“We are the great Hilo Vikings. Mysterious and strong seafarers. Noble in our cause from the shores of Hilo Bay. We have bravely set out over treacherous waters to conquer, pillage, and dominate somewhere deep in our memories. We remember the ancient ways of the Hilo Vikings. This is why we are drawn back here tonight. Together by a deep seeded urge. A urge so powerful we don’t even question it. Our fight. We long for it. Tonight we celebrate as vikings.”
The above statement was the first thing that I read when I opened up the program to the Bite of Hilo. It sounded a bit like the opening narration to an epic movie. No movie here, instead, the Hilo High School Foundation put together a night of epic grinds suitable for Vikings near and far.
Volunteers transformed the Pagodo Hotel into a mini Big Island for the inaugural Bite of Hilo. The event featured a diverse selection of dishes prepared by native Hilo chefs, including Top Chef alum, Chef Sheldon Simeon.
Migrant’s Chef Simeon made Pohole Salad and Checken Hekka. I really enjoyed the Chicken Hekka.
Chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chef Chai’s made Thai Steak Salad with Big Island Beef.
Don’s Grill had one of the most popular dishes of the night with their grass fed Big Island Beef Loco Moco with Hamakua Mushroom Gravy. Delicious!
My favorite dish of the night was the poke salad from the Mountain Apple Brand and Kulana Food.
Nori’s Saimin served mini cups of their famous Hilo saimin.
Hilo Burger Joint and Hawaii Island Gourmet made lilikoi glazed Big Island Beef sliders with Puna goat cheese and fresh arugula.
More from Kulana Foods, this is a hefty portion of the Mountain Apple Brand Pipikaula Poke.
And for dessert, people were lining up for the mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen. Is there anything better than Two Ladies Kitchen’s strawberry mochi?
Nori’s shared some of their chocolate mochi.
The Punaluu Bake Shop flew in a variety of cookies.
Big Island Candies came with a lot of chocolate samples, but one dessert stood out…their Lemon Brownies, which is not yet available in stores.
Lots of people showed up to show their support for the Hilo Vikings and the Hilo High School Foundation.
Like what you see? Save the date for next years Bite of Hilo event on May 21, 2016.