Cafe Scene

Trading Sotheby's for soul food

Laura Greenfield at Sotheby's Cafe kitchen.

A former head chef at Sotheby's cafe in London is bringing seasonal flavours to her Wellington eatery.

Sign language menu tests guests

Sarah Hitchings orders her meal in New Zealand Sign Language at CQ Restaurant using a dictionary app. To her left, CQ Hotel general manager Olivier Lacoua browses the sign language menu.

CQ Restaurant in Cuba St has launched a New Zealand Sign Language menu where guests sign to order their meal. Talia Carlisle tested her knowledge during New Zealand Sign Language Week.

A capital cafe crawl

Midnight Espresso on Cuba street.

Wellington is almost as well-known for its cafe culture as it is for windy weather. We checked it out over a long weekend.

Brothers ready to toss in the tea towel.

Alex and Bill Paxie who are selling the National Cafe in Napier. It has been in the family for 80 years.

Napier's longest running restaurant, The National Cafe, is closing down after almost 80 years in business.

Hopstock fest keeps it fresh

Kereru Brewery's assistant brewer Alex Bartley Nees with their 2015 Hopstock beer, an English-style bitter.

Craft breweries have paired with Wellington bars to celebrate the New Zealand hop harvest.

Lotto: what would God say?

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Tapsell with a new Lotto machine in Parliament in 1987.

Gambling was a hot topic in the 1980s. There was talk of a floating casino and this new game of Lotto was on everyone's lips.

Pastry chef takes the cake video

Let them eat cake: Hippopotamus head chef Laurent Loudeac has enlisted the help of pastry chef David Cadoret to create a sumptuous opera cake for his wedding this weekend.

It's probably no surprise that classically trained French chef Laurent Loudeac is catering his own wedding but he's wisely left the hard part – the cake – to top pastry chef David Cadoret.

Flight Coffee to traverse Tasman

Flight Coffee managing director Nick Clark drinking a short black.

Wellington coffee company Flight Coffee is about to spread its wings across the Tasman.

Cafe left with $110k debt

BINK BOWLER: Having left Wellington last year, Bowler has been involved in cafes in Hawaii, Melbourne and Thailand, and has now emerged in Christchurch.

The former operator of popular Wellington cafe Memphis Belle has emerged in Christchurch.

The Tiger that roared

The heat isn't altered for a European palate in the dishes at Golden Tiger.

Getting past an architectural stumbling block has rich rewards for restaurant Golden Tiger.

Three brews in one video

Wellingtonians love coffee.

A young Wellingtonian has transformed his love for coffee into a business idea he believes is a world first.

Cafe of the Year contest heats up

Cafe Credit: Scott Barrett at his Elements Cafe, one of three Wellington establishments in the running of Cafe of the Year. He is up against Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in Lower Hutt and Karori Park Cafe.

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.

Dining review: Five Boroughs

Five Boroughs is faithful to a New York deli-diner, with a bottomless cup.

Restaurant transformations

Hidden away: The Hideaway's chef Adam Rickett and owner Vincent Lombino.

Two new eateries that have just opened in Wellington have a long history behind them.

New operator sought for cafe

The Jimmy Cafe is closing, with owner Positively Wellington Venues looking for someone to take over.

Say goodbye to the Jimmy Cafe - Positively Wellington Venues is getting out of the food and beverage game.

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