Chef Alan Helps Japan Relief Efforts

Chef Alan Wong will lend his aid to two organizations raising funds to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Chefs Help Japan Brunch (Adults: $50; Children 6 – 12: $25; Children 5 and under: free)
Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Pineapple Room, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Macy’s 3rd Floor

For brunch reservations, call The Pineapple Room at 808-945-6573

Chef Alan has partnered with a group of American chefs, led by Chef Allen Susser under the banner of “Culinary Messengers” to support Chefs Help Japan.  Chef Alan will represent Hawaii in this group of 10 chefs from across the U.S. who have banded together to raise funds through culinary events.  Proceeds will be used to aid fisheries and people in Japan whose homes have been destroyed.

This national effort will be joining an equal-sized group representing Europe, Africa, and Asia, to contribute in the way they know best:  by feeding people.  Chef Alan’s menu is filled with inspirations from his Japanese roots and his culinary team’s trips to Japan.  Highlights include:  Steamed Fish and Rice “Zabuton”, Unagi Terrine with Quail Egg and Kabayaki Sauce, Crab Tofu Agedashi, and Braised Short Ribs with Japanese Curry Sauce.  The brunch will be served in the traditional Pineapple Room “We Plate, You Plate” style with a selection of buffet items, as well as action stations.  Macy’s will co-sponsor the event as a community partner in this important fundraising effort.

Locally, Chef Alan will support the With Aloha benefit for the Tohoku Hospital in Sendai, Japan, as a member of the event advisory board, by donating a portion of the proceeds from his new cookbook, The Blue Tomato, from April 1 through December 31 of this year. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from The Pineapple Room’s 5-Course Menu Tasting and Alan Wong’s Honolulu’s 7-Course Japanese-Inspired Chef’s Omakase Tasting Menu will be contributed to the With Aloha campaign from April 1 through June 30, 2011.

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