It’s not everyday 32 world-class chefs, four master sommeliers, nine top-tier winemakers, mixologists, local farmers, artisan food producers, food writers, foodies — and an “Top Chef” competitor — from around the world converge in one place.
But they did — at the first event of the inaugural Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held in various locations on Oahu.
Last night’s event — The Streets of Asia: Morimoto & Friends presented by Hawaiian Airlines — featured a range of small plates from such notables as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (kakuni steam bun with 10-hour braised pork belly and local picked vegetables), Mourad Lahlou of Aziza (slow-poached prawns, corn pudding, zhug, bonito emulsion and ikura), and Charles Phan of The Slanted Door (fish vermicelli with turmeric, dill and scallion).
It was a swanky night at the Modern Honolulu, with food stations lining the hotel’s Sunrise Pool and butoh-style dancers in Southeast Asian garb entertained guests throughout the venue.
There were politicians, educators, food writers, magazine editors, business owners, restauranteurs, bloggers — the crowd was as eclectic as the food offerings.
Even “Top Chef” Marcel Vigneron (@marcelvigneron) was lurking in the VIP areas.
The festival continues today and Saturday with a visit to the Heeia fishpond, wine tastings, seminars, coffee and chocolate tastings, a master chefs gala dinner and a grand tasting on the final night.
I think I need a nap!
Here’s what Streets of Asia looked like:
For more information about the event, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.