COLD AND FROTHY . . . It has been so bloody hot lately, that a day of sipping cold brews and eating gourmet pupu while listening to Island Rumours Band sounds super. The good news is, tickets are still available for Maui Brewers Festival from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the MACC in Kahului. We hear 22 breweries and 18 Maui restaurants will be there with food and brew - and here are some pairing tips, thanks to experts at the Culinary Institute of America.
"Beers that are crisp and refreshing, such as pilsners, light ales and wheat beers, pair well with pizza, pasta, and grilled chicken and fish. A hoppier beer such as Indian Pale Ale is delicious with spicy cuisines such as Cajun, Mexican and Thai food."
And full-bodied stouts go well with shellfish, desserts and ice cream. Cost is $50 in advance and $75 day of the event. There are also discounted designated driver tickets and VIP seating, too.
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Brian Noordman of Santa Fe Cantina in Lahaina Center says to come celebrate his restaurant’s first birthday with food, drink and live music.
In addition, "There will be laughter to the rafters in the Castle Theater Friday when Cheech and Chong bring down the house," says the MACC's Food and Beverage Co- manager Luana Argel.
The food will be smokin' with Serpico's pesto pasta, penne marinara with meatballs and chicken Francaise - all served with Caesar salad. "Don't forget to try a Dave's Not Here drink at the bar."
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BITS AND PIECES . . . It was popular with Mauians right from the start, and now we hear Santa Fe Cantina in the Lahaina Center will celebrate its first anniversary Friday with a fun party.
"We will be featuring live music from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., half-price off all menu items for kamaaina, and outdoor beer and margarita bar," says partner Brian Noordman. "It's a fundraiser for MPD Officer Stuart Farberow, who runs Kalee's Retirement Stables."
The three most popular food items are the chile rellenos, fajitas and the arroyo Hondo, which is a combo of relleno, chicken enchilada and beef taco - all simmered in red and green Christmas sauce.
Mike O'Dwyer of Mulligan's on the Blue in Wailea and Tiara are the proud parents an 8-pound, 11-ounce boy, who was born Sunday. His name is Cian Keiji Howard O' Dwyer and in the picture I received, he's a wearing green clover jump suit. Congrats!
Speaking of congratulations, now is graduation party time and those celebrating should check out Dani's Catering in Wailuku for ono local grinds.
It's the kitchen behind the "little giant of Happy Valley," Takamiya Market, and it offers ahi poke, sushi and sashimi platters along with bentos and Korean ribs. If you want to host a luau with Hawaiian food, well, Dani's can whip that up, too, with a little advance notice.
The Hyatt Regency Maui's latest venture, 'Umalu, is a big hit these days with diners for its open-air ambience as well as sustainable products. "We use from Alii Kula Lavender products to Surfing Goat Dairy cheeses to Uncle Kimo's ahi poke nachos," says the Hyatt's Executive Chef Matt Smith. By the way, the Hyatt will premiere the Cirque Polynesia show next week and you may dine at 'Umalu as part of a dinner and show package.
Who Cut The Cheese in Kihei will host its monthly five wines with five cheeses pairing from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the nearby Stella Blues. The theme is, "where the goats do roam and the wine that would go."
Plans have changed slightly for A Makebelieve Clothing Company's launch party at 7 p.m. Friday at the Voyage East in Haiku's Pauwela Cannery. Due to concerns by the Liquor Commission, now it's a free ticketed event with pupu, juices and lots of fashion and live music. Pick up free tickets that day until 5 p.m. at the Voyage East.
* You may reach dining editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.