First “Local First” meals of 2017 are on the menu today

Once a month, on the first Wednesday of the month, the fare for UH Hilo’s daily menu is 100 percent locally grown food.

By Susan Enright.

Beef dish with shrimp, rice and decorative orchid.
Surf n Turf Combo, grilled Kulana 21-day dry-aged Kulana rib-eye steak, seasoned with kiawe smoked salt and Kona Brewing longboard lager served with coconut crusted Kauaʻi shrimp.

The first “Local First” menu of 2017 is available today at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Each day, the majority of the food served on the campus of UH Hilo is from local sources, increasing annually since 2012. Once a month, on the first Wednesday of the month, the daily menu is 100 percent locally grown food and called “Local First.”

Launching the first all-local menu of the semester, for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017:

  • Grill Lunch: Da’ Luau Burger, 6 oz Makaweli Kauaʻi grass-fed beef burger topped with Miko Meats slow roasted kalua pig, grilled li hing mui pineapple on a LaTour Bakery taro bun with Waimea green leaf lettuce and Kunia tomatoes.
  • Deli Sandwich: Toasted Korean cheesesteak sandwich, thinly sliced, grilled, marinated Hawaiʻi Island rib-eye steak, topped with cheddar cheese, grilled sweet onions and Waimea won bok kim chee on a housemade French roll.
  • Sizzling Salad: Kauaʻi shrimp ceviche stuffed in a grilled Kona avocado, served with Hawaiʻi Island mixed greens.
  • Hot Line Entrée #1: Niʻihau lamb shepard’s pie, free-range Niʻihau Makaweli ground lamb topped with mashed local Okinawan purple sweet potato finished with a crisped, panko crust.
  • Hot Line Entrée #2: Surf n Turf Combo, grilled Kulana 21-day dry-aged Kulana rib-eye steak, seasoned with kiawe smoked salt and Kona Brewing longboard lager served with coconut crusted Kauaʻi shrimp.
  • Hot Line Vegetarian/Vegan: Grilled organic tofu poke, natural Pacific organic tofu, marinated in sweetened shoyu and grilled, tossed with sweet onions, green onions, Kona ogo, and inamona, served with steamed ʻuala.

Feki and Media is providing live entertainment from noon to 1:00 pm.


About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

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