Category Archives: History

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Posted on October 08, 2015 by admin
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Going back for my fourth appearance at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range, it seems like we finally have it down. My first two times with Roy’s went smoothly enough but two years ago, representing Tiki’s Grill & Bar, we found ourselves unexpectedly in the middle of an obstacle course. We pretty much had to sprint to the finish in order to pull it off in time. The first hurdle was the Kona Ironman triathlon. We were unknowingly coming in just a week ahead of the world championships. This turned out to be one of the busiest days for traveling to the Big Island as the athletes were arriving early to acclimatize to the weather and the time zone. We managed to get a reservation on an early flight so getting there wouldn’t have been a problem; except for our second hurdle. My First High Security Sauce Alert Each year 30 to 40 chefs are assigned a specific cut of beef or Big Island pasture-raised pork, mutton, goat or feral pig. Two years ago we were assigned mutton and as part of the preparation for the event we had made our marinade ahead o... Read more

Next Step for Nasuti – Moving On

Posted on September 05, 2015 by admin
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There are some big changes at the Nasuti house this fall and I’d like to take this opportunity to share a little about what’s been happening. No, I’m not going anywhere. OK, that’s not entirely true. In September I’ll be traveling with my son Roman to Japan. We’ll be getting him settled into his new life as a college freshman. It promises to be a big adventure as this will be Roman’s first experience living away from mom and dad. Add to that a foreign culture and the language (Roman reads and writes Japanese but conversational immersion will be a new thing) and my son is going to be living a different life in a few weeks. Life in Japan I don’t have all the details straight but so far I know this: from his visit there to check out the school with my wife a few months ago, I know the food is great. Even in the school cafeteria. The school is in Fujisawa outside of Tokyo. Roman will be living about 5 or 10 minutes by bike from the campus. I’m not sure on his school breaks yet but I know the schedule differs dramatically from US schools. ... Read more

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

New England Calling

Posted on April 14, 2015 by admin
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It seems that every year at this time my friends and family back east can’t stop talking about how bad the winter was/is. Maybe it’s because the cold weather is almost over or maybe because a bunch of scientists at MIT just confirmed that yes, 2015 was the worst winter in New England recorded history! Sometimes I think that’s how I ended up in Hawaii; although tropical paradise has made me soft, I really do miss the snow. My chef friend Nuno Alves, a recent transplant from Boston, brought in Kerry Byrne, the Boston Herald’s award winning beer, food and football writer (is that even a job?). Turns out he had the same idea. He was in Hawaii on vacation and decided to include Nuno & I in a piece on New England transplants in the Hawaii culinary scene. Click here to see the Boston Herald article. Turning a trip to Hawaii into a work assignment probably deserves an award too. Since it came out my Boston area Facebook friends have been “liking” the article and posting “I know that guy” on the web. I’d like to thank Kerry for the “far east c... 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

The Stars Come Out at Flavors by the Bay

Posted on December 03, 2014 by admin
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What more could you ask for than a beautiful evening, the clink of wine glasses and the soothing sounds of Holunape drifting out across the lawn overlooking Kaneohe Bay? We enjoyed a great evening helping out at a fundraising event hosted by Kama'aina Kids at He‘eia State Park on June 27. This first annual event was held to raise funds to rebuild the park’s pavilion that had to be demolished after it was damaged by winds. Flavorful Evening Tiki’s Grill and Bar was one of a dozen of Honolulu’s finest restaurants that came out to support the event. Since the theme of the evening revolved around the bay we served Big Island Abalone and Kahuku Sea Asparagus Spoons with Uni Butter. It was a big hit and it’s always rewarding to showcase our local producers. A Unique Partnership When we were approached by the event organizers, Kama'aina Kids, back in the spring, we were familiar with some of their programs running day care and camps around the island but when they shared with us their goals for the park we agreed to help. Back a few years ago the st... Read more