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Erika Engle has worked in Hawaii media since 1979. She writes “TheBuzz” column and additional stories about the restaurant and broader food service industries for "Crave" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

She was named 2008 Small Business Journalist of the Year, City and County of Honolulu, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (Hawaii).

Prior to her newspaper days, Engle worked in radio and television.


Kailua’s A Cup of Tea honors actress Hepburn with a buffet event

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm
Women who love to get dolled up for girls’ nights out might love Audrey Hepburn Night, being staged by Kailua establishment A Cup of Tea this Saturday. Read More

Hawaii ‘Master Chef’ contestant eliminated

Paige Jimenez has left the televised “Master Chef” competition for home cooks after failing to impress the judges in an elimination test. Read More

Illinois poke shops take Windy City by storm

Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm
Aloha Poke Co. will have 14 outlets by the end of this year and is planning even more beyond that, but here’s the thing: The company is based in Illinois. Read More

Salt celebrates Hokule‘a with night market

Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Kamehameha Schools holds a festive block party in Kakaako celebrating the return of the Hokule‘a voyaging canoe. Read More

Island Olive Oil to open in Kailua

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm
Island Olive Oil Co. is expanding to Windward Oahu and soon will open in Kailua Town Center, in the former Lily Lotus space next to Miyoshi Ramen. Read More

Fresh tofu-factory lunches pop up midweek at temple

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm
Aloha Tofu Factory Inc. has launched a Wednesday pop-up, offering to-go items at Shingon Shu Hawaii. Read More

Jazz cats and chef hats join a single stage

Updated on  June 8, 2017 at 7:24 pm
A college dean has created the food-themed musical “Coolin’aire: A Culinary Jazz Odyssey,” which features culinary students preparing food on stage and doing double time on instruments, along with area musicians. Read More

More local, ethnic flavors planned for ‘Alohilani

Updated on  June 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm
Chef Conrad Aquino remembers going to the Pacific Beach Hotel with his family for special occasions as a boy. Now he’s in charge of designing culinary concepts for the property. Read More

Distiller to host tasty benefit

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm
Ko Hana Rum Distillery will stage a celebrity chef dining event and silent auction to benefit the nonprofit Honolulu Habitat for Humanity on Saturday. Read More

Feast Hawaiian style for lifesaving cause

Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm
The biggest fundraiser of the year for Habilitat returns again with generous portions of food and entertainment — all in the hopes of raising money for the nonprofit treatment center. Read More

New mac-nut flavors rock tradition

Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm
Hawaii’s macadamia nuts have gone way beyond salted or chocolate-covered, and now Mauna Loa brand has launched flavors that old- timers likely never would have predicted: honey Sriracha and mango chipotle. Read More

Hawaii people and places win spots on food shows

Updated on  June 3, 2017 at 8:36 am
When you see Hawaii represented on national TV, you feel proud, eh? Read More

Thai mom-and-pop cafe dishes up delicious spice

Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm
The Thai food at S&P Kitchen is vibrant, colorful, flavorful and as mild or spicy as you want it. Read More

New rides, food vendors await at 50th State Fair

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm
The annual 50th State Fair starts this weekend with new rides including Speed and The Seven Seas, monster truck demos, circus acts and some new fun foods, all coming together at Aloha Stadium. Read More

Nico’s harborside grinds make way to Kailua

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm
The straight-from-the-fish-auction furikake ahi and the famed Pier 38 fish burger featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” are now being served in Kailua. Read More

Isle food producers are honored

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm
Two lifetime achievement winners emerged from Saturday night’s TASTE Awards gala sponsored by the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association. Read More

Applebee’s now open in Kapolei

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Hawaii’s second Applebee’s Grill + Bar, at Ka Makana Alii in Kapolei, staged its grand opening Monday, after its soft opening a month ago. Read More

The Street food hall opens in International Market Place

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm
Four food and drink concepts in The Street, a social hall with 12 new-to-Hawaii, chef-driven storefronts in the International Market Place, opened after a Hawaiian blessing Friday. Read More

At its root the Daikon Festival is all about gratitude

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 12:26 am
The Honbushin International Center in Mililani offers families the opportunity to harvest their own vegetable and sample different dishes. Read More

Banan stoked to land spot on Waikiki Beach

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm
The founders of Banan next month will open a third location for their unique frozen treats at none other than the Royal Hawaiian Center. Read More

EARL serves up serious sandwiches

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm
The serious craft sandwich experience is what EARL seeks to give customers at its small Kaimuki space. Read More