Fresh Reopening A favorite lunch hideaway at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HMA), Spalding House will reopen Jan. 25 with a new chef, Susan Lai Hipp, and a new menu.
Moths Alert In hopes to biologically control toxic fireweed, which plagues Hawaii livestock, entomologists have begun to ramp up the growth of the Madagascan fireweed moth, a species whose larvae feeds upon the weed. Gaining federal approval on Dec.
Food News / More Coffee Replacing Jeanne Vana’s tomato stand in Pizza Bob Haleiwa’s parking lot is a new coffee kiosk. Also, a new coffee operation will open soon near the Dole visitor center.
New Foods The folks at The Veranda have debuted a new menu just in time for the holiday season. Options include Ho Farms tomato and tofu “caprese,” south pacific shrimp, grilled flatbreads, burgers with truffled tater tots, updated desserts and more.
Molokai Beef Slow Food Oahu is placing an order for grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free Molokai beef. Shipments are expected to arrive in January.
Goodbye, Chai By the end of 2012, award-winning Chai’s Island Bistro will shut its doors for good after more than 14 years of business. The final month will be full of live music from longtime friends such as Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan and Willie K.
Grill it more A new seasonal menu at quick-serve, healthy food-based Grylt features a portabella caprese salad–tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and a marinated portabella mushroom with Grylt’s new citrus Asian sauce. Add organic quinoa or an extra protein to complete your meal.
Local delights A new desserts and treats store, Big Island Delights, has opened in Ward Center across from Rainbowtique. Founded in Hilo, Big Island Delights specializes in gift baskets for the holiday season and sells items such as furikake party mix, macadamia nut cookies, lilikoi cookies and more.
Welcome aboard David Cruz is now head chef at the remodeled and expanded Big Aloha Brewery. Sam Choy’s/Big Aloha Brewery, 580 N.
More sushi! By popular demand, the sushi buffet at Waikiki-based Hakone Restaurant has been extended to Wednesdays and Thursdays every week, in addition to Fridays and the weekend. The buffet features shabu shabu, tempura, weekly specials and, of course, sushi and sashimi.
Come and Taste: Neither a restaurant nor a pop-up, TASTE is a cutting-edge “food venue.” that celebrated its grand opening in Kakaako Saturday (10/27) with food prepared by Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi, Pig and the Lady and Sweet Bread. Brought to life by Noguchi, Eat The Street’s Poni and Brandon Askew and Under My Umbrella’s Amanda Corby, TASTE brings a new plane of possibilities for foodies seeking innovative eats.
Maui-based restaurant Amasia has been voted “Best Neighbor Island Restaurant” by the Critic’s Choice Ilima Awards, as well as the “Best New Restaurant” by the Best of Maui Reader’s Choice. Perhaps Alan Wong’s touch is magic indeed.
Go Ahead, Be Crabby. Karai Crab at The Willows — is the world going crazy for crab or have we not had at least four openings lately? — is open at The Willows, with a crab-cominated menu created by chef Miles Miyamoto.
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.
Pork Rules: Shinsato Hog Farm is partnering with Oahu Fresh, the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery service, to add pork to the menu of items that might appear in weekly subscribers’ baskets. Delivery is downtown; baskets consist of whatever’s fresh and local; pork will be added to price structure for those who wish to receive it.
Moving Target: David Paul’s Lahaina Grill in Lahaina Center, Maui, has closed. Award-winning chef/co-owner David Paul Johnson plans to open a small bistro elsewhere on the Valley Isle as soon as possible.
To Market: The successful Ala Moana Farmers’ Market is opening a new weekly Tuesday evening market from 4-7pm at the Ala Moana Center, second-level parking lot near Sears. More than 50 vendors are expected and there will be a 70-seat café.
Adding to the burger craze McCully Shopping Center has opened a new addition to the complex: Pipi’s Burgers. The joint, which has replaced Banana Leaf Pasta and Café, boasts fresh meals, handcrafted and inspired by our island flavors.
There shall be dinner! Known for its commitment to serving the best local meats, The Whole Ox Deli has only served breakfast, lunch and sides–until now.
Downtown set to close In an unfortunate turn of events, the Hawaii State Art Museum’s Ilima Awards-winning restaurant, Downtown, is set to close Sept. 15.
Convenient cupcakes Reminiscent of nostalgic ice cream trucks, The Girls Who Bake Next Door Dessert Truck just happens to be so much more. Selling treats like cupcakes, mochi and fudge tarts, this new truck roams the streets of Honolulu Mon.–Fri.
Valiant return The Haleiwa Farmers’ Market celebrates its grand re-opening this Thursday from 3–7pm in Waimea Valley’s Pikake Pavillion with an opening pule by Waimea kupuna. The market will feature 50 booths and be open every Thursday.
Bistro to bow. Terry Kakazu of HASR Wine in Chinatown has partnered with chef Rodney Uyehara, formerly of the Moana-Surfrider Beachhouse, to open HASR Bistro in the recently vacated Grand Café and Bakery, HASR Wine’s neighbor on North Puahi Street.
Seafood a la JJ? JJ Luangkhot, known for his JJ’s Bistro and French Pastry Restaurant in Kaimuki, has opened an all-seafood restaurant, Crab City, in the former La Cacao Bistro space.