Cafe Chat: Muse is moving, Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival is nigh

Muse has closed its Allen St doors, and is to reopen in Victoria St.
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Muse has closed its Allen St doors, and is to reopen in Victoria St.

Muse is on the move

Allen St's five-star eatery had its final dinner service on Saturday night.

Muse On Allen restaurant has been at the address for three and a half years, but will reopen at 56 Victoria St, formerly home to 3C Bar and Restaurant.

Muse owner and director Samuel North says the new space offers the restaurant a chance to expand its services. 

Since opening the fine dining establishment as a 21-year-old, North has grown Muse into an award-winning success story.

When the restaurant reopens in the first week of March, it'll be serving lunch for the first time in addition to dinner, with plans for a breakfast service, too.

Muse's trademark purple decor will remain, as will its seven staff and favourite dishes such as the beef tartare, tuna sashimi, and creme brulee with doughnuts.

The high-ceilinged, bamboo-floored space in Victoria St is double the size of Muse's original premises. Downstairs, there are two dining areas, and a bar area equipped with leaners and lounge furniture for casual drinks and dinner. Upstairs, a spacious mezzanine floor can be booked for functions of up to 80 people. 

A cocktail bar is planned for the Allen St premises, whose lease has been taken over by a new tenant.

Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival returns for its third year this weekend.
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Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival returns for its third year this weekend.

Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival comes to Waitangi Park

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This weekend, Waitangi Park will be graced with some of Wellington's finest food and drink.

The festival, formerly held at Frank Kitts Park, has this year increased the selection of wines on offer, and will also serve a range of beer and cider from the capital's craft breweries. 

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For $10 or less per dish, Wellingtonians will be able to sample fare from across the globe, ranging from crocodile tail gumbo to a Nutella-infused milkshake adorned with a doughnut and pretzel. Former MasterChef contestant Sushil Ravikumar is offering Indian fusion street food – try a chicken tikka burrito or a paneer croquette. There'll also be a spit roast pig, courtesy of The Bresolin.

Drinks will cost $7.50-$8.50 per glass of wine; cider and beer handles will cost $8 each. Not all food stalls will have eftpos capability, though bars will. There will be no-charge ATMs on site. 

Tickets cost $39.95 online and $45 at the gate, depending on availability, for entry to one of the sessions held on Friday or Saturday afternoon, or Saturday evening. 

For further information and tickets, visit wellingtonwineandfoodfestival.co.nz.

Diamond Degustation from Artisan

Romance is a month-long event at Artisan restaurant and bar at the Bolton Hotel.
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Romance is a month-long event at Artisan restaurant and bar at the Bolton Hotel.

Artisan Dining House at the Bolton Hotel is extending Valentines Day celebrations by offering a special menu for a month-long "romance season".

The three course menu features a beetroot salad, goat cheese souffle, and vodka cured King Salmon to begin, bourbon-infused lamb neck, market fish or seasonal vegetables mains, and a dessert or cheese tasting plate to finish. The service costs $99 per person and includes a glass of Mumm champagne on arrival.

Patrons also have a chance to win a 1.5 carat diamond pendant valued at almost $2,300, or a night in a luxury suite at the Bolton Hotel.

The menu will be available until March 10. Make a reservation online or by phone.

Charley Noble head chef Darren Shead with 2015's winning burger for Wellington on a Plate.
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Charley Noble head chef Darren Shead with 2015's winning burger for Wellington on a Plate.

Wellington On A Plate returns in August

Dates have been announced for this year's Wellington On A Plate, and organisers are taking applications for ideas for events, cocktails, burgers and set menus.

The festival will run from August 12-28, and would-be attendees will be able to view this year's programme online from June 2, before pre-sales become available on June 13-14. General sales will be available from June 15. 

Do you have information about events or developments or in Wellington's hospitality scene? Email brittany.mann@fairfaxmedia.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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