At the reception, 14 local beneficiaries were presented checks totaling a record $394,000 raised by Hawaii Food & Wine Festival's events in 2016.
Over its six years, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has raised almost $1.7 million for various non-profit organizations.
The annual festival has grown from a 3-day festival on Oahu, to over 20 events on 3 islands. Over 8765 people attended 2016's events, at which 114 chefs, 50 wine makers, and 10 mixologists showcased their talents.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival even gets the keiki involved at its annual Keiki in the Kitchen event!
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival does a fantastic job of not only showcasing the culinary expertise of chefs from Hawaii and around the world, but also in emphasizing how Hawaii is a premier destination for not only its cuisine and its quality, locally-grown products, but also for its culture, people, and spirit.
At the event, guests were offered specialty tastings by Marc Freiberg (Mariposa at Neiman Marcus), Vikram Garg (Chef/Consultant), Alan Takasaki (Le Bistro), Alan Wong (Alan Wong's) Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Hawaii.
|Kona Abalone Rice - Alan Wong (Alan Wong's Honolulu)|
|Makaweli Beef Cheeks and Ni`ihau Lamb Tongues - Alan Wong (Alan Wong's Honolulu)|
|Fennel and Preserved Lemon Risotto with Poached Lobster with Orange-Carrot Essence - Vikram Garg|
|Seared Scallops - Alan Takasaki (Le Bistro)|
|Shimishike Wagyu Short Rib - Alan Takasaki (Le Bistro)|
|Kiawe Smoked Maui Nui Venison Loin - Marc Freiberg (Mariposa at Neiman Marcus)|
|Mango Pudding with Crispy Jasmine Rice - Marc Freiberg (Mariposa at Neiman Marcus)|