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  • INSPIRED FOOD: The Roots of Hawai'i Cuisine

    Watermark Publishing and Alan Wong's Restaurants are pleased to collaborate with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i to present an event honoring mothers (and all those other women who raised us) and their role in our food heritage.

    Inspired Food: The Roots of Hawai'i Cuisine, a brunch & talk-story with Chef Alan Wong & Arnold Hiura will take place Saturday, April 27 (10AM - 1:30PM) at the JCCH Manoa Grand Ballroom. This limited-seating event will include a talk-story presentation by Chef Alan and Arnold on the roots of Hawai'i cuisine and the roles their own mothers' food played in their lives.

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    This will be a fun and unique way to celebrate Mother's Day a little early -- ahead of all the crowds!

    This event is a fundraiser for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i; proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Center. Seating is limited to 200 guests; individual tickets are $125, or reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $2,000.

    Each ticket includes:

    • Brunch (tasting stations by Alan Wong's; entrée selections prepared by Pagoda Floating Restaurant; coffee by Pavaraga Coffee and chocolate truffles by Choco Le'a)
    • Choice of either Chef Alan's The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong OR Arnold Hiura's Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands

    Table purchases also include reserved seating; open seating for individual tickets. To purchase tickets, call (808) 945-7633 or email info@jcch.com.

    Chef Alan and Arnold will be autographing books following their presentation; additional copies of their books will also be available for purchase, to help benefit the Center.

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  • Grab a Gift

    We sort of hate to bring this up, but the holidays are right around the corner...if you’d like to take care of your holiday shopping from the comfort of your desk chair, Watermark Publishing is here to help.

    Our ultra-popular Hawaii Book of Rice book + dish towel + rice paddle Gift Sets are back in stock, and we’ve added some new gift items: a Kau Kau set that includes a Cane Haul Road dishtowel + an assortment of crack seed and comes packaged in a white “plate lunch” box; and the new Splash of Aloha cookbook from Kapiolani Community College (coming out next week) set which includes a book + Cane Haul Road towel.

    We also have Chef Alan Wong’s exclusive Blue Tomato logo items (only available through us or at his King Street restaurant), which you can mix and match with his award-winning book The Blue Tomato and/or gift certificates to his Oahu restaurants.

         

    Kau Kau Gift Set

    Includes a copy of the award-winning Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands by Arnold Hiura; a white Cane Haul Road dishtowel with a dark purple "Kau Kau" design; and an assorted selection of "crack seed" (not pictured).

    Price: $45 // SALE: $40
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    Splash of Aloha Gift Set

    Includes a copy of A Splash of Aloha by Kapiolani Community College and a white Cane Haul Road dishtowel with a red and black "She Sells Sashimi" design.

    Price: $22 // SALE: $18
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    Book of Rice Gift Set

    Includes a copy of The Hawaii Book of Rice: Tales, Trivia and 101 Great Recipes by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi; a plastic rice paddle (not pictured); and a white Cane Haul Road dishtowel with a red "Ochazuke" design.

    Price: $22 // SALE: $20
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    Chef Alan Wong's The Blue Tomato Gift Items

    Chef Alan Wong's line of Blue Tomato merchandise is available exclusively via our online store and at Alan Wong's Honolulu. Available logo items include koa bookmarks, mugs and tote bags. Receive a discount on logo items when you purchase The Blue Tomato.

    GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL: Save 25% onThe Blue Tomato when you purchase gift certificates to Alan Wong's Honolulu (Chef Alan's King Street flagship restaurant) or The Pineapple Room at Macy's Ala Moana. Gift certificates available in $50 increments; must be purchased with a copy of The Blue Tomato.

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    These offers valid only at our online store.

  • Chef Alan Wong’s The Blue Tomato Wins Prestigious IACP Culinary Award

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    Watermark Publishing is pleased to announce that the The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong by Chef Alan Wong, co-written by Arnold Hiura, has been named the “Chefs & Restaurants” category winner in the 26th Annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards. The Blue Tomato’s fellow nominees in the category were Home Cooking with Jean-Georges by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by Chefs Frederic Morin and David McMillan, and Meredith Erickson. To see the full list of finalists and nominees in all 18 Award categories, visit the IACP website.

    Says Wong: “It took many hands, many minds, and a lot of teamwork to produce The Blue Tomato. I'm honored, and proud of the recognition for the entire team. The Blue Tomato represents a lot of what happens within our restaurants, so I'm very happy for our entire team because they live it every day.” Read more from Wong on his blog.

    The IACP awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in the culinary industry; its Cookbook Awards are among the most prestigious in the industry. Past honorees have included Rick Bayless, Mark Bittman, Dorie Greenspan, Thomas Keller and Julia Child. The 2012 Awards were given out in 18 categories. The Blue Tomato and the other award winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 2 in New York during a gala event as part of IACP’s annual conference.

    The Blue Tomato previously received the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Cookbooks, the top award in the category, as well as an Honorable Mention for Design from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, and was one of three nominees for the 2011 Samuel M. Kamakau Hawai‘i Book of the Year Award.

    A founding chef and renowned master of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Alan Wong is known the world over for his creative, cutting-edge cuisine. A 1996 winner of the James Beard Award, he is a tireless ambassador for Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine and a leader in America’s farm-to-table movement. Chef Alan worked previously at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Lutèce in New York City and The CanoeHouse on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1995 he opened Alan Wong’s Restaurant—now Alan Wong’s Honolulu—and, in 1999, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, also in Honolulu. The Blue Tomato is his second cookbook.

    Connect with The Blue Tomato via Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheBlueTomato) or via Twitter (@bluetomato808).

    The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong is priced at $40.00 (ISBN 978-1-9356900-7-8) and is available at bookstores, other retail outlets and online booksellers, or direct from the publisher at www.thebluetomato.net.

    Watermark Publishing is a Honolulu, Hawaii, book publishing company. Established in 1999, Watermark Publishing has produced a number of award-winning books—including children’s books, memoirs, biographies and cookbooks—specializing in titles that celebrate Hawai‘i’s unique, “mixed plate” culture.

  • Chef Alan Wong Cooking Demo at Williams-Sonoma

    Chef Alan Wong will conduct a culinary technique demonstration, drawing from dishes in his newest cookbook, The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong, on Saturday, October 8 at the Williams-Sonoma store at Ala Moana Center. Chef Alan will discuss culinary principles from The Blue Tomato and demonstrate various techniques utilized in his recipes. The demonstration will last approximately 40 minutes and will be followed immediately by a book signing session; copies of The Blue Tomato will be available for purchase at Williams-Sonoma.

    Culinary Technique Demonstration with Chef Alan Wong
    Saturday, October 8
    1pm – 2:30pm
    Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center
    (808) 951-0088

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