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Girls Got Game @ Hawaii Food & Wine

Chefs from around the country will be teaming up with women from Hawaii’s farms and local food industry to create an event unlike any other at the upcoming Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Posted August 20, 2012 by Ed Morita

There are lots of amazing events scheduled for September’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. One unique event with considerable buzz is the newly added Girls Got Game brunch, on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Hyatt Regency.

Women chefs from around the country will be teaming up with women from Hawaii’s farms and local food industry, including Chefs Jackie Lau from Roy’s Restaurants, Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery+Cafe in Boston, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City, and Susan Feniger of STREET in Los Angeles and “Two Hot Tamales” fame.

During interviews with them, chefs Chang, Tosi, and Feniger all shared how eager they were to utilize Hawaii’s locally grown produce.

“We were inspired by the bounty of wonderful tropical fruits in Hawaii,” says Chang, who is looking forward to working with locally grown mangoes, papayas and pineapples while at the festival.

Tosi knew going into the menu development process that she wanted to find a way to use coffee, pineapples, farm fresh eggs and some local greens in her dish. “We love to make homemade English muffins at our bakery and serve them with warm runny eggs,” she says. “Coffee milk, we typically make with Stumptown Coffee beans. People go crazy for both, but I think we’re easily the most excited about eating our own dishes in Hawaii.”

Of anyone interviewed, though, Feniger was by far the most enthusiastic. “I went through the list of farmers they sent me,” she says, “So there’s Ho Farms, which has long beans, squashes and cucumbers that might be interesting in the the dish. There’s Twin Bridge Farms asparagus that might be cool. I didn’t really see melons on  the list, but the Kamiya Gold papayas might be good in the Burmese melon salad with the coconut, peanuts and lime. That should be pretty delicious. Then the skirt steak is from Kuahiwi Ranch. I saw that they had beef so I wanted to utilize that.”

Joining the chefs at the event will be women from our local food industry:

-Courtney Bently from Honolulu Coffee Company

-Michelle Galimba of Kuahiwi Ranch

-Lesley Hill of the Wailea Agricultural Group

-Shin Ho of Ho Farms

-Nicole Lueker of IL Gelato Hawaii

-Monique van der Stroom and Sabrina St. Martin of Naked Cow Dairy

-Janice Stanga of Hamakua Mushrooms

-Candy Suiso of Makaha Mangoes

What makes this event different from the other Hawaii Food & Wine Festival events is the more relaxed brunch setting, which will likely give attendees an opportunity to engage with the remarkable chefs and farmers.

Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great event. Seating is limited to 200 people. Tickets are $85 (plus a $5 online fee) and can be purchased at



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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