#HFWF15: Chefs’ Private After Party

This year’s Chefs’ Private After Party, part of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, took place at Japengo & SWIM at Hyatt Regency Waikiki, with amazing craft cocktails, spirits, late-night snacks, music and dancing.

The five midnight snack stations featured eats by Isaac Bancaco of Andaz Maui, Greg and Gabi Denton of Portland’s Ox Restaurant, Marc Freiberg of Neiman Marcus Honolulu, Japengo’s Jon Matsubara and Troy Terorotua of REAL a Gastropub.

Four mixologists slung drinks all night to keep the thirsty crowd happy. The group included Jacques Bezuidenhout of Plumpjack Group & Forgery Bar in San Francisco; Misty Kalkofen of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal; Debbi Peek of Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida; and Andy Seymour of Liquid Productions in New York.

Here’s how the party went down:

Scenes from the After Party by Eric Baranda

 

Beer Braised Oxtail Pubslider by Real A Gastropub, Honolulu, O'ahu. Locally produced by: Kulana Foods, LNR Farm ENT., LLC., Maui Farmer's Co Op Exchange, Naked Cow Dairy, Rhey's Hawaiian Honey, Wailea AG

One of the most raved about dishes was the Beer Braised Oxtail Pubslider by REAL a Gastropub.

 

Balut. Locally produced by Big Island Abalone, whipped up by Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Maui.

Another very popular dish was this “balut,” made with egg mousse, pickled onions and salted meat.

 

Ali'i Mushroom Tacos, Avocado Yogurt, Smoked Chiles and Radish Salsa by Ox Restaurant, Portland, OR. Locally produced by: Hamakua Mushrooms, Maui Farmer's Co Op Exchange, Naked Cow Dairy

Ali’i mushroom tacos, avocado yogurt, smoked chiles and radish salsa by Ox Restaurant.

 

Quinoa Crusted Kauai Shrimp with Black Rice, Luau Leaf Puree and Lilikoi-Chili Sauce by Neiman Marcus, Honolulu, O'ahu. Locally produced by: Kauai Shrimp, Wailea AG, Wong's Products.

Quinoa-crusted Kauai shrimp with black rice, luau leaf puree and lilikoi-chili sauce by Neiman Marcus.

 

Hosting Chef Jon Matsubara of Japengo.

Hosting chef Jon Matsubara of Japengo.

 

Chef Marc Freiberg of Neiman Marcus... just in case you didn't recognize him.

Chef Marc Freiberg of Neiman Marcus… doing his posterboy pose, just in case you didn’t recognize him.

 

Iichiko Shochu reps.

Iichiko Shochu reps.

 

Later on, the dance party got started.

Later on, the dance party got started.

 

Chef, Chef, Chef!

Chef, Chef, Chef!

 

Cocktails by Debbi Peek of Southern Wine & Spirits.

Cocktails by Debbi Peek of Southern Wine & Spirits.

 

"Moana

Moana Musubi with Opihi, Abalone, Smoked Kahala, Bigeye and Ikura by Japengo. Locally produced by: Big Island Abalone, Hawaiian Kampachi, Local Fishermen.

Greg and Gabi Denton - Ox Restaurant, Portland, OR

Greg and Gabi Denton from Ox Restaurant.

 

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Chef Troy Terorotua of REAL a Gastropub photobombs chef Kealoha Domingo trying his slider.

 

 

Inside Japengo Restaurant.

Inside Japengo Restaurant.

 

HFWF15: After-Party @ Japengo

Mezcal shots with Del Maguey’s East Coast director Misty Kalkofen.

 

Debbi Peek of Southern Wine & Spirits.

Debbi Peek of Southern Wine & Spirits.

 

Kyle Reutner of Pig & The Lady's bar and Hawaii Bitters.

Kyle Reutner of Pig & The Lady’s bar and Hawaii Bitters.

 

Troy Terorotua - Real A Gastropub, Honolulu, HI

Troy Terorotua from REAL a Gastropub.

 

Jon Matsubara - Japango, Honolulu, HI

Jon Matsubara.

 

Isaac Bancaco - Andaz Maui at Wailea, Maui, HI

Isaac Bancaco from Andaz Maui.

 

HFWF15 - After Party

Chef Keller (second to right) and friends.

 

DJ Jimmy Taco and Emcee Maleko.

DJ Jimmy Taco and Emcee Maleko.