OOM-PAH-PAH TIME . . . A Maui caterer friends says, "If I book another wedding on 10-10-10, I'll just scream!" She also says slots are filling up fast for next year's 11-11-11 date.
The only "event" I know of this Sunday, 10-10-10, is the Smart Eating Class: Vegan Fall Soups presented in Kihei by Joy's Place. Cost of $45 includes yummy samples, recipes and cooking tips. Call 385-7779.
Since October is oom-pah-pah time, there will be plenty of other events this month - but of the beer-drinking kind. In fact, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the original Oktoberfest in Munich.
Chef Bernard Weber will host Oktoberfests every Friday and Saturday this month at Brigit & Bernard’s in Kahului.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Word has it that Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe in the Kahului Industrial Area will present festivities along with an all-you-can-eat German buffet every Friday and Saturday for the rest of the month.
"Munich's Oktoberfest just came to a close last Monday and was the second most attended. Over 6.8 million people managed to drink about 1.7 million gallons of beer and ate over 500,000 chickens," says Bernard Weber, owner and chef of Brigit & Bernard's.
"Gross sales were about $600 million euro or 1 billion U.S. dollars. While we have some of the same beers and a wide array of the dishes served as authentic as you can find them anywhere, the atmosphere will be a lot cozier in our beer garden in Kahului."
Those who wear dirndls or lederhosen will get 20 percent off the buffet, which costs $38 per person, plus tax and tip. Dig into lentil soup with wuerstchen and shinken, grilled haechnchen (chicken), sauerbraten, veal sausage, German pork roast, bratwurst, sweet mustard, spaetzle, German potato salad and braised red cabbage. Desserts such as apple strudel with vanilla sauce are extra.
Do practice your chicken dance. The song and others will be performed by the Dorfmusikanten (village musicians) from 5 p.m. to closing. Call 877-6000.
On the west side, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa's big Oktoberfest bash is this Saturday (see story on Page 22) at poolside 'Umalu. . . . And, the Maui Humane Society will bring out the animal in you Saturday, Oct. 16, with its Barktoberfest at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
Radio personality Shaggy will emcee all of the bands from the Haiku Hillbillies to Marty Dread. Maui Brewing Co. beer will flow, a gourmet German dinner will be set, and there will be a keiki root beer and activity tent . . . It will also be "okole maluna" or "bottoms up," for Maui Brewing Co. at its own Oktoberfest party Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. at its production facility in Lahaina (near the Sugar Cane Train station).
Come enjoy live music, local food, a beer garden featuring seven breweries, family activities, home-brew demo and contest, brewery tours and more. Admission is $5, which goes to the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Or bring three cans of food for the West Maui Food Drive. For more details, call MBC's tasting room at 661-6205.
Craving wine instead? Pineapple Grill in Kapalua will present Howell Mountain wines with a reception, followed by a four-course feast Saturday, Oct. 23 as a benefit for Maui Culinary Academy. Highlights include 2006 Turley zinfandel and ribeye of bison. Call 669-9600.
The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui will present a fundraiser Oct. 15 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. Attendees will be treated to an elegant dinner with wines, live music and auctions. You may even bid on trips to Africa, Bali and Italy. Kind of like "Eat, Pray, Love" with a twist. Call 986-8634. But hurry. They want everyone to RSVP by Friday.
Also in Waikapu, the Kahili Clubhouse is enticing locals with its all-you-can-eat prime rib and seafood buffet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. When you see a room full of Mauians, you know the food is good and the price is right at $29.95, plus tax and tip.
Of course, it's hard to beat Kahili's lunch bar Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Buffet food rotates and cost is only $9 per person.
Do you love your Chinese and local foods? The new Ono Kau Kau Mixed Plate next to the ABC store in Honokowai will continue its grand opening special of 10 percent off the entire menu through November.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.