CLASSIC COCKTAILS . . . Some of us "oldsters" will fondly remember Marilyn Monroe sexily sipping a Perfect Manhattan in "Some Like it Hot." And, Sean Connery as James Bond, asking for his martini, "shaken, not stirred."
Friday, the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui resort in Wailea will launch a classic cocktail promotion with these and other famous drinks such as the Sidecar, the Singapore Sling and the White Lady.
"We'll bring back a bunch of really cool, old-school drinks in our Luana Lounge, set out a sampling of our pupu and have live music," says Fairmont's Director of Food & Beverage Pete Sylvester. "We'll also bring in a professional mixologist to talk about cocktail culture as part of our celebration."
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Director of Food & Beverage Pete Sylvester (left), and Luana Lounge bartender Noe Aspili will put the James back in Bond on Friday with their classic cocktail promo at the Wailea hotel.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
The party runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Kamaaina may enjoy 25 percent off their bills, and others will get happy hour prices.
"These classic cocktails are not just for your grandma anymore," says Sylvester. "Unless grandma is really cool, then bring her!"
You'll get free parking, too. When there, ask about other early-bird discounts on food and beverages at the resort's signature Ko Restaurant and Luana Lounge through November.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Marjo Selin, world-class trainer and owner of REPS Fitness in the Wailea Town Center, has always believed in the strength of women. That's why she'll host an open-house event for ladies from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
"Give and receive is the theme," says Selin. "So come and receive gourmet pupu and cocktails by Capische?, and an afternoon of free fitness classes. You may also peruse our new lululemon athletica clothing."
As for the "give" part, bring a donation for Women Helping Women for victims of domestic violence. Cash is needed most to keep the nonprofit organization going, but "clothing, small toiletries and cosmetics such as the travel sizes we often bring home from hotels, are also appreciated," says Selin.
Speaking of "giving," bring food items to the Maui premiere of "Get A Job" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the MACC in Kahului.
"The premiere will be a 100 percent benefit for the MACC's arts and education programs and for the Maui Food Bank," says the film's writer and director, Brian Kohne. "To that end, we are requiring folks to bring food items for collection."
Green Banana Yogurt Bar in Paia recently launched Bakery Boutique of Hawaii under the artistic direction of Napua Hu'eu.
Come in and crunch made-in-Keanae goodies such as coconut candy, macadamia-nut brittle and Aunty Sandy's famous banana bread mix.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant at the Shops at Wailea has just launched a new cookbook, a perfect gift for the holidays.
"It really makes you want to take a vacation and just relax," says server Kanoe Clark. By the way, Senior Executive Chef Rey Baysa will soon take on Tommy's regional corporate chef position, and will relocate his family in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Want to go to Lanai for Thanksgiving? Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i's Executive Chef Fabrice Huet has just created exquisite Thanksgiving buffets for both of his properties this year. Choose from the Lodge at Koele or the Manele Bay Hotel. Cost is $70 per person. Call (808) 565-2335.
The fourth annual Wailea Celebration of Food & Wine kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hotel Wailea and there will be too many famous winemakers attending to mention here. But one of them, Ronald de Preez of Jordan Winery, will also appear at Longhi's Wailea for a special dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
* Reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.