Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gluten Free at the Feast at Lele

The Feast at Lele

I don't think I would have gone to the Feast at Lele if my daughter had not already gone there before, but I am glad I did. Knowing that she had a good time and that the staff had been knowledgeable about gluten, we decided to attend.  Our tickets were marked as gluten free and the person who seated us and served us was waiting for us. I felt really reassured. It happened that there were ten of us in the party and that the Feast serves in portions of four, so it was easy to divide out the gluten free dishes for two. The Feast was held on the beach in Lahaina. (Lele is an old word for Lahaina.) The setting was lovely; the weather was perfect and we picked up Mai Tais on our way to the table as we passed some vendors selling wooden carvings.

The menu is laid out in four distinct sections, each one representing the foods and traditions of a separate area of Polynesia: Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Samoa. Accompanying each set of dishes are dances from each of the areas. First the dishes are served; then the dances for that area follow. Dinner does not move quickly, and by the time they get to the Samoan Fire Dance, the natives are getting restless (and the children are asleep.) We might have left early – opinions were divided – but the Fire Dance was worth the stay.

Gramps holding a passed out child way past her bedtime.

Many of the dishes served were naturally gluten free and that was a nice plus, but when they were not, we were served different dishes to compensate. I've let too much time pass before writing this article and can no longer remember the dishes, but I do remember being grateful that my daughter does not eat scallops, so that I had the wonderful little scallop dish all to my greedy self.
Sauteed Veggies and Rice at the Feast at Lele


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