Isaac Bancaco arrives at Pineapple Grill from refined tutelage to helm this Maui "local's favorite" eatery
The changing-of-the-guard, or chef, at a “locals favorite" restaurant is heralded as a significant event here in Hawai‘i. So it became noteworthy when Maui’s Pineapple Grill, at Kapalua, bid farewell to Ryan Luckey—who garnered numerous regional awards for this impressive, off-the-beaten-fairway eatery—and ushered in another “local boy gone big.” Isaac Bancaco has cooked on the front lines for... Roy Yamaguchi in California, on television alongside Ming Tsai (with whom he served up Bobby Flay’s first loss as an Iron Chef America), and ushered in a locavore menu at the Grand Wailea Resort’s Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a. And now, you’ll have the chance to meet and greet him when he steps out from his new post to serve you “down home” braatwursts and brews on October 14th’s Oktoberfest celebration at Pineapple Grill. For $25, you’ll dine on a variety of German-style (and otherwise improvised) sausage, including chicken-apple, veal and herb, Polish-style kielbasa, pork and beef, ballpark and Portuguese varietals. There will also be a unique offering of sauerkrauts and relishes, ranging from spice peppers to kim chee. Maui Brewing Company will set up a beer garden, complete with their own St. Molly Girl, and pour up their special Hana Hou Helles Bock Oktoberfest brew. This even on the 14th sounds like not only the perfect time to come meet the new chef at Kapalua; but you can peruse his far more refined dinner menu whilst there. Upon first glance, it appears to offer a range of local produce and beef, fresh line-caught seafoods, soups and unique preparations that doesn't stray too far from Chef Luckey’s offerings, yet with Chef Isaac’s own stylized twists. Exciting, indeed.
"Upon first glance, it appears to offer a range of local produce and beef, fresh line-caught seafoods, soups and unique preparations that doesn't stray too far from Chef Luckey’s offerings, yet with Chef Isaac’s own stylized twists."