March 2012

Biting Commentary

Eat Local: Alan Wong, Chuck Furuya and Richard Ha

At a Waikiki Prince Hotel lunch meeting, a noted chef, sommelier and farmer had one message: It matters what *you* eat.

Microbrew Hawaii coffee: Beach Bum Café, downtown Honolulu

A new downtown coffee bar serves up only 100 percent Hawaii-grown coffees, brewed by the cup, six ways.

Five new restaurants slated for Waikiki

Matteo's is back, with a cafe on the side. And the Hyatt Regency Waikiki is redoing three of its restaurants, two of them major.

Cocktail Dinner: Beggars Banquet at Azure, Royal Hawaiian, Feb. 23

Azure chef Jon Matsubara and master mixologist Joey Gottesman collaborate on a four-course cocktail pairing dinner, inspired by the Rolling Stones.

The Most Romantic Dessert, for Valentine's Day

Chef Mavro painstakingly creates what's been called "the most romantic dessert in the world," a Pavlova.

Hawaii Avocado Festival, Big Island, Feb. 18-19

Love Avocados? Going to be on Big Island's Kona Coast next weekend? Have we got a festival for you.

Bar Bites at Morton's The Steakhouse, Honolulu

The bartenders at Morton's in Ala Moana Center know their classic cocktails, but the bar food is also classic, especially at "Power Hour" prices.

The Pearl Restaurant, Leeward Community College's Big Surprise

It's a hidden gem, the little restaurant run by Ian Riseley and the culinary students at LCC, open for your business.

Get Your Honolulu Valentine's Dinner Reservations Part II

In Part I, we gave you Valentine's Day dinner suggestions. Here's few more and some advice.

Get Your Honolulu Valentine's Dinner Reservations TODAY

If you haven't got Valentine's Day reservations yet, pick up the phone. Here's a list of suggestions.

Chinese New Year's Dining, Honolulu

Gung Hee Fat Choy! Here are some good options for a tasty Chinese New Year's Celebration in Honolulu.

Beefeater 24 gin makes its Hawaii debut, at Waikiki Edition

Beefeater's master distiller, Desmond Payne, flew in from London to debut his new gin, Beefeaters 24, at a glittering cocktail party, lobby bar, Waikiki Edition.

New on Maui: Monkeypod Kitchen by Peter Merriman

On Feb. 11, Peter Merriman is opening his most casual restaurant yet: Monkeypod Kitchen, in Wailea, Maui.

Padovani's Back! New Padovani's Grill, Honolulu

Phillipe Padovani (of Padovani's Chocolates fame) has resurrected the L'Uraku-Elua-Sapori location on Kapiolani as his new Padovani's Grill.

Randy Ching Joins Chef Mavro, currently Honolulu's home of truffles

Halekulani's former sommelier, Randy Ching, has joined Chef Mavro, where the the new menu is truffle heaven, all the way to dessert.

Sausage king Bruce Aidells to hold charcuterie class at Kapiolani Community College, Feb. 21

Chefs, get your charcuterie on! In Febuary, Bruce Aidells will give a class in charcuterie at KCC.

Grand Opening: Il Lupino, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki

Wolfgang Zweiner's new Waikiki Italian restaurant threw itself a grand opening last night, with chef Nick Sayada in the kitchen.

Sam Choy Returns to Big Island with a new restaurant, Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

Chef Sam Choy returns to the Big Island with a new Keauhou restaurant, Sam Choy's Kai Lanai.

Relaxed and seriously tasty: James Beard Dinner, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

Celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman cook up six great courses at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner. All relaxed and family style.

In the kitchen with Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman, James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner, Mauna Lani

With only four hours to go until the James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner, Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman are laboring in the kitchen, where the mood and the food are both great. At the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Kohala Coast, Big Island.

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