After a short tour of the historic Manor House, guests learn how to make Gaylordâ€™s signature mai tai with fresh-pressed sugarcane and lime juice atÂ Mahiko Lounge.Â Meet Gaylordâ€™s executive chef Todd Barrett while he explains the dayâ€™s preparations and enjoy a three-course, locally sourced lunch in the Private Dining Room.
Kauai, Hawaii – Tasting Kauai adds a third edible experience to its food tour roster. â€śA Taste of Kilohanaâ€ť offers a seasonal taste of Kilohana Plantation. Amidst lush landscaping and pineapple fields, the exclusive tour includes an off-the-menu, three-course, locally sourced meal thatâ€™s served in the Private Dining Room of the historic Wilcox Mansion.
The unique tour begins with a rideÂ in an open-air plantation-style train through the 105-acre orchard, which has more than 50 varieties of exotic fruit trees.Â Guests disembark and feed wild boar, goats and chickens and stroll through the orchard with Kai, Kilohanaâ€™s expert in local agriculture. After picking and eating exotic fruit, guests sit and relax as Kai demonstrates how to select and prepare tropical fruit, then taste the best of Kilohana in a super-fresh fruit salad.
Cost is $115 per person (plus tax) and includes an orchard tour, exotic fruit salad, Gaylordâ€™s Mai Tai and private lunch. Advanced reservations are required, phone 808-635-0257. For more information, including tour dates, visit A Taste of Kilohana. Tasting Kauai donates a portion of all proceeds to the Kauai Branch of the Hawaii Food Bank.
Tasting Kauai now offers three monthly culinary tours and a weekly farmers market class. Tasting Kauai: Restaurants, From Food Trucks to Fine Dining, A Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island is Kauaiâ€™s only full-color restaurant guidebook. www.TastingKauai.com includes a list of farmers markets, recipes, Hawaii cookbook reviews, restaurant updates and wine reviews from The Wine Shop in Koloa. Pau Hana Friday blog posts detail Kauai food news and events. Marta Lane, founder of Tasting Kauai, writes the â€śTastes of Kauaiâ€ť and â€śFarmers Marketsâ€ť columns for Kauai Midweek.