From left to right: Rick Barboza, Ed Kenney, Michelle Galimba, Kamuela Enos, Dean Okimoto, Roy Yamaguchi and Denise Hayashi // (c) 2011 Joshua Lurie/FoodGPS.com
Chef Roy Yamaguchi, of Roy’s Restaurants, and chef Ed Kenney, of Town and Downtown restaurants, prepared a gourmet meal that showcased the Hawaiian island’s sustainable culinary scene at a recent press event at Roy’s Restaurants in Los Angeles.
“Hawaii food is no longer about the celebrity chefs. It’s about the celebrity farmers — where the food comes from,” said Kenney. “Our food is grounded in the principal of Aloha Aina
, loving the land that provides the food.”
Though peppered with some local Santa Monica, Calif., farmers’ market purchases, the meal showcased Hawaiian produce and meat — some even produced by dinner attendees, including rancher Michelle Galimba and organic farmer Kamuela Enos.
The meal was part of a greater initiative to highlight the islands’ long tradition of embracing the land’s bounty — a food tradition that will fuel the first annual Hawaiian Food & Wine Festival, co-chaired by Roy Yamaguchi and chef/restaurateur Alan Wong. Guests to the festival, held on Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, will have the opportunity to enjoy the islands’ gourmet offerings at a series of dinners featuring Hawaii’s meat, seafood and produce.