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August 20, 2009
By CARLA TRACY, Dining Editor
WINE NOT? . . .When it rains, it pours, and last week Maui was flooded with all types of winemakers. For starters, owner Alan Jahns of JMD Beverages did a bang-up job of gathering the team of 20 winemakers for Maui Calls, the MACC’s premier fundraiser that was held last Friday. “The MACC’s Toni Rojas and Lisa Haole deserve a lot of credit for keeping the quality at such a high level,” says Jahns. “Like everything, these kinds of events can get old and tired, but Maui Calls continues to be one of Hawaii’s best.” And, Spago dazzled diners the other night with a host of winemakers. We hear Bill Wolf of Eagle Eye in Napa Valley is the title sponsor for Maui Charity Classic tourney, a benefit for Lahainaluna High School. It will be held Oct. 24-26. “It was such a pleasure to host an event featuring so many fantastic, sustainably farmed, organic, and bio-dynamic wines. These wines are perfect companions to the food we serve at Spago,” says Beverage Manager Drew Niles. “Wolfgang’s Eating, Loving, and Living (W.E.L.L.) philosophy is all about sourcing from the freshest, seasonal, organic produce and naturally raised animals. The same is true of our wine list. I love to include them as pairings with Chef Cameron Lewark’s nine-course tasting menu.” **** BITS AND PIECES . . . “Come and celebrate the music of the ’50s with The Coasters, The Platters and The Drifters at The Rockin’ ’50s show on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the MACC,” says Food and Beverage Co-director Lisa Haole. “Three great acts, all in one remarkable evening. You may start your evening off with a delicious meal from Vasi’s Gourmet Catering. Entrees include “There Goes My Baby” meat lasagna with herbed ricotta cheese, “Yakety-Yak” crab cakes on cilantro remoulade and “Only You” spanikopita with spinach and feta. All meals come with Caesar salad and bread and are reasonably priced at $12 and under. In addition, the bars at the MACC will be pouring Bonterra organic wines along with all your favorite cocktails!” Indulge in an evening of fine cuisine and superb wines at the next Chef’s Table at Tropica Restaurant & Bar outdoors and oceanfront at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. For those 21 and older, the Chef’s Table will feature four courses by Rich Hinojosa, a finalist in Hawaii Hospitality’s Top Young Chefs along with four top wines from various world regions. Highlights include poached new Caledonia prawns with chilled cauliflower potage; and roasted Moulard duck, golden potato, foie gras, Kapalua Farms Swiss chard and Alii mushrooms. The feast kicks off at 6 p.m. and costs $59 per person, plus tax and tip. Live music will flow. Guess what? Rumor has it Sir Wilfred’s will be opening a new store on Front Street in Lahaina with the same great coffee and friendly aloha as the other store in Kaanapali at Whalers Village. Aloha Deli at Maalaea’s Harbor Shops will celebrate is grand re-opening Saturday with Elmo for the kids, balloons and two- for-$3 Nathan hot dogs. While the deli is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., most festivities will be around mid-day. Lahaina Gateway and Lahaina Farms Market will celebrate their first anniversary from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday with lots of food and fun. Spin the wheel to win Boar’s Head gourmet food products; buy veggies from Maui farmers, and enjoy samples of surf and turf and The Melting Pot’s chocolate fondue. * You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.

Article Photos

The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Spago Wailea set the stage for famous winemakers such as Roxanne and Bill Wolf of Eagle Eye (from left) with Elena Quezada of Wine Merchants of Hawaii and Greg Gauthier of Bouchaine.



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