As though you needed another reason to eat great food while sitting at ocean-front tables: Hula Grill will donate a portion of the proceeds from their new Chef’s Tasting Menu to Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. They’ve been doing this with their chef’s menu for quite a while, raising $3,000 for Feed My Sheep from September 2011 through January 2012.
Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. (MCL) is a Maui-based grassroots land trust organization whose mission is to stabilize, protect and restore Hawaiian cultural resources. Established as a non-profit in February 2002, MCL is one of only a few land trust organizations on Maui targeting Hawaiian cultural lands along the coast and inland areas. MCL currently operates solely on volunteers. For more information, call 808-276-5593 or visit mauiculturallands.org.
“We’re excited about supporting Maui Cultural Lands through our Chef’s Tasting Menu because their organization is doing work that benefits everyone who visits and lives on Maui,” says Hula Grill General Manager Orrin Cross. “Preservation is one of those things that people often overlook until something is depleted or in limited existence – protecting things today ensures that future generations can experience them later.”
The three-course dinner includes a choice of appetizers, such as Hula Caesar Salad with focaccia croutons, Goat Cheese and Tomato Salad with local tomatoes, Big Island goat cheese and roasted garlic dressing, Crunchy Beet & Asian Pear Salad with Maui onions and Yuzu oil, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with lime-cilantro aioli and tropical fruit salsa, Hand-Wrapped Pot Stickers with Kalua pork, ponzu and lobster-scallop in guava-plum sauce and Fresh Tomato Soup with focaccia croutons and goat cheese.
Entrees include a selection of Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi with lemon beurre blanc, Thai Curried Vegetables & Tofu with jasmine rice, Kiawe Grilled Petite Filet of Beef with herb butter and Shitake mushroom risotto, Herb Grilled Ono with tatsoi salad and pineapple salsa or Shrimp and Macadamia Nut Pesto with penne pasta and fire roasted tomatoes.
Dessert options include Hula Grill’s famous Petite Ice Cream Sandwich with two macadamia nut brownies and vanilla ice cream or Coconut Crème Brûlée.
Hula Grill’s beachside bistro is located in Whalers Village in Kaanapali. The open-air dining rooms are open for dinner daily from 4:45 pm to 9:30 pm. Also, the Barefoot Bar offers an all-day menu from 10:45 am to 11pm and cocktails from 10:45am. to 11pm. For reservations, call 808-667-6636 or for additional information, visit hulagrillkaanapali.com.