MW Restaurant Chefs & Chuck Furuya lead Cook & Drink Along with #HFWF presented by Armstrong Produce

HONOLULU, HI (September 12, 2020) – Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) launches ticket sales today for its next virtual Armstrong Produce Presents Cook & Drink Along with #HFWF on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. HST.

Seafood Boil with Chefs Michelle & Wade and Chuck Furuya, M.S., will be a live, interactive cooking class on Zoom with the celebrity chefs behind MW Restaurant, Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Hawaiian Airlines Featured Chef Wade Ueoka. The chef duo will teach viewers the step-by-step process to prepare a southern-style seafood and sausage boil with fresh ingredients: Kona lobster, Kauai shrimp, clams, potatoes, corn, sausage, carrots and more.

Hawaiian Airlines Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya will curate and lead a special tasting with Ancient Peaks Shell Seeker Chardonnay, made exclusively for Hawaiian Airlines First Class menu, for the Drink Along portion. Then, the class will end with a live audience Q&A.

Attendees on Oahu can participate by purchasing special meal kit for two with the prepped ingredients for pick up from MW Restaurant, day-of the event. The kit includes ahi poke nachos as the pupu, along with the boil ingredients: one lobster, six shrimp, one pound of clams, sausage and more. The seafood boil kit can be purchased with or without a bottle of Ancient Peaks Shell Seeker Chardonnay.

Those who wish to join the event without the meal kit and wine, can register for the virtual class ticket for $25, inclusive of taxes and fees. A list of ingredients will be shared with these ticket holders to purchase ahead of time and participate live.

Quantities are limited. Proceeds will benefit the Kokua Ag & Culinary Fund, which supports the agricultural, culinary and hospitality industries that have been affected by COVID-19 in Hawaii.

“The Cook & Drink Along with #HFWF series is a way for us to bring the HFWF culinary experience into people’s homes during COVID-19” said Denise Yamaguchi, CEO of Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. “We are able to still give back to those in food and hospitality that are struggling in the pandemic, while creating bringing people together through food.”

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HFWF is producing a bi-weekly virtual event series in two different formats to precede the tentative fall HFWF20 event schedule: Cook & Drink Along with #HFWF and Talk Story & Pau Hana with #HFWF events with a moderated panel discussion followed by local music entertainment. Both virtual events include a cocktail, wine or beer pairing.

Tickets to Seafood Boil with Chefs Michelle & Wade and Chuck Furuya, M.S., start at $135 with the kit for two people, inclusive of taxes and fees, available at www.HFWF.me.

Stay connected with the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival via www.HFWF.me or follow HFWF on Twitter/Instagram @HIFoodWineFest and Facebook at hawaiifoodandwinefestival for more information on upcoming events.

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, sommeliers, mixologists, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival showcases culinary experiences, wine tastings, cultural engagement and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the State’s bounty of fresh, local produce, seafood, beef, poultry and spices. Since 2011, the festival has given nearly $3 million to support local beneficiaries committed to culinary and agricultural education, sustainability and cultural programs in Hawaii.