Two of our very own Tiki's Ohana were finalist:
In addition, this year HRA added a new category – Best New Restaurant of 2016. Over 20 restaurants were nominated for this honor.
Coconut Marshmallow Creme, Dark Manoa Chocolate, Graham Cracker Shell, Hawaiian Grown Cacao Dusted
Aaron Placourakis - President / CEO Tri Star Restaurant Group, JAS Restaurants & AMP Restaurants, LTD.
Debra Ching Maiava and Ric Maiava - Ken's House of Pancakes
Well-known and longtime Hawaii sportscaster Kanoa Leahey emceed the event with Chef Alan Wong and Honolulu Magazine Food Editor Catherine Toth-Fox serving as guest presenters for the ceremony.
2015 - Chef Freddie Billena - Pōmaika'i Ballrooms
2014 - Chef James Aptakin - MAC 24/7
2014 - Chef Ken Mackenzie - Tommy Bahama
2014 - Chef Marc Anthony Freiberg - Mariposa
2013 - Chef Jesse Cruz - Lucky Belly and Livestock Tavern
2013 - Chef Cyrus Goo - Café Laufer
2012 - Chef Long - Prima
2011 - Chef Roger Dikon - Regency Culinary Services and HRC founding chef
2010 - Chef Goran Streng - Tango Contemporary Café
2009 - Chef Matt Young - Hula Grill
2009 - Chef Keith Kong - Duke's Waikiki
2008 - Chef Chai Chaowasaree - Chef Chai's
2007 - Chef Russell Siu - 3660 on the Rise / Kaka'ako kitchen
NEW RESTAURANTS, EXHIBITORS JOIN
21st TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE
MEET THE FACES BEHIND OUR FOOD
KOHALA COAST, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—Fresh and nutritious Hawai’i Island food and the people who produce it are the stars of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Tasty culinary stations, food producer booths and agricultural-themed displays—totaling over 75 stations— will sprawl both inside and out at the resort’s conference center.
Pre-sale tickets are available online for $45 through midnight September 8 and at island wide locations until sold out; they are $60 at the door. Details: www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.
Each Taste chef is assigned to prepare a whopping 100 pounds of a specific cut of pasture-raised beef—or locally sourced pork, lamb, mutton, goat or USDA-inspected wild boar—and the result is a festive adventure of tasting everything from tongue to tail. Most of the beef cuts are utilized so chefs and attendees can get acquainted with not-so-familiar cuts while having fun. The pasture-raised beef is sourced from local, humanely raised cattle that are free of antibiotics and hormones.
In addition to “grazing” on expertly prepared beef sirloin, lamb or Rocky Mountain Oysters—aka bull’s testicles—attendees can taste samples at local food product booths and view compelling educational displays on sustainability and agriculture.
New participating exhibitors include Beyond Organic Consulting, Waimea Butcher Shop, Paradise Hawaii Balsamics, Spicy Ninja Sauce, Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death, Farm Works Hawaii, Orchid Isle Traders, Hawaii Lassi-Akmal Foods, USDA Farm Service Agency and UH-CTAHR Veterinary Extension.
Restaurants debuting at the 2016 Taste include Noodle Club, Waipio Cook House, 3 Fat Pigs, Daylight Mind Coffee Company Waikoloa, Monstera and The Fish Hopper.
Also new will be a streaming video shown at different event locations featuring seven Big Island ranchers and farmers talking story about why they produce food.
Those wanting to learn first-hand how to use and prepare 100 percent pasture-raised beef can attend the event’s annual Cooking 101 culinary demonstration. This year’s team of guest presenters are chefs Kevin Hanney and J Schoonover of Oahu’s 12 Ave Grill and Kokohead Café. The 3 p.m. presentation includes sampling and is $10; tix available online or at the door. A 1 p.m. seminar, “Learn Where Beef Cuts Come From,” is free.
Islandwide tickets locations include Kuhio Grille in Hilo, Kamuela Liquors and Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona and Kohala Essence Shop at Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892.
Comes to the table smoking with Dry Ice
Forged from the depths of our super premium back bar, this enormous bubbling cocktail is overflowing with Sailor Jerry 92 proof spiced rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice, and kissed with a heavy measure of Tito’s vodka before we release 2 heavy ounces of 94 proof Kraken dark rum.
You take home this custom souvenir ceramic volcano and back scratcher!
Cocktail must be shared with at least 3 adult guests! 40This is NOT a virgin drink!
We served 1000 Wild Boar Meatballs on Saturday, at the 21st Annual A Touch of `Iolani a fundraiser for `Iolani School. Chef Ronnie Nasuti made a labor intensive dish that was well received by alumni, current parents and supporters of the school. Mahalo to Michael, Lisa, Juan, and Chef Ronnie.
The ‘Iolani Alumni Association and the Class of 1997 hosted alumni, family and friends an evening of exquisite food and drinks on Saturday, Aug. 6. The alumni community gathers for an evening of great food, entertainment, silent auction, camaraderie, and the presentation of the Alumni Service Award.
Enjoy gourmet selections from these top restaurants and their chefs:
12th Avenue Grill
Big City Diner
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
d.k. Steak House
The Girls Who Bake Next Door
The Pig & The Lady
Tiki's Grill & Bar
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar