Passionate About Wine? Film It for $

What? Yet another way for you to put many a "Benjamin" in your billfold, you ask? Yep, never forget who's looking out for ya, kid. Aside from us, Wes Zane is: He's the savvy restaurateur who has launched a world-wide contest in search of the person who can—in under 30 seconds—best explain what it is about fermented grapes that drives them to the drink. In a good way.

Sheraton Waikiki: Wine Flights + Farm Fare, New

The Sheraton Waikiki has launched two new food and beverage initiatives, even as the whir of construction crews continue to wrap up the remodel of the hotel's expansive lobby.

The $10,000 Mai Tai, + S. American Wine Sippin'

Times are, well, what they are. Which is why we feel obligated to pass along any stories that might lead to the fattening of your wallet, instead lieu of lightening it. The kind and charitable folks

A Sit-Down with Bar Acuda Chef-Owner Jim Moffat

Reveals Huge Plans for the Isle of Kaua`i, his passion for all things local and more

Jim Moffat has been quietly upping the ante on Kaua`i's food scene for nearly two years. Garden Isle residents, who have been forced to content with overpriced plate lunches, poor retail food outlets and semi-tolerable eateries, have been poised for a culinary boost—and Moffat is leading the charge.

If Life is a Bowl of Mangoes... Head to Makaha This Sunday

At a recent food and wine festival on a neighbor island, we had the pleasure of meeting a woman whose family owns a mango farm, located on O`ahu's West Side. She shared with us the joy of picking mangoes from their 50-tree farm, the nuances of different varietals, and images of summer days spent with sticky mango juice dripping down her arms.

Table One, + a Degustation Menu, 50 Years in the Making

The Halekulani has relentlessly rolled out a number of culinary gems this week, reminding those bound for (or residing in) O`ahu that Kalia Road is the place to be for top-tier dining.

Lewers Lounge to Showcase Mixologist, New Chef's Menu

On Saturday, July 25, Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii's Director of Mixology Francesco LaFranconi will do his best Tom Cruise (in Cocktail, not Risky Business) impersonation as he pours with a heavy hand at Lewers Lounge in Waikiki. Between 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., the Halekulani hot spot will feature "live soul jazz" from the likes of Tennyson Stephens.

Jean-Georges to Open Kaua`i Grill at St. Regis this October

Shuttered Princeville Resort to Rebrand, Wow Luxury Seekers

It has been confirmed: Jean-Georges Vongerichten will helm the Kaua`i Grill at the newly re-branded and revamped St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kaua`i when it opens this October. The resort will feature 251 newly designed rooms, including 52 suites, 3 additional restaurants, the 10,000 square foot Halele'a Spa and transformed banquet space for private affairs.

Coffee, Cows and Crafts, Oh My! Farm Fair This Weekend on O`ahu

Git out yer cowboy boots and lo'i waders: This Saturday and Sunday marks the 37th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair, held at the Bishop Museum, on O'ahu. If you've never been, you're in for a treat. First and foremost, there will be no shortage of edibles to sample; from Ka'u coffee and Ho Farms tomatoes, to Naked Cow Dairy's flavored butters and abalone harvested on the Big Island of Hawai`i.

Wine & Food Weekend Wrap Up

Kapalua 2009: Where the Northwest Vintners and Gen X Winemakers Came to Shine

We’ve finally come down from the high that was the 28th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. This event has truly evolved over the 5 years we’ve attended: Where the focus used to be on the master sommeliers and their wealth of knowledge, it has come to be a showplace for the incredibly diverse (and also evolving) class of winemakers located eastward across the Pacific.

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