Summer in Hawaii: A Hawaiian-Filipino Inspired Benefit Dinner

In-PersonMission, San Francisco


Banquet (20+ Guests)
filipino, hawaiian
Up until my late teens, most of my summers were spent in Hawaii. I was exposed to cooking and amazing food at a young age by my grandparents and other family members, who all lived within blocks from each other in an area called Moanalua Valley. This meal will be reminiscent of some of the flavors and dishes that remind me of my time spent there. A portion of proceeds from this dinner will be donated to my niece's YouCaring Fundraiser:

Menu detail

Small Plate
The Filipino version of egg rolls. We'll be serving the following with an accompanying dipping sauce: 1) Chicken- with ground chicken and julienned vegetables.
Small Plate
Mixed greens, pineapple/sesame vinaigrette, sliced radishes, garlic /coconut croutons.
Pupu Platter
In the Hawaiian language, pūpū denotes a relish, appetizer, canapé, or hors d'oeuvre. This platter will consist of some of my favorite finger foods/bar bites. 1) Tuna Poke-Wild-caught and sashimi-grade ahi tuna, cubed and seasoned with chili, red onions, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, Hawaiian salt, and furikake (toasted sesame seeds/seaweed). 2) Mochiko Chicken Katsu 3) Musubi bites- prepared two ways with either Spam or Roasted tofu
Braised Beef Loco Moco
Loco Moco is a dish commonly found in Hawaii at fast food restaurants and drive inns . The traditional loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and brown gravy. I'll be preparing my version with a few twists. 5+ hour braised boneless beef short ribs w/ sautéed Farmers market greens and caramelized onions. Topped with gravy made from beef stock. Served with a sous vide slow-poached egg over coconut and ginger-infused steamed rice.
Deconstructed Chocolate Haupia Pie
Bottom layer of cholocate and coconut custard cream. Top layer of haupia (creamy coconut pudding) on a crushed coconut/shortbread crust. Topped with fresh Kalua-infused whipped cream, crushed macadamia, toasted coconut, and shaved chocolate.


Cocktail Pairing

Summer in Hawaii: A Hawaiian-Filipino Inspired Benefit Dinner

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