What do you get when you put an innovative entrepreneurs in a vacant kitchen in Kakaako?
You get something fresh and new on Oahu’s food scene — and something worth checking out.
On Saturday — just before the tsunami warning! — Auahi Street came alive with foodies and chefs celebrating the opening of TASTE, a food venue supported by a trio of young business collaborators interested in bringing something new to the streets of Kakaako.
TASTE — brought to you by Poni and Brandon Askew (the masterminds behind Eat the Street), Amanda Corby (Under My Umbrella) and Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi (Pili Hawaii) — isn’t a restaurant and it’s not really a pop-up. It’s being called a “venue,” a place where a mix of chefs, restauranteurs and food vendors will showcase their creations. It will feature a combination of in-house specials by Noguchi and “pop-up meals” by guest chefs. Everything — including furniture — will change.
But it’s more than just a venue offering food service. The long-term goal is to offer cooking classes, chef demonstrations, tastings and other workshops.
To be honest, I’m not sure what it’ll be like — but I’m pretty stoked about the new concept.
Oh, and did I mention Gooch cooked, too?
Here’s what the grand opening looked like:
Grand opening of TASTE
Next event: Pork Party (part of the Drunch Series), 6 p.m. Oct. 30, with celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong (@leeannewong) and TASTE’s resident chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi (@musubman)
TASTE, 667 Auahi St. in Kakaako. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.tastetable.com and follow @tastetable.