In this podcast Peter talks about what the past 2 years have been like, the correlation between staffing challenges and affordable housing on Maui, navigating through the workforce shortage in general, industry changes created by the pandemic that will stick around, what went into the decision to switch to a prix-fixe menu at Merriman’s Kapalua, the challenge the industry is facing with increased costs, how he will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aipono Awards on August 20th, recounting what it was like to get local products for a restaurant back in the mid-80’s compared to what it’s like today, his passion for conservation and sustainability in Hawaii, his goal to transform one of his restaurants into a carbon neutral business (and what that will entail), and his goals in general for Merriman’s and Monkeypod here on Maui over the next 6-12 months.
In partnership with Koholā Brewery, Peter Merriman created a customized brew called “Pete’s Island Wheat” that will be exclusively offered at select Merriman’s Hawaiʻi and Handcrafted Restaurants.
For years, Peter Merriman has been concerned about viruses like the flu spreading through the air of his restaurants.
So even before the pandemic, Merriman’s restaurant in Kakaako has pumped in enough outdoor air to turn it over 24 times per hour – more air exchanges than the standard hospital operating room.
More recently, he invested in carbon dioxide monitors and ultraviolet disinfection lights for the Oahu restaurant’s HVAC system, plus HEPA filters and carbon dioxide monitors at his Waimea location on Hawaii Island. His other two restaurants on Kauai and Maui are both open-air.
Cheers Magazine article featuring Merriman’s Honolulu along with our Sommelier, Jim Lunchick, with highlights of a few favorite dishes and beverages. The story touches upon everything – from Peter and the start of Merriman’s, our beverage program and our team’s COVID strategies.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to
take in the local cuisine and culture. In Season 4 - Episode 4, Phil experiences the "Aloha Spirit" throughout Oahu and the Big Island ending on Kahua Ranch with Peter Merriman.
Mahalo & Aloha Phil!
This foodie favorite earned a 2019 Emmy Award nod for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.
- Outdoor and/or open-air seating options
- All tables spaced 6' or more apart
- Masks required when not eating or drinking
- Hand sanitizer stations available
- Sanitation of all tables and chairs after each use
- Daily staff health checks
- Ground markers for social distancing
Additional precautions for those sitting inside:
- Check in at the host desk outside
- Glass partitions on all back-to-back booths
- UV germicidal lights in the air handling units
- HVAC system has 24 air changes per hour of fresh, outdoor air
- Dining room windows remain open for increased ventilation
- Commercial grade HEPA filters in the dining room, bathrooms and in front of the kitchen
As we continue to do the right thing for our staff and community, we ask that all of our guests Kokua (come together to respect all).
2020 has not been easy for the wine world. To list off a few hurdles: a globe of bars shut down. A global pandemic. Climate change. California and Oregon facing the most destructive wildfire season in history.
In this ongoing series, we’re speaking with major players in the fine wine world to understand how the year is affecting the luxury wine industry.
Pacific Business News is excited to announce chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman as this year’s Career Achievement honoree for the annual Business Leadership Hawaii awards.
“I’m glad it’s the career [award] and not the lifetime because I thought hey, how old am I?” Merriman said with a laugh.
“It’s a real honor,” he added. “It’s an interesting time to be getting honors — it’s a precarious moment for any business in Hawaii, let alone the restaurant business.”
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We are moving into the second week of the shutdown on Oahu. For those in the food service industry, it has been a long six months grappling with the uncertainty around this health and economic crisis. Planning has been pretty hard to do - most people hoped for a short turnaround but recovery is moving ever so slowly. So many businesses have shut down and many more are hanging by a thread and the supply chain has a taken a hit.
Our show today discusses the challenges facing the food service industry caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Peter Merriman, owner and chef of Merriman's Hawaii, a collection of restaurants across the state;
- Tambara Garrick, incoming chair of the board of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, and vice president of the Maui Pineapple Store; and
- Unyong Nakata, marketing manager, Y. Hata & Co., a 107-year-old Hawaii-based food industry wholesaler.
The inside seating of the Hale ‘Aina Award winner may be closed but the spacious lānai has been revamped for a deliciously grill-centric pop-up restaurant—which pairs perfectly with a Hawai‘i summer of social distancing.
Merriman’s Fish House offers savory Hawaiian flavors to the lucky guests who make it out to the garden isle of Kauai. Although you probably won’t be traveling there anytime in the immediate future, you can still capture the island vibe with these tangy pork and sweet onion quesadillas.
Published Aug. 11, 2020
A list of things you can do during this partial island shutdown from Hawaii Magazine.
Merriman's Chef's enjoyed an inspirational culinary adventure to Mexico City this past September. They experienced the best traditional, modern and street Mexican food, shopped the Coyoacán fresh markets, explored the wonders of Xochimilco canals, and topped the trip off with a Mezcal Tequilla tasting! Starting Tuesday, January 7th, Merriman's at Ward Village in Honolulu will be offering a "Mucho Mahalo" three course menu paying tribute to all the inspiring cuisine of Mexico City.
* For a limited time
Peter Merriman, a decade ago, talking story with Ken Love on the importance of fresh and local in Hawaii.
"Purpose in the Process" podcast interview by Shiloh Coleman. In the interview, Peter and Shiloh cover Peter’s unique approach to hospitality at Merriman’s with questions focusing on how to motivate staff and the importance of sustainability.
Time to dine for a cause! Merriman's Waimea, Maui and Kauai are honored to support Surfrider Hawai’i as a Restaurant Ambassador for the 4th Annual @TravelingPlateHawaii. Dine at Merrimans Waimea, Merriman's Maui, Merriman's Fish House Kauai, or Gourmet Pizza & Burger's by Merriman's in Kauai this August and ask for the “Traveling Plate Special” and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase of The Traveling Plate dish will go directly to Surfrider Hawaii. And to make the deal even more sweet, @konabrewingco will match the donation dollar for dollar!
Help us support Surfrider’s mission, centered on the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, beaches, and waves while enjoying ono food!
Purpose in the Process | Podcast Episode 26: Peter Merriman
In this episode of the Purpose in the Process podcast, renowned chef Peter Merriman discusses his unique approach to hospitality in his restaurants. Why is it that a person always feels welcome when they check-in with his hosts? How does Peter motivate his entire staff to entertain like they are “throwing a party every night,” prepare each and every dish like they are “cooking for their mom,” and consistently go above and beyond to “do the right thing” for every customer they meet?
How is it that the culinary movement now known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine was developed by someone who grew up in a steel mill town in Pennsylvania? Chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman tells his story of falling in love with the people, culture and food of Hawaii – and how that love and respect led to a culinary movement.
Famed chef Peter Merriman is one of the 12 founders of the “Hawaii Regional Cuisine” concept. He was recognized as the 2018 Restaurateur of the Year, after 30 years on the Big Island. Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken talks with Peter about Hawaii Regional Cuisine, his earliest cooking days, his favorite foods, what brought him to Hawaii Island, how he celebrated Hawaii Island (site of his first restaurant) by giving back to the community — and more!