AROUND THE TOWN . . . Armchair quarterbacks will want to sink their teeth into the fall football weekend chicken wings special at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui's Ko and Polo Beach Bar & Lounge restaurants in Wailea.
"Enjoy 10 wings for $10 and get 50 percent off all draft beers during football game time Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m.," says Megan Haertling, the resort's director of public relations. The special is available through October 31. The recipe for the wings came straight from our Executive Chef Tylun Pang and they are TASTY."
Lovers of wine and fresh fish will want to savor the Poke & Sauvignon Blanc tasting at 6 this evening at Makena Beach & Golf Resort's oceanfront Molokini Bar & Grill. Sip wines such as Craggy Range, Michelle Redd and Matanzas Creek hand selected by Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo and pair them with fresh and glistening poke creations by the resort's Executive Chef Marc McDowell. The cost is $35, plus tax and tip.
Football fans will want to crunch plump, juicy and tender chicken wings at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. The weekend special is 10 wings for $10 during gridiron action.
photo courtesy FAIRMONT KEA LANI, MAUI
The Poke & Sauvignon Blanc tasting is part of the resort's Food & Wine Education Series, featuring a different event each month. Subsequent dates will be Nov. 8 and Dec. 20 of this year. Call 875-5888.
Wine enthusiasts will also want to head to the Westin Maui Resort & Spa's signature Tropica Restaurant & Bar Tuesday for Amazing Grape: Journey through the World's Best Wine Regions dinner.
Situated oceanfront on the Kaanapali Beachwalk, Tropica will set the stage at 6:30 p.m. for the five-course meal with Sonoma and Napa wines.
"Tropica encompasses the elements of taste, balance, presentation and service," says its Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Evetuschick. "When you put that right by the beach, it is a truly unique experience."
Courses will include hors d'oeuvres, fresh hamachi and yellowtail crudo, crispy-skin spiced duck breast, shiso-pesto lamb loin, and apple timable. Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants will pour from J. Winery, Dolce, EnRoute, and Nickel & Nickel. Cost is $99, plus tax and tip. Call 667-2525.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Scene readers continue to keep raving about Kojima's Sushi Bar & Cafe, the fairly new upcountry restaurant at Pukalani Square. Its menu selections range from sukiyaki to ishikarinabe (with fresh salmon and miso broth you cook at your own table). Or delight in soul-satisfying tempura udon, dynamite and baked mussels.
"Kojima's opened recently and we have eaten there twice. The food prepared by chef Kojima is exceptional by any standard," says repeat diner Lynne Gilroy. "The atmosphere is modest, though by no means unpleasant, and the menu offers a wide variety of dishes," adds Don Bernshouse.
This month's Travel + Leisure includes an article on the "Best Seafood Restaurants in the U.S.," and Mama's Fish House in Kuau made the cut to be the only Hawaii establishment featured.
"There's nothing understated or outdated about this Maui classic, est. 1973. The setting-palm trees, tide pools, white sand beach-is beyond romantic, and the fish is as fresh as it gets," states the article by author Geraldine Campbell.
"I'm so excited to be on any list with Eric Ripert of La Bernardin fame," says Mama's vice president Karen Christenson.
Another great seafood restaurant, the Waterfront in Maalaea Harbor Shops, is hooking customers with its 50 percent off kamaaina special of buy one entree and get the second one at half price. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Fleetwood's on Front St. will host the Bikes, Blues & Bar-BQ party at 5 p.m. Friday with a buffet, beer and soft drinks for $50. It's all part of the Lahaina Second Friday town party.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Skipper Downey Smith. Many of you will remember her as the longtime hostess at the former SeaWatch Wailea. She was always spunky and good humored.