Just this month alone, the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea has bragging rights to putting on several stellar food and wine events that island attendees are still raving about.
It started with the Four Pinots at Four Seasons, chock full of wine dinners and a gala oceanfront affair, on the first weekend.
Then Friday's hugely popular Taste of Chocolate took it over the top with its outrageous desserts and martini luge in which Patron Cafe (coffee-flavored tequila) and vanilla vodka were mixed in icy luges through ice sculptures created by artist Darren Ho.
The oceanfront lawn of the Four Seasons Resort Maui set the stage for the Four Pinots at Four Seasons and Taste of Chocolate events the last two weekends in Wailea. The look, feel and taste of each event was distinct and was “artistry in motion.”
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A sculpture of chocolates and surrounding desserts tempted diners Friday — just one small aspect of the popular Taste of Chocolate event.
Last but certainly not least, the resort dazzled diners with their pork Milanese made from Malama Farms of Haiku's Berkshire raised pigs at Taste of Wailea. The resort had a food booth there along with 11 other restaurants.
"There's no shortage of fun and discovery at Four Seasons Resort Maui!" says the hotel's new, French born Director of Food & Beverage Stephane Castera.
Approximately 200 people were in attendance at the Four Pinots at Four Seasons gala. It was a unique affair with local farmers and fishers paired with winemakers at various booths.
It included elements such as an olive-oil tasting, fresh-fish display, and pig roasting. It was a gourmet farm-to-table evening that focused on the best California pinot noirs as well as chardonnays that were all hand selected.
"It was a gorgeous evening set up on the Ocean Front Lawn and it exceeded our expectations," says the resort's Executive Chef Roger Stettler.
"It was a fabulous success, and we are already looking forward to the second annual Four Pinots at Four Seasons next year."
Upcoming and ongoing features at the Four Seasons Resort Maui are Wine Wednesdays, uncorked weekly.
Right now, the theme is Summer of Riesling, in which three different rieslings will be promoted in the Lobby Lounge. The hotel's fresh, rolled-to-order sushi offerings pair wonderfully with this varietal and you may listen to live music from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. nightly as you indulge.
"Come in and try a refreshing glass of our featured grape of the summer!" says Castera.
And, the resort's DUO Steak & Seafood is also jumping with its Raw Bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Savor fresh oysters, ceviche, poke, lobster tails and more a la carte or as an Endless Catch for $69. The latter includes choice of Maui onion soup or Caesar salad and hand-cut fries with truffle aioli, and freshly baked bread.
Starting Aug. 1, the Raw Bar will go seven days a week and offer flights of grower champagne that complement selections. Also, mark your calendars for the resort's 2nd annual Beer Festival that will make a splash in September.
For more details, call 874-8000.