Quick Bites: Restaurants roll out Mother’s Day specials
East Honolulu Food Fest: The Star of the Sea Church and Schools’ Seventh Annual East Honolulu Food Festival is slated for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
This year’s theme is “Cinco de Mayo,” so enjoy an all-you-can eat buffet from 21 local restaurants (including Big City Diner, Formaggio Grill, Masa & Joyce, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Soul Patrol) along with live music by the Rolando Sanchez Band and Kona Winds.
There will also be a keiki corner with rides and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the church and school.
Cost is $60 per person ($70 at the door) and $25 for children ages 3 to 13. VIP tables are also available. The festival will be on school grounds at 4470 Aliikoa St. Call 734-0396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information.
Mother’s Day lunch: The Bishop Museum is offering a “Mother’s Day Lunch with the Stars” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13, on the Great Lawn.
Listen to tunes from Melveen Leed, Danny Couch and Na Palapalai, and other entertainment as you lunch, with a menu that includes carved prime rib, chicken katsu, sauteed fish with wasabi caper sauce, and apple and custard pie for dessert.
Tickets start at $45 per person and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Buffet and comedy: If your mom needs a good laugh, then treat her to “Augie’s Mothers Day Brunch Show” at Ala Moana Hotel.
A Touch of Gold, Jose Dynamite, Lil Guy, and Mahea and Mike Tulba will also be onstage with Augie T.
The all-you-can-eat buffet includes glazed pork belly and Kalamata olives over mushroom risotto, turmeric and yogurt grilled chicken, seafood cioppino with fennel, Mediterranean eggs Benedict, brioche French toast, herb-roasted prime rib of beef and creamy chicken soup.
Brunch starts at 9:30 a.m., and the show starts at 10:30 a.m. on May 13. Cost is $55 for adults and $30 for children ages 4 to 11. Call 944-4333 to make reservations.
Mother’s Day Waimea: Waimea Valley provides a tranquil setting for a Mother’s Day brunch.
Enjoy roast beef, furikake panko crusted fish, fried rice, garlic mashed potatoes, veggie penne pasta, a tossed greens salad bar and North Shore asparagus. Dessert includes pumpkin cheesecake bars, mandarin orange cupcakes and rainbow Jello cream squares. There will also be an omelet and crepe station.
There are two seatings — one at 11 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. on May 13. Cost is $36 for adults and $18 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations recommended by calling 638-7766. The full menu is available at www.waimeavalley.net.
Mavro’s mom’s soup: To celebrate Mother’s Day, Chef Mavro is offering his mother’s Pistou Soup recipe sprinkled with country bread croutons as a complimentary appetizer.
The soup, a Provencal comfort food that includes beans, ham hocks, tomatoes, salted pork belly, basil and Parmesan cheese — and love, of course — will be served tableside to all guests May 13.
“It was the best in the whole world,” says Mavro.
Chef Mavro, at 1969 S. King St., offers three-, four- and six-course menus as well as a Grand Tasting Menu. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. by calling 944-4714 or visiting chefmavro.com.
Royal Mother’s Day: The Royal Hawaiian is offering its annual Mother’s Day Brunch in the Monarch Room.
A selection of pastries, island fruit, international cheese and artisan bread displays will be available, along with an omelet and egg station, waffle station, salads and cold seafood.
Hot stations will offer roasted suckling pig with steamed bao buns with hoisin and plum sauce, roasted prime rib with horseradish and jus, steamed Pier 38 onaga, Shanghai noodles and other choices.
Dessert includes a chocolate fountain, miniature cheesecake lollipops, an ice cream station and more.
This year, moms will be entertained by Tahitian drumming and Hawaiian hula by Heretama Nui.
Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13. The last seating is at 1 p.m. Cost is $92 for adults and $55 for children 5 to 12 years old. Call 921-4600 for reservations or visit www.royal-hawaiian.com/dining/mothers-day for more.
Wicked deal: Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki is offering a “Wicked Deal,” which includes dinner, transportation and tickets to Broadway’s “Wicked” show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
The whole package includes a “Wicked” martini, selection of sushi, scallops and other menu favorites for a 5:30 p.m. dinner, a ride to the Blaisdell and prime seats near the stage for the 8 p.m. show on Nov. 24 and Dec. 8.
Cost is $275 per person. Call 237-6180 for reservations and details.
– Compiled by Nina Wu. Email “quickbites” news to email@example.com.