Q&A with chef Rick Tramonto from HFWF18.
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.
The husband-and-wife, Andy Erickson and Annie Favia-Erickson, team approach wine from different perspectives; she cares for the vines and grapes as a viticulturist while he creates the finished product as a vintner. In 2003 they began Favia Wines, a Napa Valley winery that combines their skill sets and shared passion.
In 2017, 54 percent of people working in the food industry were women. But in the kitchen, that number dropped to 20 percent. Four acclaimed female chefs talk about their challenges, inspirations and the role of women on the line.
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.
Like the resilient, climate-positive ulu tree, the Hawaii Ulu Cooperative continued to grow in 2020, launching a new online store, developing products for sale through groceries, and partnering with chefs and schools to promote the versatility and health benefits of the fruit. General Manager Dana Shapiro spoke with HASHI about the ideas and inspiration behind the Cooperative, the latest developments with their new initiatives, and what’s next for the Cooperative as Hawaii begins to emerge from the pandemic.
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.”
While the 10th anniversary Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) last year looked and felt much different than in previous years, the mission remained resolute – to put a spotlight on Hawaii as a culinary destination and to showcase the very best of what Hawaii has to offer – its natural beauty, culture, food and people. This short video is a thank you to those of you who have trusted us to be good stewards of your contributions. It’s also a battle cry of hope for these resilient industries to continue to fight because we’re Stronger Together, Stronger Tomorrow.
Q&A with chef Chris Oh from HFWF17.
Q&A with chef Serge Dansereau from HFWF17.