Posted on: April 13, 2011

Celebrity Chef Dinner Cruise Series to Feature Chef Nacho Perez on Friday, April 15

Chef Nacho Perez of Old Lahaina Luau will be the featured "Celebrity Chef" for the month of April on Pacific Whale Foundation's Celebrity Chef Dinner Cruise Series. The cruise takes place on Friday, April 15 from Lahaina Harbor from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and features a unique menu created and prepared by Chef Perez.

"For this cruise, Chef Perez is artfully combining tantalizing island flavors in ways that everyone will love," says Nikole McElroy, Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. "His menu also features locally raised island vegetables and fruit, as well as Maui Cattle Company's all-natural, locally raised beef and sustainably caught mahi-mahi."

The menu includes:

Salad:
Island Greens with Poha Berry Vinaigrette: locally-grown Waipoli mixed greens, Escbedo Farms tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers served with a house-made Poha Berry Vinaigrette

Appetizers:
Hawaiian BBQ Guava Chicken Skewers: chicken marinated with homemade BBQ guava sauce

Entree Choices (choose one when placing your reservation):
"Pulehu" Maui Cattle Top Sirloin with an island marinade: marinated with a poke-style sauce with sesame seed oil, garlic, Hawaiian salt and pepper, slow roasted and topped with Waipoli Watercress, cherry tomatoes, Kula onions, and green onions

Macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi with Lomi Lomi Tomato and Ginger: Big Island macadamia nut crusted troll-caught Mahi Mahi sauteed and served with a relish made from Escbedo Farms Tomato, Kula sweet onions, island grown ginger, green onions, Hawaiian salt and lime juice.

Lemongrass Tofu: locally-made tofu marinated in turmeric, shoyu, sambal, garlilc, lemongrass, and basil sauteed and topped with Julienne carrots, locally-grown zucchini, and Pohole Ferns from Hana

Served with:
Cherry tomatoes, green zucchinis, Maui onions, red bell peppers

Dessert:
Molokai Sweet Potato Haupia Pie: Molokai sweet potatoe pie topped with Haipia Pudding

The cruise takes place on Pacific Whale Foundation's vessel Ocean Discovery, a double-deck power catamaran built with custom features to elegantly accommodate dinner cruises. All guests will enjoy guaranteed outdoor seating on the bow or upper deck. The premium four-course dinner will be served with complimentary chilled sodas, tropical juices, filtered water, Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine and tropical mixed drinks (up to three alcoholic drinks per adult; valid i.d. required). Live Hawaiian music and storytelling will entertain diners during the meal.

The price for the cruise is $79.95. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and you'll save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.

To reserve by phone, or for answers to any questions you may have, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 9 pm daily.