A one-of-kind, gourmet luau experience under the stars. A smorgasbord of sweet and savory menu items made by notable chefs from around the state. It’s a recipe for a culinary evening unlike any other.
The annual “Roots Run Deep” fundraiser, hosted by the Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii Chapter, is coming up on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Mari’s Gardens in Mililani (94-415 Makapipipi Street). Headlining the fundraiser is Chef Vivian Howard, star of PBS’ popular show “A Chef’s Life.”
Howard — who’s a Dame herself — will be joined by local Chef Ed Kenney, who, along with being a restauranteur, hosts his own PBS show called “Family Ingredients.” The dining event will feature Kenney and Howard, along with other members of the Hawaii chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, including Lee Anne Wong, Michelle Karr-Ueoka and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s “Dames who Donate” Scholarship fund.
The grazing-style event is luau-themed, with some of the menu items featured from Deep Run Roots, Howard’s critically acclaimed new cookbook. Limited quantities of the cookbook are available for pre-purchase when you buy event tickets online. Books can be picked up at signed by Howard at the event.
Event tickets — including VIP reserved seating tickets — are still available for purchase. General admission costs $150 and includes open seating and grazing stations, while VIP admission costs $200 and includes an exclusive wine selection, in addition to preferred garden seating.
Here’s what the menu looks like:
Jackie Lau of HFM (all islands)
Smokey Chili Pepper Tomato Shot with Pipikaula
Kathy Masunaga of Sweet Revenge (Oahu)
Purple Sweet Potato Maui Onion Bread with Lilikoi Butter; Ahi Poke Pie
Jocelyn McCann & David Passanisi of EAT Honolulu (Honolulu, Oahu)
Cumin-Crusted Tilapia with Sweet and Sour Beet Bottoms and Tops
Amy Ferguson of Ferguson Catering (Hawaii Island)
Spoonbread with Sausage Ragout
Dames’ specialty drinks
Cheryl To of Pacifikool (Honolulu, Oahu)
Non-alcoholic Kool Punch
Amy Bender of Kai Vodka (all islands)
Specialty drink to be determined
Chef’s signature cocktails
Calamondin and Fingerlime Hemingway-Style Daiquiri
Coffee & tea
Marilyn Kirakos-Askari of Hawaiian Paradise Coffee (all islands)
Satomi Goo of The Tea Chest
Feast with the Chefs
Frolic is teaming up with Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii Chapter to give away a pair of general admission tickets to “Roots Run Deep.” Tickets are valued at $150 each. To enter the giveaway, simply complete the entry form below. By entering this giveaway, you agree to receive emails from Frolic Hawaii/Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii Chapter. We’ll be picking the winners on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. Good luck!