New Cattleya wine bar at Orchids

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SOMEWHERE… NOW WHEN YOU THINK OF ORCHIDS AT THE HALEKULANI – A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF THEIR AMAZING SUNDAY BRUCH – AND RIGHTFULLY SO BECAUSE IT IS OUTSTANDING.. BUT NOW – ORCHIDS HAS A NEW WINE BAR – CALLED CATT-LE-YA… JOINING US THIS MORNING – IS KEITH MALLINI – ORCHIDS MANAGER… AND CHRISTIAN TESTA – ORCHIDS CHEF DE CUISINE… ROSS: 1. Q-WHAT IS CATT-LE-YA? KEITH MALLINI, ORCHIDS MANAGER CHRISTIAN TESTA, ORCHIDS CHEF DE CUISINE A-CATTLEYA IS A GENUS OF ORCHID – RARE AND BEAUTIFUL, BEFITTING NAME FOR OUR NEWLY OPENED WINE BAR AT ORCHIDS RESTAURANT. CATTLEYA FEATURES A CASUAL SPACE TO ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE, COCKTAIL AND A LIGHT SNACK WITH THE AMBIENCE AND VIEW THAT ONLY ORCHIDS HAS TO OFFER. ROSS: 2. Q-WHAT IS THE THEME OF CATT-LE- YA? KEITH MALLINI, ORCHIDS MANAGER CHRISTIAN TESTA, ORCHIDS CHEF DE CUISINE A-CATTLEYA FOCUSES ON WINES FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN GROWING REGIONS AND CLIMATE. COMPELLING VARIETALS WITH TEXTURE AND FLAVOR PROFILES THAT COMPLEMENT CHEF CHRISTIAN TESTA’S CUISINE. THERE ARE 16 SELECTIONS BY THE GLASS INCLUDING SPARKING, ROSE, WHITES AND INTERESTING REDS AND A VAST SELECTION OF MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED TAPAS PLATES. ROSS: 3. Q-WHY THE FOCUS ON MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE? KEITH MALLINI, ORCHIDS MANAGER CHRISTIAN TESTA, ORCHIDS CHEF DE CUISINE A-WITH CHEF CHRISTIAN TESTA’S ARRIVAL TO HALEKULANI IN 2016, HIS FOCUS HAS BEEN IN SOURCING THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS AVAILABLE . SIMPLE YET IMPECCABLE PREPARATIONS DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT THE NATURAL FLAVORS OF HEALTHY FRESH INGREDIENTS RATHER THAN MASK OR COVER THEM WITH HEAVY SAUCES AND OVER-WROUGHT COOKING TECHNIQUES. WITH A MAJOR KITCHEN RENOVATION AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, CHEF TESTA WAS ABLE TO OVERSEE THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE KITCHEN DESIGN TO ACCOMMODATE HIS PASSION FOR COOKING, INCLUDING A SELECTION OF HOUSE MADE PASTA DISHES UP NEXT… POMAI WILL TELL US ABOUT AN UPCOMING EVENT ON HAWAII ISLAND THAT

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