HAM IT UP. . .Want to feast at home on Easter? Baking pineapple-glazed Farmer John hams and roasting turkeys will be Dani's Catering in Wailuku.
Voted "Best Caterer on Maui" multiple times in The Maui News, Dani's also dishes up crowd-pleasing party trays with chow mein, vegetable crudite, maki and cone sushi, won tons and more.
"We ask that you place your orders by April 17 for pick up on the Saturday before Easter," says Catering Manager Anthony Perry. "We're open at 4 a.m. until 3 p.m., but we will extend to 5 or 6 p.m. that day."
Maui Prime Fine Food’s clerk Valeria Magri (left) holds a bottle of Veuve Cliquot and Alex Stanislaw showcases a Kurobuta ham.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
In Lahaina, Maui Prime Fine Foods at Emerald Plaza is selling half and whole Kurobuta hams.
"The hams are made from Berkshire heritage pork that's never been crossbred," says Maui Prime Store Manager Alex Stanislaw. "Low on salt with no preservatives, they are the way to step it up from your run-of-the-mill, spiral hams."
Maui Prime also features adult Easter basket items such as champagne, and goat and sheep's milk cheeses from Spain and the Basque country. Halibut and wild salmon season just opened, and the store's culinary team will fillet steaks to your order.
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BITS AND PIECES. . . Hana Cultural Center's 16th annual Ho'olaule'a will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hana Fairgrounds, the open field below Hana Ranch Store. This year's theme is "A Taste of Hana." The event is dedicated to Coila Eade.
"We'll set up a large tent on the field and seven top Hana chefs will each have a station," says Judy Kinser, publicist. Braddah "Hat" Tihiva will barbecue pork, Pranee's Thai restaurant will make curry; Arthur and Shorty Helekahi will make their world-famous Ata's burgers; Brian, Ben and Barry Villliarimo of Travaasa Hana will add hotel flair; Gary Chow will be cooking some, well, chow; and Hana Fresh will also be represented.
And, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 3, when the 22nd annual East Maui Taro Festival returns to Hana town. There will be 20 food booths, 40 arts and craft booths, live music and more. The Taro Pancake Breakfast will be flippin' hotcakes Sunday, May 4; and the "I Am Haloa" taro benefit dinner will precede it all on Friday, May 2, at scenic Kahanu Garden.
Speaking of party time, the Maui Film Festival at Wailea will add a new venue this year, when it screens cutting-edge films June 4 to 8. The new venue will be oceanfront at Grand Wailea. Its name is Maui Film Festival at Wailea's Seaside Cinema Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge. (Hmm. . . I used to think Humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant at the Grand was a mouthful.) But both are worth every last bite, when it comes to starry nights.
Apparently, Executive Chef Eric Faivre is designing fun dinner/show packages for Grand Wailea restaurants during the film fest, and you will get complimentary valet parking. No shuttles necessary, like at Celestial Cinema. And you may imbibe in wine, beer and cocktails.
Making its Maui debut on opening night there will be "SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," about Maui's iconic resident. Directed by Mike Myers, it stars Michael Douglas, Alice Cooper, Willie Nelson, Sylvester Stallone and others.
Former Hula Grill chef Chris Schobel has flown the coop to own and operate Fat Daddy's Smokehouse in Kihei. He's evolving and tweaking the menu and the ambience. Look for more to come.
Just Wing It at Piilani Shopping Center in Kihei has just been sold. Starting this week, it will be called Bruddah Willy's Sticky Ribs.
Formerly at Maui Tropical Plantation, owner-chef Will Bailey and his wife, Otelia Braceros Bailey, have have also flown the coop to Kihei and will keep some of the Just Wing It concept. So now, you'll be able to get wings and ribs in one convenient spot.
Love dahl, mutter paneer and chicken korma? Monsoon India will cater an authentic buffet at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Makawao Union Church, prior to the Jai Uttal concert. Cost of the buffet is $15; while Uttal's performance afterward costs $20 per person.