Young’s Market Sets Fine Wine & Spirited Events

Young's MarketYoung’s Market Company of Hawaii is pleased to announce its Fine Wine and Spirited Events of April 2012. To follow is an overview of must-experience YMCOH events with brief, pertinent details for each occasion. Follow YMCOH at@youngsmarkethi and on Facebook for additional information. Be in the know and mark your calendars for the following events:

Sunday, April 15, 2012
HYDRATE Aids Walk Pool Party

  • Hilton Prince Kuhio Hotel
  • 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Hydrate ultimate pool party will be the 21st Annual AIDS Walk event. 2010’s Aids Walk attracted more than 5,000 people to Kapiolani Park, which continues to make it the largest fundraiser for the Life Foundation – a non-profit organization who mission is to help people living with HIV an AIDS. The annual semi-day event— organized by Life Foundation – raised a little more than $200,000 in 2010 and is hoping to raise the bar by 15% this year.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
John Heckathorn Memorial Mixology Fundraiser

  • Apartment3
  • 6:00 PM – Midnight
  • Cocktails created by some of John’s favorite bartenders including Dave Newman (Nobu Waikiki), Kyle Reutner (Town), Roxanne Siebert (The Standard), Jonathan Schwalbenitz (Murphy’s), Christian Self (thirtyninehotel), Tim Rita (The Modern) and other members of the USBG. Silent auction, Cocktail sales and tips all will be donated to a scholarship fund in John’s name at HPU where he formerly served as a Professor.
  • For more information:!/events/416874148329377/

Monday, April 16, 2012
Kobrand Italian Wine Dinner

  • Hosted by Ricardo Bosco, Kobrand Italian Wine Specialist
  • Paesano Ristorante in the Waimalu Plaza
  • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, one seating
  • $75 per person, all inclusive 3-course dinner prepared by Chef Gerry Quach with wine-pairings
  • Reservations available at (808) 487-7926, payment required upon reservations with SWAM (Shiroman’s Wine And More)
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation Golf Tournament

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Lancaster Estate Winemaker Dinner

  • Join Jesse Katz, Winemaker, Lancaster Estates (Alexander Valley Sonoma) for a very special Hawaii appearance and dinner
  • Michel’s at the Colony Surf
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunset Reception 6:00 PM
  • Winemaker Dinner 6:30 PM
  • Executive Chef de Cuisine, Eberhard “Hardy” Kintscher
  • $110 per person includes Reception, Three-Course Dinner, Dessert and Wine Pairings
  • Limited seating. Reservations required: (808) 923-6552
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Friday, April 27, 2012
3rd Annual (SIG) Service Industry Golf Tournament

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Taste of the Nation Hawaii Food & Wine Gala

  • Bishop Museum
  • Chef Alan Wong, Honorary Chair
  • 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • General Admission $100 ($125 at the door)
  • 100% of ticket sales support our efforts to end childhood hunger. The event features Hawaii’s hottest and most talented chefs, each paired with a local farm, along with mixology, wine and local beer. The main stage will feature Honolulu’s brightest young entertainers. A silent auction will include exclusive packages and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences, and of course, the exclusive VIP lounge provides an upscale retreat for VIP ticket holders.
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About Christa ‘CW’ Wittmier

Young’s Market Sr. Director of Special Events & Promotions Christa Wittmier, also known as “SuperCW,” is author and publisher of Honolulu’s Nightlife Diaries. She has been identified as a “Key Influencer” from national companies such as Media Temple and Red Bull. Her column “Social Lite” can be found weekly in the Honolulu Weekly. Christa is known for offering a straightforward point of view and has never been interested in monetizing any of her social networks. By day, Christa works as Sr. Director of Special Events & Promotions for Young’s Market Company of Hawaii, handling the activation and logistics for over 200 brands of fine wine, spirits, sake and non-alcohol products.

About Young’s Market Company of Hawaii

Young’s Market Company of Hawaii is a leading wine, spirits, and selected beverages wholesale distributor in Hawaii, operating six facilities throughout the state with a workforce of over 160 employees.  The company represents a portfolio of over 250 suppliers and 1,500 brands in Hawaii.  Young’s Market Company, LLC, is headquartered in California with distributorships in Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Montana, and Alaska.

In 1968, Young’s Market Company, LLC acquired two established wholesale firms; Better Brands, Ltd., and Cereal & Fruit Products.  The main office was located in Kalihi and became the dominant wholesaler on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai.  In 1986, the Company moved its office to its current location in the Waipio Industrial park to support its growth.  Young’s Market Company of Hawaii has received recognition as one of Hawaii’s top 250 companies and continues as a business and community partner.

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Survey Names Top 10 Hawaii Restaurants

Opinionated About DiningThe Opinionated About Dining survey has yielded a list of the Top 100 U.S. Restaurants in the U.S., drawn from over 70,000 reviews submitted by over 3,000 participants — including many food bloggers. And from those reviews, lead author Steve Plotnicki has separately released a list of the best restaurants in Hawaii.

The Opinionated About Dining approach to rating restaurants relies on tapping into the experience and opinions from diners who are passionate about where they eat and who describe how strongly they would recommend a restaurant and why. The methodology further gives weight to different kinds of restaurants and survey participants based on factors such as price point and number of restaurants reviewed.

The surveys that form the basis of the ratings are open to the general public and can be accessed online.

Steve Plotnicki is the author of the Opinionated About dining blog, and the author of “Opinionated About U.S. Restaurants 2011,” He is also the organizer of a number of theme-based dinners that he hosted with Chef Tom Colicchio at Craft, New York and Michael Cimarusti at Providence, Los Angeles.

“If these survey results have shown me anything, it’s that 2012 is and will continue to be an incredible year to dine at some of the most progressive and thoughtful restaurants in recent memory,” says Plotnicki.



La Mer Honolulu, HI



Mama’s Fish House Honolulu, HI



Chef Mavro Honolulu, HI



Alan Wong’s Honolulu, HI



Nobu Waikiki Honolulu, HI



Roy’s Honolulu, HI



Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas Honolulu, HI



Orchids Honolulu, HI



The Lodge at Koele Dining Room Lanai City, HI



Mariposa Honolulu, HI


To participate in the restaurant rating survey or for more information, visit

La Mer at Halekulani

About Steve Plotnicki

Plotnicki’s passion for food has long been an intrinsic part of his life, if not always his career. A native New Yorker, he was a successful guitarist and songwriter before co-founding Profile Records in 1981. Among the artists Plotnicki developed for the label were groundbreaking urban and hip-hop acts such as Run-D.M.C. As his business took off, so did his passion for food, which was further influenced by traveling around the world and visiting a number of acclaimed restaurants. Plotnicki worked in the music and television industries for the next two decades—all the while continuing to expand his culinary vocabulary and experiences. In 2003, he launched a discussion forum, which morphed into his “Opinionated About Dining” blog, a project that established him as one of the most prolific early food bloggers. Initially conceived as a way to share information about his dining experiences with other enthusiasts, “Opinionated About Dining” continued to evolve and attract readers. In 2007, Plotnicki developed a formal survey for readers and fellow diners publishing in 2008 a 56-page booklet on the 100 best restaurants in North America and Europe. After this experience, Plotnicki further refined his surveys with the aim of creating a guidebook that would inspire a community of people for whom dining is a true passion.