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June 5, 2008
By CARLA TRACY, Dining Editor
THE WINDY CITY . . . Two well-known Mauians headed to Chicago for the national restaurant show recently and reported eating some great grinds.

“Charlie Trotter’s was an over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Food & Beverage Director Tom Fairbanks of the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, who went there with Executive Chef Tom Muromoto. “We also ate at DelaCost Restaurant, where Chef Douglas Rodriguez is a James Beard award winner. Zagat calls him the ‘most important Latin chef in the restaurant world.’”

Now that this culinary team is well rested and back on the “windy isle,” you may rest assured their Father’s Day champagne brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at KBH will be a winner. Highlights include Asian rack of lamb and slow-roasted prime rib of beef. Willie K will perform and all dads will get a chance to win fun prizes such as golf games, hotel stays and dinners.

The Ale House in Kahului isn’t a place I’d expect to see a Keiki Fun Hour, but sure enough, one is now on the agenda daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’ll have free video games, pool, crayons and coloring books available as well as $1 off on all kids’ meals, board games and free WI-FI for adults (so they have a chance to get some work done),” says Ale House owner Scooter Metcalfe.

Keiki meals include chicken nuggets, pizza bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, corn dogs and spaghetti.

“Sodas and smoothies are available along with ice cream and desserts like pineapple cheese cake, flan and haupia.”

No, Hooters will NOT move into recently vacated Outback in Kahana. Instead, Raul Bermudez will turn it into his third restaurant on Maui.

“It will be Black Angus Steak House and it will open in the middle of July. Raul just went to Nebraska to receive his certification to carry the whole Black Angus line,” says Mel Akamine, general manager. “We’ll also specialize in seafood.”

Managers of the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival to be held June 26 through 29 want to spread the word around about an awesome auction package that attendees may bid on throughout the weekend.

“Not only will the winner be able to spend a fabulous weekend at Kapalua Resort, but they’ll also be supporting the Maui Culinary Academy (who will receive the proceeds) in the process,” says Nancy Cross, vice president of events for Kapalua. “The winning bid will be announced at the Seafood Festival June 29 at 8:30 p.m.”

We almost lost Sushi Chef Craig Shishido to an opportunity in Las Vegas, but now we hear he’ll resurface soon at an upcoming restaurant in South Maui.“I will be the sushi chef at Kaiwa, which will open in the old Fire Dragon Bistro in The Shops at Wailea,” says Craig, the wackiest sushi chef on the planet, when you are seated in front of him. “It’s targeted to open August 1.”

Kaiwa is owned by Chef Isamu Kubota. There are four ventures in Tokyo and two in Honolulu, where Chef Craig is now honing his skills for the new sushi and teppanyaki restaurant.

Ladies looking for hot Euro hunks will find them at Brigit & Bernards Garden Cafe in Kahului during breakfast, beginning this Saturday through June during the Euro ’08 Soccer games on HDTV.

“Meals are served during halftime or in between games,” says Chef-owner Bernard Weber. “We’ll have palatschinken (Austrian for crepes) with berries; two eggs with roesti potatoes with choice of ham, bratwurst, or weisswurst; and bowls of Swiss muesli. Beer is served after 8 a.m.”

Mana‘o Radio’s Kathy Collins’ day job is at Kaunoa Senior Services. She says those “55 and better” may donate $4 for lunch and presentation Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Cathy Nobriga Kim will talk about breast cancer awareness and dish up Roselani Ice Cream’s popular Aloha Cherry Truffle flavor . . . King Estate wine dinner will flow Friday at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa’s Humuhumu. The menu sounds divine.

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Article Photos

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Food and Beverage Director Tom Fairbanks (left) and Executive Chef Tom Muromoto (right) flank world-famous Chef Charlie Trotter at his eponymous restaurant in Chicago.

Photo courtesy Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel



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