Category Archives: Food Events (festivals, classes, etc.)
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is by far one of the best food events I’ve ever attended. Not only did I get to enjoy Hawaii’s best cuisine (prepared by world-renowened chefs), but I also got to soak up some major island culture (surfing, art, local joints!) as well.
If you’re a food lover planning a trip to Hawaii in September (2013), check out all the festival has to offer here. And do NOT miss the Saturday morning farmer’s market at Kapiolani Community College! (Links & Details Below)
Photos below from the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival:
Enter the MODERN Dragon: Morimoto & Friends (9/6/12):
In Chinese Astrology, 2012 is the year of the Dragon – the most powerful and auspicious of the 12 animal signs, bringing high energy and prosperity. Led by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, “Enter the MODERN Dragon” showcased foods prepared by twelve of the most esteemed international chefs from Asia and the Pacific.
Walking into the event at the Modern.
Ming and Morimoto at the “Mix with the Masters” event. Food demos, talks and lunch! (9/7/12)
Dinner at Miso and Ale was a terrific finale to my Honolulu visit! My favorite bite was the braised short rib w Okinawa purple potato!
Surfing lessons… by Honolulu Firefighters!
Need a quick bite before surfing? Spam Musubi! Fort Ruger Market, Oahu
2013 Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is September 1-8!
Many thanks to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau www.gohawaii.com, Oahu Visitors Bureau www.visit-oahu.com, and Hawaii Food & Wine Festival www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com for inviting and hosting me on this trip.
WHAT: Barbecue and grilling expert Adam Perry Lang introduces the Los Angeles community to his signature style of outdoor cooking, as well as the re-issue of his first best-selling cookbook, Serious Barbecue, through a two month-long, pop-up series taking place on the back lot of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Adam is a rarity – a classically –trained chef who applies techniques learned while cooking at some of the finest restaurants in the world to good old American barbecue. He won Grand Champion honors at the World Pork Expo and first place for his pork shoulder at the Kansas City American Royal, a.k.a. “The World Series of BBQ.” Adam is a consulting partner in Chef Mario Batali’s Carnevino in Las Vegas, partnered with Chef Jamie Oliver to open the wildly-successful Barbecoa in London, and is well-known for founding Daisy May’s BBQ in New York.
Starting July 9th and July 10th, and every following Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from July 16th until September 5th, the public is invited to discover a new meat miracle for lunch, with a pre-order only takeout service in the late afternoon. At night, look for special events and intimate VIP dinners for press, tastemakers and promotional partners, which will include cooking demos, bladesmithing and whiskey and bourbon tastings. Guests will get to try Adam’s signature sliced beef short rib with pickles and sweet onion, pork butt with green apple, crushed hot red pepper and avocado, “Get a Book” beef brisket, the ultimate stacked-high French dip, BBQ double-smoked bacon with waffles, and more. Menu items will range from $15 to $35. The Serious Barbecue Pop-Up series is a community event that will also benefit the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program and P.A.T.H. L.A.C.E.R. provides underserved middle and high school youth with an arts and literacy based after-school program, and P.A.T.H. provides the support that homeless individuals and families need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own.
Adam will be creating a unique, outdoor dining experience in an urban setting that celebrates both great food and American craftsmanship. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! back lot will be transformed into a barbecue and grilling paradise, with a 2-ton, custom-built Texas burn pit, comfortable lawn seating with a beautiful rustic table constructed by Adam, and his new line of personally handcrafted knives on display. Adam will also be living out of an Airstream trailer each night, as making one’s own charcoal takes true dedication. And since everyone knows whiskey and barbecue go hand-in-hand, the winning master craftsman from the new Hulu Raising the Bar original, reality series will construct a custom bar in the VIP lounge, showcasing George Dickel Tennessee Whisky.
The demand amongst barbecue enthusiasts for copies of Serious Barbecue is unprecedented, and now the re-issue is scheduled to hit shelves on July 20th. In his book, Adam teaches his readers all they need to know to achieve the holy grail of barbecuing from meat selection to building flavors through seasoning, glazing and basting to adding sauces strategically throughout the cooking process. With this pop-up series, Los Angeles will be re-introduced to all of Adam’s amazing recipes and barbecue tips, highlighted in Serious Barbecue, which will be available for purchase via www.adamperrylang.com.
WHEN: Starting July 9th and July 10th, and every following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 16th until September 5th
-Lunch open to the public from 11:00 am-2pm
-Take-away barbecue service from 4:00pm-5:00pm
-VIP Dinners and Special Events in the evening to be announced
WHERE: Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Back Lot
6834 Hollywood Blvd., enter from the alley
Hollywood, CA 90028
In early September I was invited to the “Hot & Hip Honolulu” press trip on Oahu, which included tickets to the 2nd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. It wasn’t my first visit to the islands, but it was definitely the most interesting by far.
In the past, my Hawaii visits consisted mostly of lazy beach-time with my nephews, or Mai Tai sunsets with Peter. This time around I got to spend five days not only tasting the best of Oahu’s cuisine, but also experiencing the beautiful art and culture of the island. I didn’t even KNOW Honolulu had an art museum!
Since I have so many photos to share, I’ve decided to write several blog posts about the tour. This first post includes photos of my island arrival, food porn from the welcome party, and a day exploring Honolulu’s lively art scene. Please check back soon for much more!
Checking into the Waikiki Parc Hotel. PARADISE. I didn’t want to leave the room!
Of course I brought “Travel Maxie”. He makes me miss Maxie just a little bit less when I’m away from home.
View of Diamond Head from Rum Fire, Sheraton Waikiki. A beautiful first evening meeting event hosts and fellow writer/photographers.
At Rum Fire, Grilled Kona Lobster w Anchovy & Marrow Butter from Azure Chef de Cuisine Jon Matsubara.
At Rum Fire, Twice Cooked Australian Wagyu, Mung Bean Puree, Hamakua Tomato, Waipoli Fern Shoot Salad by Kai Market’s Chef Darren Demaya.
At Rum Fire, Hamakua Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Roast Baby Beets by Sheraton Waikiki’s Executive Chef Daniel Delbrel.
At Rum Fire, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival co-founder Chef Roy Yamaguchi greets the crowd.
Party time! With the fabulous Lee Anne Wong at Rum Fire.
We started the morning with a private tour of philanthropist and heiress Doris Duke’s beachfront home. The 14,000 square foot estate was built in 1937 and is officially called “Shangri La, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts”. For nearly 60 years, Duke collected artifacts for Shangri La, ultimately forming a collection of about 2,500 objects, the majority of which were made in the Islamic world. Read Doris Duke’s biography here. (Above, our guide Carol Khewhok standing in the entry courtyard).
Shangri La has a remarkable collection of Islamic art and is considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes. I loved this tile entry into the garden. We weren’t allowed to photograph the interior so I’ve added links below.
Looking into the living room through the spectacular, glass WALL elevator which was installed in 1938. Yes, it still works!
Pool (with view of Diamond Head) and Playhouse, which served as Doris Duke’s guesthouse. The Playhouse was modeled on the Chihil Sutun, a royal pavilion built in 1647 in Isfahan, Iran. It consists of three rooms: two guest bedrooms and a large living room with a small kitchenette.
Some of my favorite rooms:
The Syrian Room is Doris Duke’s interpretation of the qa’a (Arabic: hall), a reception room found in Syrian homes of the late Ottoman period (in Syria: 1516-1918).
The Damascus Room is a highlight of the Islamic art collection assembled by Doris Duke and one of two Syrian interiors preserved at Shangri La. Its acquisition dates to September 1953, when she placed an order for “1 Old Damascus Room made of old painted panels of wood” with Asfar & Sarkis, an antiquities firm based in both Damascus and Beirut.
The Dining Room/Lanai originally had a Hawaiian theme, but in 1960′s Doris Duke completely remodeled the room adding a large mosaic tile panel, Egyptian cloth panels and an Ottoman-style fireplace.
View of Shangri La from the ocean.
NOTE: If you’re planning to be in New York before mid-February, the Museum of Arts and Design is presenting “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art” through February 17th, 2013.
I learned so much about Islamic art, tiles and textiles during just this one visit. If you love history, art or architecture, a visit to Shangri La is a MUST.
About “Tattoo Honolulu” (from the website)
Tattooing is art. After decades of being viewed as a mark of the marginal, tattoos have gone mainstream and are winning over the art establishment—including the Honolulu Museum of Art. The lines between ink on skin and paint on canvas or pencil on paper have been blurred with tattoo artists reaching the skill level of other artists. Now the Honolulu Museum of Art breaks new ground with an exhibition focusing on Hawai‘i’s high quality of tattoo art—and how it sprouted from the islands’ mix of cultures rich with tattoo traditions.
The museum is in the unique position to draw upon its world-class collection to place contemporary tattooing within an art historical context. By linking the past—through works such as 19th-century prints by Jacques Arago depicting tattooed Hawaiians—with the present, the museum hopes to expand cultural awareness not only about the art of the tattoo, but also the rich cultural traditions it is based on.
“Chinese Dragon on Megan Wong” by Billy Whitney. Photographed by Shuzo Uemoto. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art. Did you spot Hello Kitty?
“Full Back on Anthony Alameda” Tattoo by Lucky Olelo. Photographed by Shuzo Uemoto. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Tattoo designs by Joe Leiber. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Part of the Tattoo Gun collection. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
About “Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit” (from the website)
Hawai‘i’s unofficial uniform is the boardshort—a perfect fit for the birthplace of surfing. Boardshorts in Hawai‘i were initially created as custom-made surf trunks by tailors at popular venues such as the H. Miura Store in Hale‘iwa, Take’s in Waikīkī, or M. Nii’s in Mākaha during the 1950s. These early boardshorts were first designed for fit and comfort, maximized for the ultimate wave-riding experience. Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit, chronicles the fascinating evolution of a single, simple garment that today is a symbol of extreme sports and a counterculture lifestyle.
Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
I would have bought ten pairs of these SPAM shorts! Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Note: Both the Tattoo and Boardshorts exhibits run through January 13, 2013.
A few favorites from the 19th Century Collection.
Kamehameha III (left) and Nahi’ena’ena (Sister of Kamehameha III). Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Whistler’s Arrangement in Black, No. 5 (Lady Meux). Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Below from the Asian Art Collection:
For scale. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. I LOVE tiny bottles.
Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Snuff Bottles close-up. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art.
Shibata Zeshin, traveler’s writing case with landscape and plovers. Photographed with permission from Honolulu Museum of Art. Many thanks to Museum Director, Stephan F. Jost and Deputy Director, Allison Wong.Please visit the museum website for current and upcoming exhibitions.
More photos from Honolulu’s Art Scene
This trip was generously provided by the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau / Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau. Many thanks to Rebecca Pang (Account Supervisor, Travel & Tourism, McNeil Wilson Communications), Nathan Kam, Stephanie Killion, Darlene Morikawa, Lindsay Chambers and their staff members!
Current and upcoming Hawaii events:
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (Hawaii, the Big Island) – Nov. 3-11, 2012 - http://www.konacoffeefest.com/
Wailea Wine & Food Festival (Maui) – Dec. 6-9, 2012 - http://waileawineandfoodfestival.com/
Next week I’ll be heading to Oahu for the 2nd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, as a guest of the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. Besides all the amazing food, I’m most excited to experience bits of Hawaii that I hadn’t on previous trips.
Some of my itinerary includes a visit to Doris Duke’s 1937 “Shangri La” estate, Hawaiian Fire Surf School (taught by off-duty Honolulu firefighters!), and an afternoon at the Honolulu Museum of Art. My culinary schedule is packed with various food events and lectures, then winds down with a pop up dinner at Honolulu’s Miso and Ale.
The last time I travelled to Hawaii was a summer trip in 2004 with my two (then teenaged) nephews. We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and spent most of our holiday surfing (them), eating and drinking (me) with a little bit of sightseeing along the way.
The previous year, Peter and I booked a room at the Ilikai Hotel on Waikiki Beach. I’ve always been a huge fan of the original “Hawaii Five-O”, and if you remember the opening credits with the cool, balcony shot of Jack Lord (aka the legendary Steve McGarrett!), then you’ll recognize the Ilikai Hotel.
We had such a fun time visiting random locations from the show, and definitely made an effort to eat like the locals. Our favorite dish back then was the Loco Moco. The traditional version is made with white rice, hamburger, fried eggs and brown gravy. We first ordered the burger version for breakfast at our hotel, and also tried a SPAM version (instead of beef) that we loved as well.
My ex-husband Perry (we married in 1987) was an airline pilot and surfer. With his free air travel (my tickets were gratis as well) he would trek to the world’s best surf spots, including Indonesia and South Africa.
Since we lived in California, Hawaii was of course a favorite. I went on one of his surfaris in 1991 and pretty much spent the long days watching his extra surfboards (so no one stole them) as he caught waves on the North Shore.
In exchange for being Perry’s “board watcher” I insisted we check out the “Al Harrington Show” at the Reef Towers Hotel. Al Harrington played the roll of “Detective Ben Kokua” on, you guessed it, “Hawaii Five-O”. The dinner show was a mix of stand-up comedy, singing and Hawaiian dancing. Perry cringed throughout the entire evening, but I was thrilled at being one step closer to Steve McGarrett. I never got to meet my favorite TV cop, and when Jack Lord died in 1998, a good friend of mine sent ME a condolence card. I still watch H5O repeats to this day.
During the upcoming trip I’ll be tweeting (of course) and posting photos on instagram. Both user names are MyLastBite in case you’d like to follow along. If you plan on attending the event, feel free to drop me a tweet! Please do check back for a full blog post upon my return.
Aloha & Mahalo!
About The Festival:
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of O‘ahu, our four-day Festival features a roster of over 50 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival in Honolulu and Ko Olina Resort will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.
Complete Schedule here
Download the FREE Hawaii Food & Wine App
Rebecca Pang. Account Supervisor, Travel & Tourism, McNeil Wilson Communications
More of my older Hawaii photos on Flickr
Many thanks to all who came out to Whist Restaurant for Chef De Cuisine Chris Crary‘s special “Wild Game” dinner last week. It was a super fun gathering of carnivore loving pals (sorry vegans!), local chefs (who came to support) and of course Top Chef fans!
Each of his dishes were beautiful, delicious works of art, and I had a hard time deciding on my favorite game meat of the night. Congrats to Chris and his team, for executing the awesome menu.
Location: Whist Restaurant
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Reservations> (310) 260-7511
Price was $60 per person
Event Date: January 5th
All photos from the Wild Game Dinner on Flickr
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I’m super excited to announce an upcoming dinner with Top Chef Contestant Chris Crary. The talented & hot chef (in and out of the kitchen) will be making a five-course ‘Wild Game’ tasting menu inspired by this season’s Episode 7. I’m a HUGE fan of Top Chef, so when we lunched together recently (at Jitlada Thai of course), we thought it would be fun to host a dinner together.
Location: Whist Restaurant
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Reservations> (310) 260-7511
Price is $60 per person.
Wine by the bottle, specials start at $30 per bottle.
Reservations required, seating is limited, available from 6:30-8:30pm.
Don’t miss this chance to try Chris’ cooking and meet him in person! And yes, I know I’m old enough to be his Auntie… but did I mention he’s HOT?
FIRST COURSE ~ ROASTED RABBIT
Carrot panna cotta o curry o carrot relish
SECOND COURSE ~ VENISON NECK
Coffee o huckleberry mustard o crispy shallot o forest herbs
THIRD COURSE ~ BOAR BELLY
Root vegetable cassoulet o truffle o apple o ephemere sponge
FOURTH COURSE ~ ANTELOPE OSSO BUCO
Pearl barley o acacia honey o gremolata o goji berry
FIFTH COURSE ~ OSTRICH EGG FLAN
Wild turkey o cradamon crumble o cajeta ice cream
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Photos: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza with Train!
Thrilled my brother Greg was still in town from Scotland, so he could join me for this FAB food fest!
Time To PARTY (L.A. Live, Downtown)!
To start, a glass of Carducci Pinot Grigio (Ahnfeldt Wines)
My dad and I are both huge fans of Chef Paul Prudhomme. Loved getting this photo of Greg to send bak to Scotland!
Of course I texted **53987 to get the Pork Belly recipe
Masala Braised Lamb Shank, Kalonji & Black Cumin Seed Grits, Eggplant Raita & Tomato Chutney by Chef Akasha Richmond (I’m not usually a fan of lamb but loved this Indian dish!)
Chef Ben Ford‘s Porky HEAVEN: Chili Verde Taco with Crispy Smoked Pig Ears!
Bouchon‘s awesome seafood bar (was hard not to hang here all evening)
Chef Kerry Heffernan‘s Soup of Corn with Crabmeat, Chili & Micro Herbs
Fantastic eats AND TRAIN Live (one of my favorite bands)!
Patrick Monahan singing “Hey Soul Sister”
Of course Greg got the TRAIN set list! I’m so proud to say he is an accomplished musician in Scotland as well.
Thank you LEXUS for an amazing evening of great food and music. Our dad (also in Scotland) is a musician and chef… it’s in our blood!
Lexus Live On the Plaza Website
Event Date: 10/15/11
Lexus Live L.A. Food and Wine
Please Note: Event Tickets, Hotel (& groovy wheels for the weekend!) were provided by the very generous Lexus corporation.