After four days of one fabulous food event after another, what better way to close out the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival than on the beach at Aulani?
Once again, attendees got to taste dishes from an amazing group of chefs, which included Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai, Marcel Vigneron, Susan Spicer, Mourad Lahlou and Seamus Mullen. The mood of the event was lively and fun, starting when arriving guest were given cinch bags to carry their shoes in because the event was held on the beach.
Without a doubt, the spirit of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was embodied in Chef Andrew Sutton's dish — mahi with twice-cooked Shinsato pork and pineapple salsa. The banana leaf boat was a nice touch.
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 (nonstophonolulu.com), 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 bakershours.com.