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Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Matt Goto
Occupation: Director of On Premise Sales, Southern Wines and Spirits Were you born and raised in Hawaii? Yes. I grew up in a few different...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Chuck Furuya
Master Sommelier Did your wine passion begin when you started working in restaurants? Yes, really, I think it did. My true beginning was really way...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Poni Askew
Founder and CEO, Street Grindz Where were you born and raised? Born in Waialua, and then my family moved to the big city of Wahiawa....

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Jamie Chvosta
General Manager Jose’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, Kaimuki Despite your name, I know you were born and raised here. (Laughs) Yes, my husband is Czech....

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Mike Swerdlof
Occupation: General Manager, Azure Restaurant, Waikiki Where were you born and raised? I was born in American Samoa. My mom is originally from Hawaii, so...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Dana Holck
General Manager and Vice President, Turtle Bay Resort and Spa You grew up in Hawaii, moved away and recently returned. What prompted both moves? After...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Terry Kakazu
HASR Bistro/Wine Bar, Chinatown Where were you born and raised? I was raised in Kapahulu. Went to Kaimuki High School and was the first female...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Andre Moraes
Owner, Tropical Tribe 1637 Kapiolani Blvd. Where were you born and raised? San Paolo, Brazil. I came to Hawaii to study English, and I was...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Darren Asato
Captain, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Waikiki Where were you born and raised? I was born in Okinawa – my dad was in the military – but pretty...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Colin Nishida
Owner, Side Street Inn In our popular F&B Focus, one question seems to be the most interesting for readers and interviewees alike:”What’s always in your...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Daniel Bruce
Bartender at Ruth’s Chris Steak House Honolulu Born and raised? Kailua, Oahu. Did you imagine a career in the food and beverage industry? Never. When...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Garret Kamei
General Manager, the Willows restaurant Were you born and raised here? Born in Honolulu, went to Kailua High School and then to UH-Manoa to study...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Kunani Blake
General Manager, Romano’s Macaroni Grill Were you born in Hawaii? Yes, born in Waimea on Kaua’i, and I went back and forth a lot between...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Jonathon Lee
Owner, Dish-Go Restaurant, 2494 S. Beretania St. Where were you born and raised? I was born in Korea. I came to Hawaii when I was...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Kenwei Chong
Owner, La Gelateria, Cedar Street As we head into one of your busiest periods, can you tell us what kind of seasonal gelatos we can...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Dana Bergman
Owner, Island Olive Oil, Ward Centre Where were you born and raised? Born in Denver, but I’m a bit of a traveling Wilbury. My family...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Grace Simon
Occupation: Mid City Restaurant Supply, Saleswoman Where were you born and raised? Korea. I came to Hawaii when I was a baby. Did you grow...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // John Memering
Chef/owner Cactus Bistro, Kailua Where were you born and raised? Eugene, Ore. Did you grow up around people who loved to cook? Yes, definitely. Both...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Dave Newman
Owner/Operator of Pint and Jigger Where were you born and raised? North Hollywood, Calif. I came to Hawaii about six years ago. To open Nobu,...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Bryan Ashlock
Food and Beverage Director Turtle Bay Resort and Spa Where were you born and raised? I was born in Rosieres-en-Haye. It’s about 200 miles from...

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