Showing Off our Tremendous Team at Three’s Bar & Grill

The year was 2010.  Three’s began with a total of 15 or so staff positions…and around 12 of those roles were filled by, well, three dudes who happened to own the joint.  The Christmas party back then was meager, as you’ll hear in our video above, but we did what we could to appreciate our employees.

Fast-forward seven years, and we’ve got around 100 team members between Three’s and sister restaurant Fork & Salad (with more to be added when the Kahului site opens!!), and we close the restaurant for a night to celebrate with them, complete with great food, killer raffle prizes and dancing.

Despite all the growth, those three dudes who started the place are still here, but we put a lot of trust in our capable managers and skilled support staff.  Without their leadership, talent and passion for superior food and customer service, we wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful as we are today.  It takes a team, and we have an incredible one.  At least that’s what WE think as the owners.  But since we’re big on collaboration, listening and respect, we wanted to know what THEY think about being part of Three’s, why they like coming into work, and what they’re most proud of.  Here’s what they shared in this video.

Here’s to the Holidays at Three’s Bar & Grill

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Celebrating the season with loved ones? Join us! Tipping back a few drinks with friends? We got you. Hosting family over the holidays? Pull up a few chairs! Fitting in a work luncheon before the break? Come on in.

Three’s is perfect for any occasion all year long, whether you want to enjoy our dining room, chill in our recently-renovated Surf Lounge, or take in some live music from morning till night on our outdoor patio. Since we’re open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour (twice a day!) and dinner, you can indulge with friends and family anytime!!

What makes Three’s really special is this: there is nearly no limit to your party size!! We can easily accomodate groups of up to 20 just by calling in and making a reservation. For larger groups, we recommend emailing us and connecting with our catering sales manager Sarah Fravel for a more customized dining experience. Plus, our doors are open for all major holidays; we shut down for breakfast and lunch only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, but open back up to greet holiday diners at 3 p.m.!

Speaking of the holidays, we offer some spectacular specials for Christmas Eve AND Day dinners, like Kona coffee-crusted pork loin with roasted garlic and Parmesan polenta, or try our famous mochiko-marinated seared duck breast with sage bread pudding and cranberry-ginger compote. Either one is an epic deal at $32.95! Not only that, but our ENTIRE regular dinner and sushi/raw bar menu is available all night on December 24 and 25!!

The following week, we offer a great four-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu for just $49!! Menu selections include choice of appetizers: oyster trio, kalua pork quesadilla or coconut shrimp; choice of salad: Caesar or our Kumu Farms organic green salad with passion fruit dressing; and choice of entree: fresh island fish, Hawaiian prime rib, duck breast or pork loin; plus a chef-inspired dessert!!

If you’d rather mark the occasion on the water, you can enjoy our food courtesy of Pacific Whale Foundation, which is offering a special Christmas Day brunch cruise with a great spread of favorites from Three’s Catering, including grilled chicken breast with thyme and Hamakua mushroom cream sauce, our signature coffee-crusted pork loin, coconut-whipped Molokai purple sweet potatoes, Upcountry greens, locally-grown vegetables, assorted desserts and fresh-baked taro, guava and sweet rolls.

Pacific Whale also offers a fantastic Christmas Day dinner on the ocean, which includes our roast turkey, traditional stuffing, baked ham, whipped garlic potatoes, wok-fried brussel sprouts and more!

Then there’s the ever-popular New Year’s Eve cruise with a champagne toast at midnight and amazing views of the fireworks over the ocean, where we’re serving up some cool offerings like root beer-glazed beef short rib sliders, chilled shrimp cocktail, California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, turkey lettuce wraps, vegetarian pot stickers, roasted root vegetables with pesto, fresh fruit, desserts and more! All the cruises also offer complimentary beer, wine and cocktails, unlimited soft drinks, and some of the best whale watching and socializing around!

As for Three’s, just a reminder that we are welcoming customers during regular business hours on Christmas Eve, open at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day (with dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.), and are open as normal on both New Year’s Eve AND Day. So come celebrate with us whenever you please, bring in those nearest and dearest to you and know we’ve got a spot for you all at Three’s! Happy Holidays!!

Showing our Thanks at Three’s!

With the theme being “thanks” this week, we’re in the spirit of appreciation ourselves, and wanted to share some of the ways that Three’s expresses gratitude here on Maui.

1. Thanks to our Customers!

First and foremost, we wouldn’t be in existence without YOU. We hope you feel the love with our two happy hours a day (3-6 and 9-10 p.m.!); a spacious, newly revamped Surf Lounge, cool in-house events such as live music, comedy shows and salsa dancing; a diverse kids’ menu, consistent deals like our 20% kama‘āina discount and Sunday football season specials; and an epic traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 23, complete with turkey, sausage stuffing, wild mushroom green bean casserole, honey miso-glazed ham, purple sweet potatoes, housemade cranberry sauce, giblet gravy and pumpkin-haupia pie. The dinner is $32.95, kids 12 and younger receive half-off, and our full menu remains available. Call us at (808) 879-3133 to reserve your spot. We’ll also offer a special Thanksgiving menu on our Pacific Whale Foundation boat trips that day, in case you feel like taking to the water!

2. Thanks to our Community!

We do our best to show how grateful we are for our island home by giving back any chance we get. Three’s and our sister restaurant Fork & Salad have taken part in ongoing promotions like Dine Out for Hospice Maui and RSVP, which benefits multiple nonprofit groups. Through our catering operations, we support fundraisers that include Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Maui Calls, the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center Wailea Wine & Food event, Grow Some Good’s Taste of School Gardens, Maui Agricultural Festival’s Grand Taste, and University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Program’s Noble Chef. We bring on many culinary students and Job Corps students to join our catering teams and gain valuable on-the-job training. We’re also big believers in supporting local farmers, fishermen, producers and other suppliers whenever possible.  Plus, Three’s has had the Kama‘āina Giveback Program in place for many years, which supports a different local nonprofit each month.

3. Thanks to our Team!

We back-up our staff however we can, taking a hands-on approach with catering crew, and our restaurants in both the front and back of the house. We believe in our capable, experienced managers, celebrate our staff every year with a holiday party, and love giving our chefs the creative freedom to craft dinner and raw bar specials on the regular. We’re also excited to add to our team soon enough with the opening of another Fork & Salad on Maui, which will also support our island economy!

Get to Know Chef Travis: His Culinary College Connection at UHMC

 

We’re big believers that learning never stops, in life and in business.  But in terms of culinary learning, there’s a program that holds a special place in the heart of one of our co-owners in particular.  Chef Travis Morrin was a student in the culinary program at University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC) around nine years ago, but the experience had a lasting impression on him, thanks to the dedicated instructors, diverse curriculum and top-quality training.  This is how UHMC describes its program:

The ever-expanding culinary industries need a dedicated and skilled workforce. From fine dining to catered events and even the growing popularity of food trucks, UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program prepares students for the stimulating culinary field. Our graduates have attained positions at 5-star resorts and restaurants, opened independent businesses, and starred in top cooking shows.

“It was my first time to see the entire process done with food at this level,” Chef Travis remembers.  “I had been in restaurants, but I hadn’t seen all the prep that happens in the back of the house; I didn’t see all the finer aspects of the front of the house.”

Now, Chef Travis savors those details on a daily basis at Three’s Bar & Grill, Three’s Catering and Fork & Salad.  He also helps provide opportunities for the up-and-coming chefs from UHMC to gain credit hours and tangible experience by being part of their catering teams.  The standout students can even land jobs at the restaurants once they finish the culinary program.

As Chef Travis describes in our video, the restaurants support the school any way they can.  And one huge way is through Noble Chef, UHMC’s largest fundraiser, known as “a premier hospitality event celebrating culinary arts education on Maui.” Travis will be there as one of 12 featured chefs at The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea on Saturday, October 28.  So what’s on his menu?

Pan Seared Scallop Lobster Scented Coconut-Corn Chowder, Sweet Potato, Wasabi Peas
Shrimp, Spam and Shiitake Mushroom Siu Mai, Ikura, Miso Prawn Cream Ponzu

Come experience the delectable delights for yourself at the 21st annual Noble Chef, and give Maui’s top-notch culinary program the support it deserves!!

The “Best” Thing about Three’s Catering!

We’ve had the privilege of catering around 800 of events over the past seven years or so!  And we always feel honored to receive such great feedback on Three’s Catering services, with comments like these…

“From the first meeting to the day of the event, we knew that you were professional, knowledgeable, and capable in every aspect. Three’s Catering did a fantastic job. From the food to the service, you guys rocked! “

“What really impressed us, aside from the delicious food, was the incredible staff. All of the staff were beyond great, always there to help our day in any way. Our friends and family continued to talk about the nice bartender and all the staff we had at our wedding.”

“The team was amazing on the day of the wedding – amazing service, making sure everything was perfect for the us, that all our guests were happy with the food and drink service and made the most amazing buffet meal – our guests said it was the best wedding food they have had!”

So, we’re always happy to know what our clients think. But you might wonder what runs through the minds of our co-owners, who are often working alongside their staff on the front lines of the catering operations!

With so many years under their belts, here’s what each one said is the BEST thing about being in the catering business.

Chef Travis: “It’s how we started, the three of us. It helped shape our identity as a company.”

Chef Jaron: “You get to travel across the island and have a new office every event, usually near the ocean. That, and you get to be a part of someone’s special day.”

Chef Cody: “I get to work with my best friends!! And cook!!”

One such event that will bring the team together in a big way is the Garden Party benefiting Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) on Sunday, October 1.

We’ll be joining dozens of other restaurants for the Chefs Festival between 1 and 5 p.m. that day, giving guests a taste of some of our finest fare. And it’s not just Three’s taking part; Fork & Salad’s catering crew will be on-scene as well!

Achieving excellence in catering takes some serious skill and organization. But here are three other critical catering traits, according to our chefs/owners:

1.  Diversity, to meet the guests’ needs and customize menus.
2.  Adaptability, to face and overcome challenges in every scenario possible.
3.  Consistency, to maintain top-notch food and service all the time.

We’re proud to cater each and every event we’re involved with, and hope you’ll check out our food booths at the MAPA Garden Party! We thank our guests who allow us to do what we do best as part of their special day, so everyone can enjoy the moments that matter.

Three’s Selected for Food Network Show!

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If you haven’t heard, we’ll proudly fill you in:  Three’s Bar & Grill was chosen as a featured restaurant for Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (DDD)!  Our episode, called “Barbecue, Batter & Beer Can Chicken,” premiered on Food Network on Friday, July 21, 2017!   We aired the showing in Three’s revamped, roomier Surf Lounge to a packed house of loyal customers and supporters!!

Legendary show host Guy Fieri and his fantastic production crew flew to Maui in early April to film Three’s food, staff and customers.  Guy took particular interest in several menu specialties like Three’s Traditional Ramen and Asian Beer Can Chicken.

We and our dedicated employees spent many hours organizing ingredients and cleaning the kitchen to perfection before the DDD team showed up.  Then, lights…camera…action!!  The filming process itself was fascinating and the crew was beyond professional, but also really personable and fun to work with!  Between the field producers, audio technicians and videographers, they paid meticulous attention to every sound that was made, each person’s positioning and the angle of every image.

A few days after the shoot, we had the honor of joining the DDD team on a private Pacific Whale Foundation snorkel trip!  We crafted sushi, fish tacos and poke bowls for Guy and the crew, and had an awesome time hanging out!

We consider this a dream come true.  A chance of a lifetime.  We are proud to join the ranks of other successful establishments who’ve received amazing national exposure from this top-rated show.  So please be on the lookout for reruns and on-demand episodes to support Maui in the national spotlight!

THREE’S BAR & GRILL, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

The fact is, Fork & Salad is becoming reality in large part because of our first restaurant, Three’s Bar & Grill, which we opened in Kīhei’s Kalama Village back in 2010. We learned a whole lot throughout that process, and are very thankful for the success we’ve seen at Three’s. We even captured the attention of the media! Check out Maui Now’s story called Three’s Bar & Grill: Food & Friends First to learn more about the restaurant that started it all.

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Three’s Bar & Grill wins the “Best Happy Hour on Maui” in MauiTime’s Best of Maui 2016

Three’s Bar & Grill wants to thank all those who voted us the “Best Happy Hour on Maui” in MauiTime’s “Best of Maui” awards.

Jen Russo wrote the story on MauiTime’s website: “Three’s Bar and Grill has solved the Happy Hour equation: good food and good drinks at Happy Hour prices equals the love of our readers. Three’s has skillfully navigated the Happy Hour for you, offering an assortment of their best appetizer, raw bar and sushi rolls at incredible prices along with Mai Tais, margaritas, beer, wine and well drink options to boot.”

Photo Credit: Sean Hower

The Noble Chef 2015: World on a Plate – Latin America

The Maui Culinary Academy at University of Hawai‘i Maui College is growing the next generation of talented culinary artists. On Saturday, October 17th,  experience “The World on a Plate: Latin America”, a celebration of Nuevo Latino cuisine led by celebrity Noble Chefs and the Maui Culinary Academy students they are mentoring. The Noble Chef is hosted at the gorgeous Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui resort and is Maui’s premier food and wine event benefiting culinary education on Maui.

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This year’s Noble Chef event begins at 5:30 pm with a sunset reception featuring celebrity chefs showcasing mouthwatering culinary creations spanning the exciting and rich flavors of Latin America. After tasting and sipping, at 7:00pm sit down to a 3-course gourmet Nuevo Latino dinner presented by the academy’s talented Faculty Chefs, and enjoy entertainment, a unique live auction and fund-a need, with a grand dessert finale celebration. Before heading home, stop by our chic Cuban-themed after party at 8:30pm in the Kea Lani’s Lobby Mezzanine.

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Chef Travis is putting together quite the spread for our lively, Cuban-themed After Party, which is included in the price of your ticket. “As a former student of Maui Culinary Academy, I value the energy, passion, and commitment each chef, instructor, and mentor puts into the program and into the development of each student’s culinary dreams.” – Chef Travis Morrin.

Visit http://noblechef.maui.hawaii.edu/ more info, or call (808) 984-3261 to purchase tickets.

20% off Kama’aina special through October 31st!

We want to say “MAHALO” to our local patrons! Enjoy 20% off Kama’aina special through October 31st!

*Valid Hawaii ID required to receive discount. Offer not valid with any other discounts.

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