Food News

Bienvenu! Cafe LaTour, the popular French-with-a-touch-of-Vietnam restaurant owned by Ba-Le Inc., the bakery and sandwich shop folks, is opening a branch at the Davies-Pacific Building May 1, according to executive baker and LaTour Café co-owner Rodney Weddle.

Tip of the Toque. Chef Mavro is the only island restaurant included in Gayot’s 2012 Top 40 Restaurants in the US online at [] Mavro received a rating of 18 out of 20 possible points, or Three Toques.

Whole Experience. The long-awaited new Whole Foods Market Kailua opens 9 am April 18 at 629 Kailua Rd. Two hundred early adapters who registered in advance will get a preview tour April 15.

Celebrating Coffee. Three coffees from the Big Island’s Kau growing region were recognized in the top 10 of competitors by judges of the Roasters’ Guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, making it onto the list of Coffees of the Year for 2012. Our winners: The Rising Sun (Will and Grace Tabios), Rusty’s Hawaiian (Lorie Obra) and Alii Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee (Francis and Trinidad Marques). They were picked from among more than 250 samples from 26 countries.

Wong Win. “The Blue Tomato,” Alan Wong’s cookbook-with-philosophy co-authored by Arnold Hiura (Watermark Publishing, 2010), has won the “Chefs and Restaurants” category in the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards.

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