HOTTER THAN HADES . . . Some like it hot, like the Five Alarm Inferno. Others crave chili mild with a kick, like the Back Draft.
The seventh annual Chili Cook Off will ignite interest from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the 89th Maui Fair. It pits the best cooks from the Maui Fire Department with Maui's top chefs such as Tylun Pang of the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea, Ryan Luckey of Pineapple Grill in Kapalua and Private Chef Riko Bartolome.
"It will be held at the new Events Arena in front of the swimming pool on the fairgrounds," says publicist Carolyn Nishimura. "Hosted by the Maui Fire Department, it's grown to be quite a popular, fun and colorful event. Monies raised by spectators purchasing $1 sample cups from the various teams are donated to the Shriners Children Hospital Patient Transportation Fund."
Come to the Maui Fair in Wailuku Saturday and buy $1 cups of chili around noon, right after the seventh annual Chili Cook Off.
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Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr Development leads off this year's judges. He's the Events Arena's title sponsor and he will also award someone a cash prize for the "Best All Around" dish.
Other judges are Herman Andaya, the mayor's chief of staff; Deidre Tegarden, representing the governor's office; Sen. Shan Tsutsui, Hawaii senate president; Councilman Joe Pontanilla, representing County Council; Roy Silva, this year's Maui Fair director; and yours truly. Geez, with that lineup of state and county people, I hope my picks are politically correct!
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BITS AND PIECES . . . Come to the Candelight Cafe and Cinema Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and enjoy Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World."
The Hawaii premiere will roll at 6 p.m. in Castle Theater and food and beverage service begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Courtyard.
I'll bet the late Beatle would have liked the menu as he spent so much time in India. (Of course, he also lived in Nahiku in East Maui.) Star Anise Indian Cuisine will have your taste buds going tantric over the mild tandoori chicken with toasted-sesame naan (bread) and Mediterranean salad; vegan coconut-vegetable medley over lemongrass rice with salad; and lilikoi or mango tapioca.
"This is a fundraiser to put indigenous Hawaiian trees in the ground at Baldwin Park," says Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers. "DJ Ged will spin George Harrison tunes in the courtyard. It should be a lot of fun!"
Out Paukukalo way, Tom's Mini Mart is starting to gear up for Halloween with all of its decorations, ranging from scary hands under the front counter to talking skulls, who say, "thank you," after your purchases.
We hear 16-ounce, slow-roasted USDA prime quality prime rib is flying out the door at Longhi's Lahaina. It's served with hot au jus and creamy horseradish sauce and the cost is $39.
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'DRINKING MADE EASY' . . . The HDTV series is a pub crawl, in which host Zane Lamprey explores the local drinking culture in various cities around the country. Maui will be in the spotlight when the season premieres on HDTV Wednesday at 1 p.m. Hawaii time. The show will repeat at 6 p.m.
In the Maui episode, Zane taps his own beer at Maui Brewing Co., samples Island 808 Vodka at Leilani's on the Beach, learns about kava root at Wow Wee Maui Kava Bar and Grill and sips muddled cocktails at Tropica in the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
In a separate event, Maui Brewing Co. in Kahana will give a portion of its sales from pints sold to the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday. The fundraiser is for bird research and preservation of native birds here.
The Rotary Club of Kihei/Wailea will host a fundraiser at Mulligan's on the Blue from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday that sounds like a lot of fun.
"Owner Mike O'Dwyer is also a member of our club and co-sponsoring this event," says Ronni Sofaly. "We'll feature a buffet of traditional German foods such as spaetzle, wiener schnitzel, bratwurst and cabbage and include a beer of choice for $50. There will be music with the oompah band, dancing and auctions."
Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea will host a five-course Oktoberfest with unique beer pairings hosted by Beverage Director Jason Vendrell. The dinner will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $45.
The highlights are handcrafted pretzel with Monkeypod mustard, German mushroom soup, mahimahi schnitzel and woodfire-roasted and chilled Olinda asparagus salad with house-made bacon, and German chocolate cream pie with Coconut Porter caramel sauce.