Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Cheesecake Competition Recap

So hey all, I finally have time to post some info on the HGC’s First Annual Cheesecake Competition. It’s been very delayed, but better late than never.

So let’s get down to the entries for this year:

First up was this tasty entry of a White Chocolate and Raspberry.

That was followed up by this Kona Coffee Cheesecake and in the creator’s words:

This is a traditional style cheesecake with a rich, full-bodied coffee flavor, accented by a bittersweet chocolate ganache. A chocolate mac nut crust adds texture to the smoothness of the cheesecake. The bold chocolate and coffee flavors are balanced by a refreshing vanilla bean whipped cream. This dessert is the perfect finish to any meal.

 

Next up was this Ohelo Berry Cheesecake. This cheesecake was described as:

As a sinfully rich cheesecake with cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, sugar and eggs. Topped with Ohelo Berry Preserves. A blend of continental cuisine with a touch of local flavor.

 

Following up and the winner of the competition was this Toasted Pecan and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake. The following description was given:

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust, Valrhona Chocolate Cheesecake, Fresh Caramel with a Hint of Lemon, Topped with Fleur de Sel & Toasted Pecans

Inspiration From Sea Salt Caramels by Fran’s Chocolates

It sounds delicious reading it, no?

The last entry of the competition, but certainly not least was this Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping and Animal Cracker Crust.

After much deliberation and gorging themselves on five cheesecakes the judges awarded the Toasted Pecan and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake the most points. The creator of this cheesecake won a $30 gift certificate to Ala Moana Shopping Center, but more importantly the “crown.”

Isn’t that awesome? I designed it myself . . . well with the help of the people at the cap-making store.

So that was what happened at the HGC’s First Annual Cheesecake Competition. Look forward to it next year and hopefully more competitors and new cheesecake creations!

Oh yeah, be sure to check out more of the photos taken by our awesome photographer here.

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Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Aug. 22-28

I must try Chef Sean's fried chicken at Soul.

Sorry all, this update is late as well as the Cheesecake Competition. It’s been a busy week. Anyway, here is a quick rundown:

Oahu

  • Honolulu Weekly serves up three new gourmet food trucks on the island: 1) T.A.S.T.E. (inspired by L.A.’s famous Kogi Tacos), 2) Jawaiian Irie, and 3) Opal Thai.  If you want to find out even more info on food trucks check out Refridgeraider’s earlier post on Soul Patrol and Shogunai Sushi.
  • Speaking of Soul Patrol, Star-Advertiser reviews Chef Sean’s (formerly of Top of Waikiki) new home at SOUL. Still waiting to try his awesome fried chicken.
  • Over at Midweek Jo McGarry interviews Sous Chef Andy Le over at Chef Mavro. Meanwhile, Roberto Viernes talks about how sake can become finer with age like wine.

Neighbor Islands

  • On the Garden Island, the “Hawai‘i Organic Farmers Association will be holding its 18th annual membership meeting from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Kaua‘i Nursery and Landscaping, a news release states.”
  • The Maui News has the following articles to read:
    1. a rundown on the poolside restaurant, Kumu Bar and Grill at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa;
    2. a quick write-up on the arrival of the fondue chain of Melting Pot at Lahina Gallery;
    3. a brief report on how Maui Brewing Co. is now the state’s largest craft beer maker.

HGC’s 1st Annual Cheesecake Competition Aftermath

Just wanted to do a quick post telling everyone that the HGC’s 1st Annual Cheesecake Competition went very well. To be sure there is room for improvement for planning and execution, but the event met the main goals of the HGC.  Food, Friends and Fun!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended and participated. Pictures and an in-depth recap will be forthcoming to this blog sometime during this week. Most likely, Wed. or Thursday. As always suscribe to this blog, and you will receive updates to your e-mail when there are new posts.

Can’t wait to share with you all the delicious pictures of the awesome cheesecakes!

NPR Recognizes How Special Our Food and State Really Are

If you are born, raised, or have lived in Hawaii for a number of years this NPR article does not really tell you anything new about our food, its history, and how much our cultural diversity has had an impact on foods. However, if you like to be reminded how special Hawaii is because of its history you only need look at its food.

I wholeheartedly agree with the writer’s ending paragrpah:

I love poke. I love shave ice. I love oxtail soup. And yes, I even love Spam musubi. But what I love most about local food is that every time I dig my chopsticks into a bowl of noodles or a Styrofoam box of plate lunch, I can taste the cultures that created it, the things they gave and took from one another to make the 50th state the most authentically American of them all.

The plate lunch, one lunch, came from many culturues. If that doesn’t fit the American bill, what does? Anyway, take a read of the article and remember how lucky you are in Hawaii.

Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Aug. 15-21

Sorry no fun picture this week. I’ve got a lot of prep work for tomorrow! Tomorrow will be the 1st HGC Cheesecake Competition. Look to posts and pictures about it next week! On to the island food news:

Oahu

  • Honolulu Weekly was able to get some answers from Iron Chef Morimoto, as he prepares for his opening of his restaurant and the Made In Hawaii Festival this weekend. If you aren’t eating cheesecake with us, or don’t have any other plans you should check it out here.
  • The Star-Advertiser has its review up on the Honolulu Burger Co.
  • Midweek talks to Maui Tacos Hawaii Operations Manager, Chef Jose “Pepe” Vega, here.

Neighbor Islands

  • The Garden Island has an interesting article talking about food self-sufficiency, and there is an emphasis on smart gardening techniques; the author is offering a 15-week course at Kauai Community College, entitled “Sustainable Gardening and Farming.” Check out the article here.
  • Over at the Maui News, Dining Editor, Carla Tracy reviews Pita Paradise Mediterranean Bistro, a fun “date night” or daytime place to grab a Greek bite. See for yourself here.

Sake Bringing Joy to Honolulu Once Again

The Joy of Sake, celebrating the world’s finest sakes, will be making its tour stop here in Honolulu this upcoming Thursday (Aug. 19th). If you aren’t too busy at a mixer, preparing for a cheesecake battle, or the million of other things happening before this Statehood Day (Aug. 20) you can check it out at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Tickets and more information on the event can be found here.

Honolulu Magazine also has a piece talking about sake consumption and sake as a part of Honolulu eating scene.  Check it out here.

Finally, if you want a blog in English, from an American point of view check out Urban Sake here. There is a wealth of information and promotional material about sake.

Oops, forgot the cold dessert poll . . .

Are you Team Gelato or Team Ice Cream?

Here is the poll and let us know what you want after your meal!