Lamb jam: 12th Avenue Grill celebrates spring with these seasonal babies

Tonight and the next three Mondays, 12th Avenue Grill is the place to go if you love lamb (as I do). Each week, chef Jason Schoonover will highlight a different cut of lamb. The series is born out of 12th Avenue Grill restaurateur Kevin Hanney partnering with the Maui Cattle Co. in effort to cultivate spring in Hawai‘i as a “food event.” Last spring, Hanney … Continue reading Lamb jam: 12th Avenue Grill celebrates spring with these seasonal babies

Hawai‘i gets three candidates in James Beard Awards semifinals

The Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards are out—and Hawai‘i has three guys on the list! *Drumroll please* The semifinalists are: Rising Star Chef: Quinten Frye, Salt Bar & Kitchen (pictured above) Best Chef: West: Ed Kenney, Town Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional: Chuck Furuya, DK Restaurants Congratulations to all three men—they have worked hard for the honor. … Continue reading Hawai‘i gets three candidates in James Beard Awards semifinals

Food, father, and son: ‘Entre les Bras’ at the Doris Duke Theatre Feb. 5-7

The documentary Entre les Bras (lamely called Step Up to the Plate in English) opens with France’s most influential, revered chef—Michel Bras—pulling push-pinned photos off a bulletin board. He is making way for his son Sébastien’s take over of his restaurant Bras in southern France. Slight, compact, and bespectacled, he looks a little Jacques Cousteau, a little Milhouse Van Houten of The Simpsons. And totally … Continue reading Food, father, and son: ‘Entre les Bras’ at the Doris Duke Theatre Feb. 5-7

Plan ahead: Maui Ag Fest, April 6, 2013

Back in April, as a judge at the Maui County Agricultural Festival (aka Ag Fest), I got to play Top Chef with Sheldon Simeon. He was one of 12 Maui chefs paired with a Maui farmer and tasked to create a dish with that farmer’s produce, as part of the festival’s Grand Taste Education Program. Simeon won. And now he actually is on Top Chef—last … Continue reading Plan ahead: Maui Ag Fest, April 6, 2013

Lots of food to eat: New spots, cool events

Help buy furniture for a new Kaka‘ako food “hub”—Taste, a collaborative venture between chef Mark Noguchi, his partner Amanda Corby, and Eat the Street founders Poni and Brandon Askew. Tonight they hold a grand-opening/fundraiser featuring food by Noguchi, Sean Priester, The Pig and the Lady (now run by Andrew Le’s mom, since he absconded to San Francisco to work at Rich Table), and Sweet Bread.  … Continue reading Lots of food to eat: New spots, cool events

New + notable: Café Julia

Every few years, the downtown YWCA’s café—for more than a decade known as Café Laniakea—gets a new chef, gets buzz, then goes off the radar (or closes altogether). All kinds of locally known names have helmed the kitchen—such as Town’s Ed Kenney (Wanda Adams announced his appointment in the Honolulu Advertiser in 2003, reporting that the café’s new motto was “Local first, organic whenever possible … Continue reading New + notable: Café Julia

Honolulu gets a Tour d’Argent chef

After more than a year’s search, Halekulani has finally found a new chef de cuisine for  La Mer—Alexandre Trancher. He comes from La Tour d’Argent in the New Otani Tokyo, where he was executive chef, and before that he was the sous chef at the storied La Tour d’Argent in Paris. He’s already made his mark on Honolulu’s bastion of formal French dining. Continue reading Honolulu gets a Tour d’Argent chef

New York resto safari: Eleven Madison Park

It’s not often that a restaurant not only has staying power, but actually ascends to food-world pantheon domination at the age of 14. Fourteen! That’s, like, 85 in restaurant years. And venerable Eleven Madison Park has done it, earning a fourth New York Times star in 2009, a third Michelin star last year, and this year taking the Outstanding Chef Award at the James Beard … Continue reading New York resto safari: Eleven Madison Park

Chelsea food tour with Hawaiian Airlines

I’m on day three in New York, part of my #AlohaNYC trip with Hawaiian Airlines. Last night I joined Hawaiian Airlines‘ Jeremy Althof and Asiana Ponciana along with Amuse Bouche blogger and New York food scout Bradley Hawks on a food hop in Chelsea. Bradley won Hawaiian Airlines/Urban Spoon’s contest for best New York food blogger, which means he’s taking the airlines’ new nonstop flight … Continue reading Chelsea food tour with Hawaiian Airlines

The Chow-n-Art Express

So you’ve probably heard that Hawaiian Airlines starts a daily nonstop flight to New York City on Monday, ending United Airlines’ (previously Continental) monopoly on that prized route. Hawaiian Airlines has been giving freebies to writers, bloggers, chefs and other spread-the-word types each time they launch a new destination. I lucked out and got tapped to board flight 50 to JFK (as a second choice … Continue reading The Chow-n-Art Express