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Taste of the Nation: Hawaii

A tasting event to raise $50,000 for The Hawaii Foodbank and ‘AINA In Schools, a program of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

Food events and industry news

Taste of Waialua, 2-for-1 at Stage, The Blue Tomato wins an IACP cookbook award.

Daniel Skurnick's pop up dinner

Notes on the dinner and an appendix by Skurnick with recipes, picture, inspiration, and design

Don Q cocktail competition at Bar 35

Roxanne Siebert of Manifest beats out other competitors to go to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

New restaurant/pub on Kauai: The Feral Pig

Dave Power, formerly bar manager at Town, opens a pub in Lihue

New in Lahaina: Sure Thing Burger

A burger stand by two-Michelin-starred chef, Josiah Citrin

The Whole Ox Deli and Malama Farm

Biting Commentary goes from the Whole Ox Deli opening to the source: Malama Farm

Big Island Updates: Allen's Table and Big Island Brewhaus

Allen Hess, previously chef de cuisine at Merriman's Waimea, opens Allen's Table; Thomas Kerns, former brewmaster of Maui Brewing Co., starts Big Island Brewhaus

Big Island: Monstera Sushi

The Chuck Norris roll and the tuna tataki, as featured in the 2011 HONOLULU Magazine restaurant guide.

Big Island: 50s Highway Fountain

The perfect pit stop with diner classics

Upcoming food and dining events

Whole Foods Kailua preview, pop-up by Daniel Skurnick at Prima, Arabian Nights

New restaurant: Kimukatsu

Specializing in katsu with 25 layers of thinly sliced pork.

Italian charsiu at Mix Cafe

A beet, sausage, gorgonzola and apple sandwich that tastes like Italian charsiu

Scotch: The Grand Scotch tour, a quick and dirty guide, Scotch cocktails

Get ready for the Grand Scotch tour at the Willows with a primer. Not ready to go all in? Ease into Scotch with some cocktails.

Restaurants just opened / opening soon

Kimukatsu, Adega Portuguesa, The Whole Ox Deli, Real A Gastropub

Where to eat for St. Patrick's Day

Murphy's celebrates it's 25th St. Patrick's day party this year. Less boisterous options include SALT and Side Street.

New: Queen's Surf Cafe and Lanai

This newly reopened beach concession stand offers lovely, casual, oceanfront dining, with plates around $10.

New: Dash Gastropub

Billed as "upscale drinks and food at bar prices," Dash serves twists on comfort food.

No Ka Oi IPA: Rogue's private label beer for Hawaii Whole Foods

Troy Terorotua, beer specialist at Whole Foods Kahala, approached Rogue to create a beer for the Hawaii market.

Cafe Julia opening in downtown YWCA

Partners in the new venture include Lance Kosaka, former executive chef of Alan Wong's Pineapple Room.

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