TASTE OF BURGUNDY . . . Do you love French wine and French cuisine with an island flair? Then savor the Taste of Burgundy at Gerard's in Lahaina Friday, Sept. 3.
"We are trying to work our way through the various wine regions of France through a series of wine dinners, " says Chef-owner Gerard Reversade, originally from Gascony. "We've already done a taste of Bordeaux wine, the Loire Valley and another one will be on the Rhone Valley. We move around France."
For the four-course Burgundy feast, Chef Gerard will make a turnover with venison pate and Maui-onion jam; wild salmon with sorrel, dry vermouth and cream sauce; and prime filet of beef with shallots, mushroom timbal and potato galette. The piece de resistance will be nougat glace with raspberry coulis, honey, candied fruit, almonds, walnuts and Muscat wine. Cost is $75 per person, plus tax and tip. Call 661-8939.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Chef-owner Gerard Reversade of Gerard’s in Lahaina toasts to a Taste of Burgundy to be uncorked Sept 3. It’s the next dinner in his series that travels through the various wine regions of France.
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BITS AND PIECES . . . One of Maui's most beloved musicians will pack up and move near Santa Barbara to be the headliner at Root 264 restaurant there.
The last day to hear Joe Cano perform his hot Latino licks here will be Tuesday aboard Pride of Maui, which departs Maalaea Harbor at 5:30 p.m. Come and dance on the boat and enjoy a full dinner buffet with open-premium bar as you bid Joe "aloha."
"I'll do barbecue ribs, and make chicken marinara, basil Alfredo, hot-artichoke dip, fresh fruit, oven-roasted seasonal vegetables, and a dessert of strawberry shortcake with fresh Kula berries," says Chef Kelly Cater. "Kamaaina rates are available. Call 242-0955."
Top federal marshalls and judges booked two parties at I'o restaurant in Lahaina recently, and their verdict decreed it was a fabulous experience.
"Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and his wife were extremely gracious and they reported the 10-year-old aspiring chef in their family, Nicolas, can even prepare creme brulee. Impressive!" says Executive Chef and partner James McDonald.
"The justice was so impressed with his meal that he had a marshall call me today to say it was the best experience they have had as a group and he wanted the details of the entree they were served."
So McDonald gave them the scoop his "crabby catch" with Kula-corn sauce and Maui steak with red-wine demi and O'o Farm's roasted vegetables.
Casanova Restaurant & Deli in Makawao is closed for renovations now through Tuesday evening. We hear Willie K will perform for the reopening. "As some old ladies do, Casanova also needs a good face-lift once in a while," says owner Giovanni Cappelli.
Tropica Restaurant recently reopened at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali with a new outdoor furniture, stone flooring and thatched umbrellas. (Of course, the waterfalls, the streams and the oceanfront and under-the-stars ambience were already a draw.) As for the food, do try the golden-potato gnocchi and seared diver scallops. People are still raving about the dish, which a chef at Tropica created for Maui Calls earlier this month.
"Maui's homegrown produce such as parsley and Meyer lemon are used to enhance the gnocchi. The sea scallops are diver harvested and prepared with braised local fennel puree, micro arugula, Hamakua tomato and reduction of Lahaina citrus," says the hotel's talented executive sous chef, Rich Hinojosa.
In Central?Maui, The Class Act restaurant will reopen for the semester next week with lunch Wednesdays and Fridays. The student-operated establishment is located upstairs in the Pa'ina Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului.
Moose McGillycuddy's in Kihei will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a two-day party. The second annual "Scoot for School Supplies" will feature over 200 scooters taking off from Kamaole II and riding to Wailea. Scooter riders should meet downstairs at Fred's Mexican Cantina at 9 a.m. Sunday. Huge boxes of school supplies will be donated to both Kihei and Kamalii elementary schools.
Moose's "pre-party" is at 7 p.m. Saturday with a buffet and drink specials. Come check it out.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.