Grind Time: Wong, Fukeda host whiskey dinner

Oct. 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


Every once in a while it’s a good idea to take a moment and celebrate success.

KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / 2014Chef Lee Anne Wong.


Chef Lee Anne Wong.

Maybe you got a raise at work, were recognized by your boss for a vital contribution — or finally mastered the art of potty training with your toddler.

Regardless of the type of victory, a win is a win is a win. And what better way to celebrate being a winner than with a big piece of fried chicken and a little bourbon?

Koko Head Cafe co-owner Lee Anne Wong will partner with Jason Fukeda of Fujioka’s Wine Times to host Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, a picnic-style feast with a decidedly Southern twist.

Wong, who is originally from New York and moved to Oahu in 2013, is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute and finished in fourth place on the first season of Bravo’s reality show/cooking competition, “Top Chef.”

And Fukeda? He knows a thing or two about whiskey, and his job gives him access to plenty of quality liquor — some of which he’ll bring along to share with all the winners who show up this week.

Tickets for Thursday’s dinner, priced at $85 each, are available online (tax and gratuity included). The fun starts at 6 p.m. at Koko Head Cafe, 1145-C 12th Avenue, with a pau hana followed by the whiskey tasting and food at 7 p.m.

According to Fukeda, guests will get to try Blanton’s Single Barrel, Henry McKenna Single Barrel, Knob Creek Single Barrel and Rebellion bourbons.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Jason Fukeda.


Jason Fukeda.

Here’s the menu, which is subject to change:

» Poi Biscuit and Ham with Kona Coffee Mustard (pupu-style)
» Pocho Puppies (pupu-style)
» KaLei Deviled Eggs (pupu-style)
» Smoked Tuna Salad, Green Goddess (picnic-style)
» Punachick Farms Fried Chicken (picnic-style)
» Guava Glazed Pork Ribs (picnic-style)
» North Shore Succotash (picnic-style)
» Miso Pork Maple Beans (picnic-style)
» Kahuku Corn Pudding (picnic-style)
» Okinawan Sweet Potato Salad (picnic-style)
» House Pickles (picnic-style)
» Lilikoi Chess Pie (picnic-style)

Along with the food and drink, Wong and Fukeda are encouraging people to “get into character” and bring something with them to celebrate their own personal victory. Dressing up is encouraged, as are social media posts from the dinner itself using the hashtag “#winnahwinnah” to show off the spoils of said victory. (There will be prizes!)

The night isn’t all about fun and games, however. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
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