Eat tacos, help the ‘āina

For the past decade the fertile, historic area from He‘eia to Kahalu‘u on the Windward Side has been become a locus for agricultural activism. A standout organization is Kako‘o ‘Ōiwi, a nonprofit that secured a 38-year lease on more than 400 acres—known as the Hoi marshland—where it is restoring agricultural and ecological productivity. Every second Saturday of the month all kinds of people volunteer for … Continue reading Eat tacos, help the ‘āina

Bruce Bromberg: How he fell for Hawai‘i + the origin of his famed bone marrow

For a Modern Luxury Hawai‘i assignment, I was lucky to be able to interview three chefs participating in this year’s Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, happening Oct. 14–30 on three islands and with more kitchen and bar talent than ever before. I figured most media would be mobbing the new names—especially returning local heroes Chung Chow of New York’s Noreetuh and Ravi Kapur of Liho Liho Yacht … Continue reading Bruce Bromberg: How he fell for Hawai‘i + the origin of his famed bone marrow

Make your mom feel really special at Kevin Lee’s pre-Mother’s Day dinner

You’ve left Mother’s Day reservations til the last minute—again. Do you really want to suffer through another buffet because your family for some reason goes kookoo bananas over dried-out crab legs? Take Mom to a dinner by a chef who’s worth splurging on. (I’ll take it for granted your Mom is worth splurging on too.) Tomorrow, May 9, Kevin Lee—with equally great chef Lindsey Ozawa … Continue reading Make your mom feel really special at Kevin Lee’s pre-Mother’s Day dinner

Cochon Island: Pig night out at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

“The pig is a magical animal,” said Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon555 at Taste in Kaka‘ako last Wednesday. “You sound like Homer Simpson,” chuckled Lee Anne Wong, who is one of five guest chefs who will cook at Cochon Island, the Hawai‘i version of Cochon 555, on Hawai‘i Island this Saturday. When Lowe launched Cochon 555 in 2008, his original concept was five chefs, five … Continue reading Cochon Island: Pig night out at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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

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

Voulez-vous mangez avec moi? Kahala Resort holds Julia Child Tribute in August

Julia Child continues to inspire chefs and launch a thousand food events. This August (when all good French citizens go on holiday), the Kahala Resort holds Bon Appétit!: A Tribute to Julia Child and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The month-long event is held in honor of the French-cuisine chronicler’s 100th birthday. There will be classes, a grazing event, and special menus in the … Continue reading Voulez-vous mangez avec moi? Kahala Resort holds Julia Child Tribute in August

Eat well + be on national TV: Eat Street shooting on O‘ahu this week

Just got the 411 on the Cooking Channel show Eat Street shooting on O‘ahu this week. Nathan Kam, McNeil Wilson Communications vice president for travel & tourism, said that on behalf of the Hawai‘i Visitor and Convention Bureau, he and his team got the food series over here. The show’s production crew will check out the food trucks Camille’s on Wheels, Flipt Out Eats, Opal … Continue reading Eat well + be on national TV: Eat Street shooting on O‘ahu this week

Aroma therapy (drinkable kind)


Loving the farm-to-glass cocktails, made with herbs grown in the bar’s back garden and peppers grown by Unko Ernie? On Wednesday you have a chance to partake of bartenders, er mixologists, other obsession: Vintage cocktails. Michelin-starred barman Brian Van Flandern (Bemelmans Bar, Per Se) released his book Vintage Cocktails last year and for decades King of Cocktails Dale DeGroff has been keeping old-school recipes alive (he added the Prohibition-era citrusy classic Bees Knees to the Lewers Lounge menu—try it, you’ll like it). And just like they’re hunting down fresh, local ingredients, bartenders are now on the prowl for old-world liqueurs and potions once used in the early days of cocktails. Continue reading “Aroma therapy (drinkable kind)”