ON THE HORIZON . . . The team from Roy's Kahana packed it up after 20 successful years in that location on Tuesday. Now, they are starting to move to their new digs at the old Ka'anapali Clubhouse at the entrance to Ka'anapali Resort.
"We're hoping to open Roy's Ka'anapali by Tuesday," says Justin Zeches, general manager. "That's our plan. We're pretty firm."
The restaurant will occupy approximately 5,000 square feet, and the menu will feature many of Roy Yamaguchi's famed dishes, including Hawaiian-style misoyaki butterfish and melting hot-chocolate souffle, an annual winner in our Best of Maui contest.
Acclaimed Chef Roy Yamaguchi has packed it up and moved from his Kahana location after 20 years. He plans to open in the Ka‘anapali clubhouse by next Tuesday, with a fun wine dinner in the works for Feb. 24.
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"We couldn't be more excited about our new location" says Yamaguchi, a James Beard Award-winning chef with 31 restaurants worldwide. "We think the clubhouse at the Ka'anapali Golf Courses is a perfect fit for us, and we look forward to continuing to serve the West Maui community and its visitors for years to come."
"We are very excited -as Roy and his team bring a great reputation and following," says Ed Kageyama, general manager of Ka'anapali Golf Courses.
Coming up on Friday, Feb. 24, Roy's Ka'anapali will present the Food & Wine of Spain dinner with selections to be picked by Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants. Executive Chef Joey Macadangdang's menu looks divine. Savor mussel escabeche with piquillo peppers and white anchovies, Romesco Molokai shrimp with chorizo and peas, Maui's Malama Farm Berkshire pork belly with saffron rice, zucchini-pressed sea bass with jamon powder and sofritto, peppercorn beef, and dessert of churros with triple-cream mousse.
Right after I finished writing the Mardi Gras story for Page 18, I received information from Dana Nitti, director of development for Maui Aids Foundation, about her unique upcoming event.
Called Mardi Gras Maui - We're Back!, it will be held on Friday, March 16, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the King Kamehemeha Golf Club in Waikapu. Emcee Cee Cee will host special performances by the Girly Show and the Maui Roller Girls. You may also dance the night away to Men in Black II and DJ Astro Ralf.
The Cajun-themed suggested menu would even have Emeril Lagasse drooling. You may savor Gulf shrimp with remoulade, mini-crab cakes with ancho-chili aioli, fried Okra with sauce Bernaise, couscous-stuffed mushrooms, seared sea-scallops Creole, Andouille-sausage tartlets, and blackened chicken - all to be prepared by Chef Roger "Raja" James Shortell Jr.
You must be 21 and older to attend. There will also be an art auction and prizes for best costume. Proceeds benefit those living with HIV/AIDS and prevention programs for all of Maui. Visit www.mauiAIDS.org.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Uncorking a new food and beverage offering called "8 'til late" is Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea.
"Basically, when diners have a reservation at Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante or DUO Steak & Seafood starting at 8 p.m. or later, they get half off ANY bottle of wine," says new Director of Food and Beverage Stephane Castera. "So, for example, if someone has been dreaming about Screaming Eagle cabernet sauvignon for a special occasion celebration, instead of $6,800 it will be $3,400."
"Or, say, they want to enjoy a bottle of one of our best sellers like Stag's Leap Wine Cellar Artemis. They can get it for $60 instead of the regular price of $120."
For the budget-minded, IHOP at Maui Mall in Kahului is gearing up for National Pancake Day on Tuesday, Feb. 28. It's part of a fundraiser that will benefit Children's Miracle Network and other local charities.
Still haven't taken your Valentine out to a romantic dinner? Makena Beach & Golf Resort will continue its four-course special meal in the oceanfront Molokini Bar & Grill through Saturday. Executive Chef Marc McDowell will wow you with Yukon Gold blini with Osetra caviar, Kona lobster and crab salad, filet mignon and creme brulee.
Pink Martini will thrill its fans at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on Friday and Rodeo General Store will cater, starting to serve food at 5:30 p.m. Savor marinated seared ono, herb-chicken Provencal, mushroom-braised beef short ribs, and baby-spinach salad. . . Three's Bar & Grill will cater the food for the Bad Boys of Dance starting at 5:30 tonight at the MACC.