our dining room class and other kcc students had the chance to volunteer at the friendship gala of the honolulu festival this year. it was a very fun event. over 1000 people came to the event.
here’s the stage as they were testing some of the lights and the sound. “check, check, one, two.”
this year ten restaurants participated: morimoto waikiki, mariposa at neiman marcus, roy’s hawaii kai, ruth’s chris steak house, 3660 on the rise, blt steak, nobu waikiki, shokudo, the cheesecake factory, and la palme d’or patisserie.
i got to help out with mariposa’s station.
our yellow tent corresponded to the yellow ticket each guest got (one ticket per restaurant).
here’s what we were serving for the night:
ben and i were helping assemble the dish. he put three clams in the bowl, then i put in a small mound of the braised greens, then piseth placed the fish on the greens, and chef marc spooned in the broth and put a small amount of chutney on top. we had the same assembly line going on the other side of the table. after the doors opened, the line got pretty long and we were moving pretty fast, but i don’t think people had to wait too long to get their food.
the other volunteers at our station were helping to manage the guests and collect their tickets. “one bowl per ticket!”
the entertainment was good, but it got kind of loud because we were near the speakers. the performers included hoku zuttermeister, dai hirai (ukelele + hip hop!), and sugaren.
at the end of the night, we got to eat some of the dishes from the restaurants
steamed bun with kakuni (10 hour braised pork belly) from morimoto waikiki – yummy yummy, even when it had been sitting out for a while. the pork just melts in your mouth:
satay shrimp with luau leaf curry from roy’s hawaii kai – also yummy despite sitting out for a while. i heard this is a new item on roy’s menu?
godiva chocolate cheesecake from the cheesecake factory – this is super rich and chocolatey. i took a slice home so i am slowly eating it. there may be a thing as being too chocolatey.
ruth’s chris seared tenderloin served with potatoes au gratin – this probably would have been yummy if it was still warm.
lobster miso soup
also had some california rolls from shokudo and lemon tarts, cream puffs, and panna cotta from la palme. it was a fun night.