We have friends who come to Maui a couple times a year for extended stays. We met them when they purchased timeshare resales at The Westin Ka anapali Ocean Resort Villas and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North.

They live in upstate New York and have been coming to the island for 30 years. I wanted to do something special for them that they had not experienced before on the island.  So, I started thinking of things we could do that they had not done before.

Our friends Pierre and Annabelle make pizzas in Kula 3 days a week.  Pierre was the Pizza Chef at Ferraros at the Four Seasons for ten years.  He does not just do pizzas, but the most amazing and wonderful pizzas.  We asked them last Tuesday if they could cater a lunch menu for the four of us somewhere special on the island.

I remember one of the most incredible dinners Syed and I ever had was when we had  a private chef cook for us on the beach in Lahaina.  That was outlawed a few years back so lunch on the beach was out of the question.

Annabelle said that she knew the Thompson’s of Thompson Ranch.  If you have ever taken the drive down Thompson road just past Grandma’s in Kaokea to see Oprah’s house, you have been on Thompson Road.  These are the same Thompson’s that the road is named after.

Teresa Thompson told me that her father built that road.  Annabelle said we could have lunch at a cabin on the Thompson Ranch.  The menu sounded wonderful and to be on 1,400 acres of private ranch land sounded like fun to me.

We told our friends that we were looking at purchasing some land and wanted their opinion.  As soon as we got to the house to meet the drivers of a four-wheel drive truck and a jeep I am pretty sure our guests did not think we were looking at land.  So, Syed got in the jeep, Dan got in the front of the truck and Dale and I got in the back of the truck.  WHAT A RIDE!  I laugh just thinking about it.  The ride was about 30 minutes long of bump and grind.  I have never done one of those ATV rides but I imagine it is similar.

The Thompson’s have a couple hundred heads of goats, cows and also a horse stable.  There were roosters, chickens, turkeys and some kind of hens and dogs.  The road was hardly a road but I must admit it is more fun than I have had in a long time.  And this was only on our ride to where we would be having lunch.

Once we got to our lunch spot, Annabelle and Pierre had set up a canopy for us to have lunch under.  Good thing since the weather was certainly that!  Lots of different kinds of weather all day.  We had sun, lots of fog rolling in and out, rain, more fog.  It was beautiful.  And then the food!

OMG  they prepared an eight course meal out in the middle of nowhere complete with a beautifully set table, china and crystal stemware.  I have eaten at many of the Top Chefs restaurants here on the islands and on the mainland and I have got to say, Pierre is over the top amazing in presentation and flavor.  Can you tell I watch the cooking shows?

If you are looking for a special occasion or just want to do something very different, I would highly recommend calling Picnic in Paradise at 808-463-6810.  If you are upcountry on Wednesday, stop by Morihara General Store, Kula or on Friday and Saturday stop by Longs Drugs, Pukalani where you can experience their pizzas and meet them for yourself!

Our first course was Toasted Coriander & Carrot Soup

Toasted Coriander & Carrot Soup

Toasted Coriander & Carrot Soup

Ahi Sashimi Puff Pastry

Ahi Sashimi Puff Pastry

Second – Ahi Sashimi Puff Pastry with Fennel Puree and Maldon salt

Third – Foie Gras Parfait with a Maderia Wine Jelly and Crostinis

Fourth – Pan Seared Fresh Opah served with fresh Kula mixed baby greens and a citrus vinaigrette top with toasted macnuts



Fifth – Lemon sorbet with vodka

Crispy Braised Local Pork Belly

Sixth – Crispy braised pork belly with a local pumpkin puree, sauteed crimini mushrooms and a Madeira wine sauce

Seventh – Fresh local venison tenderloin seared with a blueberry gastric & a juniper berry & rosemary crispy polenta

Fresh Local Venison Tenderloin

Eighth – Tahitian Vanilla Bean Spiced mango Panacotta with a Maui Gold Pineapple Coulis

Followed with coffee or tea

We brought our own wine and truly enjoyed a day to remember with our friends!


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