TWITTER TWEET. . .What do you think are the odds of me being seated at a table next to hotel and casino magnate Steve Wynn and his well-heeled entourage at the Encore? And, spotting Nicholas Cage two seats away at the Bellagio, disguised as a rasta, ordering two giant tins of Osetra caviar?
On my annual visit to Las Vegas last week, I had tons of social media opportunities. However, I refrained from any paparazzi-type action and was social in the traditional sense during mealtime.
Hopefully, I'll find time to write about Las Vegas and San Francisco restaurant happenings soon. For now, I'll say that ramen burgers and speakeasies are in - cropping up in both of these great food cities.
Pink Taco at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas dishes up some fun Day of the Dead skull art.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
As for Maui, you may disguise yourself in costume and hop aboard the Pride of Maui Halloween Dinner Cruise to Lahaina today. Departure is at 5 p.m. from Maalaea Harbor, and you get to enjoy Front Street, then motor back to Maalaea by 10:30 p.m.
Dance to the live three-piece band, sip premium cocktails, and savor food cooked by Executive Chef Kelly Cater, who just got back from Nova Scotia. She'll make guava-glazed baby-back ribs, chicken in Asian citron sauce, artichoke dip and pumpkin tartlets in bourbon cream. But Cater's piece de resistance will be Death by Chocolate. For more details, call 242-0955.
Of course, Pacific Whale Foundation will feature cruises out of Maalaea for Halloween at 6 and 6:30 p.m. today. In addition, PWF's Porto restaurant in Maalaea has recently expanded its menu.
Got restaurant / dining-event scoop? Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Want to balance your mind and body in workshops led by health and wellness gurus, sip skinny cocktails, tour organic gardens and perhaps take a spa treatment utilizing farm-fresh potions? The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will present "E Malama Kou Kino," or "Care for Your Body," today through Sunday.
Robert Ferguson will host the Saturday seminar, Wine Chocolate and Wellness at 2 p.m.; and Sunday's The Eat Anything and Everything Weight Loss Revolution at 10:30 a.m. Skinny cocktail happy hours will flow nightly in the Alaloa Lounge; and the Pool Bar & Cafe will do skinny menu items throughout.
Former Ritz executive chef and owner of the old Chez Paul in Olowalu, Patrick Callarec, has resurfaced on Java in Indonesia.
"Happy to say I accepted a position as executive chef in charge of F&B operations of the Royal Tulip, an amazing, new, five-star resort opening next year in Bandung," says the classically trained French chef. "It's got seven outlets plus banquet hall for 3,000 people and a great team. My new life in Indonesia is about to begin!"
The proprietors of Maui Prime Fine Foods in Lahaina just got back from two weeks in China, South Korea and North Korea. The adventurous Cary and Karin Button also just hired a veteran Maui chef as their new retail manager.
"Alex Stanislaw will help us do more catering and other fun things in the store," says Cary, a longtime fan of Stanislaw's culinary prowess.
On Tuesday, enjoy savory pies and support Maui AIDS Foundation by attending Dining for Life anytime from 5 to 10 p.m. at Flatbread Company in Paia. A portion of the sales from all pizzas sold that evening will go to programs for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Are you looking for gourmet meal deals? Restaurant Week Wailea will return Sunday through Saturday, Nov. 9, with a record 21 participating establishments, including DUO Steak & Seafood and Spago at Four Seasons Resort Maui, along with new restaurants such as Fabiani's Wailea and Ka'ana Kitchen.
Chef inspired pre-fixe menus will cost $29, $39 or $49 per person (depending on the restaurant; and beverages, tax and gratuity are extra). For more details and menus, visit www.wailearesortassociation.com.
Celebrating "Five Years of Passion" with a wine dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday will be Pulehu: An Italian Grill at Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Cost is $85 per person. A portion of proceeds will benefit Maui Culinary Academy. Call 667-3254.
Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante at Four Seasons will host its next Grow Some Good dinner Friday, which raises funds to support school gardens. Chef Nicholas Porreca will create the four-course menu. Call 874-8000. . . A Domaine Carneros dinner will be uncorked Saturday at Four Seasons Resort Lanai's Lodge at Koele with CEO and winemaker Eileen Crane.
Last but not least, IHOP is running with pancake specials of the scaryface kind today. Happy Halloween, everyone!