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Did this: Food & Wine Makahiki

Robert Irvine, Todd English, Susan Feniger, Jonathan Waxman and other culinary glitterati went sustainable and local at another $200 event

Posted September 9, 2012 by Mari Taketa

At Saturday’s Hawaii Food & Wine Fest Makahiki, the whole night sounded like this:

“Oh my god, it’s Marcel!”

“Todd English is looking goood.”

“Robert Irvine, can you flex your bicep for me?”

All that came out of my mouth. Of the media passes Nonstop received courtesy of the Food & Wine Fest, I chose Makahiki to see what local culinary stars would bring to a mega-table set for them, the event featuring a farm-to-table theme celebrating Hawaii’s sustainable food resources. I expected to be wowed by them. What I didn’t expect was the babbling idiot I became when I spotted the national and international glitterati.

Food- and drink-wise, the festival is one of my top three faves of the year. Tickets sold out at $200 a pop; more expensive VIP tables were also full. The same happened with nearly all events in the four-day fest. Here’s how Makahiki looked and tasted.

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Food & Wine Makahiki

Saturday evening, beachfront lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Twenty-two local, national and Pacific Rim chefs have set up stations to feed about 1,000. Theme: Locally sourced dishes featuring sustainable ingredients.


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  1. harrycovair
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Major fuud p0rn! You Mari, a “babbling idiot”. That’s so not you.

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:44 am

    @harrycovair I know. I wounded my own pride.


About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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