Posted on: March 14, 2013

Tickets Now on Sale for Four-Course Wine-Paired Dinner with PWF President and Founder

Tickets are now on sale for a four-course, wine-paired dinner with Greg Kaufman, Pacific Whale Foundation's President and Founder, on Friday, March 22. The dinner is a benefit for Pacific Whale Foundation's humpback whale research in Hawaii. It will be served in the warm and intimate dining room of Porto, Pacific Whale Foundation's Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The event is limited to just 30 guests. 

A pioneer in whale research and a leader in conservation efforts to protect whales worldwide, Greg has written four books about whales and is an invited participant in the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee. He has studied whales in the wild for more than 35 years in Australia, Ecuador, Hawaii, Tonga and other parts of the Pacific. 
"This is an opportunity to be part of a small group of 30 people who spend a relaxed and fun evening talking story about whales with Greg and enjoying an extraordinary chef-prepared dinner with wines artfully selected to enhance each course," said Anne Rillero, Communication Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. 
The prix fixe dinner includes wine with each course and is prepared by Chef Joe Birrer.
The dinner opens with a glass of Zardetto Private Cuvee Prosecco and crudites of  oven roasted almonds, locally produced Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, hard sharp Havarti and slices of chorizo and prosciutto, plus Porto's hand-rolled and flame-fired garlic pizzettes.  
The first course, a Gala Apple Salad with Spicy Hawaiian Orange Vinaigrette, includes locally grown, organic Kula greens, crisp Gala apples, candied pecans and blue cheese, tossed with a vinaigrette made with locally grown oranges. The wine accompanying this course will be Frisk Prickly Riesling. 
The second course features Chicken Friscatti, with artichoke hearts, Maui red onion, capers, Friscatti butter and roasted chicken served over fresh made Angel Hair Pasta, paired with Sonoma Cutter Russian River Chardonnay. 
For the third course, guests can choose from two options: 
- Flame Grilled Filet Mignon, with Hawaii Ranchers naturally raised, grass fed beef  topped with crispy pork belly, pine nuts, Maui green onions and port wine reduction, paired with Freemark Abby Cabernet. 
- Pan Sauteed Locally Caught Opakapaka served with a corn and spiny lobster succotash, paired with Lincourt Sauvignon Blanc. 
For il dolce, or dessert, diners will enjoy Chocolate Paradisio, a flourless chocolate torte, served with coffee, tea or espresso. 
The dinner will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The price is $79.95 per person, exclusive of gratuities. Pacific Whale Foundation Members will save 10%. This special evening is for adult guests only. For reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 8 pm daily.