WAILEA CENTRAL. . . A certain starlet is "in Hawaii and having some pricey post break-up fun in the sun," according to the Internet's Daily News Gossip. The column is talking about actress Lindsay Lohan, who, with "a few of her gals pals and her sister, Ali, spent the weekend in Hawaii, soaking up some rays in a teeny bikini - at a public park."
In addition, Lohan dined at - where else? - Mala Wailea. "They enjoyed the classic clams and the filet mignon with Hamakua mushrooms and shallot reduction," says Chef de Cuisine Micheal DeBruin. "She asked me to do the clams in the classic way instead of our black-bean sauce and I was happy to assist."
Also spotted at Mala Wailea recently was wine proprietor Ray Signorello Jr. of Signorello Vineyards in Napa Valley. I happened to be there that night and Ray said he'd launched a new wine called Fuse.
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Chef de Cuisine Micheal DeBruin hugs visiting starlet Lindsay Lohan Saturday at Mala Wailea after she dined with pals in the oceanfront restaurant.
"It'll light up your palate,"?said Ray, who was headed to Kaanapali to host a wine dinner at Son's at Swan Court. "It's a blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah and the syrah adds an exotic, spicy twist."
In addition, Pau Vodka maker Mark Nigbur was also in Mala the same evening. He'll be pouring his made-on-Maui spirit at the launch party May 29 in Haiku for the new Make Believe Clothing Company.
Cathy Costello of Wailea Destination Association was there, too, talking up the Restaurant Week Wailea promo that's coming up May 24 to 30 at numerous participating restaurants. Scene will have more in coming weeks on the promo, but mark calendars now for that week to dine on three-course feasts for $29 to $39 per person. We're talking from the Four Seasons to the Grand. Wait until you see the menus, it's a "real steal."
Speaking of Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, they'll host another Toast! dinner tonight, this time pairing fine sake with gourmet foods at Humuhumu restaurant. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by five courses. Entree choices are Tai snapper with root vegetables in dashi emulsion, and roasted spring lamb with artichoke and tamale dynamite. Cost of $98 per person, plus tax and tip, includes high-end sake and food and $10 will go toward Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk.
BITS AND PIECES. . . Here's a way to beat the "bad economy." Eat at Denny's Diner in Kahului from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 and 12 and you may order the island favorite of loco moco for just 99 cents.
Wow-Wee Maui Kava Bar & Grill will debut Saturday Art Night Party this weekend from 7 to 11 p.m. with artists, live music, sushi specials, organic wine tastings and half-price margaritas. Featured artists are Ray Masters and Pamela Neswald, and musicians are Poni Brandan and Brandan Lokahi. Should be fun.
May Day is Friday and those who attend the Festival of Flowers at Honolua Village Center in Kapalua may enjoy free samples of Maui Gold pineapple as well as tastes of Roselani Tropics ice cream. . . . The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will also host its annual Lei Day Celebration this Saturday in Castle Theater with the Brothers Cazimero. Ka'anapali Beach Hotel will serve its award-winning seafood Lawalu along with hulihuli chicken, luau-style pork ribs, and veggie enchiladas.
MauiFEST Hawaii Drive-in Movie Theater will screen nine Hawaiian/Maori films Saturday evening under the stars at MCC's Kahului campus. Bring appetites for ono grinds such as crispy seafood won tons with mango-chili sauce, Cajun grilled fish, teriyaki beef and spicy chicken katsu by Alexander's Fish & Chips.
For First Friday in Wailuku, Main Street Bistro will host live jazz from 5 to 7 p.m. along with gourmet tapas and cocktail specials.
n You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.