Partner event: The Black Banquet

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Emcee Jesse Mulligan introduces chef Gareth Stewart at the Fisher & Paykel Black Banquet.

Emcee Jesse Mulligan introduces chef Gareth Stewart at the Fisher & Paykel Black Banquet. Image: David St George

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Preparation for Gareth Stewart's entrée 'Waro', featuring crayfish, 'gaggan' taro dumpling and smoked soil.

Preparation for Gareth Stewart’s entrée ‘Waro’, featuring crayfish, ‘gaggan’ taro dumpling and smoked soil. Image: David St George

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Giapo Grazioli assembles his dessert for the banquet.

Giapo Grazioli assembles his dessert for the banquet. Image: David St George

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Fisher & Paykel Black Banquet place settings.

Fisher & Paykel Black Banquet place settings. Image: David St George

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The Social Kitchen Theatre by Fisher & Paykel in Takutai Square, Britomart.

The Social Kitchen Theatre by Fisher & Paykel in Takutai Square, Britomart. Image: David St George

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Paul Carmichael of Momofuku Seiobo.

Paul Carmichael of Momofuku Seiobo. Image: David St George

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Guests at the Fisher & Paykel Black Banquet.

Guests at the Fisher & Paykel Black Banquet. Image: David St George

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Colin Mathura-Jeffrees and Sam Mannering.

Colin Mathura-Jeffrees and Sam Mannering. Image: David St George

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Guests, including architects Lance and Nicola Herbst and Daniel Marshall, sample food and wine.

Guests, including architects Lance and Nicola Herbst and Daniel Marshall, sample food and wine. Image: David St George

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Gareth Stewart's main: wild shot venison with leek ash, black trompette mushroom and fermented garlic.

Gareth Stewart’s main: wild shot venison with leek ash, black trompette mushroom and fermented garlic. Image: David St George

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From left to right: Veronica Dale, Daniel Marshall, Amy McKenzie and Evelyn McNamara.

From left to right: Veronica Dale, Daniel Marshall, Amy McKenzie and Evelyn McNamara. Image: David St George

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Gavin Donaldson of Neu Architecture.

Gavin Donaldson of Neu Architecture. Image: David St George

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Jesse Mulligan entertains guests.

Jesse Mulligan entertains guests. Image: David St George

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Chèvre (goat's cheese) 'poisoned apples' canapé created by the Otago Polytechnic Food Design Institute students - with Central Otago thyme, walnuts and Manuka honey, and coated in beetroot powder.

Chèvre (goat’s cheese) ‘poisoned apples’ canapé created by the Otago Polytechnic Food Design Institute students - with Central Otago thyme, walnuts and Manuka honey, and coated in beetroot powder. Image: David St George

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Colin Mathura-Jeffrees samples the Rogue Society monochrome-themed gin cocktail.

Colin Mathura-Jeffrees samples the Rogue Society monochrome-themed gin cocktail. Image: David St George

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Brooke and Damon Howard-Smith.

Brooke and Damon Howard-Smith. Image: David St George

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Thalia Stronge of Sherson Willis enjoys Giapo Grazioli's dessert.

Thalia Stronge of Sherson Willis enjoys Giapo Grazioli’s dessert. Image: David St George

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Urbis attended Fisher & Paykel’s elegant ‘Black Banquet’ in Auckland’s Takutai Square last night. The monochrome-themed dinner took place in a pop up “Social Kitchen” structure and was attended by members of the architecture, entertainment and hospitality industries.

The exclusive, black-clad evening was MC’ed by Jesse Mulligan and all food prepared on site by Gareth Stewart (executive chef of Nourish Group), students from the Food Design Institute at Otago Polytechnic, and gelato’s enfant terrible Gianpaolo Grazioli (head chef at Giapo).

Dishes included a taro dumpling with crayfish filling and smoked soil followed by a main of wild shot venison, leek ash, black trompette mushroom and fermented garlic. 

Fisher & Paykel’s Social Kitchen Theatre, where the event took place, will remain open to the public until August 21, 2016 as part of Restaurant Month. For information on Social Kitchen Theatre events click here


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