Food La La: ‘Chopsticks & Wine’

Oct. 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

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“Let the Good Times Roll” was the motto of this year’s Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce “Chopsticks & Wine” event on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and it matched the atmosphere perfectly. The party had a Mardi Gras theme, so the ballroom at the Hawaii Convention Center was decorated accordingly, and the 1,500 people who attended were adorned feather boas, hats, masks, and colorful beads.

There were 16 food stations located around the perimeter of the ballroom, which made it easy to go in one big circle and try out all the food. Drink stations were scattered throughout with hundreds of wines to choose from.

First thing I tried was the prime rib sliders from Taste of Times. This dish looks simple but, surprisingly, was one of my favorites of the night. The prime rib was tender and oh so soft and went perfectly with the sweet bun and spicy wasabi aioli sauce.

Check out the prime rib!

Sammy’s Restaurant created a trio of canapés of olive tapenade, smoked salmon, and chicken liver pate. My favorite was the smoked salmon because it was rich, creamy and very smoky!

The Sammy’s crew!

Gyotaku created this delicious pork shabu shabu with tangerine ponzu sauce dish. It was very refreshing. The tangerine ponzu sauce was sweet, tangy, and matched well with the tender pork.

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