Category Archives: Tiki’s

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

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

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

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

2014 TripAdvisor Award of Excellence – Winning With Social Media

Posted on May 28, 2014 by admin
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I would like to thank my team for everything they do to help us make Tiki’s a great experience for our guests. We were recently honored with the TripAdvisor 2014 Award of Excellence thanks to everyone’s hard work. This marks the third year in a row that we’ve received the award. A lot goes in to making a large, busy restaurant like Tiki’s a success and social media sites like Yelp, OpenTable, Urbanspoon and TripAdvisor have added another dimension. There are good and bad things, I think, about online reviews but our whole team, from the floor managers and the front of the house staff to the kitchen and the owners have contributed to how well we’ve done. Earning consistently high ratings, good reviews and awards like this one really shows what a strong team we have. The Good TripAdvisor is a pretty powerful social media network for travelers and obviously in Waikiki we are a travel destination. Our clientele is maybe 20% local and 80% visitors. We’re not a franchise so for visitors, a lot of our guests are seeing us for the ... Read more