Poke' and Fried Chicken - Hawaii: A Culinary Crossroads featuring Lanai Tabura from the Food Network and Cooking Hawaiian Style

In-PersonDowntown Millbrae, Millbrae


Pop-up space
Provided,Available for purchase
Medium (10-15 Guests)
hawaiian, filipino, japanese
For this meal, we will dive into the rich history of Hawaiian-style cuisine. From 1852 to the present, Hawaii has encountered four major waves of immigration - each wave bringing new dishes and culinary influences to the islands. As sugar plantations imported labor across the Pacific from China, Japan, Korea, and The Philippines with the intent to diversify and divide plantation laborers, cultures converged. Hawaiian Pidgin (a creole language made up of Hawaiian, Japanese, English, Portuguese, and Cantonese) developed between laborers and new food emerged on the Hawaiian culinary landscape. Thus, we have the inspiration for our pop-up series – Hawaii: A Culinary Crossroads. My connection to Hawaii is deeply personal and spans back to my grandparens' migrating to Hawaii from the Philippines before and after World War II. Growing up, I spent nearly every summer with my grandparents in Hawaii. It was there I got my start in cooking by shadowing my grandparents in the kitchen. Under their wing I learned to make traditional Filipino dishes from my grandparents’ provinces. During these summers I also developed tastes for local Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Native Hawaiian dishes from lau lau, chicken katsu, to meat jhun, and to cold ginger chicken (just to name a few). I’ve spent my life making and personalizing these dishes, at first to eat, and then as the years went by, to share. We are honored to have Lanai Tabura as part of the event. As we present each course, he will be sharing the detailed history of the the different cultural influences that the immigrants had on Hawaiian-style food. With this special pop-up series, we invite you to continue a tradition of sharing culture and memory at the dinner table. Please join us for a sentimental meal, libations, and great company. About Lanai ( Hailing from the tiny island of Lanai Hawaii, and graduate of Lanai High School, this DJ, Comedian, TV host and Actor has done it all! Currently Lanai host’s Cooking Hawaiian Style in its 6th season, a tv show that air’s in 7 countries on the Lifetstyle Network, Direct TV and Time Warner cable. Lanai is no stranger to international and local TV shows Food Networks Great Food Truck Race, co-host with Anthony Bourdain’s NO Reservations, Jake and the Fat Man, Da Braddah’s, Baywatch Hawaii, and commercials such as: Meadow Gold, Zippys, Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union and more. Most recently he played Jake in season 6 of Hawaii 5-0. He has been touring the mainland doing stand up comedy openings for Henry Kapono , Andy Bumatai, Augie Tulba, Wayne Brady and Damon Wayans to name a few. As a 25- year radio veteran, Lanai co-created the Island 98.5 radio station, and currently is on air in Tokyo and Fukuoka Japan

Menu detail

2 Drink Pairings by Vineyard Gate Selections
A glass of wine and sake' will be provided by Vineyard Gate Selections. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.
Tofu poke'
Small Plate
Cubed tofu marinated in garlic, grated ginger, Hawaiian sea salt, chives, scallions, pepper, and Macadamia nut oil.
Ahi Poke'
Small Plate
Wild-caught and sashimi-grade ahi tuna, cubed and seasoned with chili, red onions, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, ponzu, Hawaiian salt, and toasted black sesame seeds.
Mochiko Chicken Katsu
Small Plate
Chicken thighs marinated in Mochiko rice flour, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey ginger, garlic, green onions and peppers then dipped in seasoned flour and panko then fried to a crisp. Served with a 3-potato salad (Okinawan purple, yukon gold, and red potatoes) and pickled vegetables.
Spicy Gochujang Salmon Poke'
Small Plate
Cubed sashimi-grade salmon, garlic, ginger, gochujang, citrus, toasted sesame seeds, radish.
Adobo-glazed Fried Chicken
Chicken marinated in seasoned buttermilk then coated in seasoned flour and deep fried. Glazed in a Filipino-style adobo sauce made with soy sauce, garlic, honey, bay leaves, pepper, and cane vinegar. Served with garlic fried rice.
Pineapple Bibingka
Filipino-style coconut rice cake. Served with vanilla bean ice cream and topped with a pineapple puree.

Poke' and Fried Chicken - Hawaii: A Culinary Crossroads featuring Lanai Tabura from the Food Network and Cooking Hawaiian Style

In-PersonDowntown Millbrae, Millbrae
(Exact Address will be shared upon purchase.)