Category Archives: Food

Going Long for the Hawaii Culinary Education Fund

Posted on April 22, 2015 by admin
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 The Hawaii Culinary Education Fund’s (HCEF) annual golf tournament fundraiser was held on Monday, April 6 at the Kapolei Golf Course. This is the primary annual fundraising event for the HCEF. Since 1998 the HCEF has been dedicated to providing opportunities for culinary arts students in Hawaii to gain exposure to and experience working with the best local and visiting chefs in the industry. The day begins with the team registration and buffet lunch from 10 a.m. and at noon it’s time to step up to the tee. For those not familiar with charity golf tournaments, they often have a special starting format and some different rules. For the HCEF tournament there was a shotgun start at noon, meaning each foursome starts at the same time from a different hole on the course. This should get everyone into the clubhouse in plenty of time for the big gala awards dinner. It’s also played as a four person scramble, which means everyone in the foursome tees off and then everyone shoots their second shot from the best lie among the group. This usually makes for some int... Read more

Honolulu Brewers Festival – Great Beer Gets Better

Posted on March 31, 2015 by admin
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We’re excited to be back at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park for the first ever Honolulu Brewers Festival. I say “back” because last year’s REAL Beer Festival has been re-branded as the Honolulu Brewers Festival. The date has also been moved from August to April with the hopes that we won’t have to worry about any hurricanes this year. As many people remember from last year, hurricanes Iselle and Julio pushed the original date back a week. Despite the last minute date change it was still a huge success and raised $45,000 for the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation. This year’s event is also going to support the HAF. Each year we go back the festival just keeps getting bigger and better. The choices keep getting tougher as well. In 2013 there were 50+ craft beers. In 2014 it was 60+ and for this year they have a list of 80+ beers to choose from. They’ve also bumped the number of participating restaurants from 15 up to 20. Even with more beer and more food it’s important to remember that this event typically sells out. You’ll also want to hit the T-shi... Read more

Want a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner? – Tiki’s has a Simple Plan

Posted on February 04, 2015 by admin
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With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year I’m anticipating a sell-out crowd. For anyone looking for the perfect evening we've put together an unbeatable combination of oceanfront setting, fine cuisine and selected wine pairings plus we have some of the top names in local entertainment dropping by all night to set the mood. Romantic Oceanfront Table Guaranteed Our special oceanfront Champagne dinner for two package guarantees you a table along the rail overlooking Waikiki beach. We've included a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, keepsake rose and take home chocolates along with our full prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu. Although I would never recommend you skimp on Valentine’s Day, at $199 for two this is an astounding value and a guaranteed good time. Expert Wine Pairings It’s going to be a wine star studded evening with some help from Australia’s best winery, Penfolds as well as our old friends from New Zealand’s Villa Maria Winery. We’ll be pairing the White Clam Angel Hair Pasta course with the Sauvignon Blanc from ... Read more

Invited to cook and teach for a Tahitian Cruise

Posted on October 16, 2014 by admin
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I’m very excited to invite all the cruise fans, Pacific Rim Cuisine connoisseurs and French Polynesia lovers to a very special event. On Monday, October 20 we’ll be hosting a special cruise night at Tiki’s Grill and Bar from 5:30-7:00 pm along with representatives from Ultimate Vacations. We’ll be providing some light pupus and cocktails and I’ll be on hand to talk about the classes that I’m putting together for the 2015 Hale 'Aina Awards Cruise. Ultimate Vacations approached me about being part of this cruise based on Tiki’s consistently being voted by Honolulu Magazine readers as the best restaurant in Waikiki to bring out-of-town guests and as a top pick for great seafood. This is my third stint as the executive chef of a Hale 'Aina award winning restaurant so I feel comfortable I have the background and knowledge to really add something to the experience for the guests that will be joining us on this cruise. This is going to be a small group looking to combine a real culinary experience with an amazing destination. The cruise will be fantas... Read more

Back to School – Lessons Learned at a Touch of Iolani Fundraiser

Posted on August 08, 2014 by admin
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[caption id="attachment_437" align="alignright" width="414"] The 19th annual Touch of ‘Iolani welcomed alumni and their families.[/caption] I had a chance to go back to the Touch of Iolani school fundraising event recently and show some school pride. I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from a high school culinary program near Boston so I never attended classes there but my son Roman will be graduating from Iolani next spring. It’s been a great school for him and a really fantastic organization to be associated with. This was their 19th annual Touch of Iolani and maybe the 10th one for me. For this year’s event we made Big Island wild boar sausage ragout with French lentils along with pickled onions, kale chips, beet puree and a savory pastry stick. We served it in a compostable bamboo leaf cone   Doing Some Homework My son was there to help and we also got to cruise the other stations, see some of my chef friends and taste some great food. Roman said he loved our dish and 3660 on the Rise who were serving braised boneless beef ribs w... Read more

A Taste for Radio

Posted on May 13, 2014 by admin
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For two decades, Jo McGarry has been the voice of Honolulu’s restaurant scene. Actually she’s covered culinary news across the whole state. I’ve known her for 13 years and during that time she’s been really supportive. The first time I remember her writing something about me she said something about me having “Hollywood good looks”. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t flattered, I was. You remember stuff like that. She’s also had a lot of good things to say about my approach to cooking and how I run my kitchen. I appreciate that. Jo is very well respected in the industry and I think everyone appreciates what she does. A couple years ago she was cohost of the Hawaii Restaurant Association big hall of fame gala. That was partly out of respect for how hard she works to showcase local restaurants and respect for how well informed she is about the Hawaii industry. Plus she’s really good in front of a microphone. Definitely better than me. The New MoJo Radio Her long running show, Table Talk has recently gone through a huge overhaul. The n... Read more