Down Under at Aloha Tower: Sample Australia's finest cuisine without getting on a plane
By Honolulu Advertiser Staff, June 20, 2007
Can't afford a vacation Down Under? The Australian American Chamber of Commerce is offering the next best thing: a tasting of dishes by leading chefs from Melbourne at "Melbourne — Under the Stars" Saturday at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Melbourne is said to be the food and wine capital of Australia, and among the guest chefs will be 2002 Good Food Awards chef of the year Paul Wilson. Also on hand will be Ian Curley of The European and The Supper Club, and Harry Lalai of Cecconi's Cantina.
And the event will offer an opportunity to experience the pooled talents of Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido, whose new restaurant,‘Elua, recently opened.
Restaurants: Helping Out
By Jo McGarry, Honolulu Advertiser, June 6, 2007
I believe that the restaurant industry is the backbone of our community. When we celebrate good things in our lives, we do it with food. And when we need help with fundraising, it is to the restaurant industry we turn. And that fundraising contributes greatly to things that really matter.
This was made abundantly clear to me last Friday at the opening of‘Elua, the new restaurant collaboration between chefs Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido. The event was a fundraiser (what else?) for the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, where Keith Kiuchi, co-owner of‘Elua, is the president of the board of directors.
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One of the original 12 Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs, Philippe Padovani, has joined forces with Donato Loperfido (you may recall Loperfido as the chef-owner of the Manoa spot, Donato's, which closed in 2006) to open a restaurant and wine bar in the spot recently occupied by L'Uraku (1341 Kapi'olani Blvd., Honolulu). The new restaurant will be called 'Elua Restaurant & Wine Bar. The chefs have come up with a unique strategy—Padovani and Loperfido will not be working together in the kitchen, but will alternate cooking responsibilities. This approach allows both to pursue their other business interests.
Padovani, Loperfido in joint venture
By Wanda A. Adams, Honolulu Advertiser, April 6, 2007
After a long culinary lull, with few restaurant openings, the scene is perking up.
Two of the Islands' best-known chefs, Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido, have partnered to create a new restaurant,‘Elua ("Two"), in the former L'Uraku site on Kapi'olani Boulevard.
Food & Beverage Focus: Keith Kiuchi
By Jo McGarry, Honolulu Advertiser, March 23, 2007
Keith Kiuchi has a lot on his plate these days. In addition to chairing the KalihiPalama Health Center board as the center expands, the Honolulu-based attorney, who is also a part owner of the BLIMPIE franchise, is taking on a project with two of the city’s best chefs. Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido will open ‘Elua in May, under the watchful eye of Kiuchi.
Occupation: Attorney and co-owner of the new ‘Elua Restaurant & Wine Bar. I’m also responsible for the wine list at ‘Elua.
How did you get involved in the restaurant business?
My law partner and I bought the rights to the BLIMPIE Subs and Salads chain in Hawaii in 1997. We thought that even though we were attorneys, we could do a better job than the previous owners. I was asked to do legal work for Chef Philippe and Chef Donato because we owned the BLIMPIE chain in Hawaii and thus had some knowledge of the restaurant industry.
Have you always been interested in food?
Yes. I started cooking when I was in the Boy Scouts, and ever since then I’ve been interested in cooking.
Do you cook much at home?
Yes, I usually do the cooking at home. I love trying new and different recipes.
I know you’re a great wine lover. What sparked that interest?
Buying a small book called Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine so I wouldn’t look like a clod when I ordered wine when I went out for dinner at a restaurant. That book really got me interested in trying different wines. It’s funny going from a small pocket encyclopedia to running Philippe’s wine list, which at one point had more than 800 different selections.
Talented duo teams up. . .
By Jo McGarry, Honolulu Advertiser, March 16, 2007
If it’s true that two heads are better than one, then the hottest restaurant spot in the city is destined to be over at 1341 Kapiolani Blvd., at the site of the former L’Uraku restaurant. Out are the painted umbrellas (thank goodness), and in are European-style furnishings, lots of local ingredients and two of Honolulu’s most talented chefs.
Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido have teamed up to open ‘Elua Restaurant and Wine Bar. They hope to open May 4 with a fundraiser for Kalihi Palama Health Center.
“We are very good friends,” Loperfido says of his relationship with Padovani. “We’ve worked together at Chef Series events, and during them we realized that we work well in the kitchen.”
Restaurateurs expand empire with 'Elua, side ventures
By Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 14, 2007
THE two-chefs-one-kitchen venture 'Elua Restaurant & Wine Bar will open in early May in the old L'Uraku space on Kapiolani Boulevard.
It was first reported here Feb. 13 that Hawaii chefs Donato Loperfido and Philippe Padovani planned to open a restaurant together.
Wine will be a focus of the restaurant, which will feature a 24-spigot cruvinet and offer by-the-glass pairings with its menu of trendy small-plates and traditional entrees. The average check will be $35 per person without beverages.
'Elua will serve lunch Monday through Friday and may expand service to the weekends. Dinner and a late night menu of savory and dessert dishes will be served nightly.
Opening is targeted for May 5, if renovations go according to plan.
'Elua's partners are hiring and want to mentor college and high school students exploring culinary careers -- but only those "with big ambition ... the ones who really have a passion," Loperfido said.
Both chefs' professional plates are overflowing, with 'Elua and expansion of each's own empire.