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October 26, 2018

New Ignite Dinner and Conversation Series Launches at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific this November

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific, in partnership with Kapi'olani Community College, is pleased to announce the launch of the Ignite Dinner and Conversation Series, scheduled for November 16-17, 2018.  The Ignite Dinner Series will showcase two extraordinary evenings of cuisine, craft cocktails, bourbon and conversation, hosted by acclaimed guest chef Edward Lee, from Louisville, Kentucky.  The series, which is made possible by the Guslander scholarship, is a celebration of Hawaii’s vibrant culinary culture, with emphasis on innovation, education and passion for the culinary arts.

Chef Lee, who hails originally from Brooklyn, is the successful chef and restauranteur of Succotash in Washington D.C. and 610 Magnolia, Milk Wood and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky. Renowned for his signature haute cuisine - a dynamic blend of Asian and Southern ingredients that artfully intersect, Lee infuses his Korean heritage, soulful approach and innovative style to every dish.  He has received multiple finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef: Southeast.  When not in the kitchen, Lee can be seen on the the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Mind of Chef.  He’s also the author of Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen and Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine.   

“It’s truly an honor to join the Ignite Dinner Series as a guest chef and continue to cultivate this exciting culinary movement where the emphasis is on food, education, and culture,” said Chef Edward Lee. “I’ve always been inspired by Hawaii’s culinary culture – from the incredible talent to the abundance of fresh, sustainable ingredients.”
The inaugural Ignite Dinner Series will be held at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, and includes the following special events:  
  • November 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Dinner Under the Stars presented on the Institute’s lawn at the foot of Diamond Head and hosted by Chef Edward Lee.  The special 5-course dinner menu includes Compressed Watermelon with KY Country Ham, Fried Peanuts, Hearts of Palm, Mint, Pecan Oil and Cornbread Crumbles for the first course;Pickled Shrimp & Grits with Red-eye Gravy, Chili Oil, Local Greens, Ham Salt as the second course; withDuck Confit, Smoked Maiitake Mushrooms, Fried Kabocha Squash, Radicchio, Gooseberries and a Sorghum Bourbon Vinaigrette as the third course;Smoked and Braised Beef Short Ribs with a Peach-Bourbon Glaze, Rice Grit Porridge and Collard Greens with Kimchi as the fourth; andChess Pie with Green Tea Powder, Old Bay Meringue, Miso Caramel as the fifth course.  The dinner is $125 per person.
  • November 17, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Chef’s Table Dinner by Chef Edward Lee at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific’s new culinary lab. The exclusive dinner, reserved for 24 guests, features a five-course menu, along with a pre-dinner cocktail and hands-on activity led by Chef Lee. Dinner guests will make the chef’s famous BBQ Bacon Trail Mix to take home and enjoy. A copy of his popular book Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisineis included in the ticket price. Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo will pour four wine selections and finish the evening with a tasting of bourbons selected by the chef Lee. The dinner is $225 per person.  

The Ignite Dinner and Conversation Series is made possible by the generosity and vision of the late Lyle and Grace Guslander, who recognized that while Hawai'i was geographically isolated, the islands offered an abundance of incredible talent in the culinary and hospitality industries.  In 1989, the Guslanders’ made a generous donation to Kapi'olani Community College to support programming that would attract world-renown culinary arts and hospitality leaders to Hawaii. The Lyle L. Guslander Distinguished Visitors Program in Advanced Food Service and Hospitality Educationprovides the resources for both students and faculty to sharpen their skills and become global leaders in the rapidly changing industry. 

Cheers to master chefs bringing together extraordinary cuisine and conversation.  For more information or to purchase tickets for the Ignite Dinner Series, call or email Dante Camara, General Manager of Ka 'Ikena Restaurant and CIP Events at 808 734-9481 email: dcamara@hawaii.edu 

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