Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hawaii Food News Roundup, Sept. 19-25

Remember this week is Kanu Hawaii's Eat Local Challenge. Can you eat just local for a week?

Hello everyone, hope your week was as busy and exciting as mine. Well, hopefully it’s going to be awesome as next week Monday is Off-Menu’s first underground dinner. It should be fantastic with what they have planned. Stay tuned for a write-up on that event. Anyway, let’s get to what food news there was this week:


  • Check out Honolulu Weekly’s talk about the rise of cocktail dinners here in Hawaii. The unique pairing of cocktails with dinners to be found at Apartm3nt and Azure are the creation Joey Gottesman, a mixologist. At Apartm3nt, every last Thursday of the month features their Munch dinner series. This upcoming one is Tequila! Next week Tuesday, the 28th, Azure will be doing a 1960s inspired cocktail dinner called “Rat Pack Supperclub.”
  • Kanu Hawaii is encouraging people to participate in the discussion of Hawaii’s food sustainability through its Eat Local Challenge between Sept. 26 – Oct. 2. It hopes to increase Hawaii people’s awareness of how hard it is to stick with local food and thus address the larger issues at hand of our food supply. Honolulu Weekly tells us the  following restaurants will have an all local entree on its menu:
    • Town Kaimuki and Downtown at the HiSAM: at least one local item entree a day, as well as pai‘ai pounding demos on 9/27 and 10/1;
    • Apartment3: a local dish and a local cocktail all week;
    • Foodland: Weeklong local menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner), in-store sampling of local produce at stores statewide on 9/29;
    • ‘Umeke Market: All-local Kim Chee Burger and local greens for $9.95 all week; and
    • Naked Cow Dairy: a discount on their dairy products to Kanu members.

Finally, over at Civil Beat, Honolulu’s awesome online newspaper, reporter Michael Levine is trying to live up to the challenge by only eating locallly grown.

  • Speaking of grown, every winemaker knows that making great wine starts with the grapes in the vineyard. If you want to know more check out Midweek’s write-up here.

Neighbor Islands

  • Over at The Maui News, Dining Editor, Carla Tracy, talks about the A+ meals being served up at Maui Culinary Academy’s Class Act Restaurant. Class Act is being headed up by new instructor Chef Kyle Kawakami.
  • Moreover, The Maui News reports that Chefs Michael and Dana Pastula, Maui’s famous restaurant couple have opened their fifth Cafe O’Lei restaurant over at former Maui Grill at Napili Shores Resort.

Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Sept. 12-18

Sorry for missing this week completely, but alas I have some other pressing matters that I had to do this past week. I promise this week I will be on time. Anyway, let’s get to what Hawaii food news there was this past week.

Look at all those flavors of andagi at Nuuanu Okazuya! Someone tell me how the Pineapple Li Hing Mui tastes!


  • Like Korean food? Like Izakaya food? Why not try Richo? Honolulu Weekly discusses how this restaurant mutes the spiciness of Korean food with a Japanese style.
  • At Nuuanu Okazuya you will taste andagi meets Baskin Robins 31 flavors (and then some!), Chef Jonathan Mosley has infused the little Okinawan treat with 76 different flavors and counting, check out the Honolulu Weekly write-up here.
  • Midweek serves up the following interest pieces:
    1. a discussion with Iron Chef Morimoto of his opening an eatery down in Waikiki;
    2. an interview with Audrey Kamiya, Outlet manager for Beachhouse at Moana Surfrider;
    3. the science behind why sulfur is used in wine making; and finally,
    4. for you advanced fried rice makers why not try Sam Choy’s 2 recipes found here.

Neighbor Islands

  • Over at The Garden Island, they talk about the wonderful plant Kale, and how this leafy green vegetable is a boon to any yard or meal.

Hawaii News Round Up Will Be Late

Sorry folks, Hawaii News Round Up this week will be delayed. I unfortunately, have an all-day convention to attend in my professional career.

On a side note, check out Taste at Kapolei, happening this weekend! The event will be hosted at Ko Olina Resort and Marina. Click here to find out more about the venue, participating restaurants, and other info.

Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Sept. 5-11

Save things for secret eating! Sorry, inside dorky joke.


  • Have an extra hour or two for lunch in downtown? Tired of seeing all the same people for those power lunches? Well, Honolulu Weekly dishes up some of the hidden downtown eats. Not so hidden after everyone reads about it here.
  • Curious about more secret eating? Check out Honolulu Magazine’s quick write-up on Secret Menus. Moreover, check back here as we talk about Off-Menu’s first exclusive dining event in the forthcoming weeks.
  • The Star-Advertiser catches up with a Hawaii restaurateur George “Cass” Castagnola and reviews his latest establishment, Castagnola’s Pizzeria.  
  • How does your emotions play on your wine? Find out with this MidWeek article and some recommendations for certain pairings.

Neighbor Islands

  • Honolulu Weekly talks tea in this article about natural farming done by Mauna Kea Tea on the Big Island. Incidentally, I (Refridgeraider) picked up “For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History” – I’ll let you know more about that on my site when I get to it.
  • If you find yourself not on the golden coast with Katy Perry and California gurls, but the Kohala Coast with local gurls and want some place nice eat, you might want to check out the following article from Honolulu Magazine.
  • Over at the Maui News:
    • On Maui and want to make a quick getaway? Head over to Four Seasons Resort Lana’i where they are now offering “Lana’i on your lanai” promotion, and it’s like room service, but done with a “private server, a fun musical playlist as well as extensive gourmet menu,” says the public relations manager. Find out more about it here.
    • Seems like Italian is the name of the game this week with the pizzeria and now this article on how the Hulopo’e Court at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay has changed its menu; the Court now serves up fine Italian fare. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the gorgeous view.

Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Aug. 29-Sept. 4


Don't worry about cracked eggs, it will be an egg-cellent three day weekend!


  • Vegetarians lamenting about how little restaurant options you have in the land of loco moco? Well, the Star-Advertiser just reviewed two new vegetarian restaurants that opened up. Check out the article here on Loving Hut and Peace Cafe.
  • Speaking of vegan, how about vegan cupcakes too? Check out Honolulu Weekly’s write-up on Rise Up Cakes!
  • Midweek interviews Dave Campbell, Brewer at Sam Choy’s Big Aloha Brewery. Sounds like an intoxicating! Might need to hit up Sam Choy’s for ideas for the HGC Oktoberfest Party!
  • Midweek also takes a look at Ka Lei Eggs and how its tradition keeps this local brand egg-cellent, as the mainland egg farmers suffer from salmonella outbreak; for more info on the salmonella outbreak check out this NPR article and see also this article about the resistance of eggs to salmonella.

Neighbor Island

  • Honolulu Weekly reminds of the Taste of Hawaiian Range Festival coming up on the Big Island’s Waikoloa. If you are on the Big Island next weekend something definitely to check out.
  • The Maui News has the following food interest pieces:
    • Whole Foods in Kahului has just made it easier getting breakfast with its new hot bar;
    • Sansei doesn’t want you to forget that they have awesome cooked entrees right alongside their raw items;
    • and its recommended you check out Bistro Molokini at the Grand Wailea for lunch and dinner.
  • Reported from The Garden Island: at the first-ever Kaua‘i Grown Chef Cookoff for Charity at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair Chef Matt Dela Cruz, executive chef of Roy’s Po‘ipu Grill and Bar, topped his competitors.

Off-Menu is Off the Hook!

I’d like to introduce a new, cool, and fun catering start-up here in Hawaii. Off-Menu!

Off-Menu is a full service catering company that can help you plan your dream event. Not only do they cater, but starting this month they will be having exclusive dining events with their chefs held in fun venues. The menus will be edgy, innovative, and fun. So Off-Menu will definitely be a different change of pace from your average catering company.

As for the lucky Grub Clubbers, we have been invited to their September event held at Manifest. For mroe information check your newsletter.

For a recap on their annual managers’ dinner check out Refridgeraider’s write -up here. If you want to find out more about the company check them out here.

Let them know you want what’s off menu at your next event!


Hey everyone,

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who visits the blog and checks out the stuff we do here. It is much appreciated. Your traffic and visiting has helped this little site started earlier this year go from 25 views per month to last month’s 545.

Yep, 545! 21.8x more than in Feb.!

Anyway, just wanted to say mahalo and I’m glad Grub Clubbers and other people come and stop by. As always would love to get comments, suggestions, new members, and please feel free to subscribe so you can get a direct mail for a new post.

Well, back to work.