Annual Leeward Culinary Arts Gala features Hawaiʻi's finest chefs

Leeward Community College
Tommylynn Benavente, (808) 455-0298
Culinary Arts Coordinator, Culinary Arts Program
Kathleen R. Cabral, (808) 455-0524
Marketing Officer, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Apr 28, 2011

Goran Streng, Tango, delights diners
Goran Streng, Tango, delights diners
Building on the momentum started with the Chefs & Farmers Food Forum, L'ulu, the Leeward Culinary Arts Gala, pairs Hawaiʻi’s finest chefs with local farmers, ranchers and aquaculturists. The culinary event is presented on Saturday, May 7, from 6–9 p.m. in The Pearl and Campus Center on the Leeward campus.

The event celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, while pursuing a more sustainable, food-independent Hawaiʻi. Thirteen chefs will partner with farmers, ranchers and aquaculturists to feature a locally grown or produced food item in their menu offering. The event links agriculture with the restaurant industry to provide diners with products that are fresh, local and as diverse as our islands themselves.

This social event of the Leeward side brings together the leaders of Hawai‘i’s Regional Cuisine in support of Leeward Community College’s Culinary Arts Program. Guests indulge their senses with the delectable cuisines of Hawai‘i’s finest chefs alongside the Culinary Arts Program’s instructors and students. Exceptional entertainment and a silent auction, complimented by an array of wines, beers, spirits, and specialty coffees and teas complete the festive atmosphere and extraordinary ambiance of dining amid the Culinary Arts Program’s expanded dining and kitchen facilities.

L'ulu is an annual fundraiser for Leeward's Culinary Arts Program and provides scholarships and educational opportunities for Hawai‘i’s culinary students.

The restaurants and chefs featured include:
  • 3660 on the Rise, Russell Siu
  • Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Alan Wong
  • Nalo Farms, Dean Okimoto
  • Ola, Fred DeAngelo
  • The Pacific Club, Eric Leterc
  • Padovani's Grill/Padovani's Chocolates, Philippe Padovani
  • Poke Stop, Elmer Guzman
  • Roy’s Restaurant, Roy Yamaguchi
  • Sansei and d.k Steak House, D.K. Kodama
  • Tango, Goran Streng
  • town, Ed Kenney
  • The Pearl, Leeward Community College, Ian Riseley
General admission grazing tickets are $100 through April 29, 2011 and $125 from May 2, 2011.

For general information and tickets contact:
Fabi Castellano at 455-0300 or
Tommylynn Benavente at 455-0298 or

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