Aipono Dinner Tonight at Pulehu with Charles Fredy and Chefs Francois Milliet and Wesley Holder


If you haven’t made plans for tonight, then let me do it it for you. There are still reservations available for the ‘Aipono wine dinner tonight to benefit Maui Culinary Academy.

“Last year’s event was truly successful and we are looking forward to similar success this year,” says Sumithra Balraj, Director of Public Relations. “Proceeds of the event will not only benefit Maui Culinary Academy but four culinary students from the college have also been invited this evening to join Sous Chef Wesley Holder in preparation of the course-by-course dinner. It is a great opportunity for the students to train with the finest. For the wine portion, wine sommelier Charles Fredy from Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants will be joining us.”

The Aipono series of wine dinners have been a wonderful program put together by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine.

Pulehu, an Italian Grill, has been the recipient of Maui No Ka Oi’s Silver Aipono award for the past two consecutive years. This evening, resort Executive Chef Francois Milliet and Pulehu Sous Chef Wesley Holder will present a five-course Northern Italian Wine Dinner. Seats are still available! Call to enjoy an exquisite wine dinner and lend support for a worthy cause.

The Amazing Grape – A Journey Through The World’s Best Wine Regions

Venue: Pulehu, an Italian Grill (The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas)

Date: Wednesday, April 4

Time: 5:30pm – Reception / 6:00pm – Dinner

Price: $85.00 per person

Reservations: 808-667-3254

In addition to Charles, fine wine specialist Gil Telles from Chambers & Chambers will also be present to share insight and expertise on the wines that will be presented during dinner. According to Charles, the wine collection showcased this evening was designed to be food driven, complementing each menu course created by Chef Wes. “While the Zardetto Cuvee and Tiefenbrunner are also popular as pre or after dinner wines to be enjoyed at the bar, the other wine selections are more rustic than the usual Californian selection most are used to,” said Charles. “These wines are the perfect introduction into Italy and the level of quality is phenomenal,” he added.  Three regions will be represented at the wine dinner including Tuscany and the region which is in the northeast corner of Italy, close to Germany.

Here is the complete list of wines with vintage:

Zardetto Cuvee, Prosecco, Veneto NV

Tiefenbrunner , Pinot Grigio, Tre Venezie, 2010

Castello di Bosi, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2007

Andrea Oberto, Barolo, Piedmont, 2007

Allegrini, Amaroni, Valpolicella, Veneto, 2007

Mauicello, Lemon Liqueur, Maui

REVISED Aipono Wine Dinner 2012.04.04