Jonathan Whitener, chef of the decorated Koreatown restaurant Here’s Looking at You and native son of Orange County, has always had a soft spot for Hawaiian food: teriyaki, katsu, ahi poke, and the occasional plate of loco moco.
So it makes sense that on Wednesday, May 15, Whitener will be hosting a one-night dinner collaboration with Sheldon Simeon, the chef behind two of Maui’s best restaurants—Tin Roof and the recently opened Lineage—and a veteran of two seasons of Top Chef.
Dubbed “A Luau in K-Town,” the dinner consists of an epic chef’d up take on the classic Hawaiian plate lunch: huli huli Cornish hen, pipikaula beef ribs, mochiko fried pig tail’s with Maggi maple sauce, lomi lomi artic char, mac salad dynamite with lump crab, Swiss chard luau with smoked tongue, “hurricane”-style rice, and a coconut tart for dessert.
There will also be a fresh slate of tiki-inspired cocktails (Blue Hawaiians and li hing mui Daiquiris!) whipped up by barman Harry Chin, as well as a live surf-tiki band keeping the aloha vibes strong all evening. The event costs $85, including gratuity (cocktails are extra). If can’t catch a flight out to Honolulu anytime soon, this dinner might be the next best thing. Tickets are available here.
Here’s Looking at You, 3901 W. 6th St., Koreatown, hereslookingatyoula.com.
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