Now celebrating its fifth year, the Wailea Food & Wine Celebration features Maui’s top chefs and vintners, a fine art and fine dining auction, music and the joyful company of artists and friends. Good company. Stunning views. Relaxed atmosphere. Worthy cause.
Surrounded by the peaceful ambiance and tropical views from the Hotel Wailea, guests will experience incredible culinary variety while comparing the exquisite wines provided by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants. With past years’ esteemed company including vintners from Grgich Hills Estate, Jordan Winery, Justin Vineyards & Winery and Shafer Vineyards as well as chefs from Capische?, Five Palms Restaurant, MCC Culinary Academy and Spago Maui, this year’s event promises food and wine of the highest caliber. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an auction for an elegant four-course catered dinner and wine pairing for 18 at the Hui No‘eau’s historic Kaluanui Estate.
When Chambers & Chambers designated the Hui as the beneficiary of the event, they touched the lives and artistic endeavors of more than 10,000 people on Maui. The Hui serves the island with educational programs, running art classes and camps at their Baldwin Avenue location, and also with outreach in the community. With our own public education institutions struggling to provide quality art education, the Hui fulfills some of that need. Chambers & Chambers set the event so that 100 percent of proceeds after cost goes to the Hui.
This event will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Hotel Wailea, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are $150, ($100 of which is tax deductible). Visit the Hui online at huinoeau.com to purchase your tickets today or call 572-6560.
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Can you say “Garde Manger” in French five times fast? Good, me neither. Despite struggling with its pronunciation, it’s one of my favorite art forms in food. The French culinary arts began to cultivate garde manger style in pre-revolutionary France, when food was stored in the cold basements of castles. Thank goodness modern refrigeration has improved food storage and allowed garde manger and its branches of charcuterie and sculpture to flourish. Come celebrate the most modern of garde manger styles blossoming with student chefs at the “Well Seasoned” tasting at Maui Culinary Academy, the name inspired by the seasons.
Presented by The Maui Culinary Academy in The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant Thursday, Nov. 17, diners will experience a tasting of 12 appetizers inspired by the four seasons, including Spicy Carnitas with Vegetable Escabeche, Summer Citrus Seafood Ceviche, Caramelized Figs with Goat Cheese on Brioche and Muscovy Duck Confit on Sweet Potato Gaufrette. For a nice finish, dessert items will include Petit Fours and hand-made chocolates.
For anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly compressed watermelon would taste like when it’s paired with Feta cheese (sweet and savory, with a velvety smooth texture), the upcoming Well Seasoned event should satisfy even the most adventurous of culinary aficionados.
“The concept of Well Seasoned is to provide the opportunity for MCA’s brightest students to showcase their skills and talents,” said Garde Manger instructor Craig Omori. “It’s a great chance for the public to experience dining with some of Maui’s future chefs.”
Well Seasoned is open to the public, and the cost is $35/person. The event is from 5:30-7:30pm. Seating is limited. Diners should RSVP by calling Sally Cool at 984-3367.
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What’s your pleasure? A gourmet sit-down, four-course Thanksgiving Dinner or an amazing epicurean buffet? Either way, Westin Ka‘anapali Resort Villas is prepared to host you. The Ocean Pool Bar and Grill’s menu is tantalizing, and their buffet features seafood, cheese and fruits, carving stations, salads, hot selections and desserts. They will be serving their Thanksgiving Day buffet from 3 to 8pm. The price is $48 per adult and $24 per child, age 4 to 12.
At Pulehu they begin serving their elaborate four courses from 4:30pm through 9pm. The price there is $50 per adult and $21 additional to pair with wine, with $15 for keiki age 4 to 12. Courses are named in Italian, and the pairings feature Kung Fu Girl, 3 Saints, Martin Ray and Limoncello. The menu features Insalata with Hirabara spinach, Zuppe Kona lobster and Kabocha bisque, Classico roasted turkey with Fontina truffle stuffing, and Dolci almond pastry with Lemoncello custard. Bon Appetit!
And if you’re casing kama’aina deals for your turkey feast, then you have two amazing options. Both Gerard’s Lahaina and Spago Wailea have stood up to the call and will be offering their Maui resident discounts for the holiday. Just be sure to make reservations and bring your ID.
Gerard’s will be serving a special Thanksgiving Entrée ($38) in addition to their entire `a la carte menu. They will also honor the 20 percent Kama’aina Discount on Thanksgiving.
And Spago’s buy one entree, get one free deal stands for Thanksgiving. They will have a Thanksgiving menu or you can order from their usual menu that changes daily.
Got a hot food scoop? Contact Jen Russo at 808-280-3286 or fax to