AROUND THE TOWN. . . Wanna cook something special for Thanksgiving this year? Maui Prime Fine Foods at the Emerald Plaza in Lahaina is selling turdukens.
Whole turkeys, ducks and chickens are deboned, laid out flat with the turkey on the outside, layered with cornbread, then shaped together as one big bird.
"We're bringing them in assembled because they are such a pain to make. And, boy, are they good," says Maui Prime's owner Carey Button.
Becca Burns of RB Black Angus Steak House in Kahana presents lunch items such as the Reuben sandwich and beef skewers. The restaurant and the lounge are also open for dinner.
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All you have to do is pop your turduken in the oven.
"It looks like a big animal and it's absolutely gorgeous," says Carey. "It's 100 percent meat, so a 15-pound bird feeds 20 to 25 people."
Other T-Day items to buy at Maui Prime are free-range turkeys, and Andouille sausage and fresh oysters to put into your stuffing.
Speaking of Thanksgiving-related ideas, Joy's Place in Kihei will host a cooking class at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Keolahou Church Dining Hall.
The Smart Eating class features soups of quick creamy broccoli and pumpkin wild rice apple, Indian dahl and even spelt flat breads. Cost of $40 includes samples and recipes. Call 879-9258.
MAUI MEAL DEALS . . . Here is "recession-proof meal" and it will be valid until the end of the month at all participating L&L Hawaiian Barbecue eateries in Hawaii and on the Mainland.
"Hawaii is bursting with joy with the Obama win," says L&L's Brandon Dela Cruz. "To celebrate the victory of our Hawaii born-and-raised U.S. president-elect, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is offering one of his favorite dishes, kalua pork and cabbage, for $3.99."
We also hear Alexander's Fish & Chips at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center is drawing them in with the new warm flat bread fish wraps. The $6.99 meal includes French fries, hapa rice or coleslaw. Choose from ono or sea bass with preparations such as pesto-grilled with red-pepper aioli; or Cajun-grilled in a Volcano spice style with wasabi mayo, according to owner Kennan Randolph.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Some top Maui chefs boated to the friendly isle of Molokai for the annual food expo and fun was had by all, according to Scott McGill of Hula Grill in Kaanapali.
"We did cooking demos and made dishes using Molokai products, and sold items to raise money for the Chamber," says McGill. "After the event, we barbecued and talked story and enjoyed a nice dinner on the beach with family and friends."
Participating chefs included Tom Muromoto and Chris Napolean of Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Ben Marquez of Maui Culinary Academy and Michael Gallagher of Morrad food service.
By the way, Hula Grill is continuing with its three-course chef's tasting menu at $21.95 with a portion of proceeds going to the Maui Food Bank.
Roy's Kihei will flow with a Beaujolais dinner Friday. It features five courses, each paired with different Beaujolais wine. Price is $60 in advance, and $70 at the door. Savor crispy duck breast, Kurobuta pork, lobster roulade, filet, dungeness crab claw, mustard-crusted lamb - and dessert of chocolate souffle.
The Melting Pot in Lahaina will host Girls Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Enjoy four-courses of fondue with your gal pals, and fashions and fun by Soliel Luna, Epitome Clothing and Love Shack. "Last month's inaugural Girls Night Out brought in more than 200 women from all over Maui," says General Manager Cindy Dellefave.
Son'z at Swan Court in the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will host a wine feast Friday with Hall Winery of Napa Valley. The "Hall of Nothing Maui Style" dinner will feature hamachi tartlets with ume and creme fraiche, Asian-braised short ribs, New York steaks soaked in Kona coffee, and winter-apple cobblers with caramel creme Anglaise.
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