The second annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will take place from September 6-9, 2012, with a bigger and better extravaganza taking place over 4 days at three locations in Waikiki - The MODERN Honolulu, Halekulani and Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa, and two locations at the Ko Olina Resort at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Ihilani.
The 2012 Festival will feature over 50 internationally-acclaimed master chefs from the United States, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Australia who will all be creating dishes inspired by the diverse culinary and cultural traditions of Hawaii and utilizing locally-produced produce, seafood, beef, poultry and other ingredients.
Inspired by the ancient Hawaiian ahupua'a, a land division which stretched from the mountain peaks to the seashore, the Festival's theme "Taste Our Love for the Land" will emphasize the importance of creating a self-sufficient eco-system of agriculture, environment and economy such as was practiced for thousands of years prior to the arrival of foreign influences.
Over the four days of the Festival, there will be cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, culinary workshops, industry seminars and field excursions to local farms as well as signature dining experiences in the evenings. Two of Hawaii's own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong will serve as event co-chairs for the Festival.
Evening Festival events will include:
Thursday, September 6, 2012 - at the MODERN Honolulu
Hawaiian Airlines presents "Enter the MODERN Dragon: Morimoto and Friends"
Building on Hawaii's unique location where East meets West, and once again led by "Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Waikiki, guests will enjoy dishes prepared by thirteen of the most esteemed international chefs from Asia and the Pacific. Other participating chefs include Edward Kwon, LAB XXIV, Seoul; Sam Leong, Forest Cooking School, Singapore; Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco; Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles; Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA; Chai Chaowasaree, Chai's Island Bistro, Honolulu; Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Myers + Chang, Boston; Sang Yoon, Lukshon, Culver City; Marco Anzani, Anzani, Cebu City, Philippines; Peter Doyle, est. restaurant, Sydney; Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar, New York; and Scott Toner, The MODERN Honolulu.
The "Enter the MODERN Dragon" event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at The MODERN Honolulu. Tickets start at $200 per person.
Friday, September 7, 2012 at Halekulani
"Second Annual Halekulani Masters Chef Gala Series: Chefs Who Have Cooked for Presidents and Royalty"
Master chefs and top sommeliers will offer an evening of elegant fine dining, with a lavish seven-course meal and extraordinary wine pairings. The chefs featured include Vikram Garg, Halekulani, Honolulu; Alan Wong, Alan Wong's, Hawai`i; Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu, Waikiki; Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Central Michel Richard, Washington D.C.; Hubert Keller, Fleur de Lys, San Francisco; Tetsuya Wakuda, Tetsuya, Sydney; and François Payard, Payard, New York.
The event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., and tickets start at $1,000 per person with reserved seating in the Ballroom.
Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa
"From Farm to Table: A Makahiki Festival"
Paying tribute to the Hawaiian "Makahiki" festival, or harvest season, the third evening event will showcase Hawaii's sustainable future with twenty celebrity chefs, many of whom are notable for promoting "farm to table" sustainable sourcing and cooking practices.
The world-renowned chefs include Ken Oringer, Clio, Boston; Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Fois Gras & Lola, New York; Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto, New York; Hiroshi Fukui; Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas, Honolulu; Jeffrey Vigilla, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu; Josiah Citrin, Melisse, Santa Monica; Ron Siegel, Parallel 37, San Francisco; Mark Noguchi, He`eia Kea General Store & Deli, Honolulu; Todd English, Todd English Enterprises, New York; David Burke, Townhouse, New York; Lee Anne Wong, Cooking Channel's "Unique Eats," New York; Susan Feniger, Border Grill, Los Angeles; Justin Quek, Sky on 57, Singapore, Justin's Signatures, Just In Bistro & Wine Bar, Taipei; Yasuhiro Sasajima, Il Ghiottone, Kyoto; Josef Centeno, Baco Mercat, Los Angeles; Sally Camacho, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles; Toshi Yoroizuka, Toshi Yoroizuka, Tokyo; Nancy Silverton, Mozza, Los Angeles; Josh Feathers, Blackberry Farm, Tennessee , and Alessandro Stratta, Las Vegas.
The event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Tickets start at $200 per person.
Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani
"Cuisines of the Stars: A Magical Journey of Food & Culture"
The Festival finale will be hosted on the Westside of Oahu at the Ko Olina Resort.
Thirteen world-renowned chefs will create a culinary tour of ethnic foods from around the world using local produce and products at the lagoons under the stars. Participating chefs include Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose, Anaheim; Mourad Lahlou, Aziza, San Francisco; Dean Fearing, Fearing's, Dallas; Ed Kenney, Town, Honolulu; Raphael Lunetta, JiRaffe, Santa Monica; Celestino Drago, Drago Restaurant Group, Los Angeles; Marcel Vigneron, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, Modern Global Tasting, Los Angeles; Seamus Mullen, Tertulia, New York; Susan Spicer, Bayona, Mondo, New Orleans; Patrick Fahy, Cafe des Architectes, Chicago; Michelle Ueoka, Alan Wong's, Hawai`i; Jacqueline Lau, Roy's Restaurant's, Hawai`i; and George Mavrothalassitis, Chef Mavro, Honolulu.
The event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., and tickets start at $200 per person.
For more information including details on all of the daytime festival events, visit the Festival's website at www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.