Last Saturday we presented to the world (or at least Hawaii) the official grand opening of TASTE in Kaka’kao. This “food venue” is a collaboration between our Under My Umbrella crew, Chef Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii and Poni and Brandon Askew of Street Grindz. With all of our closes friends and family in attendance, it was a full house of good energy and good food.
For this special celebration a few of our favorite chefs and bartenders came out to help us celebrate. Chef JJ Leng with Sweetbreads featured a kulolo inspired dessert, Chef Sean Priester with Soul Patrol offered mini versions of his famous waffle and fried chicken, Alex Le and his family from Pig and The Lady, served up a beef pho and our own Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi with Pil Hawaiii did a soft egg with MAO greens and a gravy slider. The talented Dave Newman from Pint + Jigger played bartender for the evening and as usual his signature drinks were the hot talk of the evening.
So what is TASTE you might be asking. A food venue? What is that? It’s not a restaurant, it’s not quite a pop-up, it’s more of a venue for everything food. TASTE’s daily breakfast and lunch menu will feature many of the familiar faces eaters are used to seeing from a lunch truck window or at Eat the Street. During the day expect to find a delicious mix of popular food truck owners, street food vendors and pop up restaurants serving up their own twist on fast, affordable, fresh food.
TASTE will feature a combination of in-house special series meals created by resident Chef Gooch intermixed with pop-up meals created by guest Chefs. For dinner, think a restaurant turned dinner party. Dinner will be served five days a week (Monday- Sat.) with a fixed menu that will change each day. The space is not operating at 100% this week, but our plan is to have our regular schedule up and running by November 15th.
For now, we are working out the last kinks of the schedule and continuing to be inspired by the future possibilities and opportunities TASTE has to offer. On this week’s books we are excited to host visiting celebrity Chef Lee Anne Wong who with be partnering with resident Chef “Gooch” on Tuesday. Oct. 30th for our first official pop-up dinner. The pair will be serving up 4 pork dishes (a la carte) as part of their “Drunch Series”. Doors open at 6pm and no reservations are required. For more information and menu updates visit www.tastetable.com.