Corks & Forks, one of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival’s most popular events, has always been a soiree suited for foodies and oenophiles. On Saturday evening, amid the rooftop garden at the Hawaii Convention Center, the sold-out crowd noshed on dishes from 19 featured chefs and sampled 20 of the most coveted red wines from the Pacific Coast. (White wine, craft cocktails and beer were also in ample supply.)
The chefs — a mix of both top local chefs and internationally known celebs — included Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu Waikiki), Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro), Martin Yan, Takashi Yagihashi (Slurping Turtle), Jun Peng (Shanghai Xinhuang Jingpin Hotel), as well as Alan Wong, Lee Anne Wong and others. The Cheese Shop’s Kent Torrey, a Hawaii native now working in Carmel, Calif., also brought 1,000 pounds of cheese for attendees to try.
Here’s a look: