I hope you all took advantage of all the discounted dining deals that the Kamaaina month of September had to offer. Now that it’s October, the deals are over but there are lots of events coming up to get our juices flowing.
Ocean’s rolls out its new Big Easy menu, rocking it New Orleans-style: garlicky or Cajuny seafoods like snow and Dungeness crab, shrimp, steamed clams and mussels, plus corn on the cob, potatoes and sausages on the Down and Dirty menu, or sup up the Southern charm in their Southern Fried Classics menu featuring fried oysters, catfish, shrimp and clams. Find these NOLA greats and Pacifico drafts on Fridays and Saturdays 4 to 10pm. Extra napkins, please!
The Fairmont Kea Lani hosts the 15th annual Noble Chef on Oct. 22. This is Maui Culinary Academy’s biggest fundraiser of the year, which all the foodies flock to. This year the student teams will showcase eight different appetizers at the Ocean’s vodka and Young’s Market cocktail reception, which starts at 5:30. The student teams will be mentored by Vincent DeRosa, Picasso’s Cafe; Samuel Faggetti, Four Seasons Resort; Ryan Ferguson, TS Restaurants; Lyndon Honda, Maui Brewing Company; James McDonald, I’o, Pacific’o and Feast at Lele; Peleg Miron, Spago; Sheldon Simeon, Star Noodle; and Ryan Urig, Ritz Carlton Kapalua. Patrons will vote on their favorite appetizer.
The Noble Chef event raises funds for an endowment supporting culinary education. The dinner menu is by Maui Culinary Academy Chefs Jake Belmonte, Tom Lelli and Kyle Kawakami and will be served at 7pm. The dessert extravaganza is at 8:30pm, and features Celebrity Chef Stanton Ho with Maui Culinary Academy Chefs Teresa Shurilla and Chelsie Higgins. Tickets are still available for $150 per person. Please call Marilyn Fornwall at UH Foundation at (808) 984-3261 for more information.
We don’t have the leaves turning to tell us its autumn, but we do have the Fall Harvest Festival at the Haku Baldwin Center. There will be craft fairs, a farmers market, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a food and bake sale and a keiki costume contest that starts at 9:30am. The event runs Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9am to 3pm at 444 Makawao Ave. Bring the whole family, but no pets, please. Call 572-9129 for more info.
Kim Lutz and the hard working brew crew at Maui Brewing Company deserves a round of applause! (Or should it be shots of whiskey?) Either way, they helped Maui Brewing Co win the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) for their La Perouse White. The GABF is the worlds largest commercial beer competition, and Maui Brewing Company was up against 52 other entries in the Belgian style Witbier category.
“I was ecstatic to hear ‘La Perouse’ over the speakers!” said Garrett Marrero, owner of Maui Brewing Co. “We had, just two days earlier, announced this beer was to be our next limited release for Spring 2012. I’m very proud of Kim in her efforts to perfect this lovely representation of Belgian Witbier brewed with local fruit.” Also, all of their beer is now brewed by the sun: the production facility recently announced that its solar powering system is complete, and even powers an electric car for business use.
The Maui Brewing Co. will be hosting their second annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 29, with all proceeds benefiting the Pacific Cancer Foundation. The event will go from 1-5pm at the Old Lahaina Pump Arena at Waine’e Park, next to the Aquatic Center. Besides having an incredible beer garden with guest breweries, there will be live music by Glenn Kakagawa, Visibly Shaken and Kulewa, as well as food tents from Donna’s Dogs, Iron Imu, Beach Bums, Famous Dave’s, Outrigger Pizza and Maui Culinary Academy. It’s only $5 to get in the door. For more info call (808) 661-6205.
Got a hot food scoop? Contact Jen Russo at 808-280-3286 or fax to 808-244-0446.