Chef Vikram Garg’s Celebration of Diwali

A Benefit Dinner for Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation

June 9, 2022 (HONOLULU) — Join Chef Vikram Garg as he brings the flavors of Diwali – the festival of lights – to the islands by cooking his favorite Indian recipes at a special dining event on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. The festivities take place for one night only at his signature restaurant, TBD… by Vikram Garg, located in the Lotus Honolulu on Oahu’s gold coast. It will be a night of exquisite flavors in a truly unique dining experience benefiting the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation.

The Celebration of Diwali will feature Chef Garg’s personal repertoire of favorite dishes drawing upon his Port Blair, Andaman Islands upbringing, his training as a chef at Delhi’s Oberoi School of Hotel Management, and his experience cooking at some of India’s top five-star hotels.

Diwali is a festival of lights, one of the major festivals of Garg’s homeland. Diwali symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Dinner proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides cutting-edge knowledge and techniques for students enrolled at the state’s culinary education programs. Local, national and international chefs, cookbook authors, food and wine experts are featured in HCEF programs, providing out-of-the-classroom culinary experiences that broaden students’ awareness of the culinary world.

Garg’s style of bespoke cooking is derived from his formal training in French cuisine combined with his global travels. Before relocating to Hawaii in 2008, Garg was the executive chef of Indebleu in Washington, D.C. where the cuisine of his homeland starred. He is currently the Operating Partner for the Hospitality Division for The MacNaughton Group in Hawaii. For local foodies the Oct. 2 dinner will be an opportunity to enjoy fine Indian cuisine paired with wines donated by RNDC Hawaii.

The state’s community college culinary programs as well as high school culinary programs benefit from HCEF presentations. Proceeds from the event will fund future events for students as well as professionals in the culinary field.  

Tickets for the event are $300 inclusive with tables of 10 for $3,000 and may be purchased at

Questions about the event may be directed to

For more information:

Hayley Matson Mathes 808-941-9088 or