As part of Elemental AKL, showcasing arts, eats, & beats, two of Auckland's most well-known and talented chefs have teamed up for the first time ever to create one of the most memorable nights of gastronomy – and you can be there!
Sid Sahrawat of the famed Cassia, SidArt, and Sid At The French Cafe and the award-winning Ben Bayly of The Grounds, Arrowtown's Aosta, and the soon-to-be Ahi in Commercial Bay, have been long-time friends. However, they've surprisingly never cooked together publicly. Which is why we could not be more excited to learn of their upcoming two-night venture to create a six-course meal, hosted by ATEED at Sid At The French Cafe.
Named their "Dinner With Friends" series, the duo will be delivering a six-course tasting menu that celebrates New Zealand cuisine, with local produce sourced from the Auckland region used where possible.
Sid will bring his contemporary New Zealand cuisine made with French techniques to the table, while Ben will showcase some sampler dishes from his brand new restaurant, Ahi, which will debut in September.
For any knowledgable Auckland foodie, they'll know exactly how iconic Dinner With Friends will be. Both chefs have admitted their admiration for each other, with Ben Bayly saying "“We compete in the same space, but we are friends first and very different chefs in our own right.
"‘Dinner with Friends’ is going to be fun and I’m looking forward to teaching Sid a thing or two – I’m sure we’ll throw in a couple of surprises as well".
The series will take place October 14 & 15 at Sid At The French Cafe in Eden Terrace. Tickets are $250 per person, including six canapés and a six-course tasting menu. You can secure your spot here, but get in quick – this is going to be a sought after night!