SUMMER BUZZ . . . The public is invited to come celebrate the one-year anniversary of Ma'alaea General Store & Cafe all day on Saturday and Sunday at the harbor.
"We will have 50-cent hot dogs and a free coffee with any of our fresh pastries. Our store and cafe are rated No. 1 on Trip Advisor in the whole Wailuku zip code," says Trish Marino, owner. "Now is your chance to try our fabulous food!" Call 242-8900.
As for Andaz Maui in Wailea, the opening date keeps on shifting, but that's to be expected when a fab new hotel plans to unveil itself on our shores.
Andaz Maui chefs Ben Marquez (from left), Isaac Bancaco and Executive Chef Brent Martin say they anticipate opening Sept. 1.
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But when I popped in last week to have lunch, as the web site said it would open Aug. 15, I found out that the chef team is anticipating a Sept. 1 opening for all of their outlets, except Morimoto's.
"Ka'ana Grill will be very different in its concept," says Executive Chef Brent Martin. "Instead of just appetizers, salads and main courses on the menu, there will be five key ingredients prepared in a number of ways."
For instance, one category will be free-range Upcountry ranches with your choice of grilled ribeye, Maui Cattle Co. short ribs or Makawao Farms chicken.
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Another is Kona kampachi with ceviche, served crispy skin in risotto or oven roasted with Kula leeks. Categories will rotate. The resort also hopes to open Luana Lounge and Bumbye Beach Grill on Sept. 1.
Remember Cindy DelleFave of the former Melting Pot and 100 Wines? She just signed on as GM of Morimoto Maui, targeted to open in October at Andaz in a oceanfront and freestanding building.
"I am thrilled for this opportunity and so excited to help bring this to Maui!" says DelleFave. "We will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30 at Andaz's Ekahi Studio. It's for all positions. Or email resumes ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org."
Longhi's Wailea will present an Italian wine dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. Seats are filling up fast and the menu sounds incredible.
"The event benefits the Maui Culinary Academy, as $25 is donated for every dinner purchased," says Manager Tyler Putnam. "The menu features five courses, each paired with select wines by Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants."
Courses include Nova Scotia lobster stuffed in heirloom tomatoes; roasted pork tenderloin stuffed with mozzarella, kale, sundried tomatoes and prosciutto; and cannoli stuffed with warm custard and fresh berries. No doubt guests will be stuffed as well. The price is $95, plus tax and gratuity. Call 891-8883.
Dark Maui Brittle made by Janet Cooper of Makawao earned Best Overall in the Maui Coffee Recipe Contest on Saturday, presented by Slow Food Maui at the Maui Coffee Association's Seed to Cup event at the UH-Maui campus in Kahului. Becky Sydney of Olinda won Best Savory with Sweet Black Bean Chili, and Janet Simpson of Kula got Best Sweet with her Creamy Mocha Rush featuring coffee from Kupa'a Farm and MauiGrown Coffee.
After tasting the brittle, Philippe Chin, executive chef of the new Sugar Cane restaurant in Lahaina and one of the seven judges says, "It was well-balanced and the coffee was definitely the star."
Sugar Cane is targeted to open on Front Street in the old Famous Dave's in early September. Sugar House is the new kid on the block in the old Tropica at Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
Speaking of a new restaurant, Jawz Fish Tacos is back in Maui waters. "We just opened at 41 E. Lipoa Street in the Lipoa Center between the gym and the charter school," says owner Joe Baldwin. "Our famous salsa bar lives again. Come and check us out."
Friday and Saturday, Vineyard Food Co. in Wailuku will offer two seatings at 4:30 and 7:15 p..m. on a multi-course Thai menu that includes a beverage. You may also BYOB. The owners are touting this venue as the place to go before the "Les Miserables" show at the MACC. Cost is $38 per person. Call 243-3663.
Wendy Augustine of Hali'imaile General Store won $10,000 in the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort this past weekend by making the World's Best Mai Tai. Bartenders from around the world competed. Her drink, called the Tai Mai, is now featured at the restaurant.
Chef Lyndon Honda will return to Maui Brewing Co. his old stomping grounds, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday to cook a five-course beer dinner for $75 per person at its tasting room in Lahaina.