The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival threw a Mahalo Reception Monday night at Mariposa at Nieman Marcus to thank participants and to announce more than $300,000 in donations to schools and community groups, funded by festival proceeds.
The Roy’s cooking station, with staff from Roy’s and Eating House 1849 restaurants.
Festival CEO Denise Yamaguchi with chairmen Alan Wong, left, and Roy Yamaguchi.
The Mariposa staff poured wine throughout the night.
Pork with mung beans by chef Alan Wong.
Beet poke salad from Mariposa.
The dishes of the night included a Niihau lamb sausage from Alan Wong’s, center.
Chef Kevin Lee of Pai Honolulu.
Mentaiko Taramsalata by chef Kevin Lee of Pai Honolulu.
Chefs Colin Hazama, left, of the Royal Hawaiiian and George Mavrothalassitis of Chef Mavro.
Chef Lawrence Nakamoto, with lei, and the Mariposa crew.
Festival CEO Denise Yamaguchi gets a congratulatory hug.
Sheryl Toda and Keoni Chang from Foodland.
Beef and foie gras torchon by chef Kevin Lee of Pai Honolulu.
Mixologists created special drinks for the night, including a tequila cocktail with cantaloupe.
Brooks Takenaka, left, manager of the Honolulu Fish Auction, his wife, Cynthia, and Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms.
A creamy carbonara dish by Lawrence Nakamoto of Mariposa.
Chef Alan Wong, co-chairman of the festival, had a food station at the event.