Upcoming: Chopsticks & Wine, Oct. 5

Courtesy Chopsticks & Wine
There will be food stations from 16 restaurants at the upcoming Chopsticks & Wine. Here's a happy guest at last year's event.

The first Chopsticks & Wine event, 10 years ago, had only five restaurants and a small crowd.

But the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce has steadily grown the event.  The crowd now tops 1,000 guests, and this year’s event will feature 16 restaurants:

  • Beachhouse
  • Gyotaku
  • Kai Market
  • Le Bistro
  • Mariposa
  • Marukai Corporation
  • RumFire Waikiki
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Sammy’s Restaurant
  • Shokudo
  • The Hawaii Convention Center
  • The Kitchen at Times Beretania
  • The Poke Stop
  • Il Lupino
  • Wolfgang’s Steak House
  • Five Star Buffet

Chopsticks & Wine has also outgrown its location, and will be held this year at The Hawaii Convention Center, on Oct. 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The theme is "Mardi Gras: Let the Good Times Roll."  There will be 16 food stations, and, perhaps to facilitate the good times, what the event is billing as "a vast selection of wine, beer and sake."

There’s also an event inside the event.  For an additional $75, guests can enter a private area to taste five high-end wines, including a Howell Mountain O’Shaughnessy Cabernet, in an Eisch wineglass that is theirs to keep.

Tickets are $90 before Sept. 21, $100 after that date. Reserved tables of 10 start at $2,000. For tickets and information: (808) 949-5531, email here, or visit honolulujapanesechamber.org.