AROUND THE TOWN. . . Those who go to the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului often get hot as well as hungry when shopping. There is no better way to cool down than with an island favorite at the Maui Girlz Shave Ice stand in the heat of it all.
The "girlz" are sisters Christiana and Jessica Griffiths, daughters of Maui News employee Danny Griffiths. They sell daily papers, too, and if you buy a year's subscription, you get a free T-shirt with a snappy and colorful design by Christiana.
In addition, Jessica and her mother, Lisa Griffiths, appear in the Clint Eastwood film "Hereafter" opening in theaters Friday.
Jessica (left) and Christiana Griffiths offer up cool treats at their Maui Girlz Shave Ice mobile stand Saturdays at Maui Swap Meet.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
"I'm so excited!" Jessica gushes. "Because me and my mom are in it, and when it comes to theaters we can see it all on the big screen!"
The menu is all set for the Burgundy dinner at Gerard's in Lahaina on Tuesday. Each course will be paired with a wine from Chassagne-Montrachet, one of the largest vineyards in that haute region.
Chef Gerard Reversade will do Hamakua mushrooms in puff pastry, rack of lamb, fresh opakapaka dumplings and chocolate mousse profiteroles. Reservations are a must. Call 661-8939.
The Slow Food Maui group will present a taste education event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm Upcountry. It's a fun way to learn more about the food you eat while getting tastes at the same time. Cost is $5 for anyone older than 10, and it includes seven tastes.
Halloween is flying up on us like a bat out of hell, and we hear you may hop aboard the Pacific Whale Foundation's Halloween Cruise to Lahaina, departing Maalaea Harbor at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. It includes a two-hour stop, you may strut around town in your costumes. Onboard, enjoy a wickedly good array of hot and cold appetizers, plus drinks from the galley bar. Call 249-8811.
Dairy Queen outlets are bringing back the ever-popular Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat through the rest of October. It's a combo of Libby's pumpkin pie mix and pie-crust pieces with vanilla soft serve, whipped topping and nutmeg. First introduced in 1991, it's still a top seller.
Through Nov. 1, all elementary, middle and high schools on Maui are all encouraged to apply for a grant from Whole Foods Market to receive a salad bar with five wells, insert pans, cutting boards, utensils and more. The grants are funded by donations at the Kahului store, so the number of salad bars awarded will depend on the amount raised. As childhood obesity reaches huge proportions, what better way to nip it in the bud than by feeding youth fresh salads at lunch?
Enjoy a creative event Friday at David Paul's Island Grill in Lahaina with foods by guest Chef Lee Hillson of Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, paired with Eagle Eye wines.
There's a three-hour food event Wednesday that benefits Maui Farm Bureau. Chocolate and Truffles Decadenza will be presented at Pulehu, An Italian Grill in Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas as a celebration for the restaurant's first anniversary.
The resort's Executive Chef Francois Milliet will wow you with food stations of sustainable menu items. Sample braised-beef short ribs with ginger-coriander and chocolate demi glace with Kula corn, and seared diver scallops with Hawaiian hearts of palm, Upcountry spinach and shaved black truffles.
Desserts will include chocolate fondue, chocolate pot de cream and Waialua dark chocolate (from the Big Island) and walnut crunch bars.
"The evening of indulgence also includes excellent wine and cocktail specials presented by Better Brands, Kona Brewing Company and Southern Wine & Spirits," says Director of Public Relations Sumithra Balraj.
"Relax and enjoy the inspiring treats as local musical artist Damien Awai sets the mood with his excellent performance." Cost is $95 per person. For tickets, you may call 662-2676.
*You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.