Part of a three-day culinary extravaganza, the 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Paradise, held an epicurean delight Saturday afternoon at Ko Olina Beach Club. It was a “foodie-face –off” between four of Hawaii’s top chefs and a Hawaii food critic, and best of all it was all for a worthwhile cause to benefit the Kapolei Foundation.
Over the past few days, guests have been eating and drinking with a purpose as the culinary festival supports beneficiaries of the Kapolei Foundation, one of the charitable beneficiaries of the Hawaii Food & Wine Paradise. It was a win-win for everyone involved as guests were presented an amazing experience while helping to create bright futures for deserving Leeward Oahu high school students who benefit from the Kapolei Foundation college scholarship program.
The ever charming Mr. John Heckathorn, editor and food critic of Hawaii Magazine served as the “Pairings in Paradise” panel moderator. This four-course luncheon featured dishes by some of Hawaii’s top chefs. Heckathorn introduced each chef and their course. The twist was that there were two wines with each course, one selected by the respective chef, and one selected by Heckathorn. The guests and chefs then casually voted on if they thought Heckathorn selected the best food and wine pairing. As the winemakers were also in attendance, it sparked some lively debate and laughs amongst all.
Hawaii Food and Wine Paradise is by far, the best epicurean experience I have ever had in Hawaii. Event Chair, Mr. D. Keola Lloyd and his team deliver an outstanding event. Their attention to detail and level of service is exceptional. This is a must for anyone interested in food, wine, and island hospitality. With amazing venues, chefs, and winemakers, be sure to mark your calendar for next year. This is an event not to be missed!