February food and dining events
Chocolates from last year's festival
This weekend is the sixth annual Hawaii Avocado Festival in Kona. The main event (free!) is Saturday, February 18, with avocado sushi rollups, more than 80 artisan and food booths, a farmers' market, a recipe contest, tips on growing and grafting avocado trees. Chef Hector Wong will demonstrate how to make a seven-tier Chocolate Oblivion Cake with organic Hawaii Island avocado and Original Hawaiian Chocolate.
The night before, celebrate our Island's buttery, creamy fruit at Kealakekua Bay Bed and Breakfast with a five-course, avocado-inspired meal by Chef Devin Lowder of When Pigs Fly Island Charcuterie.
$85, for reservations, phone 328-8150, avocadofestival.org
Tango's monthly series—Third Tuesday at Tango—pairs chef Goran Streng's contemporary European dishes with wine. This month, the theme is Pinot. Start with garlic escargot paired with a Wolfberger Cremant de Alsace from France and try a petite osso bucco with a Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir from Napa.
February 21, $59, 593-7288 for reservations
Alan Wong's Next Generation Dinner features Chef de Partie Hongsoeb Kim and his Korean-inspired fine-dining dishes. The five-course menu includes a white kimchee summer roll with Alaskan King crab and pomelo; butter poached Kona cold lobster with seafood mandoo; coconut crusted onaga jun. For dessert, pastry cook Jasmine Quibilan assembles a Makkoli (a Korean rice wine) granite, yogurt sorbet and fresh fruits.
February 22, $75/$105 with wine, 949-2526 for reservations
Du Vin's popular Brewer's Table returns February 24 with four courses paired with beer. Taste a crispy Shinsato pork belly with a Hawaii Nui Sunset Amber Ale and a braised opah in a tomato-beer broth, paired with a Rogue chocolate stout.
6 p.m., $50, 545-1115 for reservations
The other carnival: Kamehameha Schools' Hoolaulea 2012 is Saturday February 25. The event features Neighbor Island specialties like Kauai kulolo and Molokai bread. Hawaiian plate lunches, KS's famous brownies and malassadas are part of the festival fare. Some fun facts: around 3500 Hawaiian plates, 12,000 brownies and 19,150 malassadas sold each year.
8:30am to 4pm. Free parking and shuttle service from Damien Memorial School, Kapalama Elementary and HCC. http://parents.ksbe.edu/Parents/Hoolaulea/2012/2012-hoolaulea-flyer.pdf
HONOLULU Magazine is sponsoring the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, Saturday February 25. The event spotlights Hawaii-Grown Cacao. There will, of course, be chocolate from some of Hawaii's finest chocolate artisans, like Waialua Estate chocolate, Malie Kai, Madre Chocolate, Manoa Chocolate, Sweet Paradise Chocolate and Big Island's Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. But it's not all sweet: Ronnie Nasuti, chef of Tiki's Grill and Bar, will compose a savory chocolate fettucine. Also on tap is Kona Brewing Company's specially brewed chocolate beer.
Noon to 5 p.m. at Dole Cannery. Tickets $20 in advance online: hawaiichocolatefestival.com, $25 at the door.