A new food pop-up comes to Auckland with Melbourne industry credentials
Chef Kane Wilson grew up in Auckland and spent 15 years in Melbourne, where he attended culinary school and created food pop-up Someplace Somewhere. He’s done events at highly regarded venues such as wine bar The Moon and cafe Terror Twilight in Collingwood. Now back in Auckland, he’s working as a sous chef at Ragtag – and getting Someplace Somewhere started up again. This weekend at Bar Beluga in Rose Alley, he’s running a three-day pop-up, where he’ll be displaying his love of experimental cooking, fermentation and pickling – with dishes like vegan beetroot tartare, oysters in his own XO sauce, and a chocolate and miso dessert. On Saturday night, Elliot de Lautour is following the pop-up with a party from his events enterprise Crayon, featuring a DJ line-up from 9pm. Someplace Somewhere pop-up at 5 Rose Road, Fri Sep 29, 3pm-late. Sat Sep 30 & Sun Oct 1, midday-9pm. Walk-ins only. Crayon party: Sat 30, 9pm. Tickets $10.

Hawke’s Bay’s Black Barn welcomes Auckland fine diner Lillius for a special event
This is one to book ahead. For one night on October 17, Black Barn Bistro’s chef Regnar Christensen is collaborating with fellow chef Fraser McCarthy of Auckland fine dining restaurant Lillius to serve a memorable multi-course meal. A $170 ticket will get you an eight-course feast of 16 snacks – and a chance to experience each chef’s cooking style in a new way as they work together on this delicious collaboration. Find tickets and more details here.

A do-good collaboration from Six Barrel Soda Co and Everybody Eats
Launched in 2012 by Wellingtonians Joe Slater and Mike Stewart, Six Barrel Soda Co has created more than 120 flavours of soda syrups using natural sugar and sustainable practices. Their new launch is a limited edition spiced orange syrup, made with orange rinds donated by Moore Wilson’s – the Wellington grocery store famous for its freshly squeezed orange juice made in front of you. This is fitting because it’s a collaboration with Everyday Eats, the non-profit, pay-as-you-feel dining concept that transforms (perfectly good) unwanted food waste into tasty meals. Available now at sixbarrelsoda.co and selected New Zealand stockists, the spiced orange syrup will see $1 from every bottle sale go to Everybody Eats.

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Zi Sweet at Everyday Coffee, Sandringham, Auckland
Zi Sweet’s beautiful vintage-style cakes have a loyal fan base, and this weekend you can try Paloma Harada and Nicholas Maestranzi’s other creations as they pop up at Everyday Coffee in Sandringham. Head there on Saturday September 30 for banana bundt cake; cheese, thyme and pepper scones; chocolate caramel lamingtons – and more. Plus, you can soak up Everyday Coffee’s warm, wooded atmosphere. 163 Sandringham Road, Auckland.

Peter Gordon’s unexpected three-course dining event
There’s always a well-rounded events roster at Homeland, Peter Gordon’s restaurant and cooking school, but October sees the high profile chef taking on unexpected inspiration for a two-time dining series. On October 18 and 25, Gordon will be hosting The Delisio Degustation, a three-course menu inspired by – what else? – chippies. Delisio’s Restaurant Series chips, to be exact. Book in and you’ll eat dishes like salmon and trevally sashimi with yuzu ponzu, sea grapes, coconut, sesame, and crispy chicken skin – plus Delisio Yakitori Chicken & Shallot chips. It’s a fusion feast we didn’t see coming, but we’re into it. Tickets and more menu details here.

A new ramen bar with pedigree on Auckland’s North Shore
Browns Bay welcomed a new ramen spot this month, and it’s from chef Joji Saito who’s worked at several restaurants around New Zealand including Auckland fine diner Kazuya, ramen bar Zool Zool and Pier Queenstown. Originally from the Japanese city of Yokohama, Saito was keen to delve into “the exquisite world of ramen” using local New Zealand ingredients. That's exactly what he's done at Zero, which has opened on Clyde Road. Stop in for all the classics including tonkatsu and paitan, and Japanese small plates such as beef tataki – and accompany your feast with your pick from a wide selection of sake, and Japanese beers and whiskies. @ramenzero_nz 56 Clyde Road, Browns Bay, Auckland.