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    Kitchen Takeover | The Graeme Dingle Foundation: Christmas Carnaval

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    Are you ready for Rio? Can you feel the samba shake your hips? Will you lose control as the delectable bounties of Brazil bounce across your senses? 

    Welcome to ‘Christmas Carnaval’, Bay of Plenty’s sun-drenched festive-season secret supper, brought to you by award-winning restaurant pop-up Kitchen Takeover. On Friday 17th November, Christmas Carnaval will feature a five-course dining delight for three nights a week, at a brand new sleek secret Tauranga location. 

    Renowned Tauranga chef Shane Yardley will curate the culinary experience, reflecting Brazil's rich cuisine heritage, with influences from Portugal, Africa, Italy, and even Japan. 

    The dynamic mix provides huge scope to showcase local New Zealand produce with South American styling, while the menu will accommodate various dietary requirements, including pescatarian, vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free, and nut allergies. 

    As always, Kitchen Takeover’s liquid offerings will be just as good as the food - be prepared for the freshest, most vibrant cocktails and mocktails, along with our carefully curated selection of sumptuous wines, spirits and soft drinks. To heighten the experience, you can also choose a drinks match - 5 glasses expertly paired to complement each course.  

    What? Five course degustation plus a welcome cocktail at a secret carnaval location   

    When? 16th November – 22nd December

    Where? ✨ Brand new ✨ Secret Tauranga CBD location   

    How much? $159pp + booking fee    

    Ready to samba your way down the sun-soaked shores of Copacabana beach?   

    Tickets are available to purchase NOW. But remember, be quick!  Or they will be gone faster than you can lose your flip flop on the dancefloor at the Sambadrome.  


    What are the dates and times?  

    Friday 17th November|  7pm - 10:30pm

    💰 How much?   

    Tickets cost $159pp + a small booking fee and include five courses plus a welcome cocktail/mocktail at a fully styled secret venue.   

    We use Humanitix for our ticket bookings - all their profits fund education programmes for disadvantaged children to help close the education gap.     

    🤔 Who is it for?   

    Wild-at-heart foodies on the hunt for a ‘big city’ style food adventure. Think the secrecy of an East London supper club mixed with the gastronomy of a top Melbourne laneway eatery and the creativity of a Copenhagen restaurant.   

    🍽️ What will you eat?   

    The menu is set and will be revealed on arrival - surprise!  

    🌱 What about dietaries? 

    We have alternative gluten free, vegetarian, pescatarian, no fish, no nuts and plant-based menus (which generally covers all the bases) but cannot cater for other specific dietary requirements.  Please select any listed requirements at the checkout.  

    If you wish to discuss your requirements with us, please email    

    👨‍🍳 Who is designing the mouthwatering menu?  

    Shane Yardley is a chef with platefuls of experience. Having spent the first part of his career training in some of the world’s most renowned restaurants including the Sanderson and Bistro Largo, he did a long stint as Simon Gault’s right hand man. Career highlights include Head Chef of Euro, Fish, and a guest judge on Master Chef.  

    📍 Where will it be?    

    A ✨ brand new sleek ✨ venue in the Tauranga CBD.  

    🤐 How will I know where the secret location is?  

    The location is revealed two hours prior to the event time by text and email. Is it in the Tauranga CBD.  

    If you’re as curious as a capybara as the where this new venue may be, we will be revealing clues on our social media. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook at @kitchentakeovernz to be in on the secret.  

    💃 What should I wear?   

    The most important question! Dress for a festive, fancy Brazilian bash with a touch of samba flair. We do encourage elaborate dress – it is silly season after all!    

    🍷 Will there be drinks available to buy during the evening?   

    Yes, we will offer a curated selection of beers, wines , cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks. We will also offer a drinks match which can be purchased on the evening.   

    ❓ Questions?    

    Get in touch with Kitchen Takeover HQ at  or call us on 027 206 9554  

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