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Did this: Enter The Modern Dragon

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival kicked off its second year with an Asian-themed gala at The Modern

Posted September 7, 2012 by Melissa Chang

Hundreds of foodies attended the first night of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on Thursday, tasting little plates served up by international celebrity chefs. “Enter The Modern Dragon” was held at The Modern, of course, with an Asian theme.

At $200 a head, attendees had the chance to meet renowned chefs like Ming Tsai, Masaharu Morimoto, Roy Choi, Charles Pham and more as they showcased their creations. Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai, “Man vs. Food” star Adam Richman, and “The Descendants” author Kaui Hart Hemmings were among the celebrity attendees.

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Enter The Modern Dragon

An all-star list of celebrity chefs opened the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival with Enter The Modern Dragon. —Photo by Ed Morita


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Delicate Blossom:  Pix 17, are those dragon ladies?  Thanks for sharing, looks like a guud time with guud fuud!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

     @Annoddah_Dave haha yes. yes they are

  3. KevinSOshiro
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I haven’t gone to a nightclub for a very long time. I went to this place, only once, with one of my college buddies back when it was called Oceans (or Oceans 808), before the Standard (and the recent name change to just “M”). Looks like a lot of fun !!! The last time I was here, there was a fundraiser for March of Dimes. I just wanted to checkout their happy hour from 4:30pm to 8pm. When I went there at that time, it was so crowded !!! Hopefully I can go there on a weekday and not the usual packed Friday or Saturday nightclub nights, just to see how it looks from the inside.

  4. mjc_808
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Hey Melissa! I thought I checked out all the chefs’ booths but didn’t see Joanne Chang’s! I missed out on Oreos and pavlova?!?!! Where was her booth located???

  5. Melissa808
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm

     @mjc_808 shucks! It was upstairs….

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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