Creations in Catering garners award
Honolulu's Creations in Catering has been awarded the best-themed-buffet honor in the International Caterer's Association Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence Awards. Owner Mike Rabe and chef Koji Oishi were in Las Vegas earlier this month to pick up the award, which was for a housewarming party for a local bank executive, who had asked for a party that would express both tranquil country living and the home's Asian-style decor.
Creations in Catering called the party, simply, "Zen," and devised a fish pond with a waterfall on a 24-foot buffet table and a menu that featured baked crab yam cake with kataifi, marinated chicken with sweet-sour beets, shellfish ceviche, pineapple potstickers, grilled tofu, uni mango custard cups and yam truffles with sweet-sour plum sauce.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
CHINATOWN'S RESTAURANT EPIC SHUTS DOORS
Restaurant Epic, the Chinatown restaurant at 1131 Nu'uanu that opened with much fanfare Feb. 11, abruptly closed its doors last Thursday.
The controlling interest in the restaurant is held by the owners of Little Village Noodle House, David Chang and Kenneth and Jennifer Chan, with chef Anthony Vierra a minority stockholder.
Vierra continued to serve as executive chef at his family's Grand Cafe & Bakery nearby while running the kitchen at Epic. He said in a prepared statement that he would focus on building the Bakery's dinner business; they'll begin opening for dinner Wednesday-Sunday on April 4 and soon will procure a liquor license.
No word yet on whether Epic will re-open. Neither Chang nor the Chans could be reached for comment.