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COURTESY DEAN WRIGHT
                                Students have been flocking to Aloha Plate restaurant at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, for plate lunches such as this Spam meal.

Plate lunches take Utah campus by storm

COURTESY DEAN WRIGHT
                                Students have been flocking to Aloha Plate restaurant at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, for plate lunches such as this Spam meal.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm
To say that plate lunches are popular in Hawaii is like saying the sun will rise in the east. But in Utah? Read More
COURTESY RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
                                A bone-in, 40-ounce USDA Prime Tomahawk-cut rib-eye steak is among the specialties at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Ruth’s Chris ventures to Kauai

COURTESY RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
                                A bone-in, 40-ounce USDA Prime Tomahawk-cut rib-eye steak is among the specialties at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Ruth’s Chris Steak House will open its sixth isle location at Kauai’s The Shops at Kukui‘ula in the fall, as Hawaii restaurateur Randy Schoch expands his domain. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2012
                                Sylvia Thompson, right, chef and owner of Greens and Vines, enjoys a meal paired with fine wine with her husband Pete. Thompson is selling her restaurant and will work on a cookbook.

Founder of Greens & Vines handing reins to new owners

JAMM AQUINO / 2012
                                Sylvia Thompson, right, chef and owner of Greens and Vines, enjoys a meal paired with fine wine with her husband Pete. Thompson is selling her restaurant and will work on a cookbook.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm
Some 13 years after her husband’s health scare changed her life and built the foundation for an unusual restaurant business, Sylvia Thompson is ready to retire. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Gregg Fraser is the executive director of the Hawaii Restaurant Association. He says restaurant ownership is such a risky business that those who succeed at it deserve recognition.

21 new restaurants vying for industry group’s honor

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Gregg Fraser is the executive director of the Hawaii Restaurant Association. He says restaurant ownership is such a risky business that those who succeed at it deserve recognition.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm
Twenty-one new Oahu restaurants are in the running for the inaugural Hawaii Restaurant Association award for new restaurant of the year. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                Chefs Chris Kajioka, left, and Anthony Rush of Senia are partnering with the Hotel Wailea for their Beard House dinner.

Hawaii chefs will regale famed James Beard House

BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                Chefs Chris Kajioka, left, and Anthony Rush of Senia are partnering with the Hotel Wailea for their Beard House dinner.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm
Many Hawaii chefs have cooked at the Beard House over the years, but there has been a marked upward trend. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Grant Sato plates his chap chae for a contest at Kapiolani Community College. Sato is leaving KFVE-TV’s “What’s Cooking Hawaii” after this upcoming season.

KCC instructor leaving TV show

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Grant Sato plates his chap chae for a contest at Kapiolani Community College. Sato is leaving KFVE-TV’s “What’s Cooking Hawaii” after this upcoming season.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm
After some 20 years of teaching future culinarians and home cooks, and winning an international cooking competition, Kapiolani Community College chef-instructor Grant Sato is about to shoot his fifth and final season of “What’s Cooking Hawaii,” a weekly show on KFVE-TV. Read More
 
COURTESY SILK ROAD CAFE
                                Osh is a traditional rice dish known as the king of Uzbek foods.

Restaurant bringing Uzbek cuisine to isles

COURTESY SILK ROAD CAFE
                                Osh is a traditional rice dish known as the king of Uzbek foods.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm
The culturally curious will be able to get a taste of traditional Uzbek cuisine with the planned Valentine’s Day opening of Silk Road Cafe in downtown Hono­lulu. Read More
 
COURTESY MISSY ROMERO
                                Executive pastry chef Carolyn Portuondo garnishes a pink haupia cake, one of the pastries to be offered at the hotel’s new Royal Hawaiian Bakery.

Pink Palace to open bakery as part of 90th anniversary

COURTESY MISSY ROMERO
                                Executive pastry chef Carolyn Portuondo garnishes a pink haupia cake, one of the pastries to be offered at the hotel’s new Royal Hawaiian Bakery.

Updated on  January 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm
The Pink Palace of the Pacific turns 90 in a week, and as part of its anniversary commemoration, the Royal Hawaiian resort will debut its retail bakery at the Coconut Lanai. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Magnolia Bakery closed 13 months after it opened in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. Above, Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery, with orders of French toast (slices of brioche soaked in a sweet egg custard and grilled, with a choice of apple or blueberry compote) front, and a croque madame (grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Dijonnaise, baked with a bechamel sauce and topped with an egg).

Magnolia eateries at Ala Moana close amid diner dissatisfaction

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Magnolia Bakery closed 13 months after it opened in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. Above, Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery, with orders of French toast (slices of brioche soaked in a sweet egg custard and grilled, with a choice of apple or blueberry compote) front, and a croque madame (grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Dijonnaise, baked with a bechamel sauce and topped with an egg).

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm
New York City-based Magnolia Bakery opened in the vaunted Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center on Nov. 12 amid about 5 tons of hype. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Masi Tunoa, left, with Tiffany Tunoa, RJ Alo and Nina Auelua, dig into plate lunches at Bob’s Bar-B-Que.

Popular barbecue restaurant plans Kaneohe expansion

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Masi Tunoa, left, with Tiffany Tunoa, RJ Alo and Nina Auelua, dig into plate lunches at Bob’s Bar-B-Que.

Updated on  January 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm
The aromatic and hunger-inducing Kapalama institution Bob’s Bar-B-Que is heading to Kaneohe. Read More
ECCO/HARPERCOLLINS
                                Masaharu Morimoto will be at Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center on Christmas Eve for a meet-and-greet and to autograph copies of the book.

Morimoto takes the rules out of Japanese cooking

ECCO/HARPERCOLLINS
                                Masaharu Morimoto will be at Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center on Christmas Eve for a meet-and-greet and to autograph copies of the book.

Updated on  December 22, 2016 at 10:22 am
Chef Masaharu Morimoto suspects that many home cooks don’t attempt Japanese food because of the mystique around the cuisine. Read More
COURTESY SEWELLSHOUSE.CO.UK
                                Team Hawaii’s halibut seared in brown butter and duck fat was served with lobster Tom Yum broth; mashed potatoes flavored with lobster, truffle and duck fat; stone crab ceviche salsa; and lobster chili oil.

Isle chef takes second at World Food Championships

COURTESY SEWELLSHOUSE.CO.UK
                                Team Hawaii’s halibut seared in brown butter and duck fat was served with lobster Tom Yum broth; mashed potatoes flavored with lobster, truffle and duck fat; stone crab ceviche salsa; and lobster chili oil.

Updated on  December 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Hawaii chef James Aptakin and his Team Hawaii won the seafood competition at the fifth annual World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala. — bragging rights that came with $15,000. Read More
COURTESY TOWN
                                The creations of former Hawaii chef Bryan Nagao at his Hong Kong restaurant Town have drawn the attention of the Michelin guide for two years in a row.

Michelin lauds kamaaina chef abroad

COURTESY TOWN
                                The creations of former Hawaii chef Bryan Nagao at his Hong Kong restaurant Town have drawn the attention of the Michelin guide for two years in a row.

Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 5:34 am
It’s not every year that a Hawaii-grown chef is mentioned in a regional Michelin guide, but it has happened two years in a row for Bryan Nagao, whose Town restaurant in Hong Kong is cited amid the rarefied ink. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                “We keep growing at this point, and somebody said to me the other day, ‘You’re a celebrity.’ I’m like, ‘Stop it, I make doughnuts,’” said Desiree Parada, the co-owner of Donut Dynamite on Maui

Duo wins ‘Sugar Showdown’ with their doughnut prowess

COURTESY PHOTO
                                “We keep growing at this point, and somebody said to me the other day, ‘You’re a celebrity.’ I’m like, ‘Stop it, I make doughnuts,’” said Desiree Parada, the co-owner of Donut Dynamite on Maui

Updated on  November 25, 2016 at 10:38 am
Donut Dynamite in Wailuku specializes in brioche-style doughnuts, but the timed competition was not conducive to the Paradas making their specialties for the judges. Read More
COURTESY PACIFICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
                                An arugula and prosciutto pizza is among the choices at Pacifico Pizza Napoletana, coming soon to Kapolei.

Kaneohe wood-fired pizzeria expanding to Kapolei

COURTESY PACIFICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
                                An arugula and prosciutto pizza is among the choices at Pacifico Pizza Napoletana, coming soon to Kapolei.

Updated on  November 17, 2016 at 9:39 am
Pacifico Pizza Napoletana will open its second location in Kapolei during Thanksgiving week, giving area residents a taste of the four different pizza styles that Kaneohe residents have been scarfing down for years. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Chuck Furuya: “You can be the best sommelier, or at mixology, or at ‘cheffing,’ but all those skills are learned over time from many different people,” the master sommelier says.

Master sommelier will share his tips at esteemed seminar

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Chuck Furuya: “You can be the best sommelier, or at mixology, or at ‘cheffing,’ but all those skills are learned over time from many different people,” the master sommelier says.

Updated on  November 11, 2016 at 7:30 am
It is rare to go to Vino and not see Chuck Furuya working the room, engaging with guests, often telling jokes or making puns that are either really funny or so corny you can’t help but bust out laughing. Read More
COURTESY SHAKA TEA
                                Shaka Tea is sold at some 150 local stores statewide for $4 or less per bottle.

Shaka Tea maker will speak at major trade show

COURTESY SHAKA TEA
                                Shaka Tea is sold at some 150 local stores statewide for $4 or less per bottle.

Updated on  November 2, 2016 at 11:12 am
In less than six months, Bella Hughes has gone from product launch to delivering the keynote speech at a national nutrition industry conference — and she is willing to share how she got there, to encourage others. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Shigeru Kikuchi: “Hopefully this restaurant is going to be one of the major spots at Ala Moana,” the local district manager for WDI International said of GEN Korean BBQ House, opening early next year.

WDI International expanding portfolio of local restaurants

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Shigeru Kikuchi: “Hopefully this restaurant is going to be one of the major spots at Ala Moana,” the local district manager for WDI International said of GEN Korean BBQ House, opening early next year.

Updated on  October 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm
The recent local explosion in restaurants is far from over, with newcomers including Tim Ho Wan, GEN Korean BBQ House and Osteria Apetito soon to openunder WDI International’s Hawaii office. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 29,2014
                                Chef Lee Anne Wong

Wong ready to share real deal with poke-hungry New York

STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 29,2014
                                Chef Lee Anne Wong

Updated on  October 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Chef Lee Anne Wong’s work as consultant for a new poke restaurant will be revealed Monday in New York. Read More

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