What does Hawaii taste like?

During Labor Day Weekend, Maui will celebrate its modern day “eat local” movement. A-List Chefs from Maui’s premiere restaurants will share their knowledge about Hawaii cuisines through culinary lectures, cooking classes, food and wine tastings and a Grand Tasting of delicious local food.

What’s the reason for this celebration? The “Invitation To Foodies – A Taste of Hawaii” is a 1-day culinary event that will benefit Ka Lima O Maui, a Hawaii non-profit the helps disabled residents of Maui County. A portion of each ticket purchased is contributed to this non-profit.

The chefs participating are Beverly Gannon, Ryan Luckey, James McDonald, Brian Etheridge, David Paul, Cameron Lewark, Theresa Shurilla and Marc McDowell. The restaurants participating are Gannon’s, Spago, I’o, Capische, Pineapple Grill and David Paul’s Island Grill.

A sampling of the Grand Tasting Day menu: “Hapa Hapa Tempura” – Tempura of Ahi and Ono with Sea Salad, Lime Basil Sauce and Miso Sesame Accent, Maui Gold Pineapple Caviar, Mushroom Truffle Risotto, “Sweet and Sour” Glazed Island Fish in Lettuce Cups, Mongolian Baby Back Ribs Pineapple Slaw and House Smoked Salmon and Mango Salsa.

Special sale for event tickets ends on Monday, August 1st: 1-day regular ticket price – $320.00, sale price – $265.00 and 3-day regular ticket price – $960.00, sale price – $795.00.

Special thanks to co-sponsors KAOI radio and Maui Ocean Center.