4th Annual Wailea Food & Wine Celebration
5:30-8:30pm, Hotel Wailea
Friday, November 19
Sumptuous, globe-spanning wines, delicious food and fine art come together in one fabulous fundraiser (for Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center) at the 4th annual Wailea Food and Wine Celebration. The event—this year dubbed li‘ula i Wailea (“twilight at Wailea”)—is like no other on-island, a true paradise for aficionados of visual and gustatory delights.
Participating chefs create a wide range of pairings. Seafood dishes include south of the border Hamachi from Cuatro, curried lobster bisque and Dan Fisk’s “A Private Maui Chef” line-caught Haiku smoked Marlin. The chefs at Three’s Bar and Grill are always thinking outside the box, and will present lamb and foie gras roulade with shiitake, prosciutto and arugula and crispy goat cheese polenta cake with blackberry and raspberry compote.
The team at Maui Culinary Academy will offer shichimi-spiced shrimp with avocado and a tomato gazpacho, and a grilled asparagus crostini. Cafe O’ Lei is going hearty with whole-roasted pig and Chinese sweet buns. Pasta from Capische? is an art form itself—kabocha pumpkin gnocchi with lavender alfredo. Spago’s pan Asian influence inspires a Korean kalbi with pineapple kim chee. And be sure to save room for fresh homemade gelato from Zia Maria.
This amazing menu is going to be even more memorable with the 200 wines available to taste. Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants sponsors the event and has dedicated itself to upping the ante each year.
Jim Powlan of Chambers and Chambers, who organizes the event, says, “I wanted to find a way to use the wineries to give back to the community.” He also says they’ve expanded significantly: “This year we have 29 winemakers and representatives from wineries, up from six last year.”
While they’ll have fine wines from all over the world—Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain and the Pacific Northwest—the longest list is from California. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the most fascinating winemakers in the industry. Rob Sinskey has a certified biodynamic Napa winery and creates organic wines, and says it “doesn’t make sense to create a toxic environment for something we are all going to enjoy.” John and Karen Bergstrom will fly in from their Oregon family-owned winery, Bergstrom Wines. Ronald Du Preez moved from South Africa to take an internship at the certified green Jordan Winery in 2000 and was promoted to assistant winemaker just three years later. Also attending, and sharing their unique stories: Larry Turley, Turley Wine Cellar; Dan Morgan Lee, Morgan Winery; Ray and Diana Goff, Amavi/Pepperbridge Winery; Michael Dashe, Dashe Cellars; Johannes Selbach, Selbach Wines; and Suzanne Chambers, Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants.
Perhaps one of the most exciting elements is the auction, where, after sipping to your heart’s content, you can generously bid (supporting the arts on Maui) on amazing works of art from Douglas Chun, Dick Nelson, Pam Andelin and Timothy Cummings. Also up for bid: a remarkable trip to wine country with a stay at the Olive House at the Turley Wine Cellars property, nestled among the 100-year-old olive grove in St. Helena, California. Three exclusive VIP tasting experiences are packaged in, including Swanson Vineyards, Turley Wine Cellars and the ZD Wines Abacus tour.
By designating the Hui No‘eau as the beneficiary of the event (with 100 percent of the after-cost proceeds donated), Chambers and Chambers and attendees are touching the lives and artistic endeavors of more than 10,000 people on Maui. The Hui serves the Maui community with educational programs, running art classes and camps at its Baldwin Avenue location, and also with outreach. With our own public institutions struggling to provide quality art education, the Hui fills some of that need. Last year the event raised $10,000 and their goal this year is to increase that by $5,000. With all the great enticements on offer, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Got a hot food scoop? Contact Jen Russo at 280-3386 or fax to 244-0446.
Can’t Get Enough Wining & Dining?
Larry Turley, winemaker at Turley Wine Cellar, and Chef Bev Gannon have paired up to offer an incredible evening of wines and food at Gannon’s Restaurant in Wailea on Thursday evening starting at 6pm. The wines featured are exclusive, hand-picked by Turley, and aren’t available in Hawaii. They include, to name a few, the Albane Roussane 1999, El Porron Cinsault 2008, Black Sears Zinfandel 1998 and Delinquent Zinfandel 2001.
Six courses from Chef Gannon will spoil even the most gourmand of foodies, starting with the butter poached lobster with tarragon, avocado, trumpet mushrooms, hearts of palm and vanilla bean emulsion in the first course down to the Roquefort trifle with quince compote chocolate caramel Hawaiian sea salt tarts in the final course. Other delectable dishes include the Terrine of pork and rabbit with cherries, venison loin with black pepper biscuits, morel mushroom gravy and milk and honey-poached foie gras. Hungry yet?
Gannon’s is located at the Wailea Emerald & Gold Golf Courses, 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Visit gannonsrestaurant.com for more information.