Tutus bring heirloom recipes to the menu at Highway Inn

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Highway Inn is built on a legacy of sharing Hawaiian food and local favorites throughout the generations. Now its third generation owner, Monica Toguchi Ryan, is starting a new project– Tutu’s Kitchen– which not only shares heirloom recipes but makes a connection between food, family, and community. Hawaii Now host Kanoe Gibson talked to the owner about the program and even got a taste of the dish that will be served up by Highway Inn’s first tutu.

Ryan originally got the Tutu’s Kitchen idea after reading an article about an Italian restaurant in Staten Island, New York, which brings grandmothers from different cultures into its kitchen and brings a twist to the restaurant’s traditional Italian menu.

“I thought, what a great idea,” said Ryan. “Grandmothers are known for their cooking and (being) the keeper of family recipes and heirloom recipes. I thought, from a cultural perspective, it would really work nicely here at Highway Inn.”

Beginning February 1, 2019, Highway Inn will invite Hawaii tutus into its kitchen to work with the chef and kitchen staff and create their favorite recipe. Highway Inn will include the dish on its menu every Tuesday and Thursday and donate a portion of the proceeds from that dish to Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an organization which promotes the achievement of women in the culinary industry.

About Highway Inn
Seiichi Toguchi had a passion for cooking and a dream to serve Hawaiian food to the local community.  He and his wife Nancy opened the first Highway Inn on Farrington Highway in Waipahu in 1947. With lines out the door, they eventually outgrew their space twice before opening their current restaurant on Leoku Street in 1984 under the ownership of their son Bobby.

In an effort to offer customers more of the food they love, Toguchi opened Highway Inn Seafood Market in 2000, which now serves over 20 varieties of poke. Toguchi also started Highway Inn Catering and Events which provides Hawaiian food and local favorites to baby luau, graduation parties and corporate functions. In 2013 Highway Inn opened its 2nd location in Kaka‘ako. Now in our third generation of family ownership, Monica Toguchi continues her grandparents’ legacy and tradition of serving “A Taste of Old Hawai‘i.”

For more information: myhighwayinn.com