(Chef's Table) A Tribute to Zippy's featuring Lanai Tabura from the Food Network and Cooking Hawaiian Style

In-PersonMission, San Francisco


Pop-up space
Available for purchase,BYOW
Intimate (2-4 Guests)
hawaiian, japanese, filipino
The 6 available seats at the chef's table will be located in the kitchen of this unique and beautiful venue in the SF Mission district. As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a strong connection with Zippy's. Whether it was the Zip Pacs that my Auntie would send back with me on all my flights back to CA or ending late nights out with a bowl of saimin, chili, ox tail soup, their dishes have been one my favorite comfort foods. “A Tribute to Zippy’s” will be a six course collaboration dinner paying homage to some of their most popular menu items. Each guest at the chef's table will receive an exclusive gift from Zippy's. For more than 50 years, Zippy’s has been the go-to place in Hawaii for hearty, local comfort food. Zippy’s grew from simple beginnings in 1966, when brothers Francis and Charles Higa started their first restaurant on King Street in Honolulu. Through their hard work and vision, Zippy’s has become a Hawaii institution, with 24 locations on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, and — coming soon — Las Vegas! 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. 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.

Menu detail

Welcome Beverage
Welcome Beverage (tbd)
Ox Tail Soup
Small Plate
Ox Tail Soup, ginger, cilantro, and scallions.
Fried Chicken Two Ways
Zippy's style original and Korean-style fried chicken.
Somen Salad
Small Plate
Somen noodles, julienned vegetables, shoyu vinaigrette.
Chili/Frank Plate
Small Plate
Zippy's chili, wagyu franks, mac salad, rice.
Zip Min
Small Plate
Zip Min prepared with char siu pork belly, seared scallops, kamaboko (Japanese fish cake), vegetables, and noodles.
Apple Napple Bibingka
A hybrid of Zippy's infamous Apple Napple dessert and bibingka (Filipino-style coconut rice cake).


Wine Pairing (up to 4 varietals)

(Chef's Table) A Tribute to Zippy's featuring Lanai Tabura from the Food Network and Cooking Hawaiian Style

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