Golden Age of Bordeaux
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.
Setting the Culinary Scene
“Don’t be part of a trend—a trend has a beginning and an end,” says Michelle Karr- Ueoka, chef and co-owner of MW Restaurant. She is relaying advice from her mentor, renowned chef Thomas Keller. “Be part of a movement. A movement lasts forever.”
Student Entrepreneurs Embracing Change
The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (HFWF) and Hawaii Agricultural Foundation partnered to put this wisdom into practice for Hawaii students. In effort to help cultivate the next generation of Hawaii’s agriculture and food business leaders, these organizations launched the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) in 2019.
The Next Movement
As the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival toasts its fifth anniversary, raise your glass to the state’s next agricultural and culinary movement.
Twenty-five years after 12 island chefs put the Aloha State on the foodie map with Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC), the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) has been declared “the next agricultural and culinary movement in the State of Hawaii.”
Mixing for Mocktails
To continue educating the public on safe driving throughout the pandemic, DTRIC Insurance partnered with Hawaii Food and Wine Festival for a virtual Hawaii’s Best Mocktails event. Four cocktail artists, Teves-William Freitas (standing in for Kyle Reutner), Chandra Lucariello, Dave Newman and Gwen Whiting, joined chef Jon Matsubara of FEAST, to create a virtual mixing and cooking class for the guests, hosted by Jason Genegabus.
The Spice of Life: A Tribute to Floyd Cardoz
Known for mixing extreme flavors, chef Floyd Cardoz was an amazing chef and supporter of the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival since nearly the beginning. He was a fixture each fall, treating attendees to his modern interpretation of Indian cuisine — but of course, using local ingredients from the islands. It was always a match made in heaven.
COVID Conversations: Ha Coffee Bar
For this COVID Conversation, Hashi sat down with owner of Ha Coffee Bar to discuss the mission of the nonprofit coffeehouse and its experience during the pandemic. Since the interview, Ha Coffee was forced to close its physical location, but the mission lives on.
Sensei Ag: The Future of Farming
Founded by tech entrepreneur Larry Ellison and world-leading scientist and physician David Agus, Sensei Ag is where innovation meets food. “They wanted to use their capabilities, enormous scientific knowledge and extensive computing capabilities to transform human wellness,” explained Sensei Ag CEO Sonia Lo. The AgTech company uses data-driven farming methods to maximize the nutritional value of their produce. “We are master integrators. We are always scouting for the best and the brightest [talent in the technology industry], and we then integrate that [knowledge base] into our processes.” Sensei Ag takes advantage of available technology and innovation in the community to maximize nutrition for everyone.
COVID Conversations: Chris Kajioka
Despite the various Covid related setbacks that has affected the state of Hawaii, Chef Chris Kajioka remains optimistic in the face of adversity. The week Kajioka was set to open his new restaurant, Miro Kaimuki, a state-wide order forced many businesses to close. Kajioka and his team quickly adapted to the state mandated take-out only regulations, and has, in many ways, been able to thrive.
Olive Oil: Explained
As the healthiest fruit juice, olive oil is a high quality “flavor-enhancer,” which can be used on a variety of dishes. Brian Foster, co-owner of Island Olive Oil and certified olive oil sommelier, is an expert on oil from farm to table. Island Olive Oil gathers its oils from orchards in Chile, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and other places with Mediterranean climates, where olive trees thrive. After the olive oil is pressed, it goes through two stages, sensory analysis and chemical analysis, to determine its quality.