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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

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.

Hawaii w my nephews, 2004The 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.

Hawaii w Peter, 2003We 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.

North Shore, 1991In 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.

The Festival is a benefit for the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and UH Culinary Institute of the Pacific, with the inaugural Festival raising $250,000 for the community.

Dates: September 06, 2012 to September 09, 2012 6:00pm, Daily
The Festival will be held on Oahu at The MODERN Honolulu, Halekulani, Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa, and Ko Olina Resort.

Complete Schedule here

Download the FREE Hawaii Food & Wine App

Many thanks to:
Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, Oahu Visitors Bureau: Go Hawaii Website  Follow @GoHawaii on Twitter

Hawaii Food & Wine: www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
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Rebecca Pang. Account Supervisor, Travel & Tourism, McNeil Wilson Communications

More of my older Hawaii photos on Flickr



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The PORK Oscars

Film lovers have the Academy Awards, music lovers have the Grammys, and those of us obsessed with swine have Cochon 555, which FINALLY comes to Los Angeles this Sunday!

Cochon555 (2010)Cochon 555’s Mission Statement:
“Cochon 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event–five chefs, five pigs, five wine makers–to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Each stop along the ten-city tour offers hard-working local farmers the opportunity to connect with like-minded agriculturalists, renowned chefs and the pork-loving public. Our goal is to help family farms sustain and expand their businesses and to encourage breed diversity. Cochon 555 is the only heritage breed pig culinary competition in the country.” more about Cochon 555

Cochon 555 – Los Angeles, May 1, 2010

The Five Chefs:
Octavio Becerra – Palate Food & Wine
Chad Colby – Mozza
Tim Goodell – Public Kitchen & Bar
Ben Ford – Ford’s Filling Station
Joshua Whigham – The Bazaar

The Five Pigs:
Spotted Poland – Hopkins Hog Farmvia Tender Belly
Hampshire – Hopkins Hog Farmvia Tender Belly
Berkshire – ReRide Ranch
Hereford – Hopkins Hog Farmvia Tender Belly
Red Wattle – Walnut Keep Farm & Vineyard

The Five Wines:
The Scholium Project
Copain Wines
Red Car Wine

An added bonus… My friends at Lindy & Grundy will be doing a butchering demo in the VIP lounge! (more info below)

Photos – Cochon 555 Napa 2010
Last year my good friend Charles Thompson and I trekked to Napa for a pork showdown with five of the areas most acclaimed chefs including: Christopher Kostow (Meadowood of Napa Valley), Devin Knell (French Laundry) the WINNER, Peter Pahk (Silverado Resort), Dennis Lee (Namu Restaurant SF) and John Stewart & Duskie Estes (Zazu Restaurant).

Charles is friends with John and Duskie (who actually won the Napa event this year), so although we tried each of the chef’s offerings, we kept returning to the Zazu table where I happily tried delicious pig heart for the first time.

Cochon555 (2010)
Bacon centerpieces at the VIP pre-party… And yes… we ate them!

Cochon555 (2010)
Chicks with meat cruised the VIP pre-party

Cochon555 (2010)
More chicks with meat!

Cochon555 (2010)
Crispy Pig Skin of course!

Cochon555 (2010)
Pork Fries by Chef Chris Kostow (Meadowood)

Cochon555 (2010)
Pork Sausage by Chef Chris Kostow (Meadowood)

Cochon555 (2010)
Pig Heart in Lettuce Cup by Zazu (Duskie Estes and John Stewart)

Cochon555 (2010)
Cotecchino & Black Lentils by Zazu (Duskie Estes and John Stewart)

Cochon555 (2010)
Corn Dogs w Guinness Mustard by Zazu (Duskie Estes and John Stewart)

Cochon555 (2010)
Pork Cheek Sliders with Johnny’s Kimchi by Zazu (Duskie Estes and John Stewart)

Cochon555 (2010)
Bites from the French Laundry including Pate on Pistachio

Cochon555 (2010)

Cochon555 (2010)
French Laundry’s Ham Hock

Cochon555 (2010)
Porked Out!

Many more photos here, including PIG butchering (not for the squeamish!)

Tour and Ticket Info

Cochon 555 Website

@Cochon555 on Twitter

Lindy and Grundy

Cochon 555 VIDEO

Zazu wins Cochon 555 Napa (2011)

My friend Charles (he blogs at 100 Miles)


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