The Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu is on a roll with dining options. For one, its Sunday brunch is easy on the pocketbook and big on local flavors.
"We do this only on the first Sunday of each month so as to make it a special event," says Executive Chef Will Bailey. "It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our Waikapu Grill at a cost of $22.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for keiki 3 to 12 years of age. It's a full, wraparound buffet with desserts and beverages. We also feature live music by Hale Villiarimo, a singer-guitarist."
Pile your plates at the cold station with lomilomi salmon, shoyu-ahi poke, potato salad and mixed greens with assorted dressings. Then check out hot entrees such as kalua pork and cabbage, flame-grilled teriyaki chicken, Belgian waffles, breakfast ham, sausages and bacon, and sides of steamed rice and skillet potatoes.
Executive Chef Will Bailey and Banquet Manager Roland Purgatorio showcase some of the breakfast fare served at Sunday brunch.
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"It's a showcase of American fare with a touch of local cuisine thrown in," says Bailey, who also runs Bruddah Willy's Sticky Ribs takeout window at the plantation. While it's only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, he'll make sure to have all of his popular items available Super Bowl Sunday for pick up at the Waikapu Grill restaurant. It's best to order ahead for half or full racks of ribs, and half and whole pans of spicy chicken wings, pulled pork, mixed greens, mahimahi in lemon-caper butter, boneless teriyaki chicken and barbecue baked beans.
This Friday, Maui Tropical Plantation will set the stage from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening kickoff reception for Maui Open Studios.
"There should be about 50-plus artists showing their works there and then all the Lahaina and South Maui artists will have their studios open Saturday and Sunday," says Jim Powlan, one of the exhibitors. "It includes pupu, no-host bar and entertainment."
In addition, Bailey's Maui Flavors Catering Co. will take its Bruddah Willy's sticky ribs and more to the MACC in Kahului today as pre-show food for the classical concert by pianist Christopher O'Riley with cellist Carter Brey. He'll offer sticky ribs and teri chicken with steamed white rice and Caesar salad.
"Maui Flavors Catering will return with another night of this enticing menu on Friday as Asleep at the Wheel plays western swing, and roots music," says The MACC's Food & Beverage Co-director Lisa Haole.
For Maui Tropical Plantation details, call 244-7643.