Posted on: May 12, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Dinner Cruise for May to Showcase Chef Norman Williams

Chef Norman Williams of Aloha Mixed Plate will be showcasing and preparing a menu that he has created using local and sustainable products on Pacific Whale Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Dinner Cruise on Friday, May 20. Tickets are now available for this cruise, which includes guaranteed outdoor seating, live Hawaiian music, storytelling, a premium four-course dinner and drinks. 

Chef Williams is the winner of Governor Waihe’e’s, “Highest Achievement Award” for his culinary accomplishments. His restaurant, Aloha Mixed Plate, has won the designation of  “Best Plate Lunch” from the Maui News in 2010, plus “Best Plate Lunch”, “Best Dinner Value”, and runner up for “Most Mauiest” at Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s annual Aipono Awards Gala. 

"The menu that Chef Williams created for our Celebrity Chef Cruise incorporates locally grown produce and locally raised all-natural Maui Cattle Co. beef, along with sustainable seafood," says Nikole McElroy, Chief Operations Officer of Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. "It's fun to see the creative and unique dishes that he'll be preparing for this special cruise."

Dinner guests will start the evening with an appetizer of Seared Ono Crostini (troll caught ono seasoned and seared served on a crostini with chili garlic aioli), followed by a salad course of Island Greens with Papaya Seed Dressing (locally grown Waipoli mixed greens, Olowalu tomatoes, papaya chunks and taro croutons served with a house made papaya seed dressing ). 

There will be three entrée choices:  Maui Cattle Top Sirloin with Maui Onion Jam and Ali’i Mushroom Ragout  (Maui Cattle Sirloin seasoned with Hawaiian salt and pepper, cooked over the grill and served with a Maui Onion jam and locally grown mushroom ragout), Mahi Mahi Served with a Banana Curry Sauce (troll caught mahi mahi sautéed and served with banana, ginger, lemon grass and curry) and  Sesame Cilantro Tofu with a Mango Sauce (locally made tofu, crusted with white and black sesame seeds  and island grown cilantro served with a sweet mango sauce). All entrees are served with Pineapple Fried Rice (Maui onions, red bell peppers, and Maui grown pineapple chunks) and Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables.

 For dessert, there's Pineapple Coconut Pudding Cake.

Refreshments are included. Soda, filtered water and juices are provided, along with locally brewed beer by Maui Brewing Co., wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks. An i.d. is required to show proof of age. Alcoholic drinks are limited to three per adult.

This two-hour cruise departs from Lahaina Harbor on Pacific Whale Foundation's double-deck catamaran.  For reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext.1 or visit