it's pretty exciting for us, but my dad gets all habut about it.
he's a background kind of guy and says he was "tricked" into the photoshoot.
the first time he was in the paper was for the thanksgiving-to-go special the hotel was doing.
they told him to prepare the food for a photo shoot.
and he did. and then he was heading back to the kitchen and the paper guy was like
"... where are you going?"
the second time he was in the paper (since he's been at the prince- he was in the papers when he was at the ilikai, too, but that's a whole other story.) was the next thanksgiving where they recycled his picture to advertise and didn't tell him.
he opened the paper and his expression was O_____O WTFFFF.
the next time, the chef [kham] said there was going to be a photo shoot and if he could prepare the food, etc. etc.
and on the day of the shoot, the chef was off island so my dad said "i got put on the cover by default".
i think that's pretty awesome. i've never been on the cover of a newspaper, let alone have my own article!
and then this time, my dad was off work. and the chef called and asked him to switch days off.
and of course he obliged. the chef then calls back with a "by the way, there's a photo shoot..."
and my dad gets all >___< but he already said yes, he'd work.
there might be another article later,
the hotel lobby just opened a "lounge" that has a bar and some pupus.
at the planning stages, the chef was dealing with the big island restaurant (they just reopened and didn't have a chef) so the lobby lounge (now called the reef lounge) was my dad's pet project. he got to make the menu and it was almost like having your own restaurant without all the hard stuff. the manager and the f&b dir helped figure out the cost and how many people are needed to work and they had a designer and logo and everything. so he just got to make the menu. which is super cool.
even cooler, he ran some things by me as they were planning. what i know of the menu:
kalua pig nachos
smoked salmon pizza
eh, that's all i know for now.
he's thinking of adding hamburger sliders later.
it's really fun to imagine the possibilities!
here are some photos of the prelim food:
maybe there will be official pictures sooon!