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Kitchen Takeover
Hunter Gatherer 2020

‘He was a brave man that first ate an oyster.’

We were back for another round of Hunter Gatherer 2020.

We transformed Central Deli into a secret supper club with a hyper-local menu that celebrated the best of the Bay’s wild food scene. 

Kitchen Takeover, Hunter Gather took diners on a journey of 1.6 million years, harnessing the taste buds of our ancestors.

What was on the menu?


Gifts from the chef

~ Rabbit rillette with backyard fig chutney
~ Smoked kingfish cheek plate on golden amaranth cracker
~ Wild mushroom arancini with woodear powder and Te Puke Truffles
~ Parsnip crisps with freeze dried white balsamic vinegar

From the field

Handcrafted horopito focaccia with dandelion pesto

Wine match: Emilie Laurance Blanc Brut (NV), Loire Valley

From the ocean

Astrolabe caught fish, crayfish bisque, saffron potato, confit fennel, sourdough cracker and roasted garlic rouille

Wine match: Bogle Reserve Chardonnay (2017), California

Beer match: Rogue Bore Pilsner

From the bush

Wild boar loin, twice-cooked shoulder, celariac puree, caramelised apple, sautéed tree spinach, black garlic, pickled blackberry jus

Wine match: Lime Rock Gruner Veltliner (2018), Hawkes Bay

Beer match: Rogue Bore ‘Blowout’ Session IPA

From the orchard

Mandarin lollipop, lime gel and kawakawa sugar

From the HIVE

Smoked deer milk creme caramel, rhubarb compote, rhubarb and peril sorbet, bush honey meringue

Wine match: First Knight Ambrosia Honey Liqeur (NV), Gisbourne

What did the diners think?

“Such an amazing night, everything was well considered and all of the food was delicious. Wine pairings were spot on and elevated the dishes. Presentation was immaculate and the surprises along the way were a nice treat. Can’t wait to do it again.”

Robin Lyttle


“The excitement from receiving the instructions to the last bite had us captivated the entire night. The food was remarkable, you could tell a lot of hard work, thought, and care went into the night. The experience as a whole we will never forget.”

Courtney Todd

“Once again Stacey and her fabulous team have created a magical event with superb food, amazing matched wines, incredible service and a wonderful vibe. We will be back for every event we can.”

Sonia Tibble

Wish you'd had a bite?

Kitchen Takeover, Eat Your Memories, will take you on a taste tangling tour of our fans’ fondest foodie flashbacks. We will bite into the best over multiple decades, reinventing Kiwi childhood classics into dishes so memorable they’ll transport you to another time and place with a six course degustation.