Yelp Elite Event: Yelp’s Dairy Dream

YELP-TITLE-PAGEIt’s been a long time since we last checked in (sorry!), but we have been busy on the food front so more posts to come! We recently attended and photographed Yelp’s latest Elite Event at The Kapiti Store on Shortland Street. As many other Yelpers would agree, this was for sure the best event yet (Alex you have outdone yourself).

Throughout the night Rachel, the store manager, led us through the sampling of five different cheese paired with respective wines from Church Road.IMG_0150 IMG_0152

  • (Chardonnay) Aorangi Traditional Brie: 6-8 weeks age. With a subtle mushroom flavour, this was delicious.
  • (Pinot Gris) Ramara Washed Rind: 6-8 weeks age. Definitely our favourite of the night. Super creamy and incredibly smooth and soft. It was great smeared on top of the bread.
  • (Syrah) Smoked Havarti: 6-8 weeks age.
  • (Merlot) Tuteremoana Cheddar: 3-4 years.
  • (Cabernet Sauvignon) Kikorangi Triple Cream Blue: 4-6 months. We’re not quite blue cheese fanatics but this was enjoyable. It’s very rich and a shocker to the taste buds on the first go. As Rachel mentioned, the best before label for cheese is often dependent on personal tastes. She gave us a sample of one that was one month past expiration. It was on another level, so much stronger and bolder. Let’s just say I’m not in a hurry to leave my cheese out past it’s best before.

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For dessert there was of course ice cream. The four flavours were blueberry muffin, chocolate hazelnut crunch, lemongrass and ginger, and nectarine and muscavado. We loved the blueberry and the chocolate. We also tried a little dairy float with some Stoneleigh Sparkling Sauvignon.PB271778-2 PB271780-2 PB271781-2PB271720 IMG_0195 IMG_0164

IMG_0109More event photos here.

Every Yelp event we walk away with at least one new product in mind to buy later on for ourselves, like the Ramara cheese this time, the Sparkling Mio from our Sake night (click here), and the Riesling from Foxes Island (click here). Word is these events are only going to get better, I would say hurry and become a Yelp Elite member now so you don’t miss out! (Find out how here.)

Also on the side, although it’s a little late notice. Tomorrow (3rd Dec) will be the last Yelp event for the year and everybody is invited! It will be held at Jetset Bohemian with food backing a great cause: donating shoes to the Philippines. With every donation you also get some sweet discounts. The same event is happening across Australia and Singapore. More details here. Come along, bring some shoes, and don’t forget to say hi!

The Kapiti Store
19 Shortland Street, Auckland Central.

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3 comments
  1. I’ve missed your posts! Oh my, those yelp events look like so much fun. P.S. how was the alcoholic dairy float? Haha

    • Come along tonight! Would love to meet you. It was interesting… a more sophisticated step up from your usual soft drink floats.

      • Aw shucks, I had work :/ would have loved to meet you guys too. P.P.S. thanks for the heads up about vsco cam! Just downloaded it 😀

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