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Menu for the 2013 Taste of Hawaii

Sunday, June 2
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Smith’s Tropical Paradise, $100
The annual Taste of Hawaii at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua is a fundraiser for Kapaa Rotary Club. This year, they celebrate 25-years with statewide chefs beverage vendors and music. There are 35 food participants, and 40 food booths. Many have more than one dish to offer and five offer dishes for vegetarians, three vegan booths, two breakfast booths, 14 will offer seafood, five will serve pork, seven chicken dishes, nine sweets, three baked goods that are not sweet, three salads and there will be a couple of gluten-free options. There are five stages with live entertainment eight beverage booths: three water, one juice, one hot coffee, two tea, one lemonade, one soda, six beer booths and four wine booths. Here is a list of who’s coming and what they’re serving:

      • Kauai Coffee Company: Fresh Brewed Roastmaster’s Choice Kauai Sunrise and Peaberry Decaf, and Iced Mocha Slushy
      • Alchemy of Aloha: Herb Infused Reverse Osmosis Water
      • Aston Aloha Beach Palms Restaurant: Haupia Crème Brule’
      • Nani Moon Mead: Mead and White Sangria
      • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Pale Ale, Summer Fest, Torpedo & Southern Hemisphere Harvest
      • Party Sushi: Shrimp & Crab Tempura
      • Mermaids Café : Thai Iced Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Lemonade, Teriyaki Ahi Slider, Ahi Nori roll and Ono Tropical Taco
      • Anheuser-Busch: Budweiser, Bud Light, Lime-arita, Strawberita, Goose Island Draft
      • Recessions Original Santa Maria BBQ: Tri-tip, Salsa, Chili, Green Salad
      • Mac Pie, Kona: Assortment of mac pie flavors
      • Savage Shrimp Kauai: Bahia Scampi
      • HeartFlame: Island Passion Cheesecake, Gluten-free Chocolate Volcano Brownies, Gooey Maple Mac Cinnamon Rolls, Foccacia
      • Rainbeau Jo’s: Iced Coffees, Fresh Salad
      • The Feral Pig Pub and Diner: Kaneshiro Farm Spit Roasted Hog and Wood-fired Flat Bread
      • Pepsi: Sodas
      • Kauai Springs: Water
      • Oasis on the Beach: Ahi Crudo
      • Gaylord’s at Kilohana: Spicy Grilled Steak Over Arugula Couscous Salad
      • Kawaii Cupcake: Red Velvet, Lilikoi, Lychee, S’mores and Key Lime Cupcakes topped with Swiss Meringue Butter Cream and toasted Swiss Meringue
      • Hawaii Culinary Academy: Thai Beef Salad on Confetti Slaw with Spicy Scorpion Pepper Vinaigrette
      • Sushi Bushido: Vegetable Waru Fishcake with Kizami Sauce over Udon Noodles, Spicy Tuna Tartar with Flour Tortilla and Seasoned Nori Topped with Sake Aioli
      • Java Kai: Ice Cold Juices, Coffees and Cookies
      • Kauai Island Brewing Co.: An assortment of the only locally brewed beers on Kauai
      • the Bistro Kilauea: Deep-Fried Fish served with Pickled Vegetables and Poi
      • Kilauea Fish Market, Kapaa: Habanero Chili Pepper Chicken, Potato Mac Salad and Poke Salad
      • Young’s Market Company of Hawaii: Serving a variety of wines and sparkling wines
      • The Eastside: Curly Kale Salad with Papaya and Pineapple Chunks, Glazed Mac Nuts and Crispy Pancetta with Papaya Ginger Dressing
      • The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui: Tempura Oyster Slider with Ko Choo Jang Slaw and Chili Aioli
      • Kauai Marriott, Kukuis Restaurant: Cured Beef, Asian Savory Fried Rice and Eggs with Cucumber Tomato Relish
      • Hukilau Lanai: Spicy Miso Glazed Pork with Soba Noodles
      • Southern Wine & Spirits: A variety of wine and sparkling wine
      • Maui Brewing Co.: Pueo Pale Ale and Lemongrass Saison
      • Kauai Grill, St. Regis Princeville: Hamachi Sashimi, Crispy Rice and Chipotle Aioli
      • Makana Terrace, St. Regis Princeville: Ginger Marinated Prawns, Lobster Sausage, White Cheddar Polenta Cake and Coconut Chili Sauce
      • RumFire, Sheraton Poipu Beach: Seared Sea Scallops with Kekaha Corn Puree and Tomato Corn Relish
      • Nanea Restaurant & Bar, Westin Princeville: Tempura Hamachi Roulade, Kauai Vegetables, Yuzu Butter and Tobiko Aioli and sangria
      • Bikers of Kauai: Smoked Meats, Kim Chee and Rice
      • Kona Brewing Company: Long Board Lager
      • Redhook & Widmer Brothers Brewing.: Redhook Ale, Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde
      • Young’s Market Company of Hawaii: An assortment of wine and sparkling wine
      • Café Pesto, Hilo: Fried Hamakua Macadamia Torte with Kauai Coffee Ganache, Caramelized Candy Apple Bananas and Lappert’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
      • Jamba Juice: Groovy Guava Smoothies
      • Menehune Water
      • Red Hot Mamas: Burritos
      • Tiki Tacos: Taquitos de Chorizo and Rustic Mayan Lamb
      • Right Slice Bakery: Classic Chicken Pot Pie and Butter Mocha Menehune Pie Bites
      • Sukhothai: Jintana’s Thai Fried Tango Tofu with Satay Sauce
      • Papaya’s Natural Foods and Cafe: Iced Green Chai Tea
      • Shivalik Indian Cuisine: Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala and Basmati Pulau
      • The Seaside Restaurant , Hilo: Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Warabi Barley Salad and Spicy Lilkoi Sauce
      • Casa di Amici: Yucatan Polenta with Chipotle Barbacoa and Pickled Jalapeno Semi Glace
      • Hurricane Cheesecakes & More: New Orleans Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels Bourbon St. Sauce
      • Dakine Foods: Bread Sticks and Rum Cake
      • Trees Lounge: Caribbean Black Bean and Jerk Chicken Nachos, Vegetarian Black Bean Nachos
      • Olympic Café: Veggie Omelettes, Grilled Chocolate Sandwich, Vegan Tofu Scramble, Fresh Fruit

Tickets available at: Jim Saylor Jewelers, Vicky’s fabrics, Ink Spot, Westside Pharmacy, Magic Dragon – Princeville, and For more color, you can read the Taste of Hawaii article I wrote for MidWeek Kauai.