Taste Hawaii Tour

Hawai‘i is a rich culinary melting pot where cultures and flavors blend to create Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, a movement that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. 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 the public, sharing the cuisine and food culture of Hawai‘i. Attendees will learn about the evolution of the Islands’ unique culinary landscape and how it has inspired Chef Alan. Guests will also have the opportunity to taste Hawai‘i—literally! Chef Alan and Arnold, assisted by Hukilau Restaurants, will serve dishes from Chef’s newest cookbook, The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong, and classic Hawai‘i fare featured in Hiura’s book, Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands.

Events range in price from free to $75 and include activities such as “talk-story” book signings, cooking demonstrations, culinary exercises and tasting events—culminating in a “Birthday Bash” celebration for Chef Alan with a trip to Hawai‘i giveaway. Read the full press release here.

Click on an event to learn more.







Mahalo to the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau, Hawaiian Airlines, HAWAI‘I Magazine, Hukilau Restaurants, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California and the Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California for making the Taste Hawai‘i Tour possible!

Alan Wong photo by David Murphey; Arnold Hiura photo by Vivien Kim Thorp; food photography by David Murphey (for The Blue Tomato) and Adriana Torres Chong (for Kau Kau)

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