Foodie News Across The Island

Jo McGarry
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Wednesday - November 05, 2008
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Kevin Hanney of 12th Avenue Grill

There’s no better way to find out who’s reading your column than to make a mistake. My phone was ringing and my e-mail flashing from as early as Monday afternoon when my column debuted mentioning Sandy Kodama‘s funeral services at Kaimuki Christian Church. The service was actually held at Maikiki Christian Church. You’d think I might have been able to get it right seeing as I was there ... Thanks to everyone who called to point out the error ...

Great news for foodies on the Waianae side of the island: A regular Hawaii Farm Bureau Farmers Market has begun. The market, held on the first and third Saturdays of each month at Makaha Resort, will give local residents the opportunity to buy locally grown produce right from the farmers. Locally dairywoman Monique Vander Stroom will be there - although not yet with her milk bottles. “We’re not quite in production,” she says, “but we’ll be there helping to promote the market and finding out from people what they want from an island dairy.” The prospect of being able to buy fresh milk in glass, recyclable bottles from a Hawaii dairy is, to me, a genuinely exciting one. We’ll keep you posted on when the milk will be available ...


It’s the beginning of the holiday season - it starts with candy and ends with a resolution to lose weight - so that also means it’s time to look out for those bright-green stickers at the supermarket checkout. Kraft’s Check Out Hunger Campaign is one of the most successful fundraisers for the Hawaii Foodbank - last year’s donations totaled more than $140,000. Participating grocery stores include Times, Tamura’s and Safeway Stores as well as Kokua Market and KTA Super Stores on the Big Island. Kraft kicked off the annual campaign with a $5,000 donation to the food bank. “The Hawaii Foodbank and its partner agencies service more than 131,000 individuals each year, and they need our help,” says Kraft business manager Gerald Shintaku. You can feed a hungry child breakfast for a week for $2.81, or feed an entire family for a week for just $16.84. Next time you’re in the checkout line, put back the potato chips and buy a hungry child breakfast - fewer calories and way more positive energy ... I’m ditching my favorite magazine for the holidays and giving the $5 to the program ...

Another group in need of some assistance - and the one to which most charities turn in time of need - is the restaurant industry. Restaurant Week Hawaii debuts Nov. 6 and continues through Nov. 22, and participating restaurants will offer special pricing on signature dishes, as well as free appetizers, complimentary desserts and seasonal menus. Look for new menu items in some restaurants and the return of favorite dishes at others. At 12th Avenue Grill, for example, Kevin Hanney will bring back his popular Kim-Chee Steak for the week, priced at just $15. For more information on Restaurant Week Hawaii or to participate, go to

One restaurant that’s made a menu change that’s a huge hit is Duc’s Bistro in Chinatown. The menu may have changed, but the Chinatown finer dining spot remains charming, unpretentious and a delight, just like its owner, Duc Nguyen.

Happy eating!

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