Chef Meets Winemaker Dinner

The Hop House are thrilled to present a fabulous evening of great food matched with excellent local wine as part of the annual Taste Tauranga Festival.

The guest Chef for the evening is Christian Schuler. Christian is one of the Bay's (and NZ's) finest chefs with over 20 years experience. Christian worked in Melbourne in a number of 'hatted" restaurants including Taxi and Lamaros under Michael Lambie before landing his first Head Chef role at the famous Esplanade Hotel in Melbourne's St Kilda at the age of 22. After a brief stint working with celebrity Chef Garry Rhodes in the UK he made his way to Spain spending 5 years in Barcelona in famed restaurants such as Milk and Marmelade. In recent times Christian was involved in the opening of Tauranga's Macau before becoming Head Chef at high end restaurant Nomad. He now owns The Hive in Cook's Beach and runs his own catering company Cooked from there. Christian will be assisted on the evening by Zoe Purdy former Head Chef at The General. Christian and Zoe own COOKED at Cooks Beach.

Introducing Steve Bird – Winemaker
"My journey in winemaking started in 1978, with an after school job at the sole local winery which quickly paved my passion and career in winemaking. After studying in Australia and completing an internationally recognised degree in wine science, I returned to my homeland where I joined New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry."
"It was in 2005 that dreams came true for my wife Caroline and I and Steve Bird Wines was born. We have since celebrated many proud achievements, winning numerous gold awards both locally and abroad for our signature blends that capture the exceptional qualities of the land that has stood before us."

“Family is at the heart of the wine-growing tradition and so it is at Steve Bird Wines. My name is on every bottle and our family is dedicated to growing the best grapes our pristine New Zealand environment can provide. My determination is to craft wines that capture place and time and let nature be the hero.”

The Hop House bring Christian and Steve together for an excellent 4 course Dinner matched with wines here at The Hop House for one night only. Tickets are $100 per person incl food and wine and are limited to just 60. Follow this link to purchase your ticket today!! (Beer matchs are available on request)


12 Wharf Street, Tauranga


Tuesday 18 August, 2020
6pm - 9pm



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