Foodie Events You’ll Want to Check Out in August

Eat local beef, meet a rancher, dine with a winemaker and learn who’s growing our food.
Meet the winemaker behind Relic at a wine dinner at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, with a menu featuring seared scallops with prosciutto de parma crisps and slow-roasted Australian lamb belly.
Photo: Courtesy of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar


From a meat-centric dinner featuring local beef to an inspiring evening centered on food innovation and small plates by local chefs, August is full of food-related events where you can eat, drink and learn.


Wine Speak Carnivore, Aug. 17

In its expanded private dining room, 12th Ave Grill will host an indulgent dinner featuring local, grass-fed beef and wild game at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. The menu features Kunoa Cattle Co. beef tenderloin carpaccio, Ni‘ihau eland steak frites, slow-braised Ni‘ihau lamb osso bucco and pan-roasted rack of Moloka‘i lamb, each paired with wine. This event is part of the restaurant’s Wine Speak dinner series. Ranchers will be on hand to share stories about these local meats, too.

$155, includes wine pairings, (808) 732-9469,


Pink Wines, Aug. 17

Rosé is trending, and master sommelier Chuck Furuya will introduce you to four standout pink wines at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar. To make it more interesting, the tasting will be done blind. Some of the wines that will be served include the 2014 Leccia Patrimono Rosé from Corsica and 2015 Regis Bouvier Marsannay Rosé that Furuya says is “ethereal, pretty and delicious.” By reservation only.

$27, (808) 524-8466,


Prime Rib Sunday, Aug. 20

Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai is bringing back its popular Prime Rib Sunday on Aug. 20 with a prime rib prix fixe menu that features a 16-ounce herb-roasted certified Angus beef rib eye with creamy horseradish and jus. The meal is completed with a baby iceberg wedge salad and the restaurant’s signature melting hot chocolate soufflé.

$55, (808) 396-7697,


Relic Winemaker Dinner, Aug. 22

Meet the winemaker behind Relic at a special dinner at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22. Relic’s Schatzi Throckmorton, who, along with her husband, Michael Hirby, specialize in Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay from older vineyards farmed organically in Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. The menu pairs these wines with seared scallops with prosciutto de parma crisps, slow-roasted Australian lamb belly and fresh Hawaiian ‘ahi carpaccio. The dinner is limited to 40 guests.

$85, includes wine pairings, (808) 931-6286,


Show Me the Green, Aug. 28

The quarterly EAT DRINK THINK series features small plates served by local chefs. Robynne Mai‘i of Fête was one of the featured chefs at the last event.
Photo: Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation

A panel of restaurateurs and investment experts will share advice on how to transform local, value-added products into The Next Big Thing at the latest EAT THINK DRINK event at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 at The Modern Honolulu. The panel for “Show Me the Green: How to Access Capital and Move Your Project from Seed to Shelf,” put on by the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation, includes Meli James of the Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association and Nancy Enos of Foodland Super Market. Leading the evening’s conversation will be Lou Cooperhouse, executive director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center and pioneer in food business innovation and incubation. Afterward, dine on small plates by The Pig & The Lady, 12th Ave Grill, Pai Honolulu, Ravish Honolulu, MW Restaurant and Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai. Hand-crafted cocktails and craft beer will also be provided.



Hawai‘i Agriculture Conference, Aug. 29 to 30

Join the more than 400 people expected to attend this year’s Hawai‘i Agriculture Conference on Aug. 29 and 30 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Speakers include Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, President Hilda C. Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, author and farmer Ben Hartman, and Scott Enright, chairman of the state Department of Agriculture. The goal of the two-day conference, hosted by the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i, is to bring together stakeholders to support Hawai‘i’s agriculture industry, collaborate and share knowledge. In addition to small-group sessions and panel discussions, the event will feature farm-to-table tastings prepared by local restaurants including 12th Ave Grill, Forty Carrots, d.k. Steak House, Poke Stop and Kaka‘ako Kitchen.



Join us for an evening of fantastic food, creative cocktails and exhilarating entertainment as we celebrate Hawai‘i’s very best restaurants at the 2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards: Destination Delicious on Sept. 17 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Take a culinary trip around the world in one evening while you dine on artfully crafted dishes from Hawai‘i’s best chefs. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.