Dining in Maui Vickie Meets Chef Wesley Holder

I was recently dining in Maui at Pulehu Italian Grill  and my taste buds danced with delight as I devoured every single bite of the wonderful food created by Chef Wesley Holder! 

 I reviewed the restaurant under a separate blog and you can see photos of the restaurant and details about my meal under that post:

Pulehu – An  Italian Grill is the Exotic in Maui. 

I returned to the restaurant my last day on the island and I was able to meet Chef Wes ( and enjoy one of his wood oven pizzas) before I had to catch my plane and return home.

Chef Wesley is so talented!  His food is creative in both taste and texture.  Visually, his food is absolutely delightful!

Chef Wes took First Place in the Maui Onion Festival May 5, 2012 for his Maui Onion Tortellini En Brodo. 

He proudly displayed his “Best in Show” award from the recent Ka’anapali Fresh competition.

Chef Wes also won the Farm to Fork competition in 2011.


The Chef and I discussed cooking in a wood oven.  I had a wood oven for many years and I hope to add a wood oven to my new home in the near future.  Chef Wes said he grew up with wood oven cooking and his skills are evident when you dine at Pulehu.

Vickie and Chef Wes at Pulehu Italian Grill

When dining in Maui, you will have lots of choices.  I highly recommend you check out this wonderful restaurant and Chef Wesley Holder.



Aloha from Maui

Aloha from the beautiful island of Maui!  I arrived at the The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas late last night after a long day ( 14 1/2 hours) of traveling.   Yesterday included two layovers and one lost piece of luggage but I arrived ready to enjoy the peace and beauty of this wonderful island.   

My morning began at 5:30 A.M. with a stunning 2 hour walk on the beach complete with the surprise viewing of two different rainbows..  

This was a gentle reminder that life is full of promise and where there is love….there is hope.

The black rocks on the beach will be my new collection…( I remember the movie “Something’s Gotta Give” )….

Then came my stop at Ocean’s Grill for breakfast.  The breakfast buffet came complete with Egg’s Benedict ( my favorite) and I added a Mimosa!!!  Next week I plan on featuring my recipe for Eggs Benedict for a Crowd that is EASY, EASY, EASY…and so good!  I’ll also feature a recipe for Mimosa’s and show you how to set up a Mimosa Bar for parties or brunch buffets.


Eggs Benedict…..





They also featured a beautiful buffet of Pineapple Portuguese Sausage….

Fresh Papaya with bright green wedges of fresh limes……

And a Cheese and Salmon Tray…

I have several ideas for next week’s posts including the Eggs Benedict for a Crowd, Mimosas and a make ahead Fresh Fruit and Greek Yogurt Bowl…..


My walk back was spectacular…..

Here’s to a great week of sharing new food ideas with you from the paradise of Maui!


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