The second annual Localicious, Dine Out Maui promo is back at numerous restaurants on the Valley Isle, better than before.
"Originally created as a three-course locally sourced meal set at one price, the new offer is a Grown-on-Maui salad at each participating restaurant," says Charlene Ka'uhane, Maui County Farm Bureau's publicist.
"Chefs will create their own Grown-on-Maui salad and set their own price. Salads may change seasonally based on availability of produce."
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang will present a Mauka Harvest salad for the promotion at the restaurant operating in the resort during Ko’s renovation.
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In addition, this year participating chefs are pledging $1 from the sale of each salad to the Growing Future Farmers fund to be managed by the nonprofit Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation.
"The fund will apply the money toward grants for new farmers and ranchers in Maui County, who are seeking to start or enhance agricultural businesses," says Ka'uhane. "All participating restaurants will use the Growing Future Farmers logo on their menus or display a poster or table tent cards."
Participating restaurants are Hula Grill, Duke's Beach House in Kaanapali; Ko at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui in Wailea; Honu Maui, and I'o and Pacific'o in Lahaina; and Flatbread Co. in Paia.
Mark Ellman of Honu is serving dungeness crab Louie salad with Olowalu tomatoes and Kula butter lettuce with Launiupoko eggs.
Hula Grill's Chef Chris Schobel is serving pohole fern shoots and hearts of palm from Hana Herb Farm, tomatoes from farmer Zohair Tamimi of Haiku and greens from Geoff Haines' Waipoli Farm.
Flatbread Co. carries two salads on its menu, and one is be flagged "Grown on Maui." Ko restaurant is offering a taste of Upcountry with Mauka Harvest of Hana herbs, pohole fern shoots, hearts of palm, Kula baby lettuce, macadamia nuts and passion-fruit vinaigrette.
I'o and Pacific'o restaurants as well as Duke's Beach House are still planning salads to serve.
"In an effort to keep ag viable in Maui County, we need to increase current market sales," says Warren K. Watanabe, executive director, Maui County Farm Bureau. For further details, visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org