Articles from April 2012



Where to Get Grass-Fed Beef on Hawai’i Island

By Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Retailers, Restaurants and Resorts
Retailers are listed in bold.

Info is subject to change. List is alphabetized and divided into geographic areas for convenience. Check with resorts as to which restaurant serves grass-fed beef. To have your biz put on this list, email ferng@hawaii.rr.com. Updated 4-17-2012. Mahalo!

Mauna Lani Resort at Taste 2011EAST SIDE
Honoka’a-Hamakua
JJ’s Country Market, Honoka’a-775-7744
Tex Drive In, Honoka’a-775-0598

Hilo
Bueno Burrito-930-6565
Café Pesto-969-4858
Don’s Grill-935-9099
Hilo Bay Café-935-4939
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel-935-9361
Island Naturals Market & Deli-935-5533
Keaukaha Market-935-5535
KTA Super Stores: Puainako St.- 935-3731, Keawe St.-935-3731
Kuhio Grille-959-2336
Kumyo’s Okazuya-933-1335
Nori’s Saimin & Snacks-935-9133
Sack ‘n Save-935-3113
Verna’s Drive In-935-2776

East Hawai’i-South
Da Store, Hawaiian Beaches (Pahoa)-965-8192
Foodland, Kea’au-966-9316
Island Naturals Market & Deli, Pahoa-965-8322
J Hara Store, Kuristown-966-5462
KOA Shop Kaffee, Mountain View-968-1129
Kaleo’s Restaurant, Pahoa-965-5600
Malama Market, Pahoa-965-2105
Pahoa Cash & Carry-965-8216
Verna’s, Kea’au-966-9288
Verna’s Too, Mountain View-968-8774
Volcano Store, Volcano Village-967-7210

Ka’u
Island Market, Na’alehu-929-7527

Grass Fed Beef at Taste 2011WEST SIDE
North Kohala/Kawaihae
Kahua Ranch-882-7954
Kohala Burger & Taco, Kawaihae Shopping Center-880-1923
M. Nakahara Store, Hawi-889-6359
Takata Store, Hawi-889-5261
Zest Restaurant, Hawi-889-1188

Waimea
Allen’s Table-885-6268
Earl’s Waimea-887-1800
Healthways II, Parker Ranch Center-885-6775
KTA Super Store-885-8866
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows-885-6622
Merriman’s-885-6822
Paniolo Country Inn-885-4377
Red Water Café-885-9299
Village Burger, Parker Ranch Center-885-7319

Kohala Coast/Waikoloa Village
Eddie Aikau Restaurant/Surf Museum, Waikoloa Kings’ Shops-886-8433
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i, Kohala Coast-885-2000
Foodland Farms, Shops at Mauna Lani-887-6101
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Ka’upulehu-325-8000
Island Gourmet Market, Waikoloa Queens’ MarketPlace-886-3577
Merriman’s Market Café, Waikoloa Kings’ Shops-886-1700
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast, 882-7222
Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club, Kohala Coast-885-5910
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, Waikoloa Kings’ Shops-886-4321
Tommy’s Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Shops at Mauna Lani-881-8686
Waikoloa Grill and Bar, Waikoloa Beach Resort-886-8797
Waikoloa Village Market, Waikoloa Highlands Center-883-1088

Kona
13 Palms, Keauhou Shopping Center-324-1555
Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers, Kainaliu-324-6000
Choice Mart Super Market, Captain Cook-323-3994
El Maguey, Old Industrial Area, Kailua-Kona, 329-0636
Harbor House, Honokohau Marina-326-4166
Holuakoa Café, Holualoa-322-2233
Humpy’s Big Island Ale House, Kailua-Kona-324-2337
Island Lava Java Bistro & Grill, Kailua-Kona-327-2161
Island Naturals Market & Deli: Kailua-Kona-326-1122, Kainaliu-930-7550
Keauhou Beach Resort-332-3441
Kona Natural Foods, Crossroads Center, Kailua-Kona-329-2296
KTA Super Stores: Kailua-Kona-329-1677, Keauhou-322-2311
Mahina Café, Captain Cook-323-3200
Mi’s Italian Bistro, Captain Cook-323-3880
Oshima Brothers Store, Kainaliu-322-3844
Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Keauhou Shopping Center-333-3434
Sandy’s Drive In, Kainaliu-322-2161
Ultimate Burger, Kailua-Kona-329-2326
Vista Restaurant at Kona Country Club, Keauhou-322-3700

To Purchase Beef in Bulk
Hawaii Beef Producers, Pa’auilo-776-1109 or JJ’s Country Market, Honoka’a-775-7744
Kahua Ranch, North Kohala-882-4646
Kulana Foods, Hilo-959-9144

To Locate Hawaii Ranchers Hawaiian Red Veal-885-5599

Island Caterers Using Grass-Fed Beef
Chef Kanoa Miura
Chef Devin Lowder
Chef Olelo pa’a Faith Ogawa
Kohala Coast Catering, 880-1541
Sodexo at University of Hawai’i Hilo, 974-7303

Taste of the Hawaiian Range Tips for Purchasing Big Isle Grass-Fed Beef

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9.21.2012 for Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

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Look Who’s Cookin’ at Taste of the Hawaiian Range: Scott Lutey of Eddie Aikau Restaurant

You may have remembered tasting the delish Kalua Big Island Beef….or maybe the Spicy Bloody Mary Mix that uses local WOW tomatoes and was featured by the RecipeRenovator.com? After just opening, Eddie Aikau Restaurant debuted last year at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range to wide acclaim. At the helm of the popular Kings’ Shops restaurant is Chef Scott Kealoha Lutey. We feature Scott in this week’s Taste It blog, along with his recipe for Herb Cheese Rubbed Grass-fed Filet Mignon with Tomato Relish.

Maui No Ka Oi

Eddie Aikau Restaurant

Chef Scott Lutey (far right) and team give the shaka the 2011 Taste

Born and raised on The Valley Isle, Chef Lutey is a local boy who “loves to free dive and surf.” He credits his grandmother, who did a lot of cooking when he was growing up, for igniting his flame for the culinary arts. “I always remember the fish-steamed uhu or fried akule. If the opihi were big, she would put them on the grill.”

After graduating from Maui’s Lahainaluna High School, Lutey attended Kapiolani and Hilo Community Colleges. He earned his culinary chops at numerous restaurants and hotels on Maui and Kaua’i before coming to the Big Isle to serve as executive chef at Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café. On the way, the Hawai’i native earned numerous awards and accolades, including being named a James Beard House “Featured Chef” and Angostura “World Class Taste” grand prize winner.

The four-time Hale ‘Aina Award winner has been at Eddie Aikau since it opened in July 2011 and has been wowing patrons with his innovative menu that relies on a wide variety of local foods-everything from Waipi’o Valley taro and ti leaf to Hula Girl Honey.

Q and A

Q: How would you describe your cooking style?

A: Simple.  I try to enhance the flavors and presentation of local products, like with our Watermelon Salad or Waimea Tomato Salad.  I try to present the foods in interesting ways, with different textures and layers of flavors.

Q: Why do you use grass-fed beef?

A: I use grass-fed beef because I support the local farmers and ranchers of course.  But a big part of it is flavor.  GFB has no hormones or the other chemicals they pump into other cows.

Q: What are your favorite GFB cuts and why?

A: The filet, because the flavor is very clean.  Sometimes other beef, packaged meat, has a “bloody” flavor.  The grass-fed filet doesn’t have that.

Q: Do you let patrons know they are eating GFB on the menu?

A: Yes, absolutely!

Q: What other local food products are your favorite and why?

A: My favorite is still the fish.  You can get meat all over the Mainland, but there’s nothing like the fish here in the islands.  Asa, our fresh fish provider, came in with a beautiful, fresh mahi and cut it just this morning.  Why come to Hawai’i and not eat the fish?

Q: Are you returning to participate in Taste?

A: Yes!

Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum is located at the Kings’ Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, 808-886-8433, Facebook. Read the Recipe Renovator blog on the 2011 Taste and get Chef Scott’s Spicy Bloody Mary Mix recipe.

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Recipe: Goat Cheese Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Tomato Relish

By Scott Lutey
Eddie Aikau Restaurant at Waikoloa Kings’ Shops
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Serves 2

Eddie Aikau beef dish

Chef Lutey's Kalua Big Island Beef "taste" at last year's event

Grass-fed local Beef Tenderloin
2-6 oz. medallions
1 t. fresh black pepper
1 t. alae salt
4 oz. Big Island Goat Cheese

Tomato Relish
1 cup ripe local tomato small diced
1/2 cup roasted garlic chopped
1 T. chopped fresh Basil
1 t. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. 12-year balsamic

Season medallions on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill to desired temperature. Top with cheese. In a small bowl, mix tomato relish. Use favorite accompaniment and top with tomato relish.

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