Hawaii Food and Wine Festival at Halekulani

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival brings together some of the world’s finest chefs to create dishes inspired by the fresh tastes of our islands. It’s a rare opportunity to experience a concentration of internationally celebrated culinary talent, in one location. The sixth annual festival takes place on Oahu from October 26 - October 30, 2016. 

Halekulani is proud to host two events with vintners on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The first event, Masters of Meursault with Antoine Jobard is from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and is limited to 50 guests. Meursault is recognized as one of the world's great white wine producers and the presence of Antoine Jobard makes this a once-in-a-lifetime tasting. 

The Rarities Tasting, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., offers up to 50 guests the opportunity to experience vintage-classified Bordeaux from the 1980s, including Angelus, Margaux, Pavie and a pair of 1989’s greatest Rhone wines: Jaboulet La Chapelle and Chave Hermitage. 

The Food and Wine Festival concludes on Sunday, October 30 with the Culinary Masters Series at Halekulani. This year’s theme is East Meets West. “Guests will be able to taste the works of some of the best chefs, as they blend eastern and western style,” says Shaden Sato, Banquet Sous Chef at Halekulani. “The chefs will all be using local products where possible, such as baby abalone from the Big Island, and local ahi.” 

Each course of the Masters Gala is created by a different chef. The appetizers are the inspiration of Chef Alexandre Trancher, the Chef de Cuisine at La Mer, Halekulani’s own five-star restaurant in Honolulu.  “Chef Alexandre brings his intricate and beautiful French techniques to the appetizers,” Shaden says. Guest chefs include: Niki Nakayama, the chef and proprietor of the highly acclaimed n/naka in Los Angeles; Chef Josiah Citrin, owner of Santa Monica’s Mélisse, one of the few two-starred Michelin restaurants in Los Angeles; Chef Michael Cimarusti of the acclaimed fine-dining restaurant Providence, in Los Angeles; and Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, owner of the renowned Narisawa in Tokyo. Chef Jérôme Bocuse, a native of Lyon, France, and the son of Paul Bocuse, will be travelling to Halekulani especially to create the entrée for this distinguished event. The meal will conclude with a dessert by Chef Kanjiro Mochizuki from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

“This six-course dinner is an opportunity for guests to experience the talent of some of the finest chefs from Hawaii, the mainland, Europe and Japan, all in one evening,” Shaden says. To reserve your place at the Culinary Masters Series, please visit the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival website.