Wednesday 24 December 2008


It’s Christmas again – and this year Hawaiian Airlines has a gift with a difference for its friends in Australia – a three-course Christmas dinner recipe from celebrated Maui chef and restaurateur Beverly Gannon, who is also the airline’s own consulting chef.

Bev owns two of Hawaii’s most famous restaurants, both on the magnificent island of Maui – the iconic Hali’imaile General Store (which has just celebrated its 20 year anniversary) and Joe’s, in coastal Wailea – and her guests have included some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alice Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Bryan Adams, Willie Nelson and Jason Alexander – to name a few - have all dined at Hali’imaile General Store, established on a former pineapple plantation in upcountry Maui, while Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan and Ray Romano are among the many celebrities to eat at Joe’s.

“Hawaii is one of the world’s most iconic holiday destinations – and with our restaurants we have added a culinary dimension to any visit,” said Chef Bev. “Our guest list includes a real Who’s Who of show business, and reflects not only the dining experience we offer, but the enduring appeal of Hawaii as a vacation location.”

For those yet to decide what to serve for Christmas dinner (or for any get together at all during the festive season) Chef Bev offers this three-course suggestion – as a starter, her famous Spicy Crab and Shrimp Napoleon, followed by a main course of Herb Roasted Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce and rounded off with a Pina Colada Cheesecake! All three recipes are attached.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Sherilyn Robinson, Sales and Marketing Manager Australia for Hawaiian Airlines, said: “We are proud to have Bev Gannon as consulting chef to our airline, bringing her considerable expertise to our menu design, and adding even more value for our customers. Unlike our main competitor we offer authentic Hawaiian service, and we include meals, drinks and main screen entertainment in our air fare between Australia and Hawaii.”

For more information about Bev Gannon and her Hawaiian restaurants, visit And for more information about visiting Hawaii, and Hawaiian Airlines nonstop flights from Australia to the Islands of Aloha, visit

Hawaii is also the perfect stopover destination for passengers travelling to or from one of the 10 US mainland destinations served by Hawaiian Airlines.

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