Cooking Up Hope After Katrina

Jo McGarry
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Friday - September 16, 2005
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Some of Hawaii’s top chefs are pooling their talents
Monday for Chefs for Hope, a benefit for Hurricane
Katrina victims

If you’ve been looking for a way to show support for victims of Hurricane Katrina then here’s a way that combines generosity with great taste.

A gathering of some of Hawaii’s top chefs - one of the largest gatherings on Oahu of such culinary stars - is set to take place on Monday Sept. 19, and food and wine lovers are sure to have a good time.

The event, called Chefs For Hope, was the brainchild of Singha Thai and Chai’s Island Bistro owner Chef Chai Chaowasaree, who organized a similar event for victims of the tsunami.

Chaowasaree is joined on Monday by some shining lights on Oahu’s culinary stage including Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Chef Mavro, Chef Padovani and new chef on the block, Guillaume Burlion, the award-winning executive chef at Diamond Head Grill. It’s a chance for those who haven’t yet made it to the restaurant to sample some of Burlion’s outstanding food - as well as an opportunity to see what’s happening in kitchens around the island. D.K. Kodama will have Sansei represent his growing family of restaurants along with sister restaurant Hiroshi’s Eurasion Tapas.

Sam Choy’s Diamond Head will be there, and ex-executive Chef Elmer Guzman, now of his own place, The Poke Stop, will be in attendance. Elmer has more than a passing interest in the fundraiser. He spent more than three years in New Orleans working with Emeril Lagasse and has many friends he has still not been able to contact.

From Side Street, chef Colin Nishida will attend, and there will be a most-welcome appearance by Rodney Uehara of The Bistro.

Russell Siu, Fred DeAngelo, Doug Lum (Mariposa) Eric L’Eterc (Pacific Club) and Wayne Hirabayashi (Kahala Mandarin) will all donate time and their extraordinary talents in an effort to raise funds for Katrina victims. Other restaurants represented include Michel’s, Bali By The Sea, Le Bistro, Duke’s, Gordon Biersch, Hong Kong Harbor View, Nalo Farms and Nori’s, Hilo.

It’s as big a representation of chefs and restaurants as you’ll see in Hawaii, and certainly a oneof-a-kind event.

With wines by Southern Wines and Chamber and Chambers and a world-class martini bar by Better Brands, beers by Paradise Beverages and a host of donated desserts, the evening should be one of fun and excellent food and wine. The setting at Aloha Tower Marketplace proved perfect for last year’s event, and organizers are hopeful that people will come and donate to this worthy cause. One hundred percent of proceeds go to The Salvation Army.

For more information on the event and on ticket purchase, call Chai’s Island Bistro at 585-0011.

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