Hawaii Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Hawaii. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Hawaii. We've also got the latest Hawaii Restaurant News and Wine Events.
Hawaii Cocktail Week is an event for enthusiasts and industry professionals to experience Oahu's cocktail scene and explore the craft as it has evolved in the Pacific with talented bartenders from around the world. During the week, participants can attend tastings, pairings, workshops and more at various spots around the island. For more information, visit www.hawaiicocktailweek.com
The Big Island's 6th Annual Ka'u Coffee Festival will feature farm and mill tours, "Ka'u Coffee College" educational talks, a recipe contest, Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant and the the Ka‘u Farmers’ Table (an evening of gourmet food and entertainment). For more information, visit www.kaucoffeefest.com
The East Maui Taro Festival was born out of a desire to allow farmers and locals alike to network and share their love for taro, a Hawaiian diet staple. Visitors enjoy island cuisine emphasizing the taro root from local chefs and can even try their hand at pounding taro into traditional poi. For more information, visit www.TaroFestival.org
Honoring Hawai‘i’s beloved canned meat, the Waikiki Spam Jam is a festive annual street festival, now in its 12th year. Held along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue, the event will feature food (with, of course, Spam!) and family-friendly entertainment. There will also be merchandise tents offering Spam-themed clothing and other items. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., benefits the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.spamjamhawaii.com
At the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, guests can sample sample wines at seminars and tastings, try delectable regional Hawaiian cuisine and a bounty of seafood fresh from the Pacific, play a round of golf against master sommeliers and winemakers, and much more against the background of the scenic oceanic views of The Kapalua Resort. Tickets for select events are available to purchase à la carte. For more information, visit www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com
August 29-September 7
Chefs and co-event chairs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong present the 4th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, highlighting the bounty of local produce in the islands. For more information, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
Orchids at the Halekulani now offers afternoon tea service, which is in addition to the hotel's current afternoon tea being served in the Veranda. Whereas the Veranda only takes one reservation per day for a group of five or six people, Orchids can take one reservation a day for a party up to 20 people. Seating hours are from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. There are three tea packages: Regular afternoon tea for $32; Champagne and afternoon tea for $49; and celebratory afternoon tea, which includes Champagne and a special cake for $54. All prices are per person. Book by calling Dining Reservations at 808-923-2311. Orchids, Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-2311.
Twice a month on Thursday evenings at Vino (when there aren't private events going on), an eight-ounce aged NY steak goes for only $12. At that price, you can splurge on the wine. In true Vino fashion, the steak was selected via "blind tasting" and won out over other cuts and agings. Reservations are available for parties of five or more. This special is not available for take-out. Vino, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-524-8466.
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers cooking demonstrations two times a day. Guests will learn tips and techniques for preparing Polynesian fare like laulau, taro and sweet potato chips. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.Polynesia.com or call 800-367-7060. Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie, HI 96762, 800-367-7060.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea provides an "Ultimate Dinner" upon request. This private dinner for two, which must be requested 24 hours in advance, is personally tailored in consultation with the chef and staged outside overlooking Wailea Beach. Guests can discuss their wine selections or receive special recommendations. Sample wine dinners include "Best of Sonoma," "Espagne," "Grand Cru Vineyards" and "Enogastrinomico." The "Enogastrinomico" dinner, for example, features insalata misto with Ferrari Brut, insalata pomodoro with Jermann "Dreams," Kobe tenderloin with Tenuta dell' Ornellaia "Ornellia," wild boar and mushroom with Gaja "Costa Russi," and a cheese plate with Argiolas "Angialis." These five-course dinners for two cost $850, including tax and gratuity. For more information, call the hotel or visit www.fourseasons.com/maui. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753, 808-874-8000, 800-334-6284.
Nobu Waikiki offers a very appealing happy hour cocktail and tapas menu (strictly available at the bar and in the lounge) showcasing signature Nobu dishes for $10 or less. The cocktail menu is available Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m.–7 p.m. and features such inspired concoctions as a Japanese cucumber and white peach sangria and the delicious lychee martini which uses fresh lychee juice. You'll find Wagyu foie gras gyoza amongst others on the tapas menu which is available anytime during regular restaurant hours. We can't think of better way to relax and start your evening! Call 808-237-6999 for reservations and information. Nobu Waikiki, Wakiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-237-6999.
Every Tuesday, Bar 35 offers the combination of any of its specialty pizzas and a bottle of wine for $25. Some of the popular pizzas include the "Gyromatic," which is topped with lamb and beef gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, romaine lettuce, tomato sauce and mozzarella; and the "Sweet Bangkok," with Chinese sausage, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Vegetarians can enjoy the "Veggielicious," topped with fresh zucchini and mushrooms, olives, tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and sesame oil. Bar 35, 35 N. Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96817, 808-537-3535.
The party really gets going at Tiki's Grill & Bar on Tuesdays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. when this open-air spot throws its "Tiki Taco Tuesdays" weekly event. Not only are tacos just $2, host Tom Stokes buys the first 100 guests a Longboard Island Lager. Drink specials are in order as well with the aforementioned lager plus rum, vodka and tequila cocktails going for $3. Tiki's Grill & Bar, ResortQuest Waikiki Beach, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-8454.
On the third Tuesday of the month, Tango Contemporary Café's "Third Tuesday at Tango" features a four course dinner of chef/owner Goran Streng's Asian-Scandinavian influenced cuisine paired with wines. You may find a duck confit tart with red onion and mango relish paired with a Washington state Bordeaux blend, or a seared catch of the day served with a Napa Valley Chardonnay. Regardless, you will dine well, and at a price typically less than $60 per person, it's one of Honolulu's best dining values. Reservations are essential and can be made by calling 808-593-7288. Tango Contemporary Café, Hokua, 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-593-7288.