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.
July 30 & July 31
In honor of National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering dine-in guests any slice of cheesecake for half price on July 30 and July 31. (One slice of cheesecake per dine-in guest.) Diners can also participate in a Say Cheesecake Contest on social media and try The Cheesecake Factory’s newest flavor: Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. For more information, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com
August 15 & 16
The Celebrity Chef Tour, a culinary weekend including an elaborate dinner prepared by some of the nation's top chefs, makes its way to Maui's Grand Wailea Resort. The festivities begin Friday with a Grey Goose cocktail party at 5 p.m., and continue with the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 for the cocktail party, $225 for the dinner, or $300 for an all-inclusive weekend pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.celebritycheftour.com. Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753, 808-875-1234, 800-888-6100.
Kaʻanapali Beach Resort Association presents Kaʻanapali Fresh – A Culinary Experience. Events include Maui farm tours, a "Grown on Maui" farmers market, mixology seminar and lunch at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, and the signature Kāʻanapali Fresh Food & Wine Festival. Tickets are limited. For more information, visit kaanapalifresh.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. Ko Olina Resort will host the finale, “It’s a Food World After All,” on September 7, 2014, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Participating chefs in this event will include Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Vivian Wu (Alan Wong’s Honolulu) and Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), to name a few. For more information, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
Hilton Waikoloa Village will host the 19th annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival. More than 30 of the state's chefs will present dishes made with grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat and wild boar, plus other locally produced foods. For more information, visit www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com. Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI 96738, 808-886-1234, 800-445-8667.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu will host Chef Fest, featuring special dinners, interactive cooking classes and more. The lineup includes chefs Seamus Mullen (Tertulia), Amanda Freitag (Empire Diner), Marco Canora (Hearth) and Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station). For more information, visit www.foodandwinehualalai.com. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, 72-100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kaupulehu Kona, HI 96740, 808-325-8000, 800-819-5053, 888-340-5662.
The annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will take place at various locations in the Kona area. Dozens of events will be scheduled during the course of the festival, including the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition, Kona coffee cooking and recipe competitions, barista showcase, art exhibits, Kona coffee farm tours, and cultural happenings that honor 200 years of coffee heritage in Hawaii. For more information, visit www.konacoffeefest.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 every day 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.