The food and beverage team at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea isn't resting on its laurels.
Under the direction of Byron Chong, it just debuted an organic menu in Lobby Lounge. It will also host a fun sake event Friday in the Upper Lobby Atrium. It features $49 gourmet dinners nightly in both Ferraro's and DUO restaurants. And, the hotel offers a new level of relaxation at its state-of-the-art Serenity Pool.
The Sake No Kiki Kurabe will be a tasting like no other as you sip and compare the highest-grade Junmai Daiginjo beverages. They include the Regal Hawk, Junmai Ginjo Moon Over the Water, Wandering Poet and Star-Filled Sky, not to mention the pure, sparkling Mizbasho.
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Four Seasons Resort Maui’s Lobby Lounge Manager Terese Revercomb and Executive Chef Roger Stettler sip certified organic cocktails and savor gourmet foods made with sustainable and organic ingredients.
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The new Serenity Pool just opened July 13.
Sake specialist Ikuko Shimizu of Better Brands will guide you through the maze of these exotic drinks that are called rice wine in America. But they are actually brewed more like a beer.
Originally from Japan, Shimizu was the first person in Hawaii to get Kikisake-Shi certification, similar to a sake sommelier. He has a vast knowledge of this subtle, diverse beverage.
"Our sake pairing will feature live action stations with food from the land and the sea," says Chong. "It will be more free form rather than a sit down. It's interactive and will be a lot of fun."
SERENITY POOL FAST FACTS
* Sake event: The interactive affair will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Upper Lobby Atrium with 10 sakes, 13 food items. The cost is $78 per person, plus tax, tip. Call 874-2201.
* Serenity Pool: The $9-million new saltwater pool is infinity-edged, for hotel guests 21 and older. Swim up bar offers specialty cocktails and signature cuisine. Luxury cabanas, poolside "tapas" massages, and two hot tubs help to create a rejuvenating oasis.
* Lobby Lounge: Hours are 5 to 11:30 nightly. Organic drinks and pupu just debuted in addition to the regular menu. There is also live entertainment nightly.
* For more details:?Call 874-8000.
Chef Michael Goralski will enhance the many nuances of the various sakes with themed action tables, such as the Ice Station with daikon-wrapped Kumamoto oysters in white miso, hamachi ceviche, spicy ahi tuna, and kaffir-lime-saffron-infused sea bass with spicy edamame.
The Tempura Station will feature Okinawa sweet potatoes and rock shrimp in delicate and crisp batter. And the Land Station will tempt meat lovers with soy-glazed quail, king crab and Wagyu-beef roulade as well as Szechuan-dusted foie gras and Moroccan short ribs.
The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and you may enjoy it at your own pace. Top it all off with pastry items such as lychee sorbet with marinated plums and yuzu shaved ice, pear and ginger bubble tea, and crunchy matcha shortbread cookies.
In addition, the Lobby Lounge is heating things up with its new concept of organic drinks and pupu.
"We just started a new concept, where we add upon what we already have with fresh and organic concoctions," says Chong. "It's a lifestyle thing. Really quite trendy. People are getting more health conscious so we now offer that option."
Bring your friends and sip cool cucumber martinis with Square One organic Cucumber Vodka, Thai basil and dill, shaken and served chilled. Or try the mango margarita martini with 4 Copa's Organic Tequila with organic mango and orange juices as well as organic lime juice. There are plenty more from which to choose.
"We even have organic beers and gluten- free beers," says Chong. "Our biodynamic wines are also huge."
Those who wish for nonalcoholic drinks will find a host of certified organic coffees and teas such as an Italian roast and Earl Grey with lavender.
Menu items that use all certified organic items in them are indicated with a little logo on the menu. Select from seafood cioppino in tomato-herb broth to pepper-crusted steak skewer with vegetables in merlot-mustard glaze to the buckwheat blini trio of ceviche, poke and smoked salmon.
"We even offer a certified organic dessert sampler. There is something for everyone. If you want to be healthy, you can do it all the way through. We went to every single one of our suppliers and asked them to bring in these products. It's a start and we'll continue to add on in time."
The nightly entertainment line-up always offers a hula performance at 5:30 as well as adult contemporary music at the same time. Starting at 8 nightly, you'll be dazzled with everything from contemporary Hawaiian and jazz to classical jazz by Maui's best.
Last but not least, the new Serenity Pool for the hotel's adult guests just opened this month. At a cost of $9-million to build, it is quite impressive with its infinity-edged views of Neighbor Islands and the West Maui mountains.
You may sit at the pool bar in the saltwater oasis and order specialty cocktails and appetizers. There's even an underwater music system.
"We are very receptive to guest comments and feedback and have always anticipated their every need and desire," says Thomas Steinhauer, the resort's general manager. "Based on their responses, the Serenity Pool was born."
And, that's why the Four Seasons Resort Maui continues to make a splash as Hawaii's first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Five-Star Resort.