WEAR YOUR HATS . . . It's time once again for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts Garden Party fundraiser. The 21st annual affair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the shady grounds of the Yokouchi family estate in Wailuku.
"As you spend an elegant afternoon chatting with friends, sipping wine, indulging in fine cuisine and bidding on art and treasures, you'll be making a difference in the lives of Maui's children by supporting MAPA's educational performing arts programs," says Carolyn Wright, director of programs.
This year's sponsor is Hawaii Liquor Superstore, so you know there will be plenty of beer and wine to drink. In addition, there will be live jazz and food by 16 chefs from some of Maui's top restaurants.
Photo courtesy MAPA
Executive Chef Scott McGill will be among island professionals cooking at the Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ annual Garden Party Sunday.
The Maalaea Waterfront will grill lamb chops and toss its famous Caesar salads; Roy's Kahana Bar & Grill will roast Big Island beets and serve them with Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, candied macadamia nuts and micro greens; Hula Grill will make ono ceviche with taro and avocado; and Maui Tacos will go south of the border with smoked salmon tostada with mango salsa.
Other participating restaurants include Cafe O'Lei, Cafe Marc Aurel, Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli, Bentos and Banquets by Bernard, Maui Fresh Chef, Da Kine Herb Farm, Rimfire Imports, Dad's Doughnuts, Sir Wilfred's and Maui Chocolate Fountain.
Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door. Call 244-8760 or visit www.mauiacademy.com. Ladies, make sure to wear your hats!
AT THE MACC . . .It's a 'Green Light' for fans of John Legend as his show this evening will be preceded at 5:30 p.m. with lots of food and drink at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
"Prepare to be mesmerized by this soulful living legend in the making!" says Luana Argel, the MACC's co-director of food and beverage. "Start your evening with our 'Green Light' drink special: vodka infused with Midori and a splash of soda to set the mood."
"Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe will take you further with mango barbecue ribs, burger sliders, grilled chicken wraps and Bungalow salad of mixed greens, chicken, bacon, macadamia nuts, apples, tomatoes, corn, blue cheese and croutons with a honey-lime dressing."
On Saturday, Ku Mai Ka Hula will appear on Castle Theater's stage and Alexanders' Famous Fish will be there serving curry shrimp salad, miso mahimahi, grilled herb chicken - all accompanied by hapa rice (brown and white) and green salad.
"Try their seafood wonton appetizer and save room for dessert such as mango cobbler, cheesecake and home-style cookies," says Argel. "Mark your calendars because this show is early afternoon and our food and beverage service will start at noon."
BITS AND PIECES . . . Stir things up with a Girls Night Out visit to The Melting Pot in Lahaina Tuesday. The popular fondue restaurant also offers a "No Football Martini Madness" for those not inclined to watch the game every Monday during gridiron season. You get $5 off martinis and select hot pots.
Aloha Deli in Maalaea is still going strong with its new line of Nathan's Hot Dogs with a deal of two for $3. Now, the owner tells me that groups and clubs may pick up whole boxes at his store.
"I can basically sell to anybody and can do will-call right out of the store," says owner Howard Canastra. "Nathan's Hot Dogs are considerably cheaper here than if you buy them at a grocery store. And, I'll continue to run with the two-for-$3 dogs through December."
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.