As Mother’s Day approaches (May 8) many of us wax nostalgic, especially those whose parent has passed away. We salute the women of the house, give them gifts, serve them breakfast in bed, take them to brunch and well express our love in many ways. Chef Mavro is no exception to the trend. Chef/owner of his eponymous Oahu restaurant—which is debatably the best in the Island—Chef paid tribute to his mother with a touching email that reads:
My mom was an angel. She was half Austrian, half Italian and went to France from Turin with her family at the early age of 2. My grandfather used to have a farm near Aix en Provence, 30 miles north of Marseilles. Thanks to him and visits to his farm, I had the privilege of growing up with the bounty of the land and sea – from the Mediterranean in Marseilles (where I was born) to the Provencal countryside. Not only was my mother was getting all the produce from the farm she was also using the ham, ham hocks & salted pork belly everything made in house. Now that you get the whole picture I must tell you a secret. My mother was not a good cook. She was an angel, very romantic, loving art, always reading and listening to music. She was covering us with love and kindness…but cooking was not her strength. o why was she making the best “pistou” soup in the world? This was a big mystery for my family and me.It is true that her soup was legendary! Since she left me I’m still making her recipe every spring with a lot of emotion and love. I didn’t change a thing from the ingredients to the method… nothing…thinking of her I’m putting the ton of love she used to add as a secret ingredient! So for Mother’s Day dinner, I’m going to be in the dining room serving my mother’s pistou soup as a complimentary additional course. The menus are flexible and this means that four courses becomes five & six courses becomes seven for the same price!
What a nice homage to his Mom. If you happen to be on Oahu for Mother’s Day do treat your Mom to dinner at Chef Mavro’s. She’ll love tasting Mavro’s Mom’s soup and eating the most incredible food she’s ever tasted prepared with much love and skill.
Chef Mavro is located at 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, about a 15-minute cab ride from Waikiki proper. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.