Author: Denise Yamaguchi

Publisher’s Note: We’re Ready – Let the Good Times Roll

As Hawaii opens its doors for transpacific travel this week, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival also prepares for three weeks of hybrid Festival events in November to support our restaurant and hospitality industries. While our events will look and feel different from years past, they will be conducted in the same spirit to uplift and put a spotlight on Hawaii as a culinary destination featuring local and national celebrity chefs cooking with our local agricultural and seafood products. This year, we bring you the best chef collaboration dinners with chefs who complement each other to create fun, meaningful and mouthwatering events. Here are my insights to what makes these select events so special.

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A-L-O-H-A

As Hawaii Food & Wine Festival marks its tenth year and we birth Hashi, our new digital platform, I want to thank all of you for your continued support. From the very beginning, it was always a vision and dream to bring our attendees and followers more than just an experience and a great time through our events. For me, the journey has always been about creating meaningful experiences that invoke thought-provoking conversations over food to bring about
CHANGE. With the coronavirus pandemic and racial discord in our nation among some of the most pressing issues facing us today, we hope Hashi will inspire you with stories from our Festival community so that we can find solutions to make our world a better place.

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Mexico Meets Hawaii

Chef Rick Bayless discovers the intersection of Hawaiian and Mexican cuisines at the Papahana Kuaola ahupuaa.

Bayless, who was named Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s second Culinary Hero in April 2019, made history in Hawaii at Papahana Kuaola and created his traditional Mexican dish, using Hawaiian cooking traditions. He had planned to prepare locally-raised pork for his dish, but rather than cook his pig in an oven, he cooked it in a Hawaiian imu (or pit) which is similar, yet different, from the Mexican method of cooking a pig in the ground.

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