Fighting Hunger With Great Chefs

Jo McGarry
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Friday - March 24, 2006
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If you wanted to spend this weekend checking out some of the newest players on the local food scene, it could cost you a pretty penny. Combine some traditional lamb or seafood dishes from Greece with Phillippe Padovani’s outstandingly beautiful chocolates from his new store on Queen Street, throw in some of the newer items on the menu at The Ihilani’s signature restaurant, Azul, or from The Halekulani Hotel, add the newest menu item at d.k. Steakhouse - a dry aged steak with seafood butter - a couple of great glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon and a dessert from Ruth’s Chris and you’re well on the way to spending some serious dough.

Or you could taste all of these dishes and more, for just $85.

This weekend’s annual benefit for the Hawaii Foodbank represents some of the best value on the local restaurant scene.

The Great Chefs Fight Hunger fundraiser takes place on the lawn in front of Ruth’s Chris and Hiroshi’s on Friday (March 24), and brings together the talents of some of the Island’s finest chefs.

Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Chai Chaowasaree, D.K. Kodama, Russell Siu, Colin Nishida, Randal Ishizu, Hiroshi Fukui, Doug Lum and Rodney Uehara will join together with chefs from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Pacific Club, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, The Halekulani, Yanni’s - and more.

“This is a great event,” says D.K. Kodama, “and it really means a lot to see all these chefs in one place for one cause.”

For my money, there’s nothing better than this kind of event. You can taste food from firm favorites like chefs Wong and Yamaguchi, while sampling new dishes from chefs like Yanni Trainedes - along with those irresistible Padovani Chocolates.

A teaser from the Friday night menu shows Greek lamb, osso bucco ravioli, dry-aged steak, pan-seared day-boat scallops, seared ahi with avocado poke on flat bread, ginger scallion chicken salad and a host of desserts, including the lovingly created bread pudding with whiskey sauce from Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

There are only one or two events of this caliber every year in Honolulu (the next one is The Taste of The Stars at Leeward Community College on May 5), where an impressive collection of chefs get together for an incredibly worthy cause. There’s certainly nowhere better to eat this weekend than on the lawn at Restaurant Row. Call 836-3000 for tickets and information.

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