STARRY NIGHTS . . . Some of the biggest celebrity chefs in America's culinary world dined at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's Mala Wailea on a recent evening.
"Bam!" They were Emeril Lagasse and Tom Colicchio, along with Sam Choy and Philippe Chin. The chefs were in town to check out Mala Wailea's new restaurant concept, Migrant, which will launch by the end of the year under the direction of Sheldon Simeon. They taste-tested his proposed dishes, so you know it will be good.
Simeon also served as emcee at the Fil-Am Heritage fest Saturday at Maui Mall in Kahului. Island chefs of Filipino heritage competed in a contest, and Joey Macadangdang of Roy's Kaanapali won with his bitter melon and kambucha molecular gastronomy creations that dazzled the huge crowd and the judges.
Celebrity chefs Tom Colicchio (from left), Sheldon Simeon, Emeril Lagasse, Philippe Chin and Sam Choy pose after dinner with Mala Wailea managing partner Shep Gordon.
Mala Wailea photo
Emme Tomimbang, a noted TV personality of Filipina heritage, will be honored Nov. 9 on Oahu at the Filipino Community Center.
James Beard Award recipients Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's and Alan Wong of Alan Wong's Amasia at Grand Wailea will cook Filipino dishes along with DK Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bars. Willie K will bring the house down with song. The event benefits the center's youth and family programs.
I'm telling you, Filipino food is smokin' hot right now. Where's the chicharron?
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Getting back to celebrity culinarians, I chatted with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto last week about his upcoming restaurant at Andaz Maui. He pointed to the heavens, when asked about the opening date, and said, "only they know." But general manager Cindy DelleFave says the target date is the first half of November. He'll serve signature dishes from his other nine restaurants, which span from as far away as India and Mexico City. Read more about it in Scene in an upcoming issue.
By the way, there is a new billboard at Chicago O'Hare that reads, "Chicago is beautiful . . . but it doesn't have palm trees . . . Andaz Maui at Wailea."
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele invites guests to a special pau-hana celebration with the stars and winners of the Food Network's acclaimed show, "The Great Food Truck Race," on Friday, Oct. 25. Join the showstoppers, Lanai natives and brothers Lanai and Adam Tabura, and their pal, Shawn Felipe, from 5 to7:30 p.m. in the Living Room for drinks, pupu and talk story.
Whole Foods Maui street food video filmed by Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier of HawaiiONTV.com won over 52 other Whole Foods stores in the Pacific region,
Gannon's in Wailea will shake it up with its next after dark dance party Saturday. Called the Monster Ball, it will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover is $15. The Red Bar at Gannon's is flowing with the a trio of sake pairings and Fulton Tashombe is live on piano every Friday in October.
Pioneer Inn in Lahaina has launched "The Story of Hawaii Exhibit and Talk Story" with Bryant Neal from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays in its Snug Harbor room. Enjoy live Hawaiian music and free admission.
"Cocktails are available for purchase and the full menu is available in the Grill and Bar," says Pioneer Inn's owner Becky Lennon.
BITS AND PIECES . . . In Waikapu, William Bailey of Maui Tropical Plantation announces that the facility is "going forward with renovations in the banquet/restaurant building and have King Kalakaua train bar, bridges and all kinds of new stuff in coming months!"
Bringing back its pumpkin-spiced brews for fall is Maui Coffee Roasters in Kahului. We also hear it just expanded its operations to the Pacific Northwest. The new location is situated in metropolitan Spokane, Wash., and it offers a drive-thru for coffee lovers.
Tom's Mini Mart in Paukukalo boasts some of the best Halloween decorations around. Do check it out and you may even get spooked. . . Home Maid Bakery on Lower Main Street is churning out pumpkin-flavored mochi, mini loafs and cookies.
Paia will soon be jumping with a new restaurant. Taking the place of Cafe Moana will be Dazoo. Target date for its opening is next week.
"We'll open Moana Bakery next door to the old Vanity Salon with artisan breads and desserts," says owner Yulie Law, who waited more than a year to rebrand it. "Dazoo will be our new concept with 3-D animal, fish and vegetable cutouts. We kept the same San Francisco and Seattle chefs that we had at Moana Cafe, and we'll do a tapas-style menu with a Korean flair."