The sister restaurant of The Melting Pot, Pineapple Grill at Kapalua, will celebrate its sixth anniversary Saturday as a benefit for Hale Makua.
The large private nonprofit corporation for Maui's elders has provided nursing home care and community services since 1947.
"Pineapple Grill always does such a fabulous job of this event," says Carlayna Nakamura, Hale Makua's director of development." And Sakamoto Properties always rallies big support selling tickets."
Bill Haywood of Maui Jim Sunglasses and a guest walk the red carpet to last year’s Hale Makua benefit at Pineapple Grill.
DENISE THAYER photo
As for the food, it will be plentiful and gourmet. There will be passed appetizers of lobster and shiitake mushroom spring rolls, ahi poke with tobiko caviar on lotus chips, and warm triple-cream brie cheese with candied pecans and Maui Gold pineapple pieces.
Action stations will be packed with both hot and cold seafood delicacies, meats, Chinatown noodles, Thai satays and barbecue, sushi, salads and desserts. Highlights on the Thai barbecue satay station will include aromatic skewers of lemongrass pork, yellow-curry chicken, cilantro-chile shrimp and kalbi-marinated Maui Cattle Co. flatiron steak - all served with sides of steamed jasmine rice and pickled green-papaya salad.
Chilled seafood includes fresh shucked oysters, spicy tuna rolls, tarragon crab claws with Meyer lemons, ahi poke and shrimp in spicy ume sauce. The salad station will be packed with farm-fresh ingredients, while the bubble lounge canape station will tempt you with smoked British salmon with dill-fennel creme fraiche, Thai-basil shrimp shooters and brie crostinis.
Meat lovers will find Asian braised short ribs with truffle mashed potatoes, and Kauai coffee-rubbed prime rib with roasted fingerling potatoes. Slurp bowls of udon and Vietnamese noodles.
Check out the giant martini of assorted olives and other fun items and the chocolate fondue station by The Melting Pot. For beverages you'll find bars with martini ice luges, premium beers and wines, sakes and waters.. Listen to live jazz. For Central Maui residents, buses will depart Hale Makua Kahului at 5 p.m. Or book rooms at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel for $99.
Tickets are $150 per person and $100 is tax deductible. Call 669-0070 or 871-9271.