A Vegetable Tasting

The Pineapple Room will host its next Winez & Grindz Dinner on September 16, 2009.  Chef de Partie Jill Dwornik has set out to create a vegetarian menu using the techniques, ingredients, and influences that she has learned in her time at The Pineapple Room.

Chef de Partie Jill Dwornik. Photo: courtesy of Alan Wong’s Restaurants.

Jill created a menu that highlights Hawaii’s bounty of fresh, local products like Twin Bridge Farms Asparagus, Hawaiian Hearts of Palm, Ma’o Farms Swiss Chard, Big Island Goat Cheese, and Kula Strawberries. Following the success of her Winez and Grindz Dinner in July, this is sure to be a can’t miss culinary event.

Jill’s inspiration came from her experiences with a family of vegetarians. This menu is the result of a collaborative process with executive chef Lance Kosaka. Chef Lance and Jill worked together to come up with dishes that would appeal to everyone interested in a new dining experience.

The Winez and Grindz Dinner features an up-and-coming cook at The Pineapple Room. With guidance from Executive Chef Lance Kosaka, the cooks create their own dishes and put together their own menus showcasing their personal styles.

Here’s a look at the menu:

The Pineapple Room. Photo: courtesy of Alan Wong’s Restaurants.

Milton Agader’s "Twin Bridge" Farms Waialua Asparagus, Smoked Macadamia Nuts, Parmesan Cheese

"Stuffed Peppers" – Roasted Red Peppers, Pickled Hawaiian Heart of Palm, Avocado Edamame Mousse, Lilikoi Vinaigrette

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup – Flavored with Apple and Ginger, Crème Fraiche Squash Blossom

Okinawan Sweet Potato Ravioli, Beurre Noisette and Truffle Oil

Papaya Sorbet with a Hint of Lime

MA’O Farms Swiss Chard Beggar’s Purse – Nozawa Sweet Corn, Taro, Eggplant, Hawaii Island Goat Dairy Chevre, Hamakua Springs Tomato Sauce

Apple "Banana Split" – Hawaiian Salt Caramel Ice Cream, Kula Strawberries with Waialua Chocolate Sauce

Click here to see the official menu

The Winez & Grindz dinner is available for $55.00 per person or $80 with wine samplings. Seating begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16th.

For reservations call (808) 945-6573.


The Pineapple Room celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 11, 2009. Stay tuned for an announcement of the festivities to mark this special occassion.