On July 22, as part of the yearlong celebration of the 10th anniversary of supporting wishes for wish children in Hawaii, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa hosted a premiere event called Dishes for Wishes. Part of the "Good Taste Series," this exclusive culinary retreat featured a grand five-course dinner for one night only, as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
The menu featured exquisite creations from four accomplished chefs: Lee Anne Wong, Chai Chaowasaree, Takeshi Kawasaki and Joseph Rose. At the reception, guests were also invited to review and vote for their favorite dishes from seven talented up-and-coming Hyatt chefs as part of Hyatt's third annual The Good Taste Series competition. Wish kid Chandler, who would discover she would soon be leaving on her wish come true (a trip to Japan!), was able to enjoy professionally made sushi for the first time since her diagnosis with osteosarcoma; and even received a professional sushi chef jacket to mark the first day of her wish journey to happiness and recovery.
The special evening united sponsors, guests, chefs and a very special wish family to support more children like Chandler who need the strength and hope of a wish come true.
Mahalo nui loa to everyone who contributed to Dishes for Wishes, including Micah Suderman of Southern Wine and Spirits, Marisa Hallsted, slack-key guitarist Danny Carvalho
and especially Chef Sven and the entire Hyatt team!
Photos courtesy of Keith Uehara