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Did this: Rustic wine supper at The Grove

Local ingredients and local wine made a nice pair for this pair in Kailua

Posted October 12, 2012 by Melissa Chang

The Grove‘s chef/owner Fred DeAngelo (@GroveKailua) recently collaborated with DJ/cigar aficionado/wine aficionado Lanai Tabura (@LanaiTabura) on a wine dinner featuring local products, Kahea wine, and, of course, Lanai’s “Look Me in the Eye” wine. It was the first of what the duo hopes will become a regular offering for the Kailua restaurant — yet another event that is making the sleepy windward town a dining destination for its denizens.

The “rustic wine supper” was presented as a tasting menu, and despite being small bites, it added up to a very full belly by the end. I was especially impressed with the way the dishes were creative enough to satisfy people looking for something new, while maintaining an uncomplicated, unfussy flavor experience for those who don’t like surprises (or things too exotic).

Here’s what we ate. Big mahalo to Fred and Lanai for the invitation!

Wine dinner at The Grove (1 of 15)

Wine dinner at The Grove

I brought my friend, Kelly Mitchell (@KellyMitchell) since I know she likes good wine. Lanai instructed us to look each other in the eye when toasting — otherwise, according to Italian legend, you have seven years of bad ... sex.


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  1. KevinSOshiro
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Is this place new ? Just wondering. Kailua town looks like a fun place to hangout after a day at the beach..(Like picturesque Lanikai or the family friendly Kailua Beach)..

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    @KevinSOshiro Oh, grovekailua  isn’t new anymore! Here’s another dinner we had there:

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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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