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1stwahine
June 24th, 2005, 09:11 PM
I have never gone to the Taste Of Honolulu. I was busy cooking at Benny's (our now closed family resturant) all these years. I'm taking MAMA tomarrow. I don't want to seem ignorant and naive but can somebody please tell me how it works. I'm serious. :o

Thank you, ;)
Lynn

kimo55
June 24th, 2005, 09:41 PM
Taste Of Honolulu.

can somebody please tell me how it works.



dass da t'ing.
it DOESn't work. Only the guile-less go there anymore.
It is a scam to the nth degree.


there. saved you money and beeeg kine headache.
don't mention it.
you're welcome.

beemo
June 24th, 2005, 09:47 PM
This is only my second year, but it was pretty similar to last year. You must pay to enter (3 bucks for adults kids under 12 are free). Once inside you must purchase scrips (like cashing in in a casino). Scrips pay for everything. There are tents from 24 different restaurants and various wine and dessert vendors. There is a stage with live music and rides and the like for kids. My recommendation is to bring a couple of folding chairs, beach towel or blanket, otherwise you will have to eat standing up. Portions are small and a little pricey. Most dishes are between 6 and 9 scrips each. Expect to spend about $15 bucks per adult. Pretty fun and nice as long as it doesnt rain. Hope this is helpful.

1stwahine
June 24th, 2005, 10:05 PM
thanks for the your comments. ;)

lynn

AbsolutChaos
June 24th, 2005, 10:11 PM
More info on Taste of Honolulu:

www.taste808.com

I'll be there on Sat. around 12:30 or 1pm...

Maybe I'll se ya there!

:-)

Shilpa

kimo55
June 24th, 2005, 10:12 PM
[QUOTE=AbsolutChaos]More info on Taste of Honolulu:

www.taste808.com


dat web site.
no pull up.
wot kine dat.
buggy to da max.
crash da compooter.
alllll bussup.
no boddah.

AbsolutChaos
June 25th, 2005, 06:11 AM
[QUOTE=AbsolutChaos]More info on Taste of Honolulu:

www.taste808.com


dat web site.
no pull up.
wot kine dat.
buggy to da max.
crash da compooter.
alllll bussup.
no boddah.


www.taste808.com
is the official site for Easter Seals Taste of Honolulu for the past several years
It worked for me!

1stwahine
June 25th, 2005, 09:35 AM
www.taste808.com
is the official site for Easter Seals Taste of Honolulu for the past several years
It worked for me!


It worked for me too. Mahalo Shelpa! ;)

Miulang
June 25th, 2005, 09:45 AM
[QUOTE=AbsolutChaos]More info on Taste of Honolulu:

www.taste808.com


dat web site.
no pull up.
wot kine dat.
buggy to da max.
crash da compooter.
alllll bussup.
no boddah.
Heh heh. Maybe it's da "Macinfection" or da web browser you stay using, Kimo. Seems to be working for anybody who has Windoze! :)

Miulang

1stwahine
June 25th, 2005, 09:50 AM
Heh heh. Maybe it's da "Macinfection" or da web browser you stay using, Kimo. Seems to be working for anybody who has Windoze! :)

Miulang

Miu. hahaha. :D I was going say something but changed my mind. You know how he is. Anyway's like Andy Bumatai screams, DA KAHUNA :eek: wen get ya! :D

cezanne
June 25th, 2005, 10:21 AM
Hmmm, just wondering... why is it a rip-off? It benefits Easter Seals right? We were thinking of checking it out this weekend (for the first time). I know you have to buy scrips to sample the food after paying the $3 to get in. Does the charity get the gate receipts or the scrips?

BTW, the site works for me too (Windoze).

kimo55
June 25th, 2005, 10:37 AM
Hmmm, just wondering... why is it a rip-off? It benefits Easter Seals right? We were thinking of checking it out this weekend (for the first time). I know you have to buy scrips to sample the food after paying the $3 to get in. Does the charity get the gate receipts or the scrips?

BTW, the site works for me too (Windoze).



I don't support the idea of sampling what a restaurant has to offer by going to a park and eating their stuff off styrofoam plates and making more trash that clogs the landfill.
Much of the restaurant experience is sitting down and being served. after a hard day at work. and enjoying the ambiance. the setting. AT the restaurant.
You can't tell what the restaurant is like at a park. where they prep the food you eat completely outside their original kitchen.


IF I want easter seals to get my money, I will find their direct address and send them some.


I usually like to stay miles away from those damned inflated bouncy cartoon character things.

I am very familiar with these restaurants:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
The Shack
Down to Earth
The Willows
Brew Moon Restaurant and Microbrewery

and if I want the other restaurants "showcased" to me, I will GO to the actual restaurants.


and I will NOT have anything to do with
Dave & Buster's

Miulang
June 25th, 2005, 10:49 AM
After you've been to one of these events, you really don't need to go again the next year. The same old vendors are usually in attendance. We have a big one up here in Seattle (the "Bite" of Seattle) at the Seattle Center the 4th of July weekend. Haven't been to that in about 4 years now. If we go, we usually make a beeline for the pad Thai, piroschky, the Indian dal and naan, Vietnamese bao, or the pesto salmon on a roll and for dessert, a huge dish of strawberry shortcake (strawberries from WA state). The bites up here can cost up to $5. It's usually so crowded (especially if the weather's nice) that you can't find anyplace to sit and people watch. Each little community has its own street fair throughout the summer (my neighborhood has a stock car show that's about 20 blocks long and is being held today full of restored cars) and many of the food vendors do a circuit of the street fairs, which is another reason why I don't have to go to the Bite every year.

If they're charging an admission fee, more than likely that's the part that's donated to charity.

Miulang

AbsolutChaos
June 25th, 2005, 11:13 AM
After volunteering to clean the Ala Wai Harbor by dredging up trash in nets for four hours this morning, I'm looking forward to Taste of Honolulu for lunch this afternoon.

I go every year just as an excuse to be social with my friends while eating. I get bored with going to restaurants with their sterile, fancy-schmancy, trendy atmospheres sometimes, and I don't mind paying a little more if part of the proceeds benefit a good cause. It's busy and crowded, but that's usually the only way to attract big sponsors to donate money. They don't donate money unless they get some publicity.

Having been involved in creating/organizing events, I respect the amount of work that it takes to put something like this together, and I enjoy supporting events that allow me to have a good time and people-watch too. :-)

Yay for food!

kimo55
June 25th, 2005, 11:26 AM
After you've been to one of these events, you really don't need to go again the next year.


that's one way i know whereof i speak.
I have accidentally attended these thru the years and am now burned out.

I get enuff of the good times and people-watching at busy crowded outdoor shindigs and hang with friends at da kapoiolani things often. and the north shore events.

AbsolutChaos
June 25th, 2005, 11:36 AM
PS--tips to maximize your food intake at Taste of Honolulu:

If you go on the last day at the last hour, the restaurants are desperate to get rid of their extra food, so you'll get a whole bunch of stuff for a lot fewer scrips than advertised! (At least that was my experience.)

PPS--I can understand why TOH isn't for everyone...I like a mix of social activities, some crowded, so less so, some with more people-watching and people-meeting, others with just enjoying time with the friends/family ya already got. This is one of my "enjoy the crowds" events...I like going with a group of good friends so we can scout out a shaded location and then send people out while leaving some people behind to guard the precious spot so you can chat and eat and watch with maximum efficiency and minimum hassle. Carpooling is also good so everyone's not looking for parking and getting cranky.

scrivener
June 25th, 2005, 11:41 AM
Much of the restaurant experience is sitting down and being served. after a hard day at work. and enjoying the ambiance. the setting. AT the restaurant.

I'm with you, kimo. I dislike eating off styrene, and I dislike mob-dining (if it could be called "dining") and I dislike standing in lines. However:


You can't tell what the restaurant is like at a park. where they prep the food you eat completely outside their original kitchen.

That's why it's called a "taste" of Honolulu. There is something appealing about sampling food from twenty-four different restaurants in one night. To get the same variety in traditional dining would take a month, eating out every night, and who can afford that? Not me.

And while I hate the whole carnival atmosphere of the thing, it seems that a lot of people actually enjoy it. It's festive and social and a lot of things I don't equate with a pleasant weekend evening, but there you go. Some people like it.


IF I want easter seals to get my money, I will find their direct address and send them some.

I'm sure Easter Seals and other organizations treasure attitudes like this; yet if it were collecting enough in donations this way, events like this would be unnecessary. The popularity of this event really speaks for itself: the restaurants get some good exposure, Easter Seals gets the money, the participants get to sample the food at a price (and for a cause) they consider worthwhile, and there are no losers, unless you really want to visit that landfill issue in another thread.

I teach at a school that has the highest tuition in the state (we beat Punahou by a couple hundred) at over sixteen grand a year. When students can't afford Punahou, they go other places that offer good educations and good experiences. When students can't afford the tuition at ASSETS, there is nowhere else for them to go, because we're the only school that offers what we do.

I bring this up because we have a huge tuition-assistance program (more than a quarter of a million per year at a school with about three hundred students from K to 12th grade) funded completely by donations (tuition goes strictly for operating expenses--we don't make students who can pay for themselves also pay for the other students). Toward that end, we have an annual event similar to Taste of Honolulu, but on a smaller scale and at the lovely facility at Koolau Golf Club. In addition to the pricey admission, there's a silent auction on really great items donated by our benefactors in the business community and then a traditional auction of students' artwork with two local television journalists presiding (their kids are students at my school). Sure, it might be more profitable all around if everyone involved just gave money, but something else happens at The Event that perhaps we can't put a price on: Many of our benefactors (such as Bank of Hawaii) will purchase a whole table and give tickets to people who otherwise don't know anything about our school. This is huge because it's a way for prominent members of the community to be made aware of our mission and the importance of what we do.

I'm not saying that's what's happening with Easter Seals, but when an event this size has Easter Seals's name on it, it generates public awareness. Clearly, you are not the target audience of this thing. Still, you might save some of your derision for more worthy targets, such as the legislature, the city council, and the local unions! :)


I am very familiar with these restaurants:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Have you had the dunkles (I think that's how it's spelled) there? Yum.

kimo55
June 25th, 2005, 12:04 PM
"That's why it's called a "taste" of Honolulu. There is something appealing about sampling food from twenty-four different restaurants in one night. "

Oh man. I eat too much in one sitting as it is.
i would blow up larger than one o those inflatable jumpers they have there...
"And now kids, it's the Kimo55 ride!"

" Still, you might save some of your derision for more worthy targets, such as the legislature, the city council, and the local unions!"
I hear ya. Social commentary is my dharma, and nothing escapes my sights.


"Have you had the dunkles (I think that's how it's spelled) there? Yum."

Oh, yea. as much so; no beer escapes my sights.
I attend each brew release event. aside from this being almost my second home.
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/gordon-biersch-dunkles/2450/1880/

1stwahine
June 25th, 2005, 12:25 PM
After much thought and reading the comments, MAMA and I have decided not to attend. We enjoy dining out. Infact, more than the norm. We also like to eat and enjoy the ambience of the resturant. We love being served and waited on. Being formally in the resturant business ourselves, we know where to go for exellent food and service. Our standards are high and we are critical from service to presentation of food. Sometimes too critical.

Plus, pushing MAMA in the wheelchair may be a bit hard since it will be on the lawn area. Thank you for your comments. I'm staying home and cook...da best! :p

Auntie Lynn aka Auntie Pupule ;)

cezanne
June 25th, 2005, 08:34 PM
Okay fair enough. But I think we're gonna go just to see and taste for ourselves. I hear what you're saying though... it's like going to a buffet, there's no way you gonna have some of this and some of that and really "enjoy". But we'll go just because it's for a good cause... if it weren't for charity we most likely would change our mind and not go.


and I will NOT have anything to do with
Dave & Buster's
Me too... they ripped us off when we rented one of their rooms... but that's another story.

scrivener
June 25th, 2005, 09:51 PM
and I will NOT have anything to do with Dave & Buster's

Me too... they ripped us off when we rented one of their rooms... but that's another story.
I like Dave & Buster's. I like the food, I like the games, I like the waitresses, I like the twenty-something female clientele.

kimo55
June 25th, 2005, 10:11 PM
I like Dave & Buster's. I like the food, I like the games, I like the waitresses, I like the twenty-something female clientele.



of all that I was amenable, too, for a while. It all came to a screeching halt and then turned 180 degrees when through one whole night, when our family went there for my brother's birthday, they performed just about every infraction servers could make. And this was to the person! from the hostess. to the bartender. to the three servers ruining our night via each of their visits to the table.
and thoughtlessly insulting to boot. Not even slightly apologetic.

shaveice
June 25th, 2005, 11:58 PM
haven't been to d&b for over a year now (fatherhood changes everything) but your (kimo) experience is, i agree, inexcusable. someone started a thread some days ago about the dining experience and gave us some links which were, i think, predominantly from the waiters' perspective. in this case, we're talking about a customer's experience and that must have been a nightmare.

1stwahine, how'd you like the taste of honolulu?

kimo55
June 26th, 2005, 12:09 AM
haven't been to d&b for over a year now (fatherhood changes everything) but your (kimo) experience is, i agree, inexcusable.

hey that ain't da half of it. here's another dose of the sad sorry true tale of the ballad of Dave and Buster's of that ever so loverlee Ward Complex;

The hostess didn't have our reservation. EVEN tho I called one in, and my brother's girlfriend called to make one, too.

They did not seat us in the dining room. tried to sluff us off in the boring dark empty bar.
We would have none of that.
When appetizers came to our table there, we got up to take a table in the dining room, which we saw there were quite a few open and available. The bartender argued and finally relented. We handed the food and serving crap to him to serve us in the dining room. (customers do not carry their own food) He didn't like that arrangement. He then placed the bowl of whatever we initially ordered into my brother's hands and draped the tongs over his arm!

and said; "ok fine. knock yerselves out"
(My brother later noted that in his letter to their corporate customer apathy department, he advised; that bartender would be best suited in his rightful place back in prison, working with heavy machinery... anything else but assure all and sundry that he stay far away from the general public.)


We ordered alotta stuff for alotta people. The pizza came toooo late, just as we filled up on everything else and figured it would never come. Just as we were about to leave, it arrives. Ya know how they set it on the table, it hovers above everything on two tall tomatoe sauce cans. One waiter was clearing the area to set the cans down and he handed me one of the dirrty old cans as soon as he came and said;
"here, Hold this".

Gee, Zuss!


ya know all that junk all over the walls? one thing was a framed picture of an actual dog taking an actual $#1t. I swear. (and it wasn't shot from the front where all ya see is that blank, dumb, heavy-lidded, slightly cross-eyed, half concious expression a dog wears when he's doin his bizness. Nooo. It had ta be the back end perspective; anatomically, scatalogically, explicitely detailed. (the only way they coulda made it more disgusting is, if it were scratch-n-sniff.) I was so amazed, wondering how a waiter would describe or even define or defend it.
I asked "hey what da hellzat!?
No surprise here;
He, of course replied, in a loud voice at our table, in front of ma and pa;
"That's a photo of a dog takin a sh!t."

oh, ok.

and then it went downhill from there.

1stwahine
June 26th, 2005, 10:15 AM
1stwahine, how'd you like the taste of honolulu?

We decided not to go. Lucky we didn't...my grandson came and daughter and son-inlaw went out. MAMA and I had a wonderful time with Antonio than Taste of Honolulu could ever give us.

beemo
June 26th, 2005, 07:53 PM
We ordered alotta stuff for alotta people. The pizza came toooo late, just as we filled up on everything else and figured it would never come. Just as we were about to leave, it arrives. Ya know how they set it on the table, it hovers above everything on two tall tomatoe sauce cans.

Ya know that really sounds like Buca de beppo and not D&B. Are you sure you dont have your restaurants confused. :confused:

1stwahine
June 26th, 2005, 08:15 PM
Ya know that really sounds like Buca de beppo and not D&B. Are you sure you dont have your restaurants confused. :confused:

Now, das is FUNNY! I can't wait to see BroKimo's answer. heeeheheheheheheh :D :p

auntie lynn aka auntie pupule :confused:

lavagal
June 26th, 2005, 11:22 PM
hey that ain't da half of it. I asked "hey what da hellzat!?
No surprise here;
He, of course replied, in a loud voice at our table, in front of ma and pa;
"That's a photo of a dog takin a sh!t."

oh, ok.

and then it went downhill from there.

That is DISGUSTING. I've never been, never planned on going and know now neither will my offspring. Your tale of wo pains me, Kimo. Even if you don't give me straight answers about tea tree oil for my frizzy hair. @:)

kimo55
June 26th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Even if you don't give me straight answers about tea tree oil for my frizzy hair.

whaaa...
who... tea hair... frizzy tree... I don't... whatdahell?

kimo55
June 26th, 2005, 11:27 PM
That is DISGUSTING. I've never been, never planned on going and know now neither will my offspring. Your tale of wo pains me, Kimo.



yes. Never patronize that horrid place, Bucco di Buster.

pzarquon
June 27th, 2005, 08:25 AM
Um, getting back to the topic...

I like the "Taste of Honolulu." It ain't the most efficient way to raise funds, but it's a very tasty one... and quite popular and effective in that respect.

Sure, the only real way to have the true dining experience these restaurants offer is to go there, but hell... you might not have the budget for a full meal, nor the wardrobe, nor the ability to bring your litter of kids. As a poor, sloppily-dressed dad, I appreciate the opportunity to sample even a weak facsimile of a fancy restaurant's signature dish, because it'll be a few years and a few dozen raises before I'll be able to make a reservation for two.

I would've gone this weekend, but the family was instead sidelined with a flu bug. Also, while "Taste of Honolulu" is fun, it's definitely not cheap. Those $8 sampler plates can add up! Usually I make sure to budget a bit beforehand -- there's nothing sadder than being surrounded by amazing culinary goodies but having only a small stack of scrip in your hand!

Did anyone here actually go? How was it?

Linkmeister
June 27th, 2005, 09:11 AM
Didn't go, but I did wonder why anyone thought it was gonna be compelling TV. Three hours of coverage Saturday night? OY. 'Course, if you look at it like the annual telethons for MD etc., then I guess it fits.

glossyp
June 27th, 2005, 01:55 PM
We went on Sunday (it's kind of like we had to go) and it was okay. The best part is the Times groceries - we bought lots of local produce for less than I think it is at the store. Scrips were .55 each if you bought the sheet of nine 1 sheet=$5. We got a big bag of cucumbers for 1 scrip and very nice melons for 3 scrip each.

Food wise, it was okay. Ciao Mein was very popular with their Schezuan chicken and caeser salad in wonton bowl. Hapa Grill was very popular. Hapa Grill used to be Jurison's Westside Inn and the new owner (who is actually the niece of the original owner) is the daughter of Sassy Kassy lunchwagon family. So, their famous Teri Beef and Mac Choco Brownies were flying out the booth.

pzarquon is right - best to make a budget. Oh, Jasmine Trias was the entertainment so we got to hear her sign live - better than expected!

AbsolutChaos
June 27th, 2005, 05:55 PM
While I enjoyed myself and stuffed myself until my stomach hurt, I can honestly say that it was better in previous years. The food just wasn't as impressive and the portions seemed even smaller than the portions from before. Lots of people when I went on Saturday (early afternoon), but not so many that it was a long wait in line. I probably waited 5 min max in general.

Look forward to seeing how it is next year.

kimo55
June 27th, 2005, 05:56 PM
the portions seemed even smaller than the portions from before.



aaaahhh
they raised their prices..
dayum their eyes!

Palolo Joe
June 29th, 2005, 12:22 AM
A better deal, I think, was Chefs Against Hunger (or something like that). A benefit for the Food Bank at Restaurant Row.

For $65, you got all-you-can-eat from places like 3660, Hiroshi, Side Street, Roy's, etc. PLUS, there was an open bar with martinis/beer/wine.

All you can eat and drink for $65? Sign me up again next year... was worth every cent.

glossyp
June 29th, 2005, 11:06 AM
A better deal, I think, was Chefs Against Hunger (or something like that). A benefit for the Food Bank at Restaurant Row.

For $65, you got all-you-can-eat from places like 3660, Hiroshi, Side Street, Roy's, etc. PLUS, there was an open bar with martinis/beer/wine.

All you can eat and drink for $65? Sign me up again next year... was worth every cent.

We had friends who went and loved it. It was a great deal and we're hoping they'll do it again next year - this time we'll go too. I think it was officially called "Great Chefs Fight Hunger".

AbsolutChaos
June 29th, 2005, 01:01 PM
Drat--I wish I had known how good Chefs against Hunger was going to be. Oh well, hind-sight is 20-20, no?

I'll make sure I go next year. I was debating it this year and then decided against it for various reasons.

pinakboy
June 30th, 2005, 09:04 AM
yah we missed it too... no biggie. we'll try again next year! :p

AbsolutChaos
July 5th, 2005, 05:21 PM
If they're charging an admission fee, more than likely that's the part that's donated to charity.

Miulang

According to the big one page ad in Midweek, TOH "gained $271, 082 in just one weekend." They also say that 100% of that money will support 22 different Easter Seals programs throughout the state. I'm curious to know how much money they made overall...

:p

glossyp
March 11th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Drat--I wish I had known how good Chefs against Hunger was going to be. Oh well, hind-sight is 20-20, no?

I'll make sure I go next year. I was debating it this year and then decided against it for various reasons.
The Great Chefs Fight Hunger fundraiser is earlier this year. Friday March 24 at Restaurant Row on the lawn in front of Hiroshi's and Ruth's Chris. Tickets have gone up to $85 but it is still a great deal and benefits the Hawaii Foodbank. More details including some of the food being served and how to get tickets. (http://www.hawaiidiner.com/articles/article.php?article=368)

AbsolutChaos
March 14th, 2006, 10:44 AM
Along those same lines...

Saturday March 18
Grape Escape Wine Tasting and Fundraiser
--Shanghai Bistro, Discovery Bay
--2:30pm to 5pm
--$40
--"Help raise funds for the American Diabetes Association with wine
tasting, dim sum, and a silent auction. Goodie bags for all."
--www.alphagamhawaii.net/grapescape