Chai Changing: Chef-restaurateur Chai Chaowasaree will open Chef Chai at Pacifica in the 45-story Pacifica condominium (formerly Moana Vista) at Ward Avenue and Kapi’olani Boulevard, likely in January. Meanwhile, he’ll keep Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace. The new, 100-seat, 4,200-square-foot restaurant will accommodate menu favorites from Chai’s 24 years in business as well as more contemporary, health-oriented options, in keeping with Chaowasaree’s concerns about diet-related illness. Live music will continue, but not in the dinner hour; it will start later, allowing diners to converse and music lovers to hear, he said.
Mushroom Month: This month, Kahala Hotel & Resort will put on a month-long food festival in honor of mushrooms, paired with Montrachet wines. Inspired by fall flavors, the chefs will put out a special menu featuring different mushrooms done many ways, See calendar at right for Chef’s Table event.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., [email: restaurants]m, 739-8760
Fish Fest: The Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival on Oct. 7 will showcase more than 100 vendors, tastings, live fishing demonstrations, a tour of a longline boat and casting lessons.
Fruitful Acknowledgement: The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) has announced its recipients of appreciation awards: Dr. Robert Paull, Dr. Roberto Coronel, Frank and Lynn Sekiya, Bob and Susi Hamilton, and Lelan Nishek. Each of the recipients has contributed to helping Hawaii’s fruit industry grow.
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