AROUND THE TOWN . . . Some may say Paia is the new Lahaina, at least in regards to Halloween, but Wailea was also happening last Saturday. Especially at Mulligans on the Blue, where owner Mike O'Dwyer danced in drag in a sexy sequined dress, big wig and stiletto heels. What gams!
This week brings so many tasty events all over the island, it's hard to pick which one to write about first.
I'll start with the Five Grapes French wine dinner coming up Saturday, Nov. 14 at Gerard's in Lahaina. From local cheeses and micro greens to seafood bouchee or "pastry" to lamb chops with duxelle, risotto and Madeira sauce to the house-made dessert of pistachio success, it looks phenomenal, and all will pair with French wines.
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Chef-owner Gerard Reversade will present the Five Grapes French Wine dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday in his Gerard’s restaurant in Lahaina.
Owner-chef Gerard Reversade will host this evening of fine wines with fellow ex-pat Jean-Pierre Lemoine, who's been involved in Hawaii's French wine import market for over 25 years.
"It's cool again to be drinking French wines," says event organizer Alan Jahns of JMD Beverages. And - some will insist they've never lost their cool!
Of course, it helps that Jean-Pierre will bring some of France's most cutting-edge producers to the dinner and they'll be poured as part of his next-generation company called Five Grapes. Cost is $75, plus tax and tip
Tonight at the MACC in Kahului, Vienna Teng will grace the McCoy Theater for a night of pop, folk, classical music, and comedian David Sedaris will bring humor to the Castle Theater.
"Alexander's Famous Fish will debut some new menu items like chilled shrimp cocktail, and pesto-grilled mahi or pesto vegetables," says Lisa Haole, the MACC's food and beverage co-director.
Sunday, Chef Paul Lamparelli of Rodeo General Store will serve a feast for the American Bluegrass Masters show in the Castle Theater. Entrees are barbecue baby back ribs, pecan-crusted chicken and vanilla-bourbon-glazed salmon - and all meals include a vegetable medley and cheese-garlic grits.
"What's bluegrass music without bourbon?" asks Lisa. "That's right, bourbon drink specials will be flowing at the MACC bars!"
Also flowing will be a beer dinner Saturday at Pineapple Grill in Kapalua. It will feature handcrafted beers of Maui Brewing Co., paired with the modern Pacific island cuisine of Executive Chef Ryan Luckey.
Four Seasons Resort Maui's 20th annual Day of Hope (formerly Terry Fox) 10K run and 5K walk will commence at 7 a.m. Saturday. Then participants may savor the most amazing complimentary breakfast on the hotel's oceanfront lawn overlooking Wailea Beach. Former KHNL news anchorman Howard Dashefsky will preside, and many of Maui's food and beverage businesses have stepped up to the plate to donate food. FSRM's Chef Roger Stettler will be sure to wow guests with what he creates.
The seventh annual MauiFEST Hawai'i Hana Film Festival will happen from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at beautiful Hana Bay Beach Park and the Hawaiian films and live music are free. You may buy seared ahi caught in Hana and served on garlic bread by Chef Rick Ruitz along with shoyu chicken, mixed barbecue plate, fry bread with a variety of toppings, ice cream and much more.
Tropica Restaurant & Bar on Kaanapali Beachwalk is now offering a three-course meal deal at $33 per person. It includes choices of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Starting Nov. 11, Tropica will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays weekly. Located oceanfront at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Tropica's bar opens at 4:30 p.m. for pau hana happy hour with discounted drink specials.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.