Three’s Digs Deep to Help a Community Cause

We at Three’s are all about giving back to the community, and supporting local however we can.  So with that, we ask you this.  Ever eaten dirt?

It was a featured ingredient — well, sort of — at the Three’s/Fork & Salad display during the Taste of School Gardens event on March 4, 2017.

To represent Three’s, Chef Travis crafted a Peas & Carrots dish, complete with “culinary soil” made from porcini mushrooms, almonds and toasted bread.  It may have looked like dirt, but it tasted delicious!

“It’s kind of like eating a garden in a bite,” explains Chef Travis.

The roasted carrots came from our trusty organic supplier Oko’a Farms, and some were harvested from student gardens, which nonprofit Grow Some Good has worked to establish in 12 schools around Maui.

Volunteers help students learn skills like how to handle seedlings, build soil, maintain compost, tend plants and harvest produce.  It’s not just a hobby, it’s a curriculum!  Grow Some Good’s mission is right in line with ours at Three’s and Fork & Salad: putting the focus on local products and keeping agriculture alive here.  You could call the relationship, well, symbiotic.

“Nowadays 90% of food is imported to Hawai’i. We’re small potatoes in terms of changing that, but we’re trying to,” says Chef Travis. “When it comes to Grow Some Good, kids being mindful of island resources, space, sustainability, it’s full-circle!  It interconnects, it’s all really important.”

We were first introduced to Grow Some Good during an amazing Persian dinner at Chef Paris Nabavi’s home in 2016, which raised money for the nonprofit. We were inspired to help too, donating a portion of every Beet & Goat Cheese Salad sold at Fork & Salad to Grow Some Good.

But that was only the beginning.  Three’s selected Grow Some Good as our Kama‘āina Giveback Program recipient in September AND October of 2016.  In addition, our chef/co-owners have volunteered their time in the gardens with students at Kamali’i Elementary and Kīhei Charter School. Check us out in MauiNow.com’s story, “Chefs & Students Unite to Grow Some Good.”

The Taste of School Gardens event is Grow Some Good’s largest fundraiser of the year, and we joined other notable restaurants in helping support the fun event at Hotel Wailea. Our staff and UH Maui culinary students even made 300 portions of Fork & Salad’s popular Ni’ihau lamb chili. There was so much of it, we needed a big paddle to stir the giant pot!

To lend an extra hand, we’re planning to adopt the Kīhei Charter School garden, near Fork & Salad in Azeka Mauka. Our natural food scraps will go into their compost, and our staff will provide some hands-on help in the garden.

“We would volunteer in spring and fall to get the garden ready for planting,” says Chef Travis, “plus we’d get some vegetables from that too, so it’s really special.”

Go to Grow Some Good’s website to learn more about how this organization is making a difference to our keiki and our ‘aina, and how you can join them as a volunteer!

 

Three’s Bar & Grill Gives Thanks and Gives Back

We are grateful to be here. There’s no doubt about that, especially after the fire in Fall of 2016 that ripped through our kitchen. We worked hard with our contractors and employees to get back up and running in just 40 days, so we thought it was important to take some time out and celebrate with the community.

We held a grand reopening on Thursday, February 16, paired with Three’s (belated) 7th birthday party, and invited the community to share in the celebration and enjoy a powerful Hawaiian blessing by Kimokeo Kapahulehua.

Chef Jaron explains the blessing as a way to let go of the stress from Fall, and welcome in some positive energy as we evolve and continue forward!

“Just to make sure we can move on and start fresh, and I was really happy with it,” he says, “and the people that were here to see the blessing were especially stoked.”

As part of our celebration, we offered our customers big discounts, and maintained our annual birthday tradition of donating 25% of the day’s sales to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The nonprofit has been entertaining, educating and inspiring our island through the visual and performing arts for more than 22 years.

The donation is one example of how the “spirit of giving” matters at Three’s. We also have an ongoing Kama’āina Giveback Program to help a different community cause every month. In fact, we donated more than $10,000 in 2016 to various local nonprofits and beneficiaries as part of our Kama‘āina Giveback Program.

“Any customer who’s a local can come in and they get a kama‘āina discount, then we match that same discount and donate to a beneficiary of the month,” explains chef Travis. “We’ve done Team Trucker, American Heart & Stroke Association, Pacific Cancer Foundation, the Humane Society; it’s a way to briefly touch on all of these causes that are important to our community.”

We also welcomed local media at our celebration and are thankful for the support. There’s more media coverage to come, so we’ll keep you posted on that!

Mahalo to our customers and staff for a such a genuine showing of support as we bounce back from one of the biggest challenges of our lives. We are truly thankful for you all!

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Three’s Bar and Grill

all inclusive 4-course meal $49

appetizers

oyster sampler
coconut shrimp
pork quesadilla

salads

ocean salad
caesar salad

entrees

fresh island fish
prime rib
macadamia nut crusted chicken
duck breast

dessert

chef’s choice

For Reservations call

808-879-3133

New Year’s Eve Dinner

new years eve dinner

all inclusive 4-course meal $49

appetizers

oyster sampler
coconut shrimp
pork quesadilla

salads

ocean salad
caesar salad

entrees

fresh island fish
prime rib
rack of lamb
duck breast

dessert

chef’s choice

For Reservations call

808-879-3133

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

mochiko duck breast, cranberry ginger compote, sage bread pudding, port demi, blistered asparagus

mint pistachio crusted lamb, blue cheese polenta, blackberry chipotle, chutney, blistered asparagus

32,95 Christmas eve and night

For Reservations call 808-879-3133

Hui No’eau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration!

Toast to Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center’s mission and support and community visual arts education on Maui by joining the 9th annual Hui No’eau Wailea Food and Wine Celebration on Saturday, November 14th!

Hui Wailea Food

Hosted in the elegant Anuhea Room at Hotel Wailea, the evening features a silent auction and generous tastes by the island’s top chefs and vintners. Enjoy a wide selection of wines paired specifically with the chefs’ menus to perfectly complement each dish.  Tickets available here!

We are thrilled to participate in such an amazing event! See our Q & A with the Hui below:

Hui: Why do you feel it is important to support community visual arts?

Chef Travis: Visual arts are important to our society and especially the development of our keiki. Establishing Maui for arts is vital to our community and economy.

Hui: How long have you been a chef on Maui? Why Maui? 

Chef Travis: I have been a Maui chef for 6 years. I stay on Maui because 

I love the aloha spirit. It’s something you take for granted… that and the surf! 

Hui: Do you incorporate your wine knowledge into the creation of new dishes? 

Chef Travis: Yes, we come from a great background of wine knowledge. My father Glenn has an extensive knowledge of wine and has been the wine director for Three’s since day one. It’s great because we specialize in sushi, noodles and other items you wouldn’t first think of to pair with wine. It keeps it fun.

Hui: Can you share any words of wisdom?

Chef Travis: Be ambitious, believe in what you want, and don’t stop until you get it. Most importantly, be grateful and enjoy the ride. Also, don’t stop eating! 

Recipe of the Month: Wok Fried Kimchee Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Wok Fried Kimchee Bacon Brussel Sprouts

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Prep time: 10 min Cook Time: 5min Yield: about 2 cups

Ingredients

2 Cups Brussel sprouts

2 strips bacon chopped

2 tbsp bacon fat

1 tsp garlic minced

1 tsp ginger minced

1 tbsp reduced balsamic

1 tbsp kimchee puree

1 tsp kabayaki sauce

¼ C diced fresh carrots

Shaved parmesan

Med pot hot fry oil

Procedure

1) Heat pot of oil to 350 degrees. Cut brussels in half.

2) Heat saute pan over med high heat. At same time drop brussels in hot oil. Fry until golden brown and

crispy.

3) Add bacon fat to pan. Saute garlic, ginger, bacon, and carrots about 3 min.

4) Drain off brussels and add to saute pan. Heat thoroughly and add kimchee, balsamic and kabayaki and

toss until glazed.

5) Plate in a shallow bowl and top with parmesan.

New Menu Item: Wok Fried Kimchee Brussel Sprouts

Three’s menu is constantly evolving! Come taste our latest addition- “Wok Fried Kimchee Brussel Sprouts” Wok fried with garlic, ginger, carrots, kimchee, kabayaki-balsamic,  finished with Parmesan. Featured at lunch, dinner and on our Three’s Food Truck. Only $6 for Happy Hour! A new Three’s favorite!

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Join us at the Maui County Agricultural Festival 2015

Top 3 Reasons to attend Maui County Agricultural Festival Saturday, April 4th 2015 at Maui Tropical Plantation:

1. Three’s Food Truck on site all day!

2. Three’s Chefs competing in LIVE Maui Chefs Challenge 12 – 1pm!

3. Three’s Chefs participating in Grand Taste 3:30pm-5:30pm!

Maui Ag Fest

The 35th annual World Whale Day Celebration

The 35th annual World Whale Day celebration takes place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Kalama Park in Kihei and offers an array of tantalizing dishes at food booths hosted by popular Maui restaurants and food trucks. By purchasing food at World Whale Day, you help to keep this a free community event.

Three’s Food Truck Menu for World Whale Day

  • Three’s Shoyu Chicken – chicken thighs braised in orange and ginger, served with Japanese sticky rice, and Kealii’s mac salad $10
  • Guava chipotle glazed ribs, peanut ginger slaw, Japanese sticky rice, Kealii’s mac salad $11
  • Panko crusted ahi, avocado, and cucumber roll, Thai curry butter sauce, unagi drizzle $10
  • Hurricane Fries- tossed with furikake, mochi crunch, and sriracha aioli $6
  • Chicken strip tenders and fries $8

 

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Voted “Best Community Festival” by the readers of Maui Time Weekly, World Whale Day has been one of Maui’s most popular events for 35 years. This all-day celebration honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter and raises awareness to protect these majestic animals and their vital ocean habitat. Hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation, World Whale Day is free of charge and open to all.

Whale Day

World Whale Day begins at 9 am with Maui’s Parade of Whales along South Kihei Road, starting at Alanui Keali’i Drive and continuing north to Waimahaihai Street. The Parade includes costumed sea characters and floats of all shapes and sizes created by community organizations, school and activity groups, local businesses and others. Last year’s Grand Marshall was legendary rock icon Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. Parade VIPs also included Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Senator Roz Baker and Maui County Councilmembers Gladys Baisa, Don Couch, Don Guzman and Mike Victorino. The Parade announcers are popular DJs from KPOA and prizes are awarded in several categories to participants.