The Kahala Hotel & Resort Sizzles with Latin-flavored
Oceanfront Food, Wine & Cigar Event

HONOLULU, HI – (May 13, 2008) – Honolulu’s gold coast adds a delicious Latin accent next month when The Kahala Hotel & Resort hosts the inaugural 2008 Kahala Food & Wine Classic. For two days, the inspired talents of award-winning chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables, Florida; winemaker Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat on California’s Central Coast; and cigar aficionado Michael Herklots from Davidoff of Geneva in New York share center stage with some of Hawaii’s finest.

“The Kahala kicks off summer with sizzling sabor during a weekend filled with sublime cuisine, fine wines and more,” said John Blanco, managing director of The Kahala Hotel & Resort. “Special settings throughout the property will enhance everyone’s enjoyment of The Kahala’s first food and wine event.”

Chef Hutson brings the flavors of her “Cuisine of the Sun” dishes to highlight the evening events as well as a Latin-inspired rooftop cooking class. Jim Clendenen will pair every dish with the handcrafted wines of Au Bon Climat and will also host a wine tasting seminar. Michael Herklots of Davidoff of Geneva will be on hand to discuss the art of the cigar while relaxing after meals.

The two-day 2008 Kahala Food & Wine Classic includes a range of options for resort guests and area residents:

Rhythms of the Night
Friday, June 13; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $145 per person

The beachside opening festivities feature the flavors and flair of chef Cindy Hutson’s “Cuisine of the Sun” accompanied by local culinary icon, chef Amy E. Ferguson. Together with the Kahala culinary team, they will present a five-course menu. Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat Wines and Clendenen Family Vineyards will pair select wines from his 40 labels. Fred Schrader hosts this culinary Rhythm of the Night celebration in an oceanfront tent and walks guests through the courses and wines with Cindy, Amy and Jim. After dinner, cigar aficionados can light up under the stars with their own Davidoff cigars and cognacs.

In Cindy’s Kitchen
Saturday, June 14; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $75 per person

Chef Cindy Hutson leads an interactive cooking class on the rooftop of the Kahala garage. Set in the open air with breathtaking ocean views and décor, each guest will be enchanted by her Latino inspired dishes and flavors. Interact with Cindy as she ignites sugar and spice, and gain hands-on experience paired with exquisite wines and possibly a mojito or two.

Wine-ology with Jim Clendenen
Saturday, June 14; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; $50 per person

Award-winning winemaker Jim Clendenen will host an afternoon of fine wine paired with tapas as he takes guests on a wine tasting journey through the vineyards of Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Vineyards. Guests will hear winemaker secrets from Food & Wine Magazine’s 2001 Winemaker of the Year, while enjoying five specially selected wines from Jim’s library.

Epicuria, a Journey of the Senses
Saturday, June 14; 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $185 per person

Immersed in an oasis of color and warmth, Hoku’s is the perfect backdrop to experience the world of “edible art.” Chef Hutson teams up with The Kahala’s executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi to create a six-course dinner paired with wines from the cellar of Jim Clendenen.

Toes in the Sand…A Cigar Conversation
Saturday, June 14; 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.; $30 per person

Michael Herklots, general manager of Davidoff of Geneva in New York’s Columbus Circle, hosts an enlightening beachside conversation on the art of cigars. In this after dinner experience, guests will enjoy Davidoff cigars, sweets, fruits, chocolates, ports, and cognacs.

Event prices listed above do not include tax and gratuity. For Classic event reservations only, please call 808-739-8760 or email foodandwineclassic@kahalaresort.com. Special room and event packages are available for The 2008 Kahala Food & Wine Classic. For room and Classic event reservations, call 1-800-367-2525 or go to www.kahalaresort.com.


  • Visiting chef Cindy Hutson – Cindy Hutson is a self-taught chef who focuses her culinary talents on the lighter side of fusion cooking. Travels to Jamaica helped hone her unique culinary style, which she refers to as “edible art.” She concentrates on combinations of fish, fruits, vegetables and traditional tropical seasonings. Her first restaurant, Norma’s on the Beach, won acclaim as the best Caribbean restaurant in South Florida. With BET owner Robert Johnson, Cindy opened the first of three Ortanique restaurants in Miami, giving a permanent home to her “Cuisine of the Sun” concept which delves into South American, Asian, Caribbean and American fusion cooking.
  • Visiting chef Amy E. Ferguson – This transplanted Texan has made the Big Island her home since the early 1990s when Amy was the first female executive chef at the then Ritz-Carlton Mauna Lani. The Cordon Bleu-trained chef went back to Dallas to open Baby Routh restaurant, but returned to the islands to be the chef at the Hotel Hana Maui. Amy is an original member of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Group, a chef collaboration to promote the use of fresh island produce and to advance Hawaii cuisine. She continues to be a moving force in the promotion of island cuisine at her O’s Bistro.
  • Visiting winemaker Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat – For nearly 25 years, Jim has made wines to reflect a distinctive style and approach to winemaking. Au Bon Climat wines are carefully handcrafted using grapes from the greatest vineyards in California’s Central Coast region. He brings to The 2008 Kahala Food & Wine Classic specially selected wines from his own library. Jim was 2004 Winemaker of the World for Wein Gourmet, made Food and Wine Magazine’s 2001 Winemaker of the Year, was voted one of 50 most influential winemakers by Wine & Spirits Magazine and was on Oz Clark’s list of 50 Worldwide Creators of Modern Classic Wines. Au Bon Climat is included in Robert Parker’s Best Wineries of the World.
  • Michael Herklots, manager of Davidoff of Geneva in New York – Michael began his career in the retail cigar business in 1998. Today, he regularly travels to the Dominican Republic in his role as general manager of the Davidoff of Geneva’s flagship cigar store in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center. He has hosted numerous events and seminars around the country on enjoying “The Good Life.” He is a teacher of the American Sommelier Association and is a contributing writer for several national publications including The Cigar Report, Smoke Magazine, and Trump.
  • Fred Schrader, Master of Ceremony and co-founder of Colgin-Schrader Cellars – A man of many talents, Fred is responsible for bringing together the key masters of food and wine for this event. A consultant and winemaker, he is best known as co-founder of the Colgin-Schrader Cellars. Today, he still fills his time creating world class wines.
  • Executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi – For the past eight years, executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi has expertly directed The Kahala’s culinary operations, including its five restaurants, banqueting and room service. Trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, this Oahu native was a recipient of a Hotel & Restaurant Union Scholarship. Hirabayashi’s professional experience includes stints at the finest properties in the Pacific Rim such as Raffles Hotel in Singapore, The Ritz-Carlton hotels at Mauna Lani and Laguna Niguel (California) and the Halekulani on Waikiki Beach.
  • Others: Hotelier Charles Sweeney, managing director John Blanco, resort manager Tim Lee.

– About The Kahala –

A secluded, exclusive retreat, the 343-room hotel is on Kahala Beach, a short distance from Waikiki. The Kahala has been Honolulu’s social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their hideaway in Hawai’i.

The Kahala has five restaurants including the award-winning Hoku’s, a spa, and a lagoon that is home to six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is long recognized internationally as an icon among luxury resorts.

For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at www.kahalaresort.com