The Gannon’s ‘Ohana
The Gannon’s ‘Ohana is here to provide the wedding of your dreams! From your menu details to the perfect location, we are here to create the perfect event for you. We will offer sound advice, expertly chosen menus, and stunning sites for your special day.
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, Bev reminisces, “It’s what really got me interested in food and its preparation.”
As chef/owner of Hali`imaile General Store in Upcountry, Joe’s in Wailea, Gannon’s, a Pacific View Restaurant on the Wailea Emerald Gold Golf Course; and owner of the longest-running catering company on the island, Celebrations Catering, Bev is perhaps best known to foodies as one of the 12 original founders of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement which champions the concept of using fresh local ingredients in island menus rather than importing ingredients from out-of-state. Each of her three restaurants offers different menu options but all feature island-fresh ingredients and flavors that define Bev’s particular style and personality.
The recognition that Bev has gained for her island-influenced dishes has built a following of critical acclaim across the country. Bev was nominated in 2004 for the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Hawaii/Pacific Northwest” and as Corporate Chef of Hawaiian Airlines (1999-2010), her food was named “Best Food in the Air in North America” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler (2003, 2004 and 2006.) Bev 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 Hawai‘i, 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 Ai’pono Award for “Lifetime Acheivement” in 2013 and “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, Chef Bev granted their wishes with The Hali‘imaile General Store Cookbook, published in 2001 by prestigious cookbook publisher 10 Speed Press (Berkeley, California). Her recipes have also appeared in Anthony Dias Blue’s book America’s Kitchen (1995) and she’s the only Hawaii chef included in Women of Taste, a cookbook that showcases 30 of America’s best female chefs (1997). Following the success of her first cookbook, in 2009 Bev published her second cookbook, “Family Style Meals at the Hali‘imaile General Store” which has become a favorite among her fans the world over.
From celebrated chef, successful restaurateur, airline Corporate Chef to published writer, Bev Gannon is a culinary celebrity whose star continues to rise to delectable new heights.
BRET SCOTT PAFFORD
Gannon’s Restaurant is proud to have Bret Scott Pafford as our Executive Chef. Chef Pafford’s culinary style blends contemporary American cuisine with hearty European traditions to create a flavorful menu based on seasonal availability. His adventurous side is evident in his passion for procuring the world’s finest ingredients, no matter how exotic or difficult to come by. This passion, coupled with his commitment to using only seasonal organic vegetables and premium meat and fish, results in a menu full of character and spontaneity. Chef Pafford brings together flavor, texture and presentation to conjure a masterful balance of taste.Early on he realized that he wanted to be a chef, and on graduating from high school, immediately enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in New York. After several key posts in New York and California, Chef Pafford cooked alongside great chefs like Sottha Kuhn from Le Cirque and Jean-Louis Palladin at Restaurant Palladin in Times Square. He also apprenticed at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Gary Danko in San Francisco and Voigner in San Mateo. His experience includes a Chef de Cuisine position at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa under James Beard Chef Michael Otsuka. After extensive experience with food and beverage management, he now works in collaboration with esteemed Chef Beverly Gannon.
Director of Sales
Susan was born and raised in Southern California and has always had a love of cooking and entertaining. After graduating with honors from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Susan moved to Maui and began working at Mama’s Fish House and as a personal chef. With sights on large scale events, she joined The Grand Wailea Resort catering team. After being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Susan started working the “front of the house” booking and planning wedding dinners and special events for the resort. Currently Susan serves as the Director of Sales & Special Events at Gannon’s where she brings over 16 years experience with destination events. You can relax knowing you’re in experienced and capable hands so you can enjoy one of the most important days of your life.