Hop a flight and you can be in Honolulu, sand between your toes and drink in hand by sunset while celebrating Julia Childs 100th birthday.
By Michelle M. Winner
When you get down to it Honolulu “the gathering place “ on Oahu is more cosmopolitan city than sleepy island town. The people of Hawaii have always been great travelers, and being the furthest island archipelago from a major land mass does not thwart the inhabitants’ appetite for fine cuisine and wine from all over the world, especially France. So with great anticipation by the Honolulu culinary community ( every foodie event is usually welcomed with a jubilant hue and cry in Hawaii) and to celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday, “A Tribute to Julia Child and Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is being held the entire month of August at The Kahala Hotel and Resort on Oahu’s Gold Coast. The August 1st – 31st celebration of French regional cooking is a tribute with special dinners, a foodie festival and cooking classes by Hawaii’s brightest chefs as part of the planned festivities.
- Chef Hirabayashi creates the French classic Beef Bourguignon in honor of Julia’s 100th birthday.
The Kahala’s culinary focus for August is on Julia’s recipes in their restaurants and include an August 12th James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner. Special guest Mitchell Davis Ph.D. , Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation will share his personal anecdotes of Julia Child while a contingent of fine local chefs present a multi-course dinner headed up by The Kahala’s Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi and Pastry Chef Michael Moorhouse. Julia’s lips were never far from a wineglass so naturally each course will be paired with wine. Tickets for event are $325 per person and you may purchase online at www.kahalaresort.com or call 808-739-8779.
Note : You may wish to book The Kahala Hotel’s special package ‘Dinner and a One Night Stand.’ Stay August 12th at The Kahala and receive two reserved seats tickets to the James Beard Dinner. A 20% savings on both room and dinner at $999 for mountain category room, you may upgrade to oceanview. But after all of that wine you’ll be off to dreamland in less time that it takes to boil an egg, so who needs a view?
August 18th The Kahala presents another opportunity to celebrate Julia with the Wine andFood Festival. Kahala’s Chef Hirabayashi designed a menu combining the diversity and specialties of the many regions in France. Here is a peek at what ‘s coming : Chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Bistro is doing Kauai Prawns, Chef Jon Matsubara of Azure recreates the classic Beef Bourguignon, a Duck Confit Tart by Chef Goran Streng of Tango Cafe, Hale Aina Catering’ s Chef Kalani Lincoln pairs a Honey Soy Duck Breast with Papardelle, and Chef Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Bar & Grill will present Julia’s favorite dessert “ Ile Flottante”. All courses will be paired with French and California wines selected by Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo of Youngs Market. Festival is from 7 to 10 PM with 6 PM admission toVIP Preview ticket holders. General tickets are $100 in advance and VIP are $150. Use contact info above.
So what are you waiting for ? Hop a flight and you can be in Honolulu, sand between your toes and Diamond Head rising up behind you with drink in hand by sunset. As Julia was fond of saying “ Life itself is the proper binge.”