4 Can’t-Miss Food and Drink Events on O‘ahu to Check Out in January 2019
Farm dinners, haute Indian cuisine, a beer festival and wine pairings for all you foodie fiends.
Outstanding in the Field
Photo: Ilana Freddye
What says “farm to table” more than, well, eating at a farm? Outstanding in the Field, a traveling dinner series that connects local guest chefs with host farmers, returns to O‘ahu for two events this month before traveling to Mexico, Florida, Texas and beyond. On Jan. 12, Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush of Senia will prepare a number of dishes at Kualoa Ranch, including Kualoa oysters with white kim chee and a yuzu kosho granita. On Jan. 13, Ed Kenney (Town, Mud Hen Water, Kaimukī Superette, Mahina & Sun’s) returns to MA‘O, where the first OITF in Hawai‘i was held in 2012. His menu features lāwalu fresh catch, kālua he‘e, 2 Lady Farmers pork and more cooked in an imu. The event is pricey but tends to sell out, so get tickets while you can.
Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush: $245, 1 p.m., Jan. 12, Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe; Ed Kenney: $235, 1 p.m., Jan. 13, MA‘O Organic Farms, 86-148 Pūhāwai Road, Wai‘anae; outstandinginthefield.com
Taste of Punjab
Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Culinary Education Foundation
If you’re not sure what is considered fine dining when it comes to Indian cuisine, you’re in for a treat: Chef Vikram Garg, formerly of the Halekūlani and now operating partner/chef of the hospitality division of The MacNaughton Group, will serve a menu of authentic North Indian preparations of fish, chickpeas, butter chicken, potatoes, rice, ice cream and more in an upscale setting. This dinner benefits the Hawai‘i Culinary Education Foundation, which supports culinary training programs across the state. Tickets include food, wine, tax, gratuity and valet parking.
$225, 6–9 p.m., Jan. 20, The Kāhala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kāhala Ave., hawaiiculinaryfoundation.org
Hawai‘i Beer Fest: Winter Edition
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More than 100 beers were available at the inaugural Hawai‘i Beer Fest last June, and if you didn’t get to try as many as you wanted, good news: There’s now a winter edition, presented by ‘Ohana Broadcast Co. and Kurious Productions, which will feature exclusive and limited releases, as well as some beers that are new to Hawai‘i. One ticket gets you a glass that can be filled with brews from Honolulu Beerworks, Inu Island Ales, Kawaba, 10 Barrell, Saint Archer Brewing, Oktoberfest-Spaten Franziskaner Brau as well as ciders, Spiked Seltzer and a spiked tea. We recommend making a plan of attack before you start drinking and dumping any you don’t like so you have more room for those you do. Absorb some of that alcohol with food from ‘Ahi Assassins, Brick Fire Tavern, Taqueria El Ranchero, Thai Food Olay’s and This Lil Piggy. And if you’re feeling the urge to dance, radio DJs will be there spinning. Needless to say, this event is only for those 21 and older, and you should make sure you have a safe ride home (Lyft offers a discount with code “HAWAIIBEERFEST” for newbies and “HAWAIIBEERFEST19” for existing users). A portion of proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Honolulu.
$50–$80, 6–9 p.m., Jan. 26, VIP entry at 5 p.m., Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave., hawaiibeerfest.com
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Scherrer Wine Dinner
We love Pai Honolulu for its carefully constructed plates, addictive small bites and house-made breads (we named it Editor’s Choice for Best New Restaurant in the 35th annual Hale ‘Aina Awards), and now it’s launching a wine dinner program to be held the last Tuesday of every month. For the inaugural event, try wines from Sonoma County’s Scherrer Winery and learn about them from winemakers Fred and Judi Scherrer. The pours will be paired with a five-course menu by chef Kevin Lee, featuring scallop fettuccine, slow-roasted pork belly, beef and foie gras lasagna, and more. Save 10 bucks when you reserve your spot by Jan. 15.
$145–$155, seatings at 5:30, 6:30 and 8 p.m., Jan. 29, 55 Merchant St., paihonolulu.com