From 4-Star to 'da Bar: Chefs on the Move

One conversation you might not hear this holiday season is the change in habits many people throughout our communities are now settling in to—even if subconsciously—due to the overall economic downturn that has gripped our country for a considerable time. Many folks have taken on a second, possibly a third job. Some have dramatically curtailed their shopping. Others may have moved in to a new home that matches their new income, having lost job(s) or had wages garnished. Regardless of the level, we’ve all made adjustments; yet it isn’t the first thing we care to talk about among our peers.

Celebrity Chef Tour: To Mauna Lani in 2011

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will host a historic culinary event in early 2011, when James Beard Foundation's "The Celebrity Chef Tour" stops-off here on January 21st and 22nd. Spotlighted chefs Michael Symon (star of Iron Chef America and restaurateur, Cleveland's Lola and Lolita ) and Jonathan Waxman (author and star of Top Chef Masters, also owner of Barbuto in NYC's West Village) will anchor the foodie event.

Economic Woes Lead to Big Kamaaina Savings at Kapalua

We’ve said it before: This dismal economy has its silver linings. Today, it comes in the form of a stellar “stay-cation” for kama‘aina interested in heading to the Valley Isle between now and the end of the year. Kapalua, Maui is the destination.

Kauai Grill Celebrates One Year, Garners Loyal Following

While we like to make a practice of covering events yet-to-come in order to give esteemed readers the opportunity to attend them, this “wrap up” of a just-passed culinary extravaganza from Jean-George’s Kauai Grill at the St. Regis Princeville is well worth the space. Trumpeting their one-year anniversary last week, the resort’s food and beverage team paired with Kauai Grill chef de cuisine Colin Hazama to bring locals and hotel guests a truly innovative menu that celebrated the notion of maintaining a Hawaiian ahupua‘a.

Four Seasons Hualalai Offers Kamaaina Perks

There are those within the hospitality field who understand that adversity occasionally births opportunity. The fine folks at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on the Big Island of Hawaii, fortunately happen to be some of those people. They’ve launched a “Hawaii residents” offer to stay at one of Hawaii’s top luxury resort experiences for $325 per night, plus a $100 flight credit to be used within the resort. Offer expires December 2011.

Chef Mavro Shaves Burgundy Truffles on Anything You Like

For gourmands, there is perhaps no more indulgent luxury than observing a paper-thin wafer of fresh, European truffles shaved over your plate. Whatever the contents of the dish may be, there is something wholly gratifying about the knowledge that went in to procuring the truffle, the expense, and of course, the explosion of flavor that comes with each bight. And while we’re usually relegated to chemically-processed “truffle infused oils” in these parts, there is one man who has your earthy cravings top of mind.

Chocolate and Truffles at Maui's Pulehu Eatery

Sticking with the truffles theme, we’ve been alerted to another event, this time on the isle of Maui. Pulehu Italian Grill is celebrating its first anniversary with a “Chocolate and Truffles Decadenza” on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Executive chef Francois Milliet will command various food stations set up around the picturesque eatery for guests to sample, of which chocolate truffles are the common theme.

Alan Wong Opens Cocktail Development to Public

Join the Wong Team in Developing Halloween-inspired Cocktails

Do you like fine cocktails so much that it’s borderline scary? If so, we have a wonderful opportunity for you. On Wednesday, October 27, chef Alan Wong presents a Halloween-themed cocktail development seminar that—for the first time to the public—is open to a limited number of patrons. The session will be led by Wong’s resident Wine Director, Mark Shishido, as well as Southern Wines & Spirits’ Director of Mixology, Chandra Lam.

North Shore Seafood Fete: Shrimp Trucks and Poke Abound

Turtle Bay's 6th Annual Seafood Festival, This Weekend

If you’re keen on a scenic, north-bound drive on Oahu, like seafood, beautiful vistas and a day outside eating and imbibing with some of the best chefs around, you might want to get yourself to the 6th Annual Seafood Festival at Turtle Bay Resort this Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd. The event will kick off on Friday with a sampling of the North Shore shrimp trucks, followed by the legendary Sam Choy Poke Contest, at 10 a.m., Saturday morning. The affair will wrap up with the Seafood Festival on Saturday night.

Mango Madness Maraudes Moana, Friday

The islands are teeming with upscale culinary events this month—and here’s one you won’t want to miss. The finale event in the “Mangoes at the Moana” series is this Friday’s “Tree to Table: A Mango Throw Down” to take place at the Westin Moana Surfrider. (For malihini/visitors who couldn’t already smell it in the air, its mango harvest season in Hawaii.)

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