Eat the Street ‘Pig Out’ contest

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In honor of tonight’s pig-themed Eat the Street, Nonstop Honolulu is holding a contest to crown the event’s best pork dish. Nonstop’s Mari Taketa, Melissa Chang and Catherine Toth will be tasting dishes and naming a winner who showcases pork flavor with the highest levels of execution, creativity and presentation.

The contest starts at 5 p.m., so stop by our Nonstop booth to find out who wins the prize. Along with bragging rights, we’ll subsequently be doing a video segment about the winning truck that will run on the site. So join us for another Eat the Street, which runs from 4-9 p.m. at 555 South St. in Kaka’ako.

Here’s what’s on the menu, and here are our judges with more details about our contest.

18 comments
turkfontaine
turkfontaine

the pig is the most compelling evidence that there may be a God. it's the most useful animal. one could not conceive of a better one. it can be made into everything from food to footballs. it is compact and complacent, cooperative and congenial. it is easy to breed, eats table scraps and never complains about it. if you like truffles, and who doesn't, it can find them for you.

the pig makes an excellent pet and it teaches life lessons when one you've raised from a baby, lavished love and attention upon, washed and brushed, scratched it's ears, goes off one day and comes back as the Christmas ham, a yrs worth of bacon and a freezer full of four inch thick pork chops. i miss you Flashy Anne. you were a good friend and delicious. thank you God, if you are really out there.

NeilYamamoto
NeilYamamoto

looking forward to seeing this... three foodies... one champion... I agree w/ Mari though, Pork IS making a comeback in Hawaii... I think it has a lot to do with innovation in cooking pork... it's not just about pork chops/kalua pig/pork adobo anymore... there's more to it, and that's what I'd be looking for as a judge... what say you guys? @melissa808 @thedailydish ?

M
M

I don't think I 'll make it tonight. :( Have fun you guys and eat some for me too.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

I gotta make it out to ETS soon...I think I'd get a kick out of just watching the women fighting over the food! Have fun tonight!

hikino
hikino

Ha, ha, funny how Jermel has to reign in and control her more mature comrades!

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Should be an interesting contest. Have a feeling there might be some dissension among the group... Anyway, looking forward to it. And we invite everyone to our booth to watch the judging.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@MyongChoi fight? we do not fight. we converse. w/ great passion, animation and volume. on 2nd thot, we may need a referee.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@hikino ahaha! It'll be an interesting process. Should be fun!

808marv
808marv

@DianeSeo aren't you going to judge? You can be the tiebreaker! ;-)

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

@808marv I'll be setting up the tasting table and also making sure the judges remain civil and calm. You never know with these guys. But I'm sure they'll save me some scraps to try.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Melissa808 @NeilYamamoto @thedailydish of course pork's always been here. it's been overshadowed in recent yrs by beef. how many hamburger and shake places do we have now? and it's no longer hard to find locally sourced grass-fed beef from oahu, maui and the big island.

pork is a different story. it's on the uptrend locally now, thnx partly to local chefs actively trying to source locally. that's why not only are u finding shinsato pork on more menus (they weren't selling to local restaurants before), u're also bgng to see local chefs learn to butcher whole pigs and make their own charcuterie, sausage and other pork goodies. this new trend is going way beyond adobo and kalua pig. i see it as a v good thing.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@DianeSeo @808marv 'civil and calm'?? who are u talking abt? and of course there'll be dissension -- haven't u ever seen an m&m review? throw cat in the mix and it just gets louder. :D