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Exploring Up-Country Maui with Chef Bev Gannon

Posted on April 9, 2010

The following is a guest blog by Melanie Kosaka of Share Your Table and What Chefs Eat iPhone app.

Chef Bev Gannon is the grand diva of Maui’s culinary scene.  More than 20 years ago she had the vision to take a neglected neighborhood general store and turn it into an award-winning restaurant.

Today Haliimaile General Store is a well known culinary landmark on theBev Gannon slopes of Haleakala serving an eclectic mix of comfort food influenced by Hawaii’s plantation heritage and Bev’s Dallas roots.  And what started out as a simple idea to serve gourmet take-out, is now a three restaurant business with Gannon as CEO and chef.  It’s no wonder “home in bed” is the response I get when I ask Bev her favorite after-hours Maui hangout. Besides her bed, Bev’s picks of favorite Up-Country Maui foodie destinations is much like the chef, warm, comforting and full flavor.

“Krispy Kreme has nothing on this place, family run forever, the doughnuts, long johns and crème puffs are orgasmic” says Bev as she laments on the pleasure of grabbing a cup of hot coffee on a cool Makawao morning and strolling Makawao shops and art galleries with a Komoda Bakery glazed doughnut on-a-stick in hand. T. Komoda Bakery is a fourth generation business founded in the early 1900’s by Takazeo Komoda who left a plantation job to start a small grocery and bakery.  The recipes for their famous crème puffs and old-fashion glazed doughnuts are still a family secret. A small family business that closes for vacations and where bakery items are often sold-out before closing, it’s best to call prior to heading over. T. Komoda Bakery 808 572-7261

Lavender SeasoningsHigher up the slopes of Haleakala, Alii Kula Lavender  is a farm filled with exotic protea, olive orchards and of course, lots of lavender. It’s a little bit of Provence, Maui style!  Alii Kula Lavender offers farm tours and a boutique that serves lavender scented tea and scones along with incredible views of the Wailea coast. Their culinary lavender often finds its way into the kitchens of Chef Gannon’s restaurants in savory and sweet dishes. Here’s a video of Bev in her home kitchen sharing a few of her favorite offerings from the Hali’imaile General Store.

Learn more about Bev and her rock n roll life with husband Joe Gannon

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About Melanie Kosaka

Melanie Kosaka is the founder of ShareYourTable.com a food and culture site exploring Hawaii from seed to plate and the co-founder of What Chefs Eat iPhone app bringing dining recommendations from Hawaii top chefs to your phone.

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