Take a Bite: The bake sale, seriously upgraded

Aug. 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

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PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comMW co-owner and pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka presented her creations during the inaugural Baker Faire at her restaurant.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

MW Restaurant co-owner and pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka presented her creations during the inaugural Baker Faire at her restaurant.

BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

We’re all familiar with the homespun bake sale, but when MW Restaurant’s award-winning pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka gathers a few of her besties together, you just know it’ll be a bake sale to remember.

The inaugural Baker Faire took place Saturday at MW, where Karr said she always wanted to do a bake sale.

“There are all kinds of food events around town, but none featuring just pastry chefs,” she said, while presiding over a table filled with her baklava, pineapple crostata and truffles.

Pastries, croissants and bread by Halekulani’s Mark Freischmidt, Kimberly Oi of Pili Group, Chris Sy of Breadshop, Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Cafe, Alison Yokouchi of The Pig and The Lady, and Alejandro Briceno, formerly of Prima and V-Lounge, sold for about $3 to $5 per item, offered fair-style, with scrip purchased up front.

Halekulani's Mark Freischmidt offered blueberry calamansi marshmallows and carrot quinoa bread.

Halekulani’s Mark Freischmidt offered blueberry calamansi marshmallows and carrot quinoa bread.

Jason Kim is just getting started on filling his box at the Halekulani table. Behind him, people lined up to get in, purchasing scrips for baked goods at the door.

Jason Kim is just getting started on filling his box at the Halekulani table. Behind him, people lined up to get in, purchasing scrips for baked goods at the door.

Celeb chef Lee Anne Wong offered her famous Koko Head Cafe kim chee scones.

Celeb chef Lee Anne Wong offered her famous Koko Head Cafe kim chee scones.

Fancy treats abounded, but sometimes you just want a simple, humble M&M cookie, offered by the Pili Group, along with another homespun treat, caramel popcorn.

Fancy treats abounded, but sometimes you just want a simple, humble M&M cookie, offered by the Pili Group, along with another homespun treat, caramel popcorn.

The event started at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to run until 1 p.m. or until items sold out — but if you thought you could leisurely stroll in at 11:30 a.m. you were out of luck. Most people opted for the $40 per box option, so pastries went quickly.

With the event’s success, Karr-Ueoka said she’s hoping to set up another event in October and one just in time for the holidays in December, aiming for a larger venue.

MW Restaurant is at 1538 Kapiolani Boulevard. Entrance on Makaloa Street. Call (808) 955-6505.
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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

  • michaelgolojuchjr

    Do another one as a fundraiser for the residents of Puna! Charge a little more ;-)

    • Nadine Kam

      Great idea; I think they are looking for a charitable component, especially around the holidays.