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Highway Inn Presents Sunday Dinner at Tūtū’s Kitchen September 22

Highway Inn, Kaka‘ako, announces the menu for the final Sunday Dinner of the year in the restaurant’s Tūtū’s Kitchen program, sharing beloved family dishes from local families. On September 22, Sunday Dinner at Tūtū’s Kitchen will offer guests the chance to try the next three dishes in the Tūtū’s Kitchen cycle and meet the women behind them: Clare Bobo, co-owner of Island Thyme Gourmet, a private chef and catering company, with her Grandma Ann’s Pierogi; Leimomi Lum, Director of Human Resources at The Princeville Resort, shares her grandmother Helen Souza’s recipe for Bacalao and ‘Ulu Salad; and from Jen Marr, owner of North Shore Dream Vacation Service, a private chef and concierge services company, Chicken Cacciatore, Catranbone Family Style, her family’s rendition of the classic Italian dish. Tickets to Sunday Dinner are $35 per person ($18 for keiki), available for purchase at www.myhighwayinn.com/tutus-kitchen. Dinner begins at 5:30pm and includes family-style servings of all three featured dishes, along with rice, salad, dessert and beverage.

The Tūtū’s Kitchen dishes are available on Tūtū Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kaka‘ako restaurant, rotating on a monthly basis. Highway Inn’s third-generation owner, Monica Toguchi Ryan, says, “The idea behind Tūtū’s Kitchen is to help us to preserve our culture and memories, to let people share not just their families’ favorite food, but also their stories—where the recipe comes from, how they learned to cook it, how they ended up being that person in the family that keeps these family food traditions alive. We call it Tūtū’s Kitchen, but anyone can serve as one of our Tūtū, whether they’re a grandparent or not, as long as they have a passion to share their family’s legacy through food.” Highway Inn Kaka‘ako features nine Tūtū throughout the course of the year. The third and final dinner for 2019 will take place in August; the program will pause for the holidays during November through January and resume in February 2020.

A portion of proceeds from Tūtū’s Kitchen Night and Tūtū Tuesdays and Thursdays is donated to a non-profit organization. For 2019, the designated non-profit is Les Dames d’Escoffier, Hawai‘i Chapter, an organization dedicated to supporting women in the culinary fields and educating the community about food. Its local membership is comprised of more than 80 members in careers ranging from restaurants to farmers, food production to event organizers, educators to writers and publicists. Two of this quarter’s contributors, Clare Bobo and Jenn Marr, are members of LDEI Hawai‘i. Marr is a board member.

Highway Inn was founded in 1947 in Waipahu by Seiichi and Nancy Toguchi. The restaurant is now under the leadership of third-generation owner Monica Toguchi Ryan, offering Hawaiian and “local” American comfort food. Toguchi Ryan follows in the footsteps of her father, Bobby, and has guided Highway Inn through its expansion to a second location in urban Kaka‘ako and the café operation at Bishop Museum. Highway Inn is a two-time Small Business Administration, Honolulu, “Family Business of the Year” winner, and Seiichi and Nancy Toguchi are inductees in the Hawai‘i Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

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