Taste Hawaii with chef Alan Wong

Details on the next Farmer Series Dinner and other special events at Alan Wong's Restaurant.

Alan Wong’s Restaurant will present its next Farmer Series Dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Seating begins at 5:00 p.m. The dinner will offer an opportunity to "Taste Hawaii" with Chef Alan Wong as he raises awareness about the need and quality difference of local agriculture and produce so we can all make educated choices and experience the difference.

"When you go to the supermarket (and it may be the case that the local product is more expensive than the mainland product), you say to yourself, "This local one is more expensive, but I’m gonna buy this one because I know it tastes better than the other one."  It’s fresher and didn’t travel miles to get here weeks before it is served.  I become more aware and educated to make my own personal choice."

"We can help our own economy by purchasing and spending within our own community.  When products are more superior or are not available in Hawaii, I will buy outside of Hawaii.  But, when I compare local and mainland side by side, and the taste and quality are similar, my first consideration is to the local farmer."
                                                                        – Alan Wong

The prix fixe dinner will feature a variety of courses that will allow you to compare the difference between local and mainland products. Here’s a look at the menu:

To Start
A Small Tasting of "Hungry Lobster" versus "Happy Lobster"
Maine Lobster Straight from the East Coast and Joe Wilson’s Kona Cold Lobster
Local versus Mainland
A Tasting of Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Salad Greens
Goat cheeses: Hawaii Island Goat Dairy, Maui Surfing Goat Dairy, and Laura Chenel Chevre from California
Tomatoes: Hamakua Springs, Oahu & Mainland Tomatoes
Salad Greens: Nalo Farms, Ma’o Organic & Mainland Salad Greens

Side by Side Snappers
Taste Onaga, Opakapaka, Lehi, and Ehu (subject to market availability)
Cooked simply on the plate with Yuzu brown butter

100% Natural Beef from Maui Cattle Company and Mainland Grain-Fed Beef withFamily-Style Accompaniments

Dessert by pastry chef Michelle Karr
“Pineapple Three Ways” –
Maui Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Hawaiian Vanilla Cured Pineapple, and Fresh Pineapple Salad

The dinner is available for $75 per person or $105 with wine pairings. Tax and Gratuity not included.

Alan Wong’s Restaurant has also made a couple of announcements:

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a special prix fixe menu will be offered on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14. The a la carte menu will not be available on those two days. Reservation are available from 5 to 10 p.m.

Also, the next Next Generation Dinner will be held  on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 featuring a menu from Marc Urquidi, assisted by Stephen Crawford. Check back or call for more details on when the menu and pricing will be released.

For more information or for reservations with Alan Wong’s Restaurant, please call 808-949-2526.

The Pineapple Room in Macy’s at Ala Moana Center will also be accepting reservations for the special Valentine’s Day Ocassion with a special prix fixe menu on Saturday, February 14. The a la carte menu will not be offered. Reservations are available from 4 to 8:30 p.m. For details or to make reservations, please call 808-945-6573.