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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.