Many of the restaurants at the Taste of the Hawaiian Range continue to indulge ours senses and tastes with their creative culinary styles of entrees. Café Pesto Hilo, the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and the Hilton Waikoloa Village were recognized for dedicating their time for 10 years of support. In appreciation of their efforts toward the Taste of the Hawaiian Range we entice you to join us in learning more about these restaurants.
Hilo Bay’s Café Pesto
Receives 10 Year Restaurant Award
Take a walk in downtown Hilo Bay and stroll into Hilo Bay’s Café Pesto restaurant in the restored S. Hata Building as you smell pizza from their wood-fired oven. The commitment of the restaurant to serve fresh island cuisine dishes had them returning to the Taste of the Hawaiian Range as our 10-year award recipient.
Executive Chef Casey Halpern shares the event strives to give the customer the best possible experience with local fresh agricultural products. He finds it to be a great challenge as you never know what meat cut or vegetables you’ll be getting. Yet, he enjoys working with products never used before and having the opportunity to try something new. Halpern shares, “I would say that most challenging cut I have utilized would be the MOUNTAIN OYSTERS. It is a story that I will never forget. When 100 lbs of frozen cow balls showed up in my walk-in refrigerator, I almost cried. But after poaching, roasting, breading, and frying-the mountain oyster cakes were pretty good.” For those ranchers, farmers and adventurous cooks, we include Chef Casey’s recipe in this blog!
The restaurant continues to support farmers and ranchers with their fresh items on the menu that include free-range island beef, Kulana short ribs, Hamakua mushrooms, Kaiwiki corn relish, Big Island Goat cheese, romaine lettuce from Kekela Farms and Mother Natures Miracles plus many other local fresh produce. The Pesto Cheeseburger made from freshly ground free range island beef is grilled to perfection and a favorite meal with crunchy onion rings and potato fries.
Take time to visit Hilo Bay’s Café Pesto at 308 Kamehameha Avenue, Suite 101 or call them at 808-969-6640 and check out their website at http://cafepesto.com. Congratulations to Café Pesto and we look forward to seeing them at the 16th annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range!
Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival continues to bring together local ranchers, farmers and restaurants in showcasing culinary delights prepared expertly by chefs for festival goers “tasting and grazing” all they can imagine to eat. The quality of this event is rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and with in-kind donations such as our participating restaurants and chefs. For more information, continue to visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.