THE?FARMER IN THE DELL . . . The award-winning cheeses of Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula will travel to San Francisco for ZAP (the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers Festival) next week.
"We are very excited to be a Maui ambassador with our award-winning cheeses at this great wine festival," says Surfing Goat Dairy's owner Thomas Kafsack. "We have many customers in the Bay Area, so they will have a chance to enjoy a taste of Maui with great zinfandels. ZAP festival also benefits Maui Culinary Academy."
Surfing Goat Dairy will be the only cheesemaker to be featured at the Evening with the Winemakers event. They will serve their fresh black-truffle cheese Perigord along with Secret Sicily on a crostini, and fresh chevre Ping Pong Balls with mango chutney.
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Surfing Goat Dairy’s Eva Kafsack is surrounded by a few playful kids, whose mothers provide the milk for her award-winning cheeses.
In addition, the Who Cut The Cheese store of Kihei will present Zinfully Cheese from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The fun and savory series runs monthly at neighboring Stella Blues Cafe. Taste five zinfandel wines paired with five cheeses for $30 per person.
BITS AND PIECES . . . A Swiss chef on Maui has created a fundraiser for the earthquake victims in Haiti. From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 20 percent of the proceeds from Brigit & Bernards Garden Cafe in Kahului will go to the American Red Cross Haiti Fund.
"We will have live music by Francie Starlite (no cover) and dinner and pupu from our new menu," says Chef-owner Bernard Weber. "Please drop by for some cold beers, pupu, margaritas or complete dinners to help ease suffering on this island nation."
New appetizers include blue crab cakes on Kula greens with caper aioli; and shrimp scampi or calamari a la plancha. New dinner entrees range from chicken cordon bleu stuffed with tavern ham to lamb souvlaki with tzatziki, rosemary potatoes and Greek salad.
Whole Foods Market will open its doors at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Maui Mall in Kahului. The first 200 shoppers who spend $50 or more will receive a free reusable bag. It will kick off a week of specials.
Sir Wilfred's is now open at 707 Front St. in Lahaina with coffees, cigars and other fun products. It still operates its kiosk at Whalers Village in Kaanapali with smoothies, espressos and now gelato.
"It's great to be in oceanfront Lahaina," says owner Bill "Sir Wilfred" Burton. "Last week, the moviemakers of 'Hereafter' paid me a lot of money to close for the filming and one of my workers, Anthony Lapuente, got to be part of the fun as an extra."
Ono Farms of Kipahulu was also invited to be a part of Clint Eastwood's movie. The owners were cast to man a tropical-fruit stand on Front Street. (Look for the Ono Farms banner, when you watch it at the theater.) "One of the stars, Cecile De France, came over on her break, and we let her sample our organic mango, cherimoya and cacao," says Ono Farm's owner Chuck Boerner, who, with his wife, Lilly Boerner, was also filmed running down Front Street from the movie's tsunami.
You may find the Boerners every Saturday at the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului with exotic fruits such as sour sop, apple banana and egg fruit.
The Tiki Body Painting Live Art Night Party will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday at Wow-Wee Maui Kava Bar & Grill in Kahului. "The tiki models will look naked under the black lights, but they'll have flesh-tone coverups on," says Wow-Wee's owner Mike Capuano.
"We'll have four DJs and drink and food specials from Maui Cattle Co. burgers to opakapaka stuffed with crab meat to rainbow roll sushi. The $10 cover charge goes to Theater Arts Source Festival."
Pineapple Grill in Kapalua will host its first wine dinner of the year with Landmark Vineyards. It will be uncorked at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with a reception. "The wines will be great!" says Alan Jahns of JMD Beverages. "It will be hosted by Mike Colhoun - who owns and operates Landmark. He's John Deere's great-great-great-grandson, thus the wine names like Steel Plow and Grand Detour."
Food such as plum-tea-smoked duck breast will be paired with what Robert Parker calls "Burgundian-styled pinot noirs." . . Oh yes, Donny Osmond was spotted enjoying meals at Mala Wailea twice this week.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.