ONO-LICIOUS | DECEMBER 23, 2016 7 MALLINI: Rays on the Bay named ‘top destination’ by Wine Spectator OUR HOURS HAVE CHANGED! MON – FRI 10AM TO 9PM SAT AND SUN 8AM TO 9PM CHRISTMAS BUFFET the opportunity to showcase so many quality, hand-crafted selections from around the world.” It’s just one of many talents that Keith has brought to Rays since becoming general manager of the restaurant in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in food-and-beverage management, Keith oversees all operations at Rays, helping to make it a premier dining experience for visitors and residents. Before coming to Rays, Keith served as general manager and wine director at Prasino Restaurants in Chicago beginning in COME CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS DINNER 5 PM - 10 PM PREMIUM ANGUS PRIME RIB SERVED WITH CREAMY HORSERADISH, BAKED POTATO WITH BUTTER,SOUR CREAM AND CHIVES, FRESH VEGETABLES, OUR HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD AND DINNER SALAD. 8 oz. $23.95 10 oz. $26.95 75-5819 ALII DRIVE • KAILUA-KONA OCEAN FRONT COCONUT GROVE MARKET PLACE 10AM TO 8PM CALL FOR YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY 333-3434 Bongo Ben’s Jtmboe!Dbgf OPEN DAILY FROM 6:30 AM – 10 PM. BREAKFAST SERVED UNTIL 2 PM. HAPPY HOUR DAILY FROM 2 PM – 6 PM. 808-329-9203 2011, where he grand-opened, operated and marketed the family-owned restaurant that soon garnered national attention for its sustainable menu, as well as earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Prior to his tenure at Prasino, Keith served for two years as restaurant director at Sixteen, a Michelin-starred, fine-dining restaurant at Trump International Hotel in Chicago. When Keith returned to Hawaii in 2014, it was a homecoming of sorts, as he had previously spent many years working in the state as a food and beverage director at such resorts as Hotel Hana-Maui, Moana Surfrider in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Keith’s own creation, the Smoldering Guava features strawberry guava from the Big Island blended with Grand Leyenda organic reposado tequila, Sombra Mezcal, and chili peppers. Karen Anderson/ Special to West Hawaii Today Overlooking the manta ray haven of Keauhou Bay, Rays on the Bay features outdoor dining illuminated by fire pits and tiki torches. Courtesy photo Waikiki, and at Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii Island. He also served as general manager at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Hanohano Room. Keith began his well-seasoned career in the capital of awesome cuisine and entertainment: New Orleans. It was in New Orleans that Keith managed Victor’s at the Ritz-Carlton after having launched two of his own namesake restaurants in Louisiana, one called Mallini’s — The Place in Baton Rouge, and the other, L’Economie in New Orleans. With its designation by Wine Spectator this year, Rays on the Bay is among only five restaurants on Hawaii Island, and one of 34 restaurants across the state, to be named as a top destination for wine lovers by the prestigious magazine. Keith’s many innovative programs have included the Volcanic Wine Program and the Ingredients culinary series, highlighting local farms and purveyors. This coming New Year’s Eve, Rays on the Bay will present a prix fixe dinner that includes entertainment and a midnight toast. Price is $120 per person for four courses, which include a glass of Moet Brut Imperial. For an additional $48, enjoy Keith’s personally selected wine pairing options. Champagne packages are also available. For reservations, call 930-4900.
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