The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's The Banyan Tree signature restaurant is branching out by promoting Chef Ryan Urig, who is adding fun flavors and promos.
Ryan was recently named chef de cuisine of the award-winning restaurant and he's got plenty of experience to put out the delectable tastes guests expect.
Part of the Ritz's culinary team here since 2003, he was recruited from the Arizona Biltmore by Executive Chef John Zaner. During the hotel's recent renovation here, he spent six months in Portugal at The Ritz-Carlton, Penha Longha in charge of the fine dining restaurant, AssaMassa, with its blend of traditional Portuguese and international cuisine.
The Banyan Tree’s new Chef de Cuisine Ryan Urig is amazing diners with fresh and gourmet cuisine. He’ll present multiple courses at the Langtry Wine Dinner this evening in the Ritz’s signature restaurant.
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At The Banyan Tree, Chef Ryan features world cuisine with Hawaiian influences, and is very mindful of using locally-grown and organic products.
"We have an herb garden right outside and we grow beets, leeks and tomatoes down by the tennis courts," he says. "I also talked with farmer Dave McCoy and he says he'll grow whatever we need."
This evening, The Banyan Tree will flow with the Langtry Wine Dinner, featuring set courses of his cuisine with four wines from the award-winning, historic wine estate in Lake County, Calif. Cost is $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
In addition, The Banyan Tree now offers a three-course sunset menu from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily at $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
"Please also join The Banyan Tree for Wine Wednesdays and enjoy 50 percent off all bottles of wine on the entire wine list, every week,"?he says.
As for the ambience, The Banyan Tree was part of the Ritz's recent $180 million transformation. It now features an outdoor bar and lounge with a covered terrace along with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the island of Molokai.
For reservations, call 669-6200.