Our friends, Eric & Julie, over at 365 Hawaii have another great video for you…

Join us as we introduce you to Chef de Cuisine, Junior Ulep, Meridia Restaurant, at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and show you glimpses of his Mediterranean themed menu. We were treated to a menu tasting of an eclectic array of appetizers which included locally sourced Keahole abalone and fiddlehead ferns, as well as shrimp, clams, octopus, mango gazpacho, bacon wrapped dates and more! We also enjoyed dinner, dessert and cocktails (For the photos and menu items check out my blog post at 365Kona.com!)

We also discuss our intention to bring you more of these types of “Meet the Chef”/ “Meet the Farmer” videos to learn about the lifestyle of the Big Island. Who should we feature next? Comments welcome!

Chef Junior is one of the most inventive (and resourceful!) chefs on the island, utilizing his relationship with local farmers and food hubs to incorporate locally grown produce and fruits into his menu, as well as growing herbs and vegetables in the resort gardens. His passion for creating unique and beautiful food is evident in each dish! He even created his own Pahoa Berry jam for the carefully constructed Charcuterie board with hand made boars head cheese!
Chef said if you dine at the restaurant, ask the server to have him come to your table and introduce himself and talk story about the menu items. Now, THAT’s service!

For reservations, see the whole menu and directions: https://www.meridiarestaurant.net

And if you are looking for more information about life here in Hawaii, https://movetohawaii365.com

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