“Make Something Out of Nothing” — Cooking Inspired by Mom

Alan Wong’s Restaurants and Watermark Publishing, publisher of The Blue Tomato, are pleased to collaborate with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i to present an event honoring mothers (and all those other women who raised us) and their role in our food heritage. Inspired Food: The Roots of Hawai’i Cuisine, a brunch & talk-story with … Continue reading

StarChefs.com Rising Stars Gala

Congratulations to AWR Next Generation chefs Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka! Both were named Rising Stars by StarChefs.com in the first-ever group of Hawai‘i chefs given this distinction by the online culinary magazine. Thirteen up-and-coming chefs, and one mixologist, were named to the 2012 Rising Stars list. To see the full list (and they are … Continue reading

Next Generation Dinner – Sept. 2012

If you’ve watched Chef Alan’s Blue Tomato interview video, you know that one of the possible titles he considered for The Blue Tomato was The Next Generation. “The Next Generation” became the final chapter of The Blue Tomato instead, and it expresses his belief in teaching the generations that came after us. It’s a philosophy … Continue reading

Taste of the Nation Hawaii 2012

Please join Chef Alan Wong, this year’s Honorary Chef Chair, at Taste of the Nation Hawaii, a fundraiser to help fight childhood hunger nationwide. Nearly 17 million children face hunger in America. Most families that live below the poverty line in America are working families, yet their regular income is not sufficient to cover the … Continue reading

Taste Hawai‘i Tour Photo Galleries

View photo slideshows from the Taste Hawai‘i Tour. For larger images, click on the photo to go to the main gallery for the event. (See yourself or someone you know in a photo? Visit the photo galleries on Facebook at the Blue Tomato page or the Kau Kau page and tag them!) Have photos you’d … Continue reading

Restaurant Week Hawaii Promotions

Come and Taste Hawai‘i during Restaurant Week Hawai‘i (Nov. 14 to 20, 2011) at Alan Wong’s Honolulu and The Pineapple Room at Macy’s Ala Moana Center! Both restaurants will feature special prix fixe dinner menus. See the menus here. In addition, The Pineapple Room is part of a special promotion at Ala Moana Center: Get … Continue reading

Taste Hawai‘i Tour Event Prize Giveaways

Attend the ticketed Taste Hawai‘i Tour tasting events with Chef Alan Wong and Arnold Hiura, including Chef Alan’s Birthday Bash on November 2, and you could win dinner for two at The Pineapple Room or Alan Wong’s Honolulu, a collection of cookbooks, or possibly even a trip for two to Hawai‘i to dine at Chef … Continue reading

Culinary Technique Demonstration at Williams-Sonoma

  Photos from Chef Alan’s demonstration at Williams-Sonoma. Attendees learned the principles behind Chef’s famous Li Hing Mui Dressing, plus his Ko Choo Jang Sauce and red and yellow ketchups. All four items showcased Chef Alan’s philosophy of “Slot In, Slot Out” (replacing ingredients with others to create an entirely new dish) and the concept … Continue reading

Taste Hawaii Tour 2011

In October and November, James Beard Award-winning chef Alan Wong and Hawai‘i food historian Arnold Hiura will bring a taste of the Islands to the San Francisco Bay Area with their “Taste Hawai‘i” Tour. The duo will offer six events in San Francisco and San Jose between October 27 and November 2, all open to … Continue reading

Get Buzzed with Chef Alan

At his July Farmer Series Dinner last year Chef Alan introduced Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi who teaches a beekeeping class at UH-Hilo. It may seem like an unusual course to be taught in Hawai‘i, but honey bees are vital to our survival here on Planet Earth.  It takes diligent efforts to identify and control the mites … Continue reading