Lee Anne Wong

Kristi Yamaguchi announces Hawaii book tour

Sponsored Kristi Yamaguchi, accomplished Olympian, wife, mother, philanthropist and champion for childhood literacy established the Always Dream Foundation 20 years ago to support the hopes and dreams of children. Of its initiatives, the foundation’s Always Reading literacy program is by…

Modern kaiseki this Sunday at Hale Ohuna

Denise Luke and Lee Anne Wong of Hale Ohuna have been busy prepping for a special kaiseki this coming Sunday, featuring hand-picked sake pairings from award-winning Kikusui Brewery — three of which you can’t even get. When brewer Richard Priest got…

Ed’s Top 3: Cyber Monday foodie gift ideas

The madness of Black Friday behind us, we come now to my preferred shopping day, Cyber Monday, where people go online to look for deals. Here are my top three gift recommendations for the foodie in your life. Hedley &…

#HFWF15: Battle of the Brunch II

Humidity and morning rain weren’t enough to keep away the crowd that showed up for the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Battle of the Brunch II on Sunday. The weather cleared up shortly before, and the three chef teams were…

Something new: Hale Ohuna

After months of anticipation, I heard a rumor that Lee Anne Wong’s long-awaited sake, shochu and whiskey bar and restaurant was soft opening over a week ago. Fanboy that I am, I gathered a few friends with the intent of…

Sneak peek: Hale Ohuna

After months of waiting … and waiting … and waiting, chef Lee Anne Wong’s newest restaurant is finally opening to the public Friday night. It seems quite fitting that the name is Hale Ohuna (which means “secret house” in Hawaiian),…

Koko Head Cafe’s secret menu

By now you know that most, if not all, restaurants have some kind of off-menu items or combos that you can order, anytime, and impress your friends while enjoying an extra special meal. Double double animal style? Check. Sriracha breakfast…

Dumpling making from ‘All Day Wong’

I’ve been a fan of Lee Anne Wong ever since she emerged on season 1 of “Top Chef,” so when Koko Head Cafe’s star chef sent me a copy of her new cookbook, “Dumplings All Day Wong,” I decided to…

Did this: 2014 Mangoes at the Moana

Summer brings mango season, which means it’s time for the annual Mangoes at the Moana. Chefs from the Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Waikiki, MW, Town, Koko Head Cafe and more were on hand with mango-themed dishes to celebrate the popular tropical…

First taste: Koko Head Cafe

The people behind Koko Head Cafe: Chef Lee Anne Wong (center), with owners Kevin Haney and Denise Luke, who also own 12th Avenue Grill. — Photo by Diane SeoI have a confession: I have never watched an episode of “Top…

One more day: Aloha, Taste Table

Kakaako’s Taste Table ends its run on Auahi Street tonight, and any way you look at it, it’s been a remarkable run. Its beginning was as notable for its promise — a Hawaiian blessing, partners Poni and Brandon Askew, Mark…

Did this: Calabash & Cooks

The inaugural Calabash & Cooks fundraiser showcased Hawaii’s top culinary talent on the grounds of Kapolei High School to benefit Malama Learning Center. Performances by Lucky Taiko, the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei, Joh Kaina and Holunape provided a nice…

Did this: Cochon Island preview

A small group gathered Wednesday night behind Taste in Kaka‘ako for a preview party for Cochon555, a national dining event founded four years ago by Brady Lowe. At each event, five chefs, five heritage breed pigs and five winemakers collaborate…

Lee Anne Wong’s Mother’s Day Brunch

For as long as I can remember, Mother’s Day in the Shindo household always meant going out to dinner with the entire family. It’s mom’s special day where she doesn’t cook or clean and can relax with a wine cooler…

Countdown to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, with an amazing lineup of chefs and events for September.From now until Aug. 23, event tickets are available at a discounted rate, so be sure to…

Taste redefines dining in Honolulu

Last October, a new Kakaako venue transformed the local food scene when it introduced an innovative restaurant concept. Taste began organizing a rotating cast of pop-up restaurants and chefs, creating buzz around the new dining experience.Chef Mark Noguchi and Amanda…

Foodscene: December

Dec. 1: Midnight Madness with Lee Anne WongTASTE667 Auahi St.7 to 10 p.m.Tickets: $45 onlineUnique Eats’ Lee Anne Wong is back to join forces with Mark Noguchi in the second Drunch (“You drink you munch, it’s dinner it’s lunch”) event…

Did this: Food & Wine Makahiki

At Saturday’s Hawaii Food & Wine Fest Makahiki, the whole night sounded like this:“Oh my god, it’s Marcel!”“Todd English is looking goood.”“Robert Irvine, can you flex your bicep for me?”All that came out of my mouth. Of the media passes…