On The Table / The foodie community in Honolulu never seems to stop growing–just look at all the gastropubs, pop-ups, food trucks, block parties, farmers markets. This is not a bad thing. Adding to the culinary momentum is the premiere of Honolulu’s Dishcrawl, the ultimate food scavenger adventure. Similar to a pub-crawl, in which sober people are guided through a barhopping booze fest, Dishcrawl’s premise is to sample food at four secretly handpicked restaurants, with only the meeting place announced via email 48 hours before the event.
A growing nationwide phenomenon held in foodie-forward metropolises such as Portland, Chicago and San Francisco, Dishcrawl has finally come to Hawaii, thanks to host Papiloa Alapai. “Downtown Honolulu is generally overlooked, restaurant-wise, but there are some amazing places,” Alapai explains.
Time at the chosen restaurants is spent chewing the fat with the owner or chef, as well as a 30-45 minute tasting, before it’s off to the next destination. “We want to keep the excitement going, where people can mingle as a group.” It’ll be intimate, with a maximum of 40 spots available. As of this writing, there were only 10 tickets left to purchase on the Oahu Dishcrawl website.
“We love food,” Alapai says, mentioning her goal to “support the community and food set locally.” Dishcrawl started in Silicon Valley with founder Tracy Lee’s innate passion for food. Now, Dishcrawl has grown to more than 35 cities across the U.S., as well as in Canada. This food movement is easily spread, as members online can apply to be a “Dishcrawl Ambassador” for their city and host events.
Alapai says that Dishcrawl will be a reoccurring event. If you can’t make it to this one, she says to keep an eye out for the next Dishcrawl, scheduled for sometime early next year.