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  • Rice is So Nice...And so is Winning a Dinner for Two!

    We had a really “rice” time at the 2011 Hawai‘i Rice Fest this past Sunday (Sept. 11, 2011)! We brought 11 chefs with us to make 12 different tasty rice dishes, all featured in Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi’s The Hawai‘i Book of Rice. Our new Rice Book Gift Sets proved so popular we sold out halfway through the festival! (Cane Haul Road is hard at working printing up more adorable “Ochazuke” dishtowels, so the sets will be back in stock at our online store soon — they’re perfect for gift-giving and a real steal at just $18 for the whole set.)

    Congratulations to Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi of Tokkuri-Tei, the defending Rice-ipe Champion, who edged out (by one hundredth of a point!) Chef Wayne Hirabayashi of the Kahala Hotel & Resort, with his Unagi Donburi Risotto in the Professional Division of the Rice-ipe Cook-off. (Chef Santa’s winning recipe from last year, Seafood Risotto, can be found in our cookbook; this year’s recipe was a new creation for the contest.) In the Amateur Division, Loreen Matsushima took the top honors with her Hurry Curry Fried Rice.

    Take a peek at all the cooking action in our slide show below (click on it to go to the full-size photo gallery), and be sure to take a good look at the 12 different recipes our contributors dished up in competition and demonstrations.

    Leave us a comment here on the blog and tell us which of the “rice-ipes” you’d most like to try. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all the responses to win a great prize!*

    What do you win? Well, Turtle Bay Resort has generously donated a Dinner for Two at Leonardo’s Italian Dining Experience. If you like  Italian food and sharing with your family and friends, this is the right venue for you, featuring house-made pastas, thin crust pizzas, meat and fish dishes, great appetizers and salads and for the finale, miniature “guilt free” desserts!

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    *Contest closes at 11:59PM on September 30, 2011. A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer, stating which of the 12 dishes made by our chefs at Rice Fest  (featured in our slideshow; or see the list here) you would most like to try. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim. Contributing chefs and their immediate families, as well as employees of aio LLC companies and their immediate families are ineligible to win.

  • Have a Rice Day!

    Join us at the 2011 Hawai‘i Rice Festival on Sunday, September 11 at Magic Island! The festival runs 10AM - 6PM, with plenty of entertainment and...rice!

    Contributors to The Hawai‘i Book of Rice will demonstrate recipes and battle it out in the Rice-ipe Contest for cash prizes, rice and bragging rights as the year’s Rice-ipe Champion! Visit the Festival’s website for full details on the entertainment schedule and food vendors.

    Stop by our booth and purchase an autographed copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi. A portion of each book purchased will go to the Festival’s two charitable beneficiaries, the Hawai‘i Foodbank and Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Buy a book and receive a complimentary Book of Rice rice paddle! We’ll also have unique gift sets for sale: just $18 for a copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice, a rice paddle and a Cane Haul Road dish towel featuring an “Ochazuke” design (see photo above; total retail value $24.95)

    Here’s a brief schedule of who, when and what’s cooking (all recipes are featured in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice). Learn more about our competitors and demonstration chefs by clicking on the links!

    11:00am-11:20am - Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
    Chef Kent Thompson and Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto will prepare Chef Kent’s Creamy Korean-Style Musubi (right)

    11:30pm-12:00pm “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division

    Leticia Buhr - Cascaron

    Cathy Nobriga Kim - Cathy’s Curry Shrimp Rice

    Loreen Matsushima - Hurry Curry Fried Rice

    Mao Moeng - Chicken Fried Rice

    Joan Murata – Ono Fried Rice

    12:00pm-12:30pm Judging for “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division
    Judges: John Heckathorn, Nadine Kam, Melissa Chang and Mari Taketa

    12:30pm-1:00pm “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division

    Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri-Tei), Current Rice-ipe Champion! - Quack-quack Risotto (Chef Santa’s winning recipe from last year, Seafood Risotto, is published in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice; this year’s entry is not.)

    Chef Wayne Hirabayashi (Kahala Hotel & Resort) - ‘Ahi Poke Musubi (right)

    Chef Hector Morales (Turtle Bay) - Island-Style Black Bean Rice with Steak (Update: due to a scheduling conflict, Chef Lloyd Kukino of Turtle Bay Resort will stand in for Chef Hector)

    Chef Kent Thompson (retired; formerly of Sam Choy’s Breakfast Lunch & Crab) - Mango Bamboo Sticky Rice Truffle

    1:00pm-1:30pm Judging for “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division

    2:00pm-2:20pm Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
    Chef George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro) and The Cat Dish’s Catherine Toth will prepare Chef Mavro’s Keahole Lobster Risotto

    4:00pm-4:20pm Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
    Chef Craig Erickson (Napili Kai Resort, Sea House Restaurant) and KHON2’s Justin Cruz will prepare Chef Craig’s Pineapple Rice Cake (right)

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