Restaurant anniversary benefits school

POIPU — To celebrate its fifth anniversary on Thursday, Merriman’s served up something special for Malama Kauai.

The restaurant donated 20 percent of food sales to the Kauai School Garden Network’s farm-to-school programs.

”Every one can enjoy some good food while helping to teach the young people about good food and healthy living,” said Megan Fox of Malama Kauai. 

Elizabeth Ferrer, a Merriman’s spokeswoman, said the restaurant is a pioneer in the “farm-to-table” concept, serving locally grown and caught food.

Ferrer said Chef Mark Arriola has a home garden and raises his own hens for eggs for both his family and the restaurant.

Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, assistant real estate manager at The Shops at Kukuiula, said Merriman’s and Arriola were integral in the establishment of the successful Kauai Culinary Market, held weekly on Wednesday.

 “In 2010, we created the weekly Kauai Culinary Market featuring Kauai Grown products and products created using locally-grown items,” she said. “This is in line with Merriman’s operating philosophy and Chef Arriola was integral in helping create the popular Chef’s Demonstrations. Merriman’s not only talks Farm to Table, they live it.”

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