There is more to film festivals then merely watching movies. Festivals like Cannes, Telluride and Tribeca have virtual worlds revolving around them, and ours is no different. In addition to celluloid creations, the Maui Film Festival plays host to some of the most elaborate and well-attended Maui foodie parties on the island that were created specifically for the festival goers.
Wailea provides the perfect backdrop for these social affairs; it’s both gorgeous and posh, boasting South Maui’s prestigous resorts and some of the island’s most upscale dining establishments. The MFF’s official beer is Stella Artois, and you’ll see it served thoughout.
The big kickoff is held on Wednesday, with the Opening Twilight Reception. All the celebs and dignitaries swirl around, enjoying the seven-station live cooking featuring fresh local ingredients at Capische? where Executive Chef Brian Etheredge and his team show off their impeccable talent. (See all stations and the menu below.)
The post-movie party on Wednesday night, Starry Night MoonDance, is the festival’s only late night happening. This get-your-groove-on dance party turns Tommy Bahama’s Cafe into a club complete with an elaborate pupu menu. (See complete menu below). DJ mattnifique (@djmattnifique and on Facebook) will get money makers shaking with his blend of hip-hop, reggae and funk. He’s a regular at the Westwood W Hotel, at the Stone Rose in Santa Monica and also spins in Venice. You can get a taste of his sound on his Website, www.djmattnifique.
The festival’s next two events, held on Friday and Saturday, are divine culinary experiences. First find chocolate nirvana at Taste of Chocolate, the only event of its kind on Maui. The Four Season’s Ocean Terrace Lawn is transformed into a haven of exotic chocolate fantasy. Dip, grind and devour your way through chocolate creme chiboust, liquid nitrogen chocolate sorbet, chocolate mousse and peanut butter and chocolate cake, set to the backdrop of live music by INDIO.
On Saturday, wile away the warm afternoon and watch the spectacular sunset from the birds-eye perch on the greens at the Wailea Gold and Emerald golf courses, while enjoying a showcase of the flavors of Wailea along with specialty wines from Southern Wine and Spirits and martinis by Ocean vodka. Eight stations representing the culinary prowess of Wailea’s Matteo’s, Mulligan’s on the Blue, Duo, Spago, Mala Wailea, Joe’s, Gannon’s, Nick’s Fishmarket, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and Capische? will be manned by the executive chefs and their staff. (See full list below.) It’s like going to dinner and getting to order from ten different restaurants–come ready to taste! DJ Ged will be spinning.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Capische? at Hotel Wailea
Capische? Owner & award winning chef Brian Etheredge will wow attendees with truly unique, inventive, and delicious selections complimented by refreshing Stella Artois beer, the Official Beer of the 2010 Maui Film Festival, Ocean vodka cocktails, and Hawaiian Springs Water, the Official Water of the 2010 Maui Film Festival. Feel the romance while enjoying the spectacular sunset view. Live Music Special Surprise, $120 Advance, $150 as of June 16, if available. Includes admission to Wednesday Celestial Cinema.
Station One (raw bar) – On the lanai – Oyster shooters with tomato water, sherry vinaigrette and cucumber salad ceviche selection including local catch, scallop and shrimp ahi tartar rosemary skewers with pomegranate and white truffleStation Two – In the garden – Baby romaine lettuce cups provencal, gorgonzola, fried garlic, shallots, verjus beef carpaccio forks, arugula, horseradish aioli, watermelon radish summer melon tomato caprese skewers with basilStation Three (Grill Station) – In the Garden Grilled Portobello, Herbed Goat Cheese, Buerre Rouge Balsamic Mango Barbecue Shrimp with Pickled Mango Jicama SlawStation Four – In the Garden Beet Raviolis with Artichoke Filling and Hearts of Palm Salad Lobster Raviolis, Vanilla Mascarpone, Lobster Salad Lamb Raviolis, Roasted Pepper Pomodoro, Basil Sous-Vide Sicilian Spiced Catch, Hana Fresh Caponata, Apricot Puree, Pistachio PestoStation Five – Il Teatro Braised Oxtail “Loco Moco” Kabocha Pumpkin Uni Risotto, Quail Egg Proscuitto Wrapped Ahi, Adriatic Salad, Polenta CroutonsStation Six – Il Teatro Seared Day Boat Scallop, Smoked Garbanzo Bean Puree, Golden Frill Pancetta Spiced Duck Breast, Pickled Strawberry Panzanella, Basil, Strawberry FoamStation Seven (Desert) – Lounge Caramel Fountain with Pate a Choux and White Chocolate Mousse, Cardamom Spiced Shortbread Cookies and assortment of fruits
WHERE: Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe at Shops at Wailea
Known as the festival’s hottest dance party, attendees will enjoy appetizers from the kitchen of Tommy Bahama’s Topical Café, complemented by libations courtesy of Tommy Bahama Rum and Stella Artois and hydrated by Hawaiian Springs Water. Dance Music by DJ mattnifique. $60 Advance, $75 as of June 16, if available. You must be over 21 to attend this event.
The Details: Treat yourself to the Festival’s hottest dance party featuring DJ mattnifique (Matt Robinson) who currently holds 3 residencies in Los Angeles and spins for celebrity clientele such Michael Jordan, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Don Cheadle. Fusing Funk, Rock, Reggae and Global Soul Music, you’ll definitely want to have your dancing shoes on! Power up with pupus from the kitchen of Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café, complemented by libations courtesy of Tommy Bahama Rum and Stella Artois, the Official Beer of the Maui FilmFestival, and hydrated by Hawaiian Springs Water, the Official Water of this year’s event. Come prepared to party (21 and over only).
Raw Bar: Tuna and snapper sashimi, Green mussels dynamite, Shrimp and crab on ice served with cocktail sauce. Ceviche in wonton cups. This will be an action station and being made as the guests move through the line.
Hot/cold appitizers: Spinach and artichoke dip, Crab Dip, Roasted Vegetables, Caviar on crustinis, Fresh Breads, Fruit and Cheese Palm Tree Display
Hot Food: Lamb chops, Lightly Fried Spicy Tuna roll, Chicken Satay with peanut sauce, Stir Fry Shrimp and Vegetables
WHEN: Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:00 PM-MIDNIGHT
WHERE: Ocean Terrace Lawn at Four Seasons Maui
Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for chocolate lovers. Attendees will enjoy many decadent chocolate treats including liquid nitrogen chocolate sorbet, baked chocolate mousse, chocolate olive panini and white chocolate Grand Marnier cheesecake, while they discover the sweet side of the island. Live Music by INDIO. $120 Advance, $150 as of June 16, if available. Includes admission to Friday Celestial Cinema
Menu: Flambeed Banana’s, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel, Warm Lime Curd Tart, Chocolate Crème Chiboust, Liquid Nitrogen Chocolate Sorbet, Chocolate Olive Panini, Chocolate “Donuts”, Chocolate Banana Milkshakes, Homemade Liliko’i Marshmallows, Pistachio Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Angel Food Cake, Fresh Pineapple, Strawberries and Banana Chocolate Shortbread, Lemon White Chocolate Cream, Slow Roasted Strawberries, Baked Chocolate Mousse, Oranges and Basil, Chocolate Panna Cotta, Apricot Foam, Peppermint Chocolate Gelee with Beets and Raspberry, White Chocolate Grand Marnier Cheesecake, Graham Cracker Streusel, Chocolate Lavender Emulsion, Fresh Berries, Coffee Mousseline, Chocolate Ganache, Almond Sponge, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake, Grape Reduction
WHEN: Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM – 7:00PM
WHERE: Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses
The crown jewel event of Maui Film Festival’s culinary arts celebrations, Taste of Wailea will be presented by Wailea Resort’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by an engagingly robust and delicate assortment of fine wines, refreshing Stella Artois on draft, exotic Maui-tinis from Ocean Vodka, and Hawaiian Springs Water. $95 advance, $120 at the door if available. Ticket price includes admission to Saturday Celestial Cinema. Due to liquor laws, no one under 21 years of age will be admitted to this event. Free shuttles to this spectacular location from all Wailea Resort hotels & Wailea Special Event parking area.
The Presenting Restaurants and Menu:
Brian Etheredge, Capische? – Kabocha Pumpkin Gnocchi with Lavender Brown Butter and Alfredo Tomato Summer Melon Gazpacho, Hana Fresh Cucumber Salad
Isaac Bancaco, Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a at the Grand Wailea – Maine Lobster and Smoked Pork Belly Shu-Mai with Spicy Chinese Mustard, Baby Watercress, Humuhumunukunukuapua`a’s own “Ahupua’a Roll”: Alaskan Snow crab, Asparagus, Cucumber wrapped with American Kobe beef & Toasted Black sesame aioli
Bev Gannon, Joe’s & Gannon’s – Seafood Jambalaya, Meatloaf Slider with Cole Slaw, Crab cake with Dijon mustard sauce Short ribs with three cheese mac and cheese
Gino Sarmiento & Tylun Pang, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui – Nick’s Fishmarket – Maui Macadamia Nut Shrimp with Kula Lavender Honey Seared Diver Scallops, Kula Corn Tart, Champagne Nage, Avruga Caviar
Corey Waite, Mala Wailea – Homemade Ahi Burger Sliders Served with Tartar Sauce, Roma Tomatoes, and Micro Greens on a Sweet Bun; Crispy Brussel Sprouts With Fresh Mint and Soy Ginger Sauce
Cameron Lewark, Spago – Spicy Ahi Tuna “Poke” in Sesame-Miso Cones Chili Aioli, Tosa Soy, Bonito, Green Onions, Tobiko and Pickled Ginger “Sweet & Sour” Glazed Island Fish in Lettuce Cups, Opakapaka and Mahi Mahi with Macadamia Nuts and Ginger Vinaigrette
Roger Stettler, Four Seasons Resort, Duo – Haiku Tomato and Mozzarella, Liquid Nitrogen Basil Sorbet Or House Made Hot Dog, Caramelized Maui Onions, Pretzel Bread
Matteo Mistura & Michael Meier, Matteo’s & Mulligan’s on the Blue – Mini Calzone: Spicy Italian Sausage, Spinach, Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry Ravioli: Home-made Seafood Ravioli, Organic Tomatoes in Vermentino White Wine Sauce, Panna Cotta: Chilled Italian Custard, Lilikoi Coullis, Harp Battered Fish and Chips, Mulligan’s Rueben Sandwich, Baileys Chocolate Mousse