Events / Taste America


Wed, December 08, 2021

5:00 PM
Mad Bene
Price: $330 per pair (single tickets not available) Tickets sales for this event are now closed.

Mad Bene
4450 Kapolei Parkway, #540
Kapolei, HI 96707

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. First Seating for Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 P.M. Second Seating for Dinner

A national dining event celebrating your local restaurant community.
Taste America, presented by Capital One, is a nationwide initiative to bring together chefs and diners to support the local restaurants rebuilding a more sustainable and equitable industry.

The dinner at Mad Bene will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chefs Bao Tran of Mad Bene and Robynne Maii of Fête will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles, and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the Kapolei/Honolulu community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.



Bao Tran
Mad Bene
Kapolei, HI


Robynne Maii

PYP > Rabbit Hole Heigold Bourbon with Solerno, Lemon, and Orange

Kona Brewing Hawaii Big Wave Golden Ale

White Claw® Hard Seltzer (Black Cherry or Mango)

Housemade Antipasti
** Contains dairy, eggs, fish, gluten and nuts

Breadshop’s Mushroom Focaccia with Truffled Kerrygold Butter
** Contains dairy and gluten

Kualoa-Grown Shrimp Fritti with Herbed Marinara, Arugula Pesto, Green Garlic Aïoli, and Lemon
** Nut-free; contains alliums, gluten, pasteurized egg yolk, and shellfish; vegan and gluten-free option available

Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC NV

Spaghetti Frutti di Mare with Slipper Lobster, Samoan Crab, Tako, Opihi, and Pipipi
**Dairy-free and nut-free; contains cephalopod, gluten, and shellfish

Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC NV

Spaghetti Pomodoro with Ho Farm’s Tomatoes, ‘Strattu, and Basil
**Vegan and nut-free; contains gluten

Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC NV

Roasted Dry-Aged Duck with Kahumana Farm’s Parsnip and Stuffed Cabbage
**Gluten-free and nut-free, contains dairy

Planeta La Segreta Il Rosso NV

Lion’s Mane Mushroom Piccata with Brown Butter, Lemon, Caper Leaves, and Berries
**Vegetarian, nut-free, and gluten-free; contains dairy

Planeta La Segreta Il Rosso NV

Chunky-Misu > Bianca Gianduja Mascarpone Mousse with St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur –Soaked Savoiardi, Brûléed Apple Bananas, and Hazelnut Florentine Cookie
** Contains dairy, gluten, and nuts; vegan and gluten-free option available

Flight of Rabbit Hole whiskeys
Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Dareringer Straight Bourbon Whiskey (finished in PX sherry casks)

Featured Beverage Partners
Kona Brewing Hawaii
Rabbit Hole Distillery
Republic National Distributing Company of Hawaii
White Claw® Hard Seltzer

Menu is subject to change. Guests must be 21 years+ with a valid ID to attend the event.

Through our Open for Good campaign, the James Beard Foundation is committed to helping independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term.


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