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Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014 CHOPSTICKS AND WINE

CHOPSTICKS AND WINE
HONOLULU, HAWAII

Was lucky to get two tickets to the Chopsticks and Wine event held at the Honolulu Convention Center.  Tickets are $125 each and they always sell out.  The doors open at 6:00 PM and there is unlimited food and wine until 8:30 or whenever they run out.  We arrived around 6:30 because the parking lot was backed up really bad.  Recommend you get here early next year.  You enter Chopsticks and Wine to find a huge table of wine glasses.  You can grab one off the table or purchase a premium glass for $10.  All proceeds from this event go to the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce so I bought the nice glasses.  We started to sample wines and I tell you most were pretty good.  Enjoyed a few glasses from Napa, Spain, Italy, Australia and France.  There a probably a dozen food stations with small plates from some really good restaurants.  The lines for some of the food were just too long so I did not get to try them all.  Seating is also limited and it is hard to hold a wine glass and eat while standing.  There is a VIP seating area with tables but I have no idea what it cost to get a table there.  I liked bouncing all over the large room.  We would grab a glass of wine and then cruise around until we met people or saw friends.  The vino really started rolling around 8:00 and then right when we are having fun the thing ended.  Really enjoy this event and hope to be back again next year.  Only wish they had more tables and a few more hours to party.  Plus I wish it were on a Friday or Saturday night rather than a work night.  Click link below for more information

ENTRANCE TO CHOPSTICKS AND WINE AT THE HONOLULU CONVENTION CENTER 
HOLLYWOOD WAS THE THEME FOR THIS YEARS EVENT
GRAB A WINE GLASS AND LET THE FUN BEGIN
A LARGER PREMIUM WINE GLASS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR $10
THE BEAUTY QUEENS
SOLD OUT EVENT AGAIN THIS YEAR
TABLES RESERVED FOR COMPANIES AND GROUPS
RESTAURANT NAMES ILLUMINATED ABOVE FOOD STATIONS
SILENT AUCTION IN THE MIDDLE OF BALLROOM
FORGOT WHAT THIS STUFF WAS
A LITTLE BIT OF REDS
TRY ONE OR ALL
NICE SELECTION OF WHITE AND RED WINES
CHICKEN AND PASTA FROM ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL
RUTH CHRIS STEAK HOUSE STATION
LOVED THE RUTH CHRIS FILET OF BEEF AND MASHED POTATOES
OYSTERS
OYSTERS WERE AMAZING
PORK BELLY 
A LITTLE MORE WINE PLEASE
CHEZ KENZO SERVED UP SOME NICE UNI PASTA
UNI PASTA
GYOTAKU SERVED UP ONE OF MY FAVORITE DISHES OF THE NIGHT
SEARED AHI TUNA AND SALAD WITH JAPANESE DRESSING FROM GYOTAKU
WORKED ARE WAY OVER TO THE MARIPOSA TABLE
MARIPOSA SERVED UP SOME LARGE PIECES OF SALMON

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