In the kitchen of a Good Table dinner

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While foodies converged on restaurants all over town for the annual The Good Table fundraiser for Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels program, I found myself in an unexpected place. Instead of heading to a restaurant to dine, I was on the other side of the kitchen door.

About a month ago, I received an email from Henry “Hank” Adaniya, owner of Hank’s Haute Dogs, asking if I would do the dessert course at his Good Table dinner. With a reputation of being one of the first Good Table venues to be sold out, I jumped at the opportunity. However, having been out of the kitchen for more than three years, I was worried my kitchen skills may have gotten a little rusty.

Despite a few nerves when I showed up at Hank’s to start prepping for service, everything came back to me once I started working. It was a fun night hanging out and working with the fellow chefs Adaniya gathered for the event — Alejandro “Aker” Briceno of V Lounge and Prima; Andrew and Mama Le of Pig and the Lady; Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii; and Chris Sy of the Breadshop.

Here’s what the food and action looked like in Hank’s kitchen.

Good Table

Chef Alejandro "Aker" Briceno of V Lounge and Prima frying dough for his course, a Montanara Margherita pizza.

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jlieu
jlieu

Love the Pig and the Lady! <3

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

ps Do you think Mama Le will sell that sauce? For xmas maybe?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Congrats, Ed! I was seething with envy that you got to chef at this table, since you & I always try for it and it's always sold out. It looks like you had a lot of fun.....all for a good cause. Thank you for your time, and thanks to @lanakilapacific for feeding our kupuna.

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@jlieu That was some good pho! Especially with Mama Le's sauce on it.

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@Melissa808 I hope so. I'm jonesing for it now. Tacos? Put Mama Le's sauce on it! Burgers? Put Mama Le's sauce on it! Hot dogs? Put Mama Le's sauce on it! Ice cream? Put Mama Le's sauce on it!

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@Melissa808 And the group that came brought so much friggin wine! One guy buys it every year and invites all his wine friends. You would have had a blast. Another awesome event for @lanakilapacific. Looking forward to next Year's good table.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @edmorita  I realized I know those people! I saw @carolyhi posting her instagrams last night, and then I knew who has been buying out OUR seats all these years. hahaha. They always have a lot of wine!

edmorita
edmorita moderator

 @Melissa808  I know! When @carolyhi and everyone else showed up, I was like, "what the hell are you doing here?"

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