hawaii1Russel Siu’s Salmon When I am traveling, I love to find local food events that give me a taste of the region, people, and arts. Ko’ Olina Resort hosted the annual Hawaii Wine and Food two-day event on May 20th and 21st. I attended the Grand tasting and fashion show, featuring Food Network star and host of “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef,” Chef Anne Burrell as well as other of Hawaii’s notable and talented chefs.

hawaii3I really love events like this and highly recommend it since it is so much more than just great food. For $100 you can be right on one of the most stunning beaches surrounded by waterfalls and swaying palm trees. Then you have the entertainment factor. There was a Jazz quartet and two fashion shows. Then there was the yummy food and wine tasting. For this event I was surprised by the variety of spirit tastings. There was lychee martinis, local made beer, tequila, rum, and many wineries present. Even though it is a tasting there was many different chefs from Russel Siu, Goran Streng, to D. K. Kodama. We were full before we even got around the circle.

hawaii2I was able to meet Anne Burrell and taste her citrus Farro with shrimp. I loved that it was a healthy dish and I tried my best to re-create it last night. Although, I have to say my favorite dish of the night was D.K. Kodamo’s Butter Poached Kona Lobster Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth. It was a tasty and different version of the classic ramen soup that is so popular here in Hawaii.

Yet another reason to visit Hawaii in May! So mark your calendars for next years 2012 Hawaii Wine and Food Culinary event: http://www.hawaiiwineandfood.com/

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