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***This Maui Chefs Table experience is no longer running. Our current favorite is the Chefʻs Table experience at the Montage Kapalua.***
Maui Chefs Table
by The Mill House
1670 Honoapiilani Hwy
Waikapu, HI 96793
Chef Taylor Ponte’s creative spirit is also the force behind Maui Chefs Table, an epicurean event in which patrons peer out at an open-concept kitchen as culinary maestros assemble a feast that celebrates Maui’s bounty. With an ever-changing menu based on the freshest seasonal ingredients (both grown on the plantation and around the island), Maui Chef’s Table is mana manifested on a plate—in other words, a destination in itself.
Local, Fresh Ingredients
Let’s start with their mission, which is: “We strive to use locally grown ingredients 100% of the time. Fresh Maui product inspires our creativity and enhances all flavors.” These meals are created once they find out what they have to work with. Hamakua mushroom ravioli may have been the plan for the 5th course, but when they find out they have two local wild boar to use, they’ll switch it up and create a savory dish to include this delicacy.
We asked the chefs if they enjoy doing the Maui Chef’s Table. They said that they LIVE FOR IT! Working on new dishes with what’s fresh today keeps them on point and feeling alive.
Service & Kitchen Experience
Incredible food can only go so far if you don’t have quality service. The 5-star service at Maui Chef’s Table will make you swoon. The intimate “behind the scenes” kitchen setting allows you a front-row seat to the entire cooking process. The chefs not only allow questions and peeking over their shoulder, but prefer it, as this experience becomes more personal for everyone that way. Your every need will be met by the wait staff that refills water and takes away your licked-clean plates. They have a full bar with wine, beer, and cocktails available for additional purchase. You’ll find their bar menu to be as unique as the dishes you’re served!
Now that we’ve established the service being flawless, let’s take a look at the food: course after course, not including a palate awakening amuse-bouche, and each one better than the last.
The menu changes every week, so prepare yourself for a new culinary adventure every time you join them. And it isn’t just seven succulent courses that melt in your mouth with each bite.
Executive chef Taylor creates a masterpiece with each course. In his own words, “Food is art; you taste it first with your eyes.” Vibrant colors, varied textures, fantastic pairings, and a wicked sense of style make this dining experience more than just a meal.
Intimate, Exclusive Dining
Securing a seat at the Maui Chef’s Table means you’re one of the lucky few that made it in, as this feast is usually held only once a week with limited reservations. And don’t expect to be shooed out after the usual 2-hour meal. They are in no rush to have you leave, and these luxurious dinners can last upwards of 3.5 hours. Devouring world-class dishes has to be given its space and time! Come to The Mill House for the exclusive culinary experience and leave with a night full of unparalleled dining memories.
About Mill House Restaurant
Planning a wedding or special event can tax your every nerve. Most would agree that the food is usually one of the most important aspects of any affair. If you’re wanting a magical night that your guests talk about for years to come, then there’s only one answer. Catering by The Mill House Restaurant at the Maui Tropical Plantation will exceed any and all expectations you might have about a catering company. The reasons are plentiful, but let me regale you with the biggest parts that make this company magical.
Imagine your event, with its perfectly laid table settings and candles glowing and flickering in the balmy evening breeze. Now imagine the tables surrounding the event lined with expert chefs on one side slicing Beef & Blooms Marinated Flank Steak, serving it with their Thai green papaya salad, oven-dried tomatoes, and macadamia nuts. You look to the other side and see another chef at a fry station making Chicken & Waffles with buttermilk ice cream topped with decadent maple syrup. The guests are interacting with the chef, the chef is amusing them with stories from the island. This catering company is about more than just the food they so lovingly and expertly prepared. It’s about the experience for the guests, and these chefs put on a show to remember. Their personalities are infectiously cheerful and their joy in being a part of your event is apparent.
With your imagination leading the way, you will work with the chefs to create a seamlessly spectacular menu. You can choose to have action stations, where the chef will be preparing the dish in front of your guest before serving them. If you’d like, you can also choose to have passed hors d’oeuvres. And your preferences will be paramount when discussing the plated dishes. The chefs are happy to work with any allergies or preferred diets, all while using locally-sourced ingredients. Your delight is their main goal and they will continue working with your vision until it’s a reality.