back of the popularity of their pan-Asian fare previously served as food truck Kai Eatery. Stop by for a round of fried chicken and beer. 921 Dominion Rd, Mount Roskill

Épicer in Ponsonby offers a modern take on Indian cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural, and crafted cocktails. 10 Ponsonby Rd

Épicer has spiced up Ponsonby with a modern take on Indian cuisine. Photos / Supplied

The General is open for lunch and dinner by head chef Jacopo Crosti (ex-The Grove, Beirut) with a touch of molecular gastronomy on the menu. 33 Shortland St, CBD 

Duck Island Ice Cream is set to open its newest scoop shop in Ponsonby this Friday. We can't wait for the delicious and inventive icecream any time of the day. The vegan and dairy free options are also a treat. 82 Ponsonby Rd

DON'T MISS

Daily Bread Home Deliveries 
Daily Bread is spreading the sourdough lovin’ further across town with home delivery now available. Customers can order online to stock up on weekly staples — bread, pastries, granola, house-made pickles and condiments — with delivery for select North Shore suburbs on Wednesdays and select Auckland central suburbs on Thursdays. Delivery is free for orders of more than $50. Topping things off is new Friday pizza nights (5pm-9pm) serving sourdough wood-fire pizzas and soft-serve vegan icecream, plus a full wine and beer list.
Where: 1210 Great North Rd, Point Chevalier   Visit: Dailybread.co.nz

(From left) Home deliveries of Daily Bread is now available; Vote for your favourite local cheese. Photo / Supplied

Culprit's New Lunch Menu 
Culprit is rolling out new a lunch menu ideal for a quick and tasty corporate lunch. The menu features pork terrine with sourdough, Cloudy Bay clam pasta, flat-iron steak, ciabatta sandwiches, and desserts of matcha panna cotta and Eton mess. For those looking for a longer lunchall dishes can be purchased separately. $25 for two-courses or $37 for three.
When: Monday-Friday, 11.30am-2.30pm   Where: 12 Wyndham St

Vote for Cheese 
From aged cheddar to holy halloumi; the search is now on to crown New Zealand's top cheese of the year. The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards will take place on Monday March 25 with 280 entries including more Italian-style and sheep milk cheeses expected to make a big splash. Cheese lovers can have their say by voting their favourite local speciality cheese retailer over the next few weeks at Nzsca.org.nz 

BOOK IN 

Women in Wine
Gusto at The Grand will host four renowned New Zealand female winemakers in celebration of International Women’s Day. The evening will hear from Helen Masters of Ata Rangi, Martinborough; Vic Tutton of Boneline Wines, Wairarapa; Ursula Schwarzenbach of Blackenbrook Vineyard; and Katherine Jacobs of Big Sky Wines, Martinborough. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner matched with wines from the hosts’ wineries. 
When: Friday, March 8, 6.30pm-9.30pm   Where: 90 Federal St   Tickets: $120 at reservations@gustoatthegrand.co.nz

The Vodka Room will host a luxury Russian High Tea for International Women's Day. Photo / Supplied

Russian High Tea 
The Vodka Room will take cue from Russia to celebrate International Women’s Day (a public holiday in the Motherland) and offer a luxury Russian high tea with caviar and Champagne over the weekend. The onsite karaoke rooms are also available for any Destiny's Child feels.
When: Friday March 8 – Sunday March 10   Book: From $50 including 10 sweet and savoury items. Visit Vodkaroom.co.nz 

Kelmarna Harvest Festival
Kelmarna Garden’s Harvest Festival fires up this Sunday with chefs from Orphans Kitchen, Cazador, Paris Butter and Culprit cooking a garden-inspired barbecue menu. Along with gardening workshops, live music, and a new Stone Soup Syndicate 'Food Matters’ discussion tent featuring talks from local growers and chefs. All proceeds will go towards Kelmarna Gardens’ educational and therapeutic work.
When: Free entry on Sunday March 10, 10am-3pm   Where: 12 Hukanui Cres, Grey Lynn   Visit: Kelmarnagardens.nz to book a wood-fired lunch meal and workshops.

Kelmarna Garden’s Harvest Festival fires up this Sunday. Photo / Supplied

Wild Stock 
Wellington’s Wild Stock will hit Auckland for the first time this Sunday, bringing its popular one-day festival of wild beer and wild wine. Come curious, there’s an adventurous array of natural, lo-fi and experimental wines and wild and sour beers on offer, and pizza from Presto Pizza.
When: Sunday March 10, 12pm-6pm   Where: Anthology Lounge, 375 Karangahape Rd

The Tasting Shed Vegan Dinner 
Get in quick for The Tasting Shed’s next vegan dinner which has tripped to the Caribbean for menu inspiration. Previous vegan dinner events have sold out with a 60-seat limit per night.
When: Thursday March 21 – Friday March 22   Where: 609 State Highway 16, Kumeu   Book: email samantha@thetastingshed.com. 

Ima celebrates ten years on Fort St with special birthday events, and the first batch of famous hot crossies. Photo / Suppli

Ima's Bday Party 
The Fort St institution is celebrating a decade of serving Aucklanders family-style Israeli cuisine this month.  Thursday evening will host a women's only evening of food, drink, and belly dancing lessons for International Women's Day ($45). Friday kicks off with a family-friendly street party from 5pm with food, drinks and music entertainment ($55). Saturday evening will treat diners to a degustation of Yael's favourite Middle Eastern classics, desserts and matching wine ($80). We also hear the famous Hot Cross Buns are now-instore daily, and Easter orders can be taken. 
When: Thursday March 7 – Saturday March 9   Where53 Fort St, Downtown   Book: Email to info@imacuisine.co.nz or phone 09 377 5252  

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