TEEING OFF IN KAPALUA . . . Golf greats and celebrities alike will be playing the Pro-Am today in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, which runs through Monday.
West Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen will once again do all of the food for the on-course food concessions, the sky boxes, and the media tents.
"We'll be serving food from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily," says Jorgensen, who runs Comfort Zone Catering and CJ's Deli & Diner in Kaanapali. "We'll do crowd-pleasing fare, nothing fancy. Just shoyu chicken plates, hot dogs and lots of hamburgers."
Plantation House’s Norm Schuhardt (left) and Golf Pro Scott Carroll will be in the thick of things as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tees off its Pro-Am today.
Photo courtesy Plantation House
Situated right in the center of things golf, Plantation House restaurant will remain open to the public for dinner every evening throughout the tournament beginning at 5:30 p.m., according to publicist David Hoffman. Access to the restaurant during the tournament until 3 p.m. daily will be limited to tournament ticket holders with special access passes, such as the VIP Club Pass.
So if you're looking for something gourmet, do try the ahi with wasabi-potato puree, the iceberg wedge with buttermilk dressing, and the certified Angus New York steak with herb truffle fries.
LET'S GO RETRO . . . Several Maui establishments are celebrating big anniversaries this year. For instance, the iconic Mama's Fish House turns 40. Plus, it was named "Maui's most popular restaurant" and "No. 1 for food" in the 2013 Zagat Guide.
"Enthusiasts find heavenly bliss at this intimate Pacific Rim seafooder in Kuau that's as crowd-pleasing as a rock concert," according to Zagat. "The freshest fish, gracious service and tropical breezes make for an unforgettable experience."
We also hear that Mama's recently brought back its fresh bouillabaisse for the high season. Chef Perry Bateman does it right with a soul satisfying housemade broth in a big bowl brimming with seafood.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at legendary Pu'u Keka'a, or "Black Rock" in Kaanapali, once a playground for Hawaii's royalty, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this month. When it opened in 1963, famous singer-actor Bing Crosby was a high-profile guest along with Golfer Sam Snead and former California Gov. Pat Brown.
Kicking off a yearlong of golden anniversary festivities will be the celebration luau Jan. 25. Special room packages and rates are available.
"We are thrilled to commemorate this major milestone all year long. Come and celebrate the legend!" says General Manager Tetsuji Yamazaki.
BITS AND PIECES . . . The Makena Beach & Golf Resort will host its first Food & Wine Education event in 2013 from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 10. The property's oceanfront Molokini Bar & Grille will set the Iberian stage with plump and juicy scallops sauteed in light olive oil and citrus, and albondigas and chorizo (Spanish meatballs and pork sausage respectively).
Sip wines such as Don Olagario from Albarino Winery; Montebuena from Rioja; and Vall Llach from Embruix. Join Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo and Executive Chef Marc McDowell as they pair popular Spanish tapas with these wines. Cost is $35 per person. The resort will also host the Cakebread Winemaker Dinner Jan. 15. Call 875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
I received a lot of good feedback on my 2012 year-end roundup in last week's paper. And, comments from readers that I missed a few important players. Reatha Sorensen wondered why I "didn't mention the fabulous new deli, etc., Maalaea General Store. . . It's a total gem in my opinion," she wrote. I agree. Its Baja tacos and Reuben sandwiches are out of this world.
The new King's BBQ near Life's A Beach in Kihei is also putting out some tasty Chinese food, according to readers. Highlights are kung-pao chicken, honey walnut shrimp, and Mongolian beef.
Stopwatch Bar & Grill in Makawao reports the passing of its popular bartender/waitress "Big Deb" Kate. A tribute will be held tonight.
"We'll have a big shindig here in Deb's honor from 8 to 10 p.m.," says her friend and Stopwatch Bartender Eloise Engman. "You may come express yourselves on the open mic, T-shirts will be for sale, and we'll still feature karaoke from 10 p.m. to midnight."