Archive November 2011
Huggo’s on the Rocks is our “toes-in-the-sand” casual eatery, bar and entertainment central located adjacent to Huggo’s in the heart of Kailua-Kona Village. Recently we completed the installation of three jumbo umbrellas covered with sensational, tiki-inspired Alfred Shaheen fabrics. Shaheen was the most creative Hawaiian designer in the 1950s and today vintage Shaheen Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and sundresses are prized collectables.
To complement the vibe, food servers sport Alfred Shaheen inspired shirts and surf-style skirts.
Huggo’s updated employee apparel features fabrics that evoke Hawaii’s relaxing beach lifestyle. The new uniform line was designed by Kahala, known throughout Hawaii for excellent textile artwork and signature Aloha shirts.
Eric von Platen Luder, Huggo’s owner and bon vivant, says the Kahala brand is well suited to represent Kona’s
integral connection to the sea.
“Our employees work so close to the ocean their feet are literally in the sand. It was important for
our uniforms to be stylish, Hawaiian and represent our love of the ocean. Our new Kahala print, with surfboards against a dark blue background, does just that,” he says.
The cool and stylish new uniforms, in a retro classic fit Kahala exclusive, can be seen on all hostesses, restaurant and cocktail servers. Long bistro aprons complete the server uniform. Eric also refreshed the chefs’ apparel with new coats, vented across the back shoulders, keeping the the chefs cool while turning out haute hot foods while working in the open kitchen!
Stop by and check out the new look and the always great food & cocktails! Chef Ken’s special tonight is: Grilled Herb Marinated Mon Chong in a Miso Buerre Blanc with Wasabi White Bean Pureet, French Green Beans, Fried Leeks and Arugula-Macademia Pesto.
Chef Ken Schloss greets special guests Marie Luisa and Cynthia last night at Huggo’s. These first time visitors to Hawaii – all the way from Brazil — made their first stop the Big island and have loved every minute of it, according to Cynthia. While tempted to remain here, they’re off to Maui and then Oahu! Chef showed off his fantastic special of the evening, Grilled Hawaiian Swordfish with Saffron-Asparagus Risotto and Black Garlic-Yuzu Ailoi, to the two women.
Tonight, look forward to this winning dish: Pan Seared Lehi (snapper) in a Miso Butter Sauce with Celery Root Puree, French Green Beans and Asparagus-Snow Pea Sprout Salad.
Today the US Marine Corps celebrates its 236th birthday and we are giving the corps a big shout out for centuries of dedicated service. Huggo von Platen Luder, Huggos founder, is a Marine and we send special wishes to him today!
Tonight Chef Ken has created this special dish to commemorate the day and present diners with a real treat!
Pan Roasted Mon Chong with Wasabi Risotto & Braised Bok Choy in a Pickled Heart of Palm and Dragon Fruit Emulsion
Kau kau & Enjoy!
Part-time Holualoa, Hawaii resident, socialite and bon vivant Linda Bodholdt was sighted dining at Huggo’s Sunday night with yet another group of guests from California. She’s hosted several here over the past few months.
Chef Ken was on hand to greet Linda and friends Jim and Bette Shuler of Palm Desert. “No question about it my top pick entertaining spots in Kona are Huggo’s and Huggo’s on the Rocks. Dreamy views, absolutely declicious food and drinks, and the staff couldn’t be more divine,” Linda said.
“Tai our server on Sunday was so polite, a total gentleman — can’t say enough about him,” she added.
The group shared Chef Ken’s Lamb Shank Spring Rolls — “To die for,” according to Bette — Ahi Poke, Asian Baby Back Ribs and Seared Ahi over Black Rice. Their consensus? Absolutely fabulous!
Tonight, Chef is preparing this special dish:
Pan Roasted Hapu’upu’u (Black Grouper) in Yuzu Emulsion with Wild Arugula-Macadamia Nut Pesto, Puree of Celery Root and Grilled Asparagus
A luxury charter yacht, part of the American Safari Cruises fleet, made its debut appearance in Kailua-Kona Bay today and Huggo’s dining guests had a front row view! The arrival marked the first in a series of week-long cruises to Hawaii Island, Maui, Lanai and Molokai. Accomodating just 38 lucky guests in spacious, gracious suites, book your space soon! We look forward to welcoming the 15-member crew and guests to Huggo’s and Huggo’s on the Rocks over the coming months!
In the meantime, Chef Ken’s nightly specials continue to amaze and delight diners. Tonight it was Opah on Molokai Sweet Potatoes in a Lime Beurre Blanc Sauce…devine! Thanks for the tasting chef!
whatsoever. The entire system is based on natural cultivation just the way that nature intended. With Aquaponics we not only have fresh vegetables growing in a continuous, sustainable system, but fresh fish as well!