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August 27, 2020

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival's Pau Hana & Talk Story Virtual Event

 Last week Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held its first Virtual Event - a Pau Hana & Talk Story with:
  • Ravi Kapur, Liholiho Yacht Club
  • Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW Restaurant
  • Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Concepts
  • Nancy Silverton, Mozza Restaurant Group
  • Ming Tsai, Blue Dragon
  • Lee Anne Wong, Papa‘aina at The Pioneer Inn
  • Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Restaurants

The event allowed the chefs to give their first-hand experiences of what the pandemic has done to their businesses as well as their lives in general, and we also heard about how they are coping and determined not to give up.  

They shared how they had to adapt and what they are trying to do to keep their businesses running and keep people employed.  From take-out and social media, to reinventing menus and operating at much smaller capacities, each of these chefs gave insight into what they've been focusing on and what they've had to do to prevent their restaurants from shuttering for good.

The struggle is real for them all, but they remained hopeful that kindness would prevail and that people will continue to support local - order takeout, tip big, buy extra (for lunch and dinner, neighbors, etc.), and avoid the delivery companies that take up to a 30% cut from the restaurants.

It was great to hear from these world-renowned chefs, and I look forward to future Hawaii Food & Wine Festival virtual events.  


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