The Foodies Dinner Party Experience
Take turns hosting dinner parties with up to 5 other foodie fans in Auckland
For the brunchers, lunchers, diners and all-you-can-eaters! The My Kitchen Rules, Come Dine With Me and Masterchef fans, and the all round food-obsessed.
Meet your fellow group of foodies and figure out your secret restaurant location where you’ll be dining together and introduced to this foodie experience!
In your group of 6 (max), take it in turns to host a dinner over a 6 week period. After each dinner, you’ll secretly score the host on their hosting skills.
You’ll have a final meet up at a restaurant, where the winner of the dinner hosting experience will be revealed and the prize awarded!
Special Half-Price rate: $89.50
For the first test-run version of this game
Early Bird: $139 NZD
Available if you book 4 weeks in advance
Full Price: $169 NZD
Any time after that until your group is full
Limited spaces available
2 nights of restaurant meals, with 2-course dinners (Min value of $70)
Up to 5 evenings of being fed home-cooked meals by your fellow group members
1x host pack to help you on your night
What's not included:
Drinks at the restaurants
Your hosting evening's food/drinks - though we do encourage hosts to request BYO (bring your own drink) for their evening.
You'll start and end the experience at a restaurant with your group, with 2-course meals.
Enjoy two restaurant meals
Why should you join the Foodie Experience?
You'll meet up to 5 other people who love eating or cooking as much as you!
To meet some new people
Be treated to 5 home-cooked meals
Since you'll all be taking turns to host a dinner, you'll enjoy up to 5 home-cooked meals from the others in your group.
Your host pack contains recipe ideas, dinner party activities, reminders about your guests and allergies, and hosting tips!
To have a 1 in 6 chance of a prize!
You'll be secretly scoring each other's hosting and cooking skills weekly. The winner will be revealed at the final restaurant.
Receive a host pack for your cooking night
Check out your prize!
A Deluxe Chocolate Tasting Box
Provided by our sponsor The Chocolate Tour
Score the highest points from your fellow foodie fans for your cooking and hosting skills, and win a Deluxe Chocolate Tasting Box, filled with New Zealand made artisan chocolate products. Exact products may vary.
This box can be tailored to dietary requirements depending on the winner.
This will be waiting on the table, ready to be awarded to the winner on Week 8!
The Chocolate Tour create chocolate gifts and subscriptions. These are a curated selection of NZ-made, artisan chocolates, which you can have delivered to your door!
After you book
You'll get hints about who is joining you!
You’ll receive a confirmation email and a link to a mini questionnaire with a little about you (hobbies, nationality etc.) and your dietary requirements and allergies.
3 days before your Foodie Experience is due to start, we’ll email a little hint about your fellow foodie guests you’ll be meeting, based on your questionnaire answers. This will also allow time to think about any potential dietary requirements that you may need to adjust your future menu ideas for when it comes to your hosting night.
How it works
You'll meet each other and be thrown straight into it!
After meeting your fellow foodie tribe at a specified location in Auckland City, you'll receive a puzzle. You must figure it out together to reveal the location of the initial restaurant where you'll all be dining that evening to start the experience!
Once you arrive at the restaurant, you'll get to know each other over a two-course dinner (included in your ticket price). You’ll also decide your weekly themes for the rest of the experience together from a list provided. This may be a nationality of cooking, or it may be a style of cooking. We'll leave you some other little activities to enjoy over your first dinner together too!
Week 2 - 7
You'll take it in turns in your group to cook and host dinner
You'll be in a maximum group of 6 people. When you cook your meal, you can host it at your home, a friend/family member's house, or at an outdoor or public location. You'll need to provide the food for your guests yourself at your own cost and budget, however we recommend that you ask your guests to BYO (bring your own) drink to keep costs low and cater to their different preferences. At the end of each dinner, the guests will score the host secretly on their food and hosting skills.
We'll also be providing some optional activities each week that you can do for entertainment and to keep things flowing.
It ends with a restaurant meal and a prize for the winner!
After everyone has completed their hosted night, you'll all spend the final week at another restaurant, where the winner will be revealed and the prize awarded. It's also an opportunity to dine together and celebrate the end of the experience!
If you've enjoyed spending the time with your group and you all want to do another TribeUpp experience together, you can either sign up again to the same experience (with a different secret first restaurant), or you can join one of our other experiences available. If you want to meet some more new people, you're welcome to sign up again too.
Limited spaces available
Answering some common questions
You don't have to host at your home
In the interest of your own comfort and safety, you're able to choose whether you'd like to host at home, borrow a family/friend's house or host in a public place.
You'll be put into a group of similar ages
Though we're all capable of befriending those of varying ages, we do choose to put similar ages together. We do this so you can develop friendships with those at a similar life stage as you're more likely to find it easier to relate and connect faster.
Are there any additional costs?
You’ll need to purchase and provide the food that your 5 (maximum) guests will be eating during your hosted evening, which should include at least 2 courses. The drinks for your guests should be BYO (bring your own).
What’s included in your host pack?
When it’s your turn to host, you’ll receive a digital host pack from us, with reminder guest summaries with their names, allergies and hobbies, as well as recipe ideas, dinner party activity ideas, inspiration and lots of helpful tips!
You won't be completely clueless about your guests
Before you start, we’ll message you a super brief idea of who you’ll be meeting. We’ll also include if there’s any allergies or dietary requirements to be aware of. This will also be added to your host pack as a reminder.
You can change the date of your night
The experience restaurant meals and hosted evenings are scheduled every Saturday for 8 weeks, however if something comes up and your group is happy to, you can always switch the day!
Why will this be the best way you've tried to meet new people?
Because at TribeUpp we specialise in not just helping people meet each other, but in facilitating the actual building of friendships. We're extremely passionate about what we do and helping remove the awkwardness that can come from making friends as an adult.
It's not about how many people join our experiences, it's about how many complete them together and stay friends afterwards.
Read more about who we are and why we do what we do here.