FLUID FUN . . . Beer and wine will gush like geysers at festivals this month (see Dining). Plus, there will be gallons of periphery events as brewmasters and winemakers descend on island to promote their products.
Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) will do what is called a "tap takeover" at Flatbread Pizza in Paia Sunday for craft beer fans on the north shore. Basically, MBC pub's GM Tony Ren will hook up select craft beers served only in Kahana for fans on the other side of the island.
"We're bringing our friends in Paia some small-batched new and specialty styles that are previously limited to our west side brewpub," says Ren. "Members of Maui's home brewers club will be there talking about how to keep the art of craft beer alive on Maui."
Chef Sheldon Simeon and Mahele Farm manager Mikala Minn prepare for dinner at Travaasa Hana’s plantation cottage last weekend.
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Kahana Grill and Alan Jahns of Paradise Beverages will host a wine dinner featuring an exceptional array of Oregon wines paired with Executive Chef Alex Stanislaw's wine-centric creations at 6 p.m. May 23.
Savor, say, duo of duck with compote of cherries with pinot noir from Beaux Freres, Tendril Cellars, and Bethel Heights, along with three other courses. Cost is $70, plus tax and gratuity. Call 669-4000.
Jahns will also teach the one-night Wines on the Cutting Edge class from 7 to 9 on Tuesday as part of EdVenture at UH Maui College.
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"You're guaranteed to boldly go where the masses haven't quite gone -yet!," says Jahns. "You'll taste eight to 10 of the greatest wines of recent years from Europe to Down Under, and everywhere in between."
Cost is $99 per adult. To register, call 984-3231.
Fleetwood's on Front St. will present a beer dinner at 7 tonight. Sandwich Isles Cellars will put Brendan Moylan of Moylan's Brewing Co. and restaurant of Novato, Calif., in the spotlight.
Savor Thai-basil poached lobster in shiso butter paired with Moylan's Irish Red; grilled lamb chops with Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, and three other courses. Cost is $70, plus tax and tip. Call 669-MICK.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort will expand its winery of the month series by celebrating two events in two new resort locations. First is the Beachfront BBQ Friday, celebrating Murphy-Goode Winery in the great outdoors and under the stars on an oceanfront lawn. The winery's David Ready Jr., will be on hand.
The second wine event will be uncorked on Thursday, May 23, at the resort's Cafe on the Green with a traditional six-course sit-down dinner, celebrating Palmina-Clifton Vineyards of California. Call 874-1111.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, I'o Wine Club will present Top 100, a tasting of select wines from 2012. Pupu will be served. Cost is $35 per person. Call 661-8422.
Winemaker Ready of Murphy-Goode will also be good and ready to head to Hana Ranch Restaurant on Saturday for a pairing dinner by Travaasa Hana's hotel's Executive Chef Barry Villiarimo. Enjoy Maui Cattle Co.'s beef brisket with jalapeno corn bread, St. Louis pork ribs, Kula salad and paniolo mud pie with four wines for $40. For reservations, call 270-5280.
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AROUND THE TOWN . . . We hear Chef Sheldon Simeon will head to Calgary this week with Maui Visitors Bureau. This is just after a stellar guest chef appearance at Travaasa Hana. But it will be the last time the "Top Chef" finalist will represent Star Noodle, as he's off to pursue his own culinary dream - as yet to be announced.
Yes, the rumors are true. James McDonald has retired as executive chef of Pacific'o and O'o Farm. He'll continue to focus on the businesses he has ownership in, such as I'o and The Feast at Lele in Lahaina and 'Aina Gourmet Market at Honua Kai Resort in Kaanapali.
Another top West Maui chef will head up Ka'ana Kitchen at the upcoming Andaz Maui at Wailea resort that will open this summer. More details to come.
Hoping to take over the former Guava, Gouda and Caviar at Wailea Gateway shopping center to open a gourmet food market and upscale coffee bar complete with a barrista is Brian Etheredge of Capische?
But don't worry. Capische? is still going strong at Hotel Wailea and will host the opening night party there for Maui Film Festival at Wailea June 12. In honor of the festival's opening film, "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau," Etheredge will do Hawaiian fare such as lomilomi salmon, fish poke, and whole Malama Farms pork on the rotisserie, among other ono grinds. Tickets are now available online at www.mauifilmfest.com.
If you're still thirsty for more events, the 32nd annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will quench you June 6 to 9 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.