Richard Betts is has moved past wine and into the world of Komos Tequila, which he created with his partner Joe Marchese. “I love Tequila first and foremost because it embodies so much of my first love, Mexico. Add to that the fact that it’s an upper, a party starter, it’s my favorite thing to drink.”
For this COVID Conversation, Hashi sat down with chef and restaurateur, Peter Cho, to discuss the status of his restaurants (one opened during the pandemic!) and outlook on the road to recovery.
David Wong, a second-generation dairyman, decided he would repurpose the family’s defunct dairy farm in Waianae into a multi-product organic one, free of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. He had faith that nature—without any intervention—would find the right balance for these plants to thrive.
Short ribs are a traditional local favorite, but many don’t know the secrets behind perfecting the dish. Chefs Kelvin Ro, Roy Yamaguchi and Matt Pittman explained their favorite ways to cook the best short rib, a staple of their individual cultures.
Hashi publisher and editorial director Denise Yamaguchi speaks on the subject of leadership as a guest of “Beyond the Lines” by ThinkTech Hawaii with host Rusty Komori. Watch the interview to hear Yamaguchi speak about the huge growth to-date and the goals she has for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, as well as the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation.
For this COVID Conversation, Hashi sat down with chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur, Eric Ziebold, to discuss the status of his endeavors and outlook on the road to recovery.
“I was always told to use the proper tool for the proper job,” said chef Michael Mina, reflecting on the importance of correct knife use in the kitchen. Many chefs, including Mina, have perfected their knife skills to create the best dishes possible. “The saying was always small job, small knife, large job, large knife.” Knives are a very important chef’s tool, and the different types of knives as well as the different cuts are concepts that every chef, even those just starting at home, should understand.
For chef Brian Hirata, preserving Hawaii’s food culture and progressing local cuisine — through sustainable practices and local ingredients — will perpetuate the culinary hertiage for Hawaii’s future. Launched in June 2019, Naau Hilo puts into practice Hirata’s philosophy by utilizing the fine-dining to showcase wild and locally sourced ingredients and facilitating an “understanding and appreciation of the food, people and cultures that make Hawaii so special.” Beginning with pop-up experiences, collaborations and private dinners, Naau Hilo continues to strive forward amidst the global pandemic that threatens the culinary industry in Hawaii and beyond.
For this COVID Conversation, Hashi sat down with chef, author and artist, Elizabeth Falkner, to discuss the status of her endeavors and outlook on the road to recovery.
In 2016, the festival received a call from the wife of a late wine collector. Her husband had passed away recently and she had almost 300 bottles of wine that he had collected over 35 years. She wanted to donate them to the festival to support the non-profit’s mission to fund culinary training for aspiring chefs and edible education curriculum for elementary school students, programs in line with her late husband’s goals as an educator.