The Conversation: Restaurants In Crisis

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The Conversation: Restaurants In Crisis

We are moving into the second week of the shutdown on Oahu. For those in the food service industry, it has been a long six months grappling with the uncertainty around this health and economic crisis. Planning has been pretty hard to do - most people hoped for a short turnaround but recovery is moving ever so slowly. So many businesses have shut down and many more are hanging by a thread and the supply chain has a taken a hit.

Our show today discusses the challenges facing the food service industry caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Our guests:

  • Peter Merriman, owner and chef of Merriman's Hawaii, a collection of restaurants across the state;
  • Tambara Garrick, incoming chair of the board of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, and vice president of the Maui Pineapple Store; and
  • Unyong Nakata, marketing manager, Y. Hata & Co., a 107-year-old Hawaii-based food industry wholesaler.
Mucho Mahalo Mexico City!

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Mucho Mahalo Mexico City!

Merriman's Chef's enjoyed an inspirational culinary adventure to Mexico City this past September. They experienced the best traditional, modern and street Mexican food, shopped the Coyoacán fresh markets, explored the wonders of Xochimilco canals, and topped the trip off with a Mezcal Tequilla tasting! Starting Tuesday, January 7th, Merriman's at Ward Village in Honolulu will be offering a "Mucho Mahalo" three course menu paying tribute to all the inspiring cuisine of Mexico City.


Mucho Mahalo Menu


* For a limited time

Peter Merriman - A Humble Approach...

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Peter Merriman - A Humble Approach...

"Purpose in the Process" podcast interview by Shiloh Coleman. In the interview, Peter and Shiloh cover Peter’s unique approach to hospitality at Merriman’s with questions focusing on how to motivate staff and the importance of sustainability.

4th Annual @TravelingPlateHawaii - Dine for a cause this August to benefit Surfrider Hawaii!

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4th Annual @TravelingPlateHawaii - Dine for a cause this August to benefit Surfrider Hawaii!

Time to dine for a cause! Merriman's Waimea, Maui and Kauai are honored to support Surfrider Hawai’i as a Restaurant Ambassador for the 4th Annual @TravelingPlateHawaii. Dine at Merrimans Waimea, Merriman's Maui, Merriman's Fish House Kauai, or Gourmet Pizza & Burger's by Merriman's in Kauai this August and ask for the “Traveling Plate Special” and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase of The Traveling Plate dish will go directly to Surfrider Hawaii. And to make the deal even more sweet, @konabrewingco will match the donation dollar for dollar!

Help us support Surfrider’s mission, centered on the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, beaches, and waves while enjoying ono food!

Peter Merriman's Approach to Hospitality

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Peter Merriman's Approach to Hospitality

Purpose in the Process | Podcast Episode 26: Peter Merriman

In this episode of the Purpose in the Process podcast, renowned chef Peter Merriman discusses his unique approach to hospitality in his restaurants. Why is it that a person always feels welcome when they check-in with his hosts? How does Peter motivate his entire staff to entertain like they are “throwing a party every night,” prepare each and every dish like they are “cooking for their mom,” and consistently go above and beyond to “do the right thing” for every customer they meet?

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox and Peter Merriman

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Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox and Peter Merriman

How is it that the culinary movement now known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine was developed by someone who grew up in a steel mill town in Pennsylvania? Chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman tells his story of falling in love with the people, culture and food of Hawaii – and how that love and respect led to a culinary movement.

Island Conversations – Episode #6 – Guest: Chef Peter Merriman

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Island Conversations – Episode #6 – Guest: Chef Peter Merriman

Famed chef Peter Merriman is one of the 12 founders of the “Hawaii Regional Cuisine” concept. He was recognized as the 2018 Restaurateur of the Year, after 30 years on the Big Island. Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken talks with Peter about Hawaii Regional Cuisine, his earliest cooking days, his favorite foods, what brought him to Hawaii Island, how he celebrated Hawaii Island (site of his first restaurant) by giving back to the community — and more!

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