Eat your heart out for this season of X’s and O’s. With Valentine’s Day a kiss away, the annual Quisine of Hearts event at the Hilton Waikoloa Village will be setting the mood for all lovers and friends.

Every year, with the help of local culinary students and chefs, the Big Island hotel whips up this feast of love; love for your significant other and love for food that’ll surely tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Judging by the menu of bruschetta and eggs benedict, guests will be plenty full by the end of the day.

And what’s Valentine’s without chocolates? I love how the event brings in local chefs, bakers and choclatiers – including the award-winning pastry chef Eddie Enjardo. He’ll be whipping up a heart-shaped mousse made with local dark chocolate, ginger, oranges and macadamia nuts. If that’s not an aphrodisiac for you, love birds, then I don’t know what is!

Perhaps flowers for your sweetheart? There’ll be a silent auction of floral arrangements and fancy catered dinners. I personally can’t wait to see what the kids come up with when they present their cookies and cakes for sale.

Because it’s a classy event at a fancy hotel, the tickets are a little pricey. It’s $45 for adults and $20 for children. Yes, the keiki are welcomed to join. In fact, I remember a few times going with my parents on their V-Day date nights. It turned out to be a nice family dinner!

Q’SUINE OF HEARTS • Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI 96738 • • Tickets $45 adults $20 children

Photo Courtesy: Fern Gavelek Communications


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