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In the kitchen of a Good Table dinner

A look inside the kitchen of Hank’s Haute Dogs as a group of guest chefs gather for the annual Good Table fundraiser

Posted October 5, 2012 by Ed Morita

While foodies converged on restaurants all over town for the annual The Good Table fundraiser for Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels program, I found myself in an unexpected place. Instead of heading to a restaurant to dine, I was on the other side of the kitchen door.

About a month ago, I received an email from Henry “Hank” Adaniya, owner of Hank’s Haute Dogs, asking if I would do the dessert course at his Good Table dinner. With a reputation of being one of the first Good Table venues to be sold out, I jumped at the opportunity. However, having been out of the kitchen for more than three years, I was worried my kitchen skills may have gotten a little rusty.

Despite a few nerves when I showed up at Hank’s to start prepping for service, everything came back to me once I started working. It was a fun night hanging out and working with the fellow chefs Adaniya gathered for the event — Alejandro “Aker” Briceno of V Lounge and Prima; Andrew and Mama Le of Pig and the Lady; Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii; and Chris Sy of the Breadshop.

Here’s what the food and action looked like in Hank’s kitchen.

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Chef Alejandro "Aker" Briceno of V Lounge and Prima frying dough for his course, a Montanara Margherita pizza.


  1. Melissa808
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Congrats, Ed! I was seething with envy that you got to chef at this table, since you & I always try for it and it’s always sold out. It looks like you had a lot of fun…..all for a good cause. Thank you for your time, and thanks to lanakilapacific for feeding our kupuna.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 8:08 am

    ps Do you think Mama Le will sell that sauce? For xmas maybe?

  3. jlieu
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Love the Pig and the Lady! <3

  4. jlieu
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Actually everything looked amazing and I wish I was there! ;) Thanks Melissa for always sharing your adventures! :)

  5. Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    @Melissa808 I hope so. I’m jonesing for it now. Tacos? Put Mama Le’s sauce on it! Burgers? Put Mama Le’s sauce on it! Hot dogs? Put Mama Le’s sauce on it! Ice cream? Put Mama Le’s sauce on it!

  6. Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    @jlieu That was some good pho! Especially with Mama Le’s sauce on it.

  7. Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    @Melissa808 And the group that came brought so much friggin wine! One guy buys it every year and invites all his wine friends. You would have had a blast.
    Another awesome event for @lanakilapacific. Looking forward to next Year’s good table.

  8. Melissa808
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    @edmorita  I realized I know those people! I saw carolyhi posting her instagrams last night, and then I knew who has been buying out OUR seats all these years. hahaha. They always have a lot of wine!

  9. Posted October 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    @Melissa808  I know! When carolyhi and everyone else showed up, I was like, “what the hell are you doing here?”


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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