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All the essential information to help you navigate Christchurch’s culinary offerings; from tips on how to host the perfect event through to the latest foodie news and trends.

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Brush up on your dining etiquette and you’ll fit right in with even the poshest crowd Look, don’t touch – don’t begin eating until everyone has been served. Spoon with decorum – when eating soup, tilt the spoon up to your mouth and sip from the side. Don’t cut it – bread is for breaking, not cutting. Break off a bite-sized piece, butter and eat. Hand’s off! – use cutlery where possible, though you may use your fingers for asparagus, lamb cutlets, ribs, prawns, pizza, sandwiches or burgers. Finishing up – when you’ve finished, place cutlery side-by-side on your plate, fork prongs  facing up. If you’re just pausing, place cutlery in a V-shape across your plate, tops together and fork prongs facing down. ...
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42BELOW is scouting out three of New Zealand’s hottest bartenders – and they’re set to be in Christchurch this Sunday! The picks of the bunch will represent our awesome nation in the iconic 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup (CWC). Those making the cut could indeed be ‘world-famous in New Zealand’ and perhaps even beyond. With a record number of entries up and down the country, the standard is going to be higher, and the competition fiercer, than ever. This year’s theme is ‘Lab Experiment’ – where three ‘mixologists’ are determined to push the boundaries of great drinks with a cocktail concoction never seen before. The regional heats have already covered Auckland, Tauranga, Napier and Wellington, with Christchurch and Queenstown still to tick off the list. The events will showcase up to eight of the best bartenders from that region. Sunday 22July: Christchurch – Cargo starting 5:30 pm Tuesday 24July: Queenstown – World...
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Are you a sucker for those TV cooking shows? Don’t worry, many of us are. But if you find yourself saying, I could do better than that, then how about joining your own master class (TV camera optional). One Day Chocolate School [11 Mar & 22 Apr, 10:30am – 3:30pm] Book it: www.shechocolat.com, $195. A day of chocolate immersion (not quite literally, but almost!); becoming a discerning chocolate eater (no, eating a box of Roses in one sitting doesn’t count!), morning tea and lunch. Spanish Cooking Class [22 Mar, 7pm] Mediterranean Foods Book it: www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz, $50. Learn how to cook octopus, salt cod fritters, lamb caldereta braised in a cazuela and an almond tart to finish. Fresh Pasta Class [29 Mar, 7pm] Mediterranean Foods Book it: www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz, $40. Learn how to make filled pasta like ravioli and tortellini, plus long and shaped pasta. Two Day Chocolate School [31 Mar – 1...
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Trying to decide on the best spot for a lazy brunch or a big night out? Planning your weekend just got easier with our top picks! Romantic retreats Whether it’s a first date or an anniversary dinner many years later, a night of romance demands the perfect setting, exquisite food and gracious service. The Cornershop Bistro in Sumner fits the bill in every respect – and there’s the prospect of a beach walk after dinner! If you’re out to impress, Rotherhams of Riccarton is a high-end option, while Pescatore at The George is the height of style. Weekend brunch A lazy Saturday morning brunch is the perfect way to kick off your weekend. The perfect coffee is a must, of course, plus a menu of old favourites with a few surprises just in case you’re in the mood. Joe’s Garage, with branches in Sumner and – as of late November –...