Category Archives: Things to do in Hawaii

Tiki’s New Belgium Beer Dinner

Posted on April 07, 2016 by admin
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After our first Tiki’s beer dinner in January was such a success we were looking for an excuse to do it again. Back in January we featured six of Kona Brewing Company’s best brews with pairings like New England style clam bake with Lemongrass Luau and spumoni fritta with Pipeline Porter. After such a fun and flavorful event it was just a matter of time before we came up with some more inspired food and beer parings. We didn’t have to wait long as New Belgium Brewing Company’s arrival in Hawaii last month gave us a whole new selection of beers to try. Our New Belgium Beer Dinner last month (March 26) was an amazing success with some mouthwatering pairings.  My Beer and Food Pairing Manifesto I believe anything you eat with beer should not be subtle. Beer is something you can quaff. It’s a hearty drink with bold flavors and any food pairings need to stand up to that. When planning for a beer dinner I am thinking salty, spicy, smoky, crispy, rich and creamy. The same kinds of flavor you find with popular beer foods like nachos and cheese and Buf... Read more

Tiki’s “Kona Brewing” Beer Dinner

Posted on January 08, 2016 by admin
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  Join me on Monday, January 11th at 6pm at Tiki's Grill & Bar for the "Kona Brewing Company Beer Dinner".  I will pair the dinner menu with a lineup of Brew Master Ryan McVeigh's Kona Brewing Company beers.  See full line up at and get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tikis-grill-bar-presents-kona-brewing-company-beer-dinner-tickets-19894467889  Brewmastser Ryan McVeigh began his professional brewing career in Colorado in the year 2000; he then moved to Boise, Idaho and brewed for Big Horn Brewing Co. Finding that the "big city life" was not for him, he searched for a larger brewery in a small town environment. When Kona Brewing Co brought him to the islands in 2005, it turned out to be exactly what he was looking for. He has since worked in every capacity of the brewing process at Kona Brew, from cleaning kegs to lab work, filtration operations to sales. He currently holds the title of Brewery Manager and Brewmaster. To give you a sneak peek... the second course will feature a Lemongrass Luau Ale. Lemongrass Luau is a cr... 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