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Jeremiah Tower to launch Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


    Jeremiah Tower works in the kitchen at his home in Mexico in 2014.

Jeremiah Tower, considered one of the pioneers of modern American cuisine, will be in Honolulu in May for the kickoff event of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

Tower, known for his groundbreaking years at Chez Panisse in Berekely, Calif., in the 1970s, and later at Stars in San Francisco, will headline a six-course dinner that will also feature Hawaii chefs Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, George Mavrothalassitis, Chris Kajioka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka.

The festival announced the “California Dreamin’” dinner today. The May 9 event at the Kahala Hotel & Resort will include a live interview with Tower moderated by promoter Shep Gordon. Tickets are $500, available at

The two-night launch marks the announcement of the lineup for the festival, which takes place Oct. 6 to 28 at venues on three islands.

Tower is legendary for the revolution in California cuisine that he and Alice Waters launched at Chez Panisse, a movement later adopted across the nation. Anthony Bourdain produced a documentary about Tower, “The Last Magnificent,” in 2016.

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