Haliimaile General Store & Gannon's - A Pacific View Restaurant - Makawao, HI
Beverly “Bev” Gannon is Maui’s favorite chef—bar none. There is no arguing with the 2007 tally of votes by readers of The Maui News and Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s own write-in votes from chef colleagues naming Bev as the “Best Chef on Maui.” Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in the Jewish tradition of eat, eat, eat, Gannon reminisces, “It’s what really got me interested in food and its preparation.”
As chef/owner of Haliimaile General Store in Upcountry, Joe’s Bar & Grill in Wailea, Gannon’s on the Wailea Emerald Gold Golf Course, and owner of the longest-running catering company on the island—Celebrations Catering— Beverly Gannon is perhaps best known to foodies as one of the 12 original founders of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement. Each of her three restaurants offers different menu options but all feature island-fresh ingredients and flavors that define her style and personality.
Gannon was nominated in 2004 for the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Hawaii/Pacific Northwest” and as Corporate Chef of Hawaiian Airlines, her food was named “Best Food in the Air in North America” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler (2003, 2004 and 2006). She has also made numerous television appearances including NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, and multiple shows on cable’s popular Food Network. She was further honored as one of the Great Chefs of Hawaii, a series on the Discovery Channel.
She has also received numerous local awards for her culinary accomplishments—honored by her peers with the Maui No Ka Oi Aipono Award for “Chef of the Year” in 2006; Honolulu Magazine’s coveted Hale Aina Award in 1999 and again for five years in a row 2002-2006, and she was proclaimed Maui’s “Best Chef” in 1997, 2007, 2009 and again in 2010 by readers of The Maui News.
After years of having customers and friends beg for her recipes, Gannon granted their wishes with The Haliimaile General Store Cookbook, published in 2001 by prestigious cookbook publisher 10 Speed Press (Berkeley, California). Following the success of her first cookbook, Gannon published her second cookbook in 2009, Family Style Meals at the Haliimaile General Store which has become a favorite among fans.