(HawaiiNewsNow) - A new addition to the booming Kaka`ako district aims to create a new table that flips the traditional restaurant model upside down. It's not a restaurant, it's not quite a pop-up, it's more of a venue for everything food. TASTE, Hawaii's first "Food Venue" is set to open this Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. TASTE will be under the direct supervision of Chef Mark "Gooch" Noguchi. TASTE's trio of young business collaborators include Street Grindz creators of Eat the Street, Poni and Brandon Askew; Under My Umbrella, owned and operated by Amanda Corby and Pili Hawaii, a food group recently co-founded by Chef "Gooch" and Corby. The diversity of this crew's talent offers a powerful yet well balanced plate.
TASTE's daily breakfast and lunch menu will feature many of the familiar faces eaters are used to seeing from a lunch truck window or at Eat the Street. During the day expect to find a delicious mix of popular food truck owners, street food vendors and pop up restaurants serving up their own twist on fast, affordable, fresh food.
"This is a great opportunity for Hawaii's food entrepreneurs to have a chance at operating a brick and mortar space without all the risks involved in opening up one of their own" says Poni Askew. Our goals to provide them with a space and the training and knowledge needed to survive in this tough industry.
TASTE will feature a combination of in-house special series meals created by Chef Gooch intermixed with pop-up meals created by guest Chefs. For dinner, think a restaurant turned dinner party. Dinner will be served five days a week (Monday- Sat.) with a fixed menu that will change each day. The menu changes, the chef changes and sometimes so will the furniture.
Most always, there will be a set menu, pre-purchased reservations and an intimate group of diners sampling the featured chef's latest experiment. Chefs already in line to fill the space include Leanne Wong of Food Network's 'Unique Eats', Miso & Ale, and Pig and the Lady.
TASTE will offer cooking classes, Chef demos, tastings, and culinary specific skills training. From workshops such as small-business insurance practices to marketing and sanitation skills, Taste will provide continued education for those interested in legitimizing their food businesses.
Taste is slotted for their official Grand Opening on Saturday, October 27, 2012. To celebrate the evening Chef Mark Noguchi will be serving up a delightful nibbles along with peers from Pig and the Lady and Sweet Bread. A limited amount of tickets will be available for $45 and can be purchase on their website. For Taste's hours, food calendar and future events click HERE! Taste is located at 667 Auahi St in Kaka'ako next to Whole Ox Deli.