I dressed into my tux with red trimmings, but still had an hour, so went up to the Leahi Club for a glass of wine:
Then on to the Halekulani for the traditional ceremonies, led by Bruce Liebert in the middle:
We started with a NV Chartogne-Taillet Brut Cuvee Sainte Anne Merfy Champagne with assorted hors d'oeuvres. The first course was cured duck on rare foie gras and persimmons, with a 2010 Domaine de l'Alliance Sauternes:
This was probably the highlight dish of the night. The second course was lobster, caviar and truffle on grits, with 2008 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits Blanches.
I scraped off the gold, caviar and truffles to taste, because I'm allergic to crustaceans The next course was a white fish, legine austral and orange carrot essence, with a 2011 Meyer-Fonne Gewürztraminer Dorfburg Vielles Vignes. Okay.
The real loser was the prime strip loin with braised mushrooms and bordelaise sauce, plus a 2008 Col Solare red wine.
First, our whole table wondered about the extreme rare quality, and a couple sent it back for frying. There was only a butter knife, so cutting the beef was a problem. After you somehow got it into an edible piece, it was too tough. I can't believe the Halekulani allows this!
Dessert and mignardises:
There was a sense that the quality of this feast was inferior. Sitting to my left were Qi and John: