We’ll find out who won Maui’s culinary achievement awards at the 13th annual ‘Aipono Awards Gala on Sunday, April 26. The annual Maui No Ka Oi Magazine event will be held at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Ocean Lawn. The Awards gala not only celebrates Maui’s culinary industry, it is a benefit for the students of UH-Maui College’s Culinary Academy.
During the event, atendees will be transported to the Casbah for a celebration with a Mediterranean/North African theme; no magic carpet required, but costumes are welcome for “Maui’s Most Sheikh Event.”.
The gala will begin with a 5:30pm reception under the stars that will feature the Chambers & Chambers Wine Experience and innovative pupu by the Culinary Academy chef/instructors. The gala then moves inside a festive tent for the awards ceremony and a three-course feast prepared by the chefs of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Maui: Executive Sous Chef Ikaika Manaku, Westin Maui Resort & Spa; Executive Chef Greg Gaspar, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; and Executive Chef Francois Milliet, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
Maui No Ka Oi readers cast their votes last December for awards in nearly three-dozen categories including Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Best New Restaurant and Best Oceanfront Dining.
Following the gourmet dinner and awards presentation, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Black Rock Lounge will keep the ‘Aipono celebration going with an After Party beginning at 9pm.
The ‘Aipono Awards Gala benefit for Maui Culinary Academy began in 2003. Ticket sales for the gala have generated more than $250,000 for the school, as well as scholarships for culinary students. Students also enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event as they help to prepare the gala’s dinner.
Tickets to the event are on sale now: $205 for individuals, $2,100 for tables of ten, and $3,000 for sponsor tables of ten. Tickets can be purchased online at MauiMagazine.net/Aipono, or call 808-242-8331 during business hours.
Special kamaaina room rates available for gala attendees April 26–29, 2015, starting at $189 plus tax, per night, at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Valid Hawaii ID required. Call 808-921-4646 and mention AIPONO for reservations.
Photo courtesy Sheraton Maui Resort