Big Island Pairs Fine Wine + Food, Too

Big Island Pairs Fine Wine + Food, Too

Maui isn't the only place pairing fantastic wine and food with picturesque settings. The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawai'i's Kohala Coast recently hosted (former Kapalua attendee) Michael Martini of Napa Valley's Louis M. Martini wine makers for a one-night-only pairing dinner.

The customized five-course menu was conceptualized by chef TK Theosavang at the Orchid, who melded the signature silky textures of Martini's cabernet and chardonnay wines with Kona Kampachi, proscuitto wrapped swordfish, organic white honey and roasted venison loin and local Kabocha squash, to name a few.

The Orchid has been quietly inviting California's top wine makers out for semi-annual events such as these, and they certainly should be on the radar of foodies coming to or based around the island chain. Tickets are just over a hundred dollars—a meager entrance fee to post-up at the ocean fronting Brown's Beach House—and enjoy award-winning wine with local cuisine.

Keep an eye on the haps at the Orchid, where master Japanese chef Norio has also attracted quite the local following at his uber-tasty sushi restaurant. In fact, the Kohala coast is quickly becoming Hawai'i's next food mecca, with Alan Wong (Hualalai), Peter Merriman (Waikoloa), D.K. Kodama (Waikoloa) and dozens of other reputable chefs and resorts offering top grinds.

Go to for more information on special food events at the Fairmont Orchid.