Chopsticks Are To Wine As Japan Is To Tuscany. Oh, Just Read It.

While the 7th Annual Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce's "Chopsticks & Wine" event isn't until October 15, we felt an early start might allow readers a chance to attain tickets before its inevitable sell out. Held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, on a Wednesday evening, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the event routinely fills all 1,200 seats weeks before. Consider yourself been warned.

This year's theme is "Vino Las Vegas!", and will feature twelve of Hawaii's most prominent chefs, who will prepare their top-selling dishes for attendees. Dishes include (but aren't limited to):  Pan Seared Bubu Arare Crusted Salmon with Yuzu Butter and Kabayaki Sauce Drizzle from 3660 on the Rise; Diver Scallop Sandwich, Nalo Greens and a Citrus Butter Sauce from Beachhouse at the Moana; Syrah Braised Pork Cheeks on Truffled Orzo Salad from Bistro Catering; Ninja Chirashi (Spicy Tuna Tartare on a Tower of Seasoned Sushi Rice) from Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant; Wafu Doria (Japanese Style Doria) from Hakone; Kona Kampachi Crudo from Hanohano Room; Braised Short Ribs from Le Bistro; Shrimp Cake Loco Moco with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce from Sam Choy's; Roasted Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Blackened Shrimp from Sammy's Restaurant; Roast Prime Rib of Beef and Kula Strawberries with Moscato D'Asti from The Kitchen at Times Beretania; and Pulled Pork Melt with Tropical Island Slaw and Poke Sampler of Creamy Ahi, Ginger Scallion Shrimp, and Kapakahi Poke with Opihi from The Poke Stop.

Various wine and beverage distributors will display their wares, practically begging you to sample their hot new vintages and imports.

Tickets to the Chopsticks & Wine "Vino Las Vegas!" event are $90 per person. Interested parties should call (808) 949-5531 or email info@honolulujapanesechamber.org for ticketing.