KAPALUA - The Plantation House Restaurant recently re-opened its doors after an extensive renovation and makeover.
Highlights of the improvements include interior design enrichments to the dining area, original art pieces by local artist Lori Higgins and expansion and upgrade of the bar, now called "Nineteen @ The Plantation House," including nightly menu specials and extended hours.
The restaurant completed a kitchen renovation in November 2012.
With its scenic location overlooking the fairways of Kapalua’s Plantation Golf Course, The Plantation House continues to be a popular place for group events and weddings.
Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez, voted one of Hawaii's "Rising Star Chefs," has re-crafted the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner to reflect his passion for locally sourced and inspired dishes, as well as signature menu items.
These include Surfing Goat Dairy goat cheese with local heirloom tomatoes and savory granola, seared ahi with alii mushrooms, Ho'opono Farms tatsoi and kaffir lime vin blanc, and for dessert, roasted pineapple and caramel cake with pineapple-coconut ice cream and compressed pineapple.
Vasquez's cuisine pays respect to locality, using diverse cooking techniques and contemporary presentations.
The "House" will also introduce entertainment with Wilmont Kahaialii every Friday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wine dinners and pairing menus are also on the horizon in the upcoming months.
Programs with longtime partner Troon Golf will be expanded to include such unique features as a webcam, where guests and Mainland friends can watch the action firsthand during a special event or function.
Also new to the restaurant is Director of Concierge Services Kristine Richter, formerly head concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
She will work on business development and concierge relations, as well as oversee promotional programs.
For information, call 669-6299 or visit www.theplantationhouse.com.