Famous Dave’s Barbeque Opens in Lahaina

Posted in Food & Dining on November 29th, 2010
Famous Dave's on Front Street

Famous Dave's on Front Street

Famous Dave’s, a national restaurant franchise that originated in the midwest (Hayward, Wisconsin to be exact) has answered my prayers and opened a first class barbecue joint in Lahaina, Hawaii. Dave’s story reads like the classic American achievement tale, as summarized on the Famous Dave website:

Dave Anderson is the founder of Famous Dave’s of America, the legendary BBQ franchise, with over 170 restaurants and growing. Voted the “Hottest Restaurant Concept in America” by Nation’s Restaurant News, Famous Dave’s has received unprecedented recognition. Anderson has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street and created over 20,000 new jobs. In Dave’s own life, he has experienced adversity, frustration, and bankruptcy as well as tremendous success. Dave’s life story is featured in two New York Timesbestsellers. He has served two Presidents and three governors in advisory positions. David has provided key testimony before Congress and the U.S. Senate. Always tackling the impossible, this bottom half of the class high school student has earned his Master’s Degree from Harvard University without an undergraduate degree! He has appeared on all major networks including: Regis and Kathy Lee, Oprah Winfrey, CNBC The Next Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Crook & Chase, the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, National Public Radio and over 300 radio shows.

And further, according to the website:

The Passion for Barbeque Grows and the Restaurant Dream Begins.
Realizing that his dream was to one day open his own barbeque restaurant, Dave spent more than 25 years of his adult life searching all over the country for the best barbeque and feasting on a variety of smoked meats available from every barbeque joint he could find. His passion was almost religious in nature – his understanding of the holy trinity is “Smoke, Meat and Sauce”. His trips to these most famous bastions of barbeque were like “pilgrimages” to the most “hallowed shrines” of barbeque! And the heavenly aromas wafting from ribs fresh from the smoker, were like answered prayers. And once the ribs were slathered with barbeque sauce — they were “baptized!”‘ During his travels, Dave visited every barbeque restaurant he could find — literally thousands over 25 years. From the neighborhood storefront BBQ shacks in Memphis, Kansas City, and Chicago, to the backwoods smoke-houses found in the Southern foothills of Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee the Carolinas, and finally, to the huge mesquite pits of Texas.

You gotta love a guy like that who loves to cook and share his expertise with everyone. I might also assume he didn’t become “Famous” for being mediocre. So how about the food?

To find out, What’s Cooking Maui sent Divemaster Richard to the opening a few weeks back. Here is Richard’s report:

Honest to Goodness Barbecue at Famous Dave's

“I went and checked Famous Dave’s Thurs. night, having never been to one, they are in 37 states, so maybe you have tried them in your travels. The food was great, very tender Brisket, fall off the bone Ribs. We had the Feast for Two which has Brisket, Ribs Chicken, Corn,Corn Bread, Fries, and for our  sides we had Cole Slaw, and very tasty Chile Beans. Lots of left overs, with 2 diet sodas, everything was 50 bucks. We had no room for desert,but they have a great desert menu I need to go back and try. The staff was very friendly with lots of energy and well trained in the menu, sauces, etc. Looks like they have a full bar, and our server said they will have Kama`aina specials later. When you order one of their Feast plattersthe entire staff breaks into a chant of Feast,Feast,Feast! Pretty fun. I have a take out menu to share with readers.”

Hearing this, I’m pretty stoked to try out Famous Dave’s for myself. If Dave’s barbecue bears resemblance to the good stuff from my sweet home Chicago, I’ll personally send Dave a thank you note for landing this welcome addition to emy new hometown, Lahaina.

Lahaina – NOW OPEN!Map this location

736 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761

808-661-1125

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Famous Dave’s Barbeque Opens in Lahaina

Posted in Food & Dining on November 29th, 2010
Famous Dave's on Front Street

Famous Dave's on Front Street

Famous Dave’s, a national restaurant franchise that originated in the midwest (Hayward, Wisconsin to be exact) has answered my prayers and opened a first class barbecue joint in Lahaina, Hawaii. Dave’s story reads like the classic American achievement tale, as summarized on the Famous Dave website:

Dave Anderson is the founder of Famous Dave’s of America, the legendary BBQ franchise, with over 170 restaurants and growing. Voted the “Hottest Restaurant Concept in America” by Nation’s Restaurant News, Famous Dave’s has received unprecedented recognition. Anderson has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street and created over 20,000 new jobs. In Dave’s own life, he has experienced adversity, frustration, and bankruptcy as well as tremendous success. Dave’s life story is featured in two New York Timesbestsellers. He has served two Presidents and three governors in advisory positions. David has provided key testimony before Congress and the U.S. Senate. Always tackling the impossible, this bottom half of the class high school student has earned his Master’s Degree from Harvard University without an undergraduate degree! He has appeared on all major networks including: Regis and Kathy Lee, Oprah Winfrey, CNBC The Next Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Crook & Chase, the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, National Public Radio and over 300 radio shows.

And further, according to the website:

The Passion for Barbeque Grows and the Restaurant Dream Begins.
Realizing that his dream was to one day open his own barbeque restaurant, Dave spent more than 25 years of his adult life searching all over the country for the best barbeque and feasting on a variety of smoked meats available from every barbeque joint he could find. His passion was almost religious in nature – his understanding of the holy trinity is “Smoke, Meat and Sauce”. His trips to these most famous bastions of barbeque were like “pilgrimages” to the most “hallowed shrines” of barbeque! And the heavenly aromas wafting from ribs fresh from the smoker, were like answered prayers. And once the ribs were slathered with barbeque sauce — they were “baptized!”‘ During his travels, Dave visited every barbeque restaurant he could find — literally thousands over 25 years. From the neighborhood storefront BBQ shacks in Memphis, Kansas City, and Chicago, to the backwoods smoke-houses found in the Southern foothills of Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee the Carolinas, and finally, to the huge mesquite pits of Texas.

You gotta love a guy like that who loves to cook and share his expertise with everyone. I might also assume he didn’t become “Famous” for being mediocre. So how about the food?

To find out, What’s Cooking Maui sent Divemaster Richard to the opening a few weeks back. Here is Richard’s report:

Honest to Goodness Barbecue at Famous Dave's

“I went and checked Famous Dave’s Thurs. night, having never been to one, they are in 37 states, so maybe you have tried them in your travels. The food was great, very tender Brisket, fall off the bone Ribs. We had the Feast for Two which has Brisket, Ribs Chicken, Corn,Corn Bread, Fries, and for our  sides we had Cole Slaw, and very tasty Chile Beans. Lots of left overs, with 2 diet sodas, everything was 50 bucks. We had no room for desert,but they have a great desert menu I need to go back and try. The staff was very friendly with lots of energy and well trained in the menu, sauces, etc. Looks like they have a full bar, and our server said they will have Kama`aina specials later. When you order one of their Feast plattersthe entire staff breaks into a chant of Feast,Feast,Feast! Pretty fun. I have a take out menu to share with readers.”

Hearing this, I’m pretty stoked to try out Famous Dave’s for myself. If Dave’s barbecue bears resemblance to the good stuff from my sweet home Chicago, I’ll personally send Dave a thank you note for landing this welcome addition to emy new hometown, Lahaina.

Lahaina – NOW OPEN!Map this location

736 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761

808-661-1125

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Meet The Amazing Hawaii Talent (Cirque Wings)

Posted in Events on November 24th, 2010

The Waikiki Shell Amphitheater is going to be brought to life, on December 17th, 18th and 19th, 2010 at 7:00pm, with a new show, Cirque Wings. Come out to support our the wonderful Hawaii talent that will be performing in this amazing show.

We are pleased to introduce you to some of our amazing performers:

  • Nani Vercruyssen is a 2010 Roosevelt High School graduate. Vercruyssen was the first Hawaii gymnast to compete at the World Cup level. She was recently named the trampoline sportswoman of the year by USA gymnastics. Vercuyssen trains at the Hawaii Academy in Kalihi and was selected the top trampoline gymnast in the country. She is currently attending UH while preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.
  • Chester Baptista, native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu, graduate from McKinley High School and Honolulu Community College. His specialty is hand balancing;
  • Joseph Ahuna, native Hawaiian, currently living in Waikiki with his wife and two children. Joseph is a native hoop dancer;
  • Shane Masami Doi, born in and raised in Honolulu and is currently attending the Honolulu Community College. Shane is a trampoline and tumbling addict;
  • Raymond Silos, born and raised on Oahu, a featured performer with his twin brother throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Raymond specializes in aerial straps, hand balancing and the wheel;
  • Kelly Chinone, born in Tokyo, Japan, has lived in Honolulu for many years and owns “Quality Health & Fitness” in Honolulu. Kelly is a hula dancer, Tahitian dancer and stunt performer;
  • Alyssa Pevic, born in Michigan, she currently lives in Hawaii Kai while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Alyssa is an artistic gymnast;
  • Irina Rose Jang, born in Beijing, China, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Pauoa Valley while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Irina is an aerial performer as well as an artistic gymnast;
  • Billy Bellew, originally from Massachusetts, is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Hawaii Pacific University. Billy is a contact juggler.

Press Photo’s Courtesy: Cirque Wings

Its unique quality, dazzling performance and classic beauty; Cirque Wings is the jewel of performing arts. Appropriate for all ages, the audience will enjoy incredible aerial acrobatics, various styles of dance; plenty of humor and a fun twist on traditional hula. You will not only enjoy the masterful performance, but will witness the unveiling of a spectacular new theatrical circus innovation.

“From ancient times to modern days the passion to fly has followed us in our dreams for centuries,” explains Ivo Gueorguiev, director of The New Cirque. “Cirque Wings will take you on a magical journey of the history behind flight. I want to present a show to the community of Honolulu that we can all relate to.”

Mr. Gueorguiev brings 40 years of experience to this wonderful masterpiece. A former Cirque du Soleil performer, he began his career before Cirque du Soleil with the legendary Ringling Brothers Circus. Many years following, he found himself starring in Cirque du Soleil’s Emmy nominated Bravo special Dralion setting a performance standard that has been difficult to duplicate. Cirque Wings is a masterpiece that will dazzle audiences of all ages through an amazing display of beauty and strength in flight.

“We all have dreamed we could fly in some shape or form,” says company manager and aerial performer Jill Hansen. “We want this production to be possible for everyone to enjoy. We are offering very affordable ticket prices along with special discounts for kids and the community of Honolulu, a family of 4 can enjoy an evening out for as little as $60.”

Come fly with us on December 17, 18 and 19 at 7:00pm. Support our local talent by giving your family, friends and loved ones the gift of wings this holiday season. A special thanks to The Blaisdell Center for making this holiday spectacular possible.

Tickets start at only $10 for kids 12 & under and $20 for adults (plus applicable charges) with additional discounts for Kama’aina, students, seniors and military, making this an affordable event for all. Do not miss out on this incredible show. Tickets for The New Cirque’s production “Cirque Wings” can be obtained through: Blaisdell Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, please visit www.cirquewings.com.


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Meet The Amazing Hawaii Talent (Cirque Wings)

Posted in Events on November 24th, 2010

The Waikiki Shell Amphitheater is going to be brought to life, on December 17th, 18th and 19th, 2010 at 7:00pm, with a new show, Cirque Wings. Come out to support our the wonderful Hawaii talent that will be performing in this amazing show.

We are pleased to introduce you to some of our amazing performers:

  • Nani Vercruyssen is a 2010 Roosevelt High School graduate. Vercruyssen was the first Hawaii gymnast to compete at the World Cup level. She was recently named the trampoline sportswoman of the year by USA gymnastics. Vercuyssen trains at the Hawaii Academy in Kalihi and was selected the top trampoline gymnast in the country. She is currently attending UH while preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.
  • Chester Baptista, native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu, graduate from McKinley High School and Honolulu Community College. His specialty is hand balancing;
  • Joseph Ahuna, native Hawaiian, currently living in Waikiki with his wife and two children. Joseph is a native hoop dancer;
  • Shane Masami Doi, born in and raised in Honolulu and is currently attending the Honolulu Community College. Shane is a trampoline and tumbling addict;
  • Raymond Silos, born and raised on Oahu, a featured performer with his twin brother throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Raymond specializes in aerial straps, hand balancing and the wheel;
  • Kelly Chinone, born in Tokyo, Japan, has lived in Honolulu for many years and owns “Quality Health & Fitness” in Honolulu. Kelly is a hula dancer, Tahitian dancer and stunt performer;
  • Alyssa Pevic, born in Michigan, she currently lives in Hawaii Kai while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Alyssa is an artistic gymnast;
  • Irina Rose Jang, born in Beijing, China, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Pauoa Valley while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Irina is an aerial performer as well as an artistic gymnast;
  • Billy Bellew, originally from Massachusetts, is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Hawaii Pacific University. Billy is a contact juggler.

Press Photo’s Courtesy: Cirque Wings

Its unique quality, dazzling performance and classic beauty; Cirque Wings is the jewel of performing arts. Appropriate for all ages, the audience will enjoy incredible aerial acrobatics, various styles of dance; plenty of humor and a fun twist on traditional hula. You will not only enjoy the masterful performance, but will witness the unveiling of a spectacular new theatrical circus innovation.

“From ancient times to modern days the passion to fly has followed us in our dreams for centuries,” explains Ivo Gueorguiev, director of The New Cirque. “Cirque Wings will take you on a magical journey of the history behind flight. I want to present a show to the community of Honolulu that we can all relate to.”

Mr. Gueorguiev brings 40 years of experience to this wonderful masterpiece. A former Cirque du Soleil performer, he began his career before Cirque du Soleil with the legendary Ringling Brothers Circus. Many years following, he found himself starring in Cirque du Soleil’s Emmy nominated Bravo special Dralion setting a performance standard that has been difficult to duplicate. Cirque Wings is a masterpiece that will dazzle audiences of all ages through an amazing display of beauty and strength in flight.

“We all have dreamed we could fly in some shape or form,” says company manager and aerial performer Jill Hansen. “We want this production to be possible for everyone to enjoy. We are offering very affordable ticket prices along with special discounts for kids and the community of Honolulu, a family of 4 can enjoy an evening out for as little as $60.”

Come fly with us on December 17, 18 and 19 at 7:00pm. Support our local talent by giving your family, friends and loved ones the gift of wings this holiday season. A special thanks to The Blaisdell Center for making this holiday spectacular possible.

Tickets start at only $10 for kids 12 & under and $20 for adults (plus applicable charges) with additional discounts for Kama’aina, students, seniors and military, making this an affordable event for all. Do not miss out on this incredible show. Tickets for The New Cirque’s production “Cirque Wings” can be obtained through: Blaisdell Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, please visit www.cirquewings.com.


read the full article »

Meet The Amazing Hawaii Talent (Cirque Wings)

Posted in Events on November 24th, 2010

The Waikiki Shell Amphitheater is going to be brought to life, on December 17th, 18th and 19th, 2010 at 7:00pm, with a new show, Cirque Wings. Come out to support our the wonderful Hawaii talent that will be performing in this amazing show.

We are pleased to introduce you to some of our amazing performers:

  • Nani Vercruyssen is a 2010 Roosevelt High School graduate. Vercruyssen was the first Hawaii gymnast to compete at the World Cup level. She was recently named the trampoline sportswoman of the year by USA gymnastics. Vercuyssen trains at the Hawaii Academy in Kalihi and was selected the top trampoline gymnast in the country. She is currently attending UH while preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.
  • Chester Baptista, native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu, graduate from McKinley High School and Honolulu Community College. His specialty is hand balancing;
  • Joseph Ahuna, native Hawaiian, currently living in Waikiki with his wife and two children. Joseph is a native hoop dancer;
  • Shane Masami Doi, born in and raised in Honolulu and is currently attending the Honolulu Community College. Shane is a trampoline and tumbling addict;
  • Raymond Silos, born and raised on Oahu, a featured performer with his twin brother throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Raymond specializes in aerial straps, hand balancing and the wheel;
  • Kelly Chinone, born in Tokyo, Japan, has lived in Honolulu for many years and owns “Quality Health & Fitness” in Honolulu. Kelly is a hula dancer, Tahitian dancer and stunt performer;
  • Alyssa Pevic, born in Michigan, she currently lives in Hawaii Kai while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Alyssa is an artistic gymnast;
  • Irina Rose Jang, born in Beijing, China, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Pauoa Valley while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Irina is an aerial performer as well as an artistic gymnast;
  • Billy Bellew, originally from Massachusetts, is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Hawaii Pacific University. Billy is a contact juggler.

Press Photo’s Courtesy: Cirque Wings

Its unique quality, dazzling performance and classic beauty; Cirque Wings is the jewel of performing arts. Appropriate for all ages, the audience will enjoy incredible aerial acrobatics, various styles of dance; plenty of humor and a fun twist on traditional hula. You will not only enjoy the masterful performance, but will witness the unveiling of a spectacular new theatrical circus innovation.

“From ancient times to modern days the passion to fly has followed us in our dreams for centuries,” explains Ivo Gueorguiev, director of The New Cirque. “Cirque Wings will take you on a magical journey of the history behind flight. I want to present a show to the community of Honolulu that we can all relate to.”

Mr. Gueorguiev brings 40 years of experience to this wonderful masterpiece. A former Cirque du Soleil performer, he began his career before Cirque du Soleil with the legendary Ringling Brothers Circus. Many years following, he found himself starring in Cirque du Soleil’s Emmy nominated Bravo special Dralion setting a performance standard that has been difficult to duplicate. Cirque Wings is a masterpiece that will dazzle audiences of all ages through an amazing display of beauty and strength in flight.

“We all have dreamed we could fly in some shape or form,” says company manager and aerial performer Jill Hansen. “We want this production to be possible for everyone to enjoy. We are offering very affordable ticket prices along with special discounts for kids and the community of Honolulu, a family of 4 can enjoy an evening out for as little as $60.”

Come fly with us on December 17, 18 and 19 at 7:00pm. Support our local talent by giving your family, friends and loved ones the gift of wings this holiday season. A special thanks to The Blaisdell Center for making this holiday spectacular possible.

Tickets start at only $10 for kids 12 & under and $20 for adults (plus applicable charges) with additional discounts for Kama’aina, students, seniors and military, making this an affordable event for all. Do not miss out on this incredible show. Tickets for The New Cirque’s production “Cirque Wings” can be obtained through: Blaisdell Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, please visit www.cirquewings.com.


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