Hawaii: A Culinary Crossroads (Holiday Editiion) featuring Lanai Tabura from the Food Network and Cooking Hawaiian Style

In-PersonMission, San Francisco


Pop-up space
BYOW,Available for purchase
Large (15-20 Guests)
hawaiian, japanese, filipino
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. 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 grandparents' 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 laulau, 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 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 memories 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 a 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 airs in 7 countries on the Lifestyle 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. Disclaimer - During this dinner we will be doing everything we can to protect you, the public as well as our staff during this event. To this extent, we will be following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and local health department guidelines and policies in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This will require our staff to be fully vaccinated prior to the event. We will also be encouraging this same procedure for attendees in order to limit the exposure to all individuals.

Menu detail

Chicken and Mushroom Egg Drop Soup with Shaved Black Winter Truffles
Small Plate
Chinese-style egg drop soup with chicken stock, white pepper, mushrooms, and shaved black winter truffles.
Salmon Belly Katsu
Small Plate
Marinated salmon belly coated in panko bread crumbs. Served with a tonkatsu-style sauce. Japanese-style shredded cabbage salad with a toasted sesame dressing.
Braised Short Rib Kalbi
Small Plate
Korean-style slow-cooked beef short ribs. Shoyu potatoes and banchan of pickled vegetables.
Arroz Valenciana
A Filipino-style rice dish with Spanish influences made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, chicken stock, saffron, Chorizo de Bilbao, vegetables, and a sous vide egg.
Pumpkin and Banana Bibingka
Filipino-style coconut rice cake infused with pumpkin and banana. Haupia/maple glaze and toasted coconut.
Ginger/Scallion Ahi Poke
Small Plate
Wild-caught and cubed sashimi-grade ahi tuna. Minced green onions, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, Hawaiian sea salt, and toasted sesame seeds. Nori rice chip.


Wine Pairing (up to 4 varietals)

Hawaii: A Culinary Crossroads (Holiday Editiion) featuring Lanai Tabura from the Food Network and Cooking Hawaiian Style

In-PersonMission, San Francisco
(Exact Address will be shared upon purchase.)