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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.


Enjoy Chinese food, sweets, cultural arts at annual Moon Fest

• Updated on  September 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Moon cakes, dragon and lion dances, a parade, food and craft vendors, and fun stuff to keep the keiki occupied will be part of the third annual Moon Festival starting Friday at Chinatown Cultural Plaza. Read More

Olive Tree Cafe owner was ‘consummate Zorba’

• Updated on  September 28, 2017 at 1:16 am
Olive Tree Cafe chef and owner, farmer and beloved member of Hawaii’s Greek community, Savas Mojarrad, died of a heart attack while vacationing in Greece on Sept. 15. He was 84. Read More

Royal Garden to close in October

• Updated on  September 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm
Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant will close its doors after service Oct. 31, ending 33 years of serving dim sum and Hong Kong-style dishes at the Ala Moana Hotel. Read More

‘Chopped’ star Allen talks culinary tourism during Oahu visit

• Updated on  September 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Ted Allen, host of the Food Network’s “Chopped” franchise, spent a week in Hawaii last week and declared himself “enchanted by this place.” Read More

Hawaiian culture, food highlight Summer Palace celebration

• Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 7:23 pm
A day of Hawaiian culture, music, dance, food and dishes of many flavors will unfurl as the Daughters of Hawaii celebrate the 41st annual Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace. Read More

Chef Michael Mina to partner in Ko Olina resort restaurant

• Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 10:47 am
Pipipi will be on the menu in November when chef and restaurateur Michael Mina introduces Mina’s Fish House at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. Read More

Bread + Butter hosts second installment of dinner series

• Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm
Bread & Butter kicked off a series of wine-pairing dinners in August with a tribute to truffles. This month’s dinner will highlight wine blends. Read More

Hawaii food ambassadors win awards in Shanghai, New Orleans

• Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Two chefs with Hawaii ties have earned honors for the work they’ve done in recent months. Read More

Chef Mina to expand brand to Fish House restaurant at Ko Olina

• Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm
Fish House restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina will close Nov. 1 and reopen Nov. 10 as Mina’s Fish House, as the hotel announces a partnership with award-winning chef Michael Mina. Read More

New chef adds delightful twists to Bali menu

• Updated on  September 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm
In November the Hilton put its AAA Four Diamond restaurant, Bali Steak & Seafood, in Benjie Cabutaje’s hands as chef de cuisine, and his food reached a larger audience. Read More

HRA Hall of Fame includes late pastry chef among 2017 inductees

• Updated on  September 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm
Chefs, an instructor, farmers, food distributors and restaurant executives will be honored at this year’s Hawaii Restaurant Association Hall of Fame gala. Read More

Sarento’s atop Ilikai will close Sept. 30

• Updated on  September 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm
Sarento’s at the top of the Ilikai will serve its last customers Sept. 30, after which the 25-year-old restaurant will close. Read More

Sarento’s at the top of Ilikai to close this month

• Updated on  September 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm
Sarento’s at the top of the Ilikai will serve its last customers Sept. 30, after which the restaurant will close. Read More

Rice Fest puts starch in Lanakila’s march

• Updated on  September 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm
Rice Fest will offer cooking competitions, chef demonstrations, musical entertainment, cultural performances and food from a variety of trucks and vendors, all in the name of raising money for Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Read More

Kakaako to get 3 new restaurants

• Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm
Three new restaurants are coming to Kakaako, planned by the Aoki Group, owner and operator of Honolulu’s Doraku and Bluetree Cafe locations. Read More

‘Ace of Cakes’ star joins Hawaii Food & Wine Fest lineup

• Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm
It’s time for your keiki with culinary inclinations to prepare for Keiki in the Kitchen, part of the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Read More

Yamanashi Kyoyukai event features fun, fellowship, food

• Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm
The Okinawan Festival will get the lion’s share of publicity, but the annual Yamanashi Kyoyukai picnic at McCoy Pavilion deserves recognition, too. Read More

Hawaii chef aces major sauce project

• Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm
A big-time national collaboration between local chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and the Kraft Heinz Co. has added to the company’s line of state-inspired barbecue sauces. Read More

Baku brings robata sizzle to Grand Lanai

• Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Baku opens for business this week with a view overlooking Kalakaua Avenue, rounding out the eight restaurants on the Grand Lanai at the International Market Place. Read More

‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ winner featured at gala

• Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Hawaii expat chef Kaimana Chee, a 2016 Food Network “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner with thriving businesses in Maryland, will return home to cook at a special event. Read More