Fusion Virtuoso expands, free-to-attend events at WOAP

Shilinka Smith, left, Becky Chin, and Donna Manawatu, of Fusion Virtuoso in Manners St.
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Shilinka Smith, left, Becky Chin, and Donna Manawatu, of Fusion Virtuoso in Manners St.

Fusion Virtuoso expands its offerings

A space celebrating diversity has recently upped the ante, turning its second floor into an intimate dessert and cocktail bar. 

Fusion Virtuoso has been operating next to the post office in Manners St for the past two years, serving customers custom-blended coffee and Kiwi-fusion fare, as well as hosting and catering events. The bar area will be open in a few weeks' time - we'll keep you updated.

The establishment came about when business partners Becky Chin and Shilinka Smith, then working together in Ethnic Affairs, were frustrated that people with ideas to promote cultural diversity had few avenues of financial support.

Becky, who has a background in operations management at hotels, and a former life as a master cocktail maker, was keen to return to the industry. Now, she co-owns a space that exists to showcase Wellington's multi-cultural make-up.

The menu reflects the capital's cosmopolitan nature, with dishes developed in consultation with the migrant communities that inspired them. We hear the apple curry - a Taiwanese-style dish that uses fruit from the Hawke's Bay - is a treat. 

From left, Donna Manawatu, Becky Chin, and Shilinka Smith of Fusion Virtuoso.
ROBERT KITCHIN

From left, Donna Manawatu, Becky Chin, and Shilinka Smith of Fusion Virtuoso.

Becky and Shilinka are firm on offering old-fashioned hospitality. They know their regulars' names and what they like to drink; their ultimate goal is to improve the day of whoever walks in the door. 

Fusion is open Monday-Friday from 7am; Saturday 9am-3pm.

Wellington On a Plate's wallet-friendly events

WOAP is in full-swing and our bank accounts are emptying even as our tummies fill up. Here's our pick of free-entry events (you still have to cough up for the food, though). 

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From tonight, Nam D's container in the ANZ carpark on Tory St will be serving an ever-changing selection of authentic Vietnamese street food. Each of the six nights will have cuisine inspired from a different region of Vietnam, whether it's a roadside dish or family recipe. See Nam D's Facebook page for the daily menus. Food will be served from 5-9pm. 

Down the road, Prefab and Garage Project are joining forces to give foodies' blood pressure a kickstart.  From tonight until Saturday, there'll be a raw bar, hot chowder and fried goodness on offer in Prefab Hall. Garage Project beers have been specially selected to quench punters' inevitable thirst. 

Zeal youth trust is again behind one of WOAP's hotly anticipated pop-ups this year.
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Zeal youth trust is again behind one of WOAP's hotly anticipated pop-ups this year.

Wellington's Food Trucks are coming together in Odlins Plaza on Saturday. Among them, the Berry Culture food truck, famous for its frozen yoghurt desserts outside Moore Wilson's, will be making its long-awaited comeback.

On Sunday, the trucks are headed to Hutt City and taking over Dowse Square until Tuesday, where you can find them in Kapiti's Pak'nSave carpark. They'll be in Porirua later in the week. The food trucks will be operating from 5-9pm.

Victoria St's beaut little container cafe Georgia has teamed up with the good folk at Burger Liquor and ParrotDog to put on a canteen-style pop-up. Welly's next generation of hospo superstars will serve ribs glazed in Peoples Coffee and Karma Cola, alongside pulled lamb burgers and a legendary mac 'n cheese, washed down with ParrotDog brews.

Proceeds from food and drink sales go towards Zeal, a non-profit organisation working with Wellington youth. Georgia's WOAP event last year had lines around the block. This year's event runs August 22-26, 6-10pm.  

The Doughnut Pop-Up at Moore Wilson's is serving up sticky-glazed, sugar-dusted, cream-filled confections every day of WOAP. Until August 28, doughnut-lovers will find new flavours on offer every day outside the speciality grocer - brioche with raspberry and coconut sauce, and spiced sugar, anyone? The pop-up opens at 8am and closes when the treats have sold out.

 - Stuff

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