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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hale Aina Happenings: 20 restaurants band together for the Haiyan Relief Effort

Hale Aina Happenings: 20 restaurants band together for the Haiyan Relief Effort

A lot of restaurants are jumping in to contribute to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, including Roy's Hawaii Kai, which is hosting a pay-what-you-can-afford dinner of Roy Yamaguchi's Filipino-inspired dishes tonight. The dinner filled up quickly, but you can get tickets for the just-announced Chefs for Hope fundraiser, which will assemble more than 20 of Hawaii's restaurants in one evening. Restaurants participating include Roy's, Chef Chai, Alan Wong's, Michel's, Morimoto's Waikiki, 12th Ave Grill, Side Street Inn, Hoku's and Vintage Cave. A sampling of the dishes: smoked duck breast tacos with avocado mousse and mango salsa (Chef Chai), short rib crepes (Beachhouse at the Moana), pastrami cured nairagi with a shaved fennel salad (12th Ave Grill), braised short rib gisantes (Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas) and banana cake with double chocolate (JJ Bistro and French Pastry). 100 percent of the ticket sales will go to the Salvation Army Haiyan Relief Fund.
Tickets $100 and up, Monday, November 25 at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Tickets available at the Blaisdell box office and Chef Chai.

This month's farmer's dinner at Cactus features Glenn and Amy Shinsato of Shinsato Farm, which primarily raises and processes pigs in Kahaluu, but recently also started offering rabbit as well. It makes an appearance on the six-course menu as "carnitas" with Meyer lemon, jalapeño and truffled guacamole, and as a loin wrapped in house-cured bacon. Pork from the farm is prepared as a crispy porchetta with clams, and Peruvian style, accompanied by rice and lentils.
$70/$100 with wine and cocktail pairings, Thursday, November 21.

It's the Kahala's 50th anniversary, and while the resort's signature restaurant wasn't always Hoku's, it's celebrating anyways. During the year-long celebration (ending next June), Hoku's is offering a 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee menu—five courses that include an Oysters Rockefeller tempura; poached fresh fish with cucumber noodles and a three-caviar beurre blanc; and a classic tournedos Rossini—a pan-roasted filet mignon garnished with foie gras, roasted potatoes and truffled red wine jus.
$196.40 for two (to celebrate the hotel's grand opening year, 1964), 739-8760,

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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