Quick Bites: Meet a rancher during Farmers Series Dinner

Mar. 9, 2012 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Enjoy shrimp and grits Wednesday night as part of Alan Wong's Farmers Series Dinner. —Courtesy Alan Wong's Honolulu

Enjoy shrimp and grits Wednesday night as part of Alan Wong's Farmers Series Dinner. —Courtesy Alan Wong's Honolulu

Farmers Series Dinner: Alan Wong’s Honolulu is offering its next Farmers Series Dinner on Wednesday.

The dinner highlights all-natural, local beef from the Maui Cattle Co. and will feature Alex Franco, managing director of Kaupo Ranch, as the visiting farmer.

Start with three small appetizers: Maui Cattle Co. steak tartare with ume sauce, Pork Adobo Empanadas along with Farmer Ed’s beets and pickled onions, and a “Pintxo” of unagi, kalua pig, foie gras and Ed Lima’s micro greens.

For entrees, enjoy Shaun Gaines’ Shrimp and Grits made from Kauai shrimp and creamy Surfing Goat Dairy grits, an opakapaka crusted in its own brandade with Otsuji Farms vegetables and “A Tasting of Maui Cattle Co.” beef with Twin Bridge potatoes and Ho Farms tomato cluster.

Dessert is a Hanaoka Farms lilikoi “creameux” with strawberry guava, foamed “granite,” candied ginger meringue and tropical fruits.

Cost is $80 per person ($110 with wine). The a la carte menu will not be served that night. Call 949-2526 to make reservations.

Chun Wah Kam Ala Moana: The popular Chun Wah Kam and its assortment of entrees are now available near Ala Moana Center.

Chun Wah Kam opened a fourth location at the corner of Pensacola and Waimanu streets about a month ago, in addition to its Kalihi, Waimalu and Kapolei spots.

The interior is clean and spacious, with plenty of seating. At the counter you can choose from more than 50 kinds of entrees.

A regular plate (with two ministarches, meaning noodles or fried rice) is $10.30. A mini plate with one entree or your choice of two to four mini-entrees is $6.95.

Don’t forget the assortment of manapua filled with kalua pig, sweet potato, creative flavors like pizza and more. Chun Wah Kam Ala Moana is at 537 Pensacola St. Call 744-1816.

Bernini’s new menu: Contemporary Italian restaurant Bernini Honolulu has a new menu.

Check out the marinated shrimp and steamed chicken infused with dill on shredded green papaya ($14). It’s a new item under antipasti. The Boscaiora, a linguine pasta dish with porcini mushrooms and homemade sausage, is served hot and topped with a light cream sauce ($24).

The popular “prosciutto e mascarpone” pizza ($21), featuring mozzarella, prosciutto and mascarpone with tomato cream sauce, formerly a special, will now be featured on the regular menu.

Bernini is at 1218 Waimanu St. Open from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 591-8400 for reservations.

Oyster pop-up: Diners who enjoy Cha Cha Cha Salsaria can enjoy both oysters and live music on Mondays.

Kathryn Krohn brings out her grill and offers the oyster pop-up on the back deck of Cha Cha Cha starting at 5 p.m.; music starts at 5:30.

Order up some escargot (three for $5.75), raw oysters served with cocktail or chipotle hot sauce ($2 each), oyster shooters ($2.25), grilled oysters ($2.25 each) or oysters Rockefeller ($2.75 each).

Cha Cha Cha also offers happy hour all day long on Tuesdays, with $3.25 beer, house wines and margaritas, mini nachos night (small order of nachos and house margarita for $10) on Wednesdays, and taco night (four tacos and Dos Equis beer for $10) on Thursdays.

Cha Cha Cha Salsaria is at the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (377 Keahole St.). Call 395-7797.

—Compiled by Nina Wu. Email “quickbites” news to nwu@staradvertiser.com.

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