Gastronomer’s Guide to the Galaxy
WALK IT OFF / In a short matter of time, Oahu’s food scene got serious. The explosion of restaurants, pop-ups, food carts and farmers’ markets prove that a more sensitive culinary consciousness has finally reached the mainstream. The term “foodie” is no longer reserved for the top 1 percent of eaters, but is something anyone can call herself.
This is why Dishcrawl is such a timely event.
A tradition that originated in Silicon Valley in 2010, a dishcrawl, much like a pubcrawl, is designed to allow people to become better acquainted with a city’s restaurant scene.
Dishcrawl guides participants on a tour of four handpicked, mysterious restaurants–the names of locations are kept secret until 48 hours before the event. Patrons are able to sample different cuisines, speak with the chefs and socialize with fellow foodies. Since Oahu’s restaurant scene seems to be growing faster than most of us have the time or money for, Dishcrawl is an affordable and convenient way to taste the town.
Dishcrawl’s Hawaii debut this past November took 45 folks through downtown Honolulu to taste dishes from Rakuen Lounge, Soul de Cuba, Indigo and Brasserie Du Vin.
It was so successful that the next installment of the Dishcrawl series, called DishWALK, will be much expanded, accommodating up to three hundred people and featuring twice as many restaurants. DishWALK will be self-guided tour where patrons sample dishes from eight different restaurants. Each DishWALK ticket also comes with an “I Love Downtown” return pass that includes discounts and specials for each featured restaurant and additional downtown boutiques. Although most of the restaurants have yet to be revealed, the Weekly has the scoop on a few: Adega, Soul De Cuba, Tea at 1024, The Green Door Café and JJ Dolan’s.