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Farm Feature, July 13

By Dagny Brand “The sweetness you’re tasting is from the flowers you see around you,” said Yuki Uzuhashi, owner of Manoa Honey & Mead (MHM), when asked about the essence of his 100% local products. Since its takeover in 2014, Yuki and Erika Uzuhashi’s honey farm has used only local ingredients to bring out the flavors of Hawaii in both their honey and their mead. Mead is a fermented honey wine. MHM introduced their mead to the market this past May. Mr. Uzuhashi described the liquor as the...

Talk Story Takeout with Jo McGarry

By Evelyn Kim Twenty years ago when Jo McGarry moved from Scotland to Hawaii, she launched Gusto Magazine. It was a natural progression from her previous project of running a lovely soup and sandwich bar in Edinburgh. The magazine opened doors for her to meet the top chefs in Hawaii and gain a firm grip on the restaurant industry here. While empowering restaurants editorially through Gusto magazine, she observed a huge gap in specialty help for restauranteurs. Also equipped with a commercial...

Food-A-Go-Go to Promote Restaurants Reopening Dine-In Service

Website will list restaurants with new “WE’RE OPEN” designation   Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) announced that it will list restaurants reopening for dine-in service with a new “We’re Open” designation on its FoodAGoGo.org website, starting with the counties of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi and Maui, which are allowing restaurants to open today. Food-A-Go-Go is a community initiative by HAF, providing the general public with the latest up-to-date information on restaurants amid the COVID-19...

Your Restaurant Social Media Guide from Food-A-Go-Go

With take-out and delivery being the main channel for delivery since the Coronavirus pandemic, establishing a digital presence and building a virtual community around a restaurant brand will be more important.  Here is a basic guide of how to get started or improve your optimizing your current account!   Starting an account Make your profile public and sign up for an Instagram business account. Make your handle (Instagram name @xyz) recognizable. Include your website link in your bio with...

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Farm Feature, July 13

Farm Feature, July 13

Manoa Honey Company is a beekeeping company based on O’ahu Island, Hawaii. Yuki and Erika Uzuhashi’s honey farm has used only local ingredients to bring out the flavors of Hawaii in both their honey and their mead.

Food-A-Go-Go | Restaurant Insider, June 18

Food-A-Go-Go | Restaurant Insider, June 18

The City and County of Honolulu announced that an additional $25 million has been added to the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund, bringing the total funds provided for this program to $50 million. With the changes, the threshold of eligible businesses is increased to 50 or fewer employees and less than $2 million in annual revenue to allow more small businesses to apply.

Businesses registered with the Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and sole proprietors are eligible for the one-time reimbursement for expenses up to $10,000.

Eligible Expenses include: Rent, Utilities, Payroll, Physical Distancing Measures.

WATCH: The Community Movement to #SaveHawaiiBusinesses, June 18

WATCH: The Community Movement to #SaveHawaiiBusinesses, June 18

As shared in our Monday newsletter, many restaurants are being forced to close their doors for good. Due to months of closed dining rooms, new operating restrictions and essentially a nonexistent tourist market, Hawai‘i will continue to see impacts to the hospitality industry.

“Be vocal, support local” is the call to action that local business owner, Thomas Ray of Square Barrels, is asking of the community to support independent local businesses and help them stay in operation.

Talk Story Takeout with Jo McGarry

Talk Story Takeout with Jo McGarry

Twenty years ago when Jo McGarry moved from Scotland to Hawaii, she launched Gusto Magazine. It was a natural progression from her previous project of running a lovely soup and sandwich bar in Edinburgh. The magazine opened doors for her to meet the top chefs in Hawaii and gain a firm grip on the restaurant industry here. While empowering restaurants editorially through Gusto magazine, she observed a huge gap in specialty help for restauranteurs. Also equipped with a commercial real estate license as a broker for CBRE, Jo naturally progressed into forming her own restaurant advisory company called Mojo (mojomcgarry.com). Her company helps clients with everything from initial concept planning, how to find a restaurant space, and everything else required to open a restaurant.

Food-A-Go-Go sits down with Jo for an open discussion about industry insights and current issues.

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