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