June 1, 2014

TASTE Awards gala is two weeks away!

The inaugural TASTE Awards gala on Saturday, June 14 at Pomaikai Ballrooms is just two weeks away!

Plan to attend this benchmark, ground-breaking event for our industry and HFMA.

The Battle of the Chefs will start the evening off with a bang!

Chef James Aptakin (left) of Mac 24/7 in the Hilton Waikiki is a past winner of the Food Network Challenge. He’s trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa and even cooked on an aircraft carrier feeding 6000 hungry sailors daily.

Chef Ronnie Nasuti (middle) started washing dishes at age 14, apprenticed in the prestigious Copley Plaza Hotel and mentored under Roy Yamaguchi before his current post as Executive Chef at Tiki’s Bar & Grill.

Chef Colin Hazama (right) is a James Beard “Rising Star Chef” semi-finalist and has cooked with many international top chefs including Alan Wong, Gary Danko and Jean-George Vongrichten before taking his current position of Senior Executive Sous Chef at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The three chefs will craft unique, signature dishes featuring HFMA member products plus be joined by Daniel Anthony of Mana Ai making freshly pounded poi.

Event attendees will indulge on these dishes plus complementary wine service sponsored by Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch followed by a formal dinner reception.

Many locally made foods and drinks will also be showcased throughout the evening’s festivities.

Contact Holly Kessler at hfma@foodsofhawaii.com or 808-422-4362 for tickets or table sponsorships. Individual tickets are $100 each. Table sponsorships start at $1000.

There will be lots of good food, drinks and fun! See you there.

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