The bake sale, seriously upgraded
We're all familiar with the homespun bake sale, but when MW Restaurant's award-winning pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka gathers a few of her besties together, you just know it'll be a bake sale to remember.
The inaugural Baker Faire took place Saturday at MW, where Karr said she always wanted to do a bake sale.
"There are all kinds of food events around town, but none featuring just pastry chefs," she said, while presiding over a table filled with her baklava, pineapple crostata and truffles.
Pastries, croissants and bread by Halekulani's Mark Freischmidt, Kimberly Oi of Pili Group, Chris Sy of Breadshop, Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Cafe, Alison Yokouchi of The Pig and The Lady, and Alejandro Briceno, formerly of Prima and V-Lounge, sold for about $3 to $5 per item, offered fair-style, with scrip purchased up front.
The event started at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to run until 1 p.m. or until items sold out — but if you thought you could leisurely stroll in at 11:30 a.m. you were out of luck. Most people opted for the $40 per box option, so pastries went quickly.
With the event's success, Karr-Ueoka said she's hoping to set up another event in October and one just in time for the holidays in December, aiming for a larger venue.
MW Restaurant is at 1538 Kapiolani Boulevard. Entrance on Makaloa Street. Call (808) 955-6505.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.