1st Annual What's Cookin Chicago Summer Luau

Each year, my husband and I host 2 major events for our group, What's Cookin Chicago. We celebrate with a blow out Thanksgiving event and a Holiday event. Many members have suggested to do a summer event to add to our entertaining repertoire so this year we hosted our First Annual Summer Luau. It was a fabulous day with an awesome turnout of over 100 members joining us! Next year we will definitely do our best to top this first annual luau, although as it stands, it may be tough to beat! Here are some pictures of the all day affair where folks came out in full "alohawear" to match our colorful and delicious table of Hawaiian inspired eats... (Click on the links for recipes!)

My parents and I definitely went all out and put in quite a bit of time and effort in planning/preparing the event. Thank you to all those that attended and made it all worth it!

Setting up the table...

Tropical Sangria Bar

Yumi's Spam Masubi

Beef Tapa

Lechon Kawali (Roasted Pork)

Chicken Afritada

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon & Hot Dogs

Guillermo's Argentinian Beef Empanadas

Harv's Pineapple & Mango Upside Down Cake

Kurt's US Jello Salad

Joelen's Pineapple Upside Down Cake


  1. That looked so fun and so yummy!! I wanna come next year!

  2. It looks like you and your family spent a tonne of time preparing for this event. Excellent job! Looks amazing.