PASS THE BALL . . A certain chef from Maui was featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" show in an inauguration segment, when he prepared dinner at The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City.
Executive Chef John Zaner's regular job is at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. But for his TV duties on the east coast, he also wowed audiences with another cooking segment on the Channel 9 affiliate.
In addition, the Ritz here will get you in the Super Bowl XLIII groove Sunday with a special lunch menu at its Beach House Lawn oceanfront and outside.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua photo
Watch football action this Super Bowl Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Beach House Lawn.
A 12-foot projector screen will show the live action and you may savor the Arizona chipotle-glazed chicken wings, Pittsburgh Roethlis burgers, and parmesan-cheese fries along with $5 drafts.
Hosting Super Bowl parties at home? Take note that Takamiya Market in Happy Valley will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Call early to order your Korean ribs, pupu and sashimi platters and tako and ahi poke trays.
The place to go for armchair quarterbacks in Makawao is the annual party at Stopwatch Sports Bar & Grill.
"This is our no-cover, adults-only event," says Manager Haru Hiu-Arian. "We'll have the Bud Girls in for some pre-game fun and lots of great door prizes throughout the football game."
One lucky person will win the grand prize of an Air Maui Helicopter Tour. Hungry fans also rave about the free, halftime pupu buffet with kalua pig and cabbage, Chinese chicken salad, edamame poke, chicken long rice and more.
Armchair quarterbacks will also head to Mulligan's at the Wharf in Lahaina for its blowout Sunday for burgers, bangers and mash, beer specials and giveaways. And The Wharf Cinema Center, where it's located, just got a face lift with a new eco-friendly deck.
"Amigo's, Pho Saigon, and Mulligan's at the Wharf all serve in the open-air deck area and when you dine at these three restaurants you may listen to Hawaiian music of Uncle Louie Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m." says Kevin O'Kennedy.
In addition to Mulligan's corned beef and fish 'n' chips items, the chef has added clam chowder and ale-cheese chowder. Over 20 items cost $5 to $8. And, late-nighters will find Mom's midnight tacos served there all the way until 1:30 a.m.
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LET IT FLOW . . . Certainly one of the most influential winemakers on the planet is Michel Rolland, who will appear Friday at a fabulous dinner in DUO at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.
Rolland and his family own multiple chateaus in Bordeaux (now, doesn't that have a nice ring to it?). He has joint ventures in Argentina, Spain and South Africa and he also consults with 100 top wineries around the world.
The four-course menu will feature Kona lobster, Kobe beef and maple-leaf duck all perfectly paired with Rolland's best wines from Bordeaux. Cost is $105, plus tax and gratuity.
"This is really a great deal," Jim Powlan of Chambers & Chambers wine merchants says. "We all know how much Kobe beef costs and just one of Michel's Bordeauxs, Le Bon Pasteur, costs $128 a bottle wholesale. Add to that this is a once in a lifetime chance to sit and talk to Michel, so this should not be missed."
Renowned winemaker Robert Pepi Jr., will join guests Feb. 5 for the four-course winemaker dinner in The Shops at Wailea in Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe. Cost is $75 per person.
It just doesn't stop . . . Owner-winemaker Ken Bernards of Ancien Winery will appear at a special dinner Feb. 5 at Merriman's Kapalua.
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AT THE MACC . . . Film buffs and foodies alike will want to see Wednesday's Maui Film Festival screening of "Food Fight," in Castle Theater. "It's a truly terrific exploration of the current 'slow food' and 'locavore' movements as seen through the eyes of many of the culinary artists who are driving it forward and many other experts in the field," says MFF Director Barry Rivers.
And, bring your appetite to Candlelight Cafe beforehand to enjoy fresh fish in lilikoi butter sauce with jasmine rice; eternal quinoa salad with roasted butternut kale and pine nuts; tomato-basil soup with focaccia and salad; and savory puff pastries - all by Consuelo's Catering. New wines are Heron pinot noir, Babich sauvignon blanc and Bogle petit syrah, to name a few.
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