AROUND THE TOWN . . . Spotted famous chefs Mark Tarbell and Dean Fearing at last week's film fest. Both men appeared in "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon." They stayed at Shep's house, and dined at his Mala Wailea and Migrant restaurants.
The two are gearing up to make celebrity appearances at Kapalua Wine & Food Festival this weekend (Dining Out).
By the way, Migrant Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon was recently presented with a formal resolution from the County of Maui in recognition of his culinary accomplishments, which include winning "Best New Chef in the Northwest and Pacific Region" in Food & Wine. There is now a "Sheldon Simeon Day" here.
Visiting celebrity chefs Dean Fearing (left) and Mark Tarbell flank Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon of Migrant. The three will cook at Kapalua Wine & Food Festival this weekend.
Migrant is offering a kamaaina discount of 25 percent off all food seven days a week from opening at 5 p.m. to closing at 10:30 p.m. "We have been building a really strong local clientele, which makes Sheldon very happy!" says Manager Melanie Wicker.
Four other celebrities attending the film fest dined at Alan Wong's Amasia at Grand Wailea before Seaside Cinema films. They were Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, "X-Man" James Marsden and "Triple Threat" Joe Manganiello, who all the ladies adored.
A celebrity chef himself, Wong will be back on island on Wednesday for the Midsummer Feast wine dinner at his restaurant. Courses include Hawaiian kampachi crudo; dried scallop with prosciutto; butter-poached Keahole lobster; broiled butterfish; and Yunan rack of lamb. The five-course feast costs $75 per person. Add $50 for wine pairings. Call 891-3954.
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BITS AND PIECES . . . Wine isn't just flowing at Amasia and Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Ruth's Chris Steak House upstairs in the Shops at Wailea will host a five-course pairing dinner tonight, along with 100 of its other sister restaurants nationwide, to celebrate the king of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon.
"We invite you to enjoy five worldwide cabernets from California to Chile to Italy," says Helen Mackey, vice president of menu strategy. "We really look forward to our fun celebration of cabernet and steak."
Savor wild salmon on braised Romaine; steak consomme; sizzling filet mignon; twice-baked potato with sauteed broccolini; and artisanal cheeses. Cost is $105, plus tax and tip. Call Ruth's at 874-8880.
World Cup fever, anyone? Better known for its European cuisine than as a sports bar, Brigit & Bernards Garden Cafe in Kahului will run with all of the World Cup Soccer games airing out of Brazil.
"Breakfast starts at 6, and if your country is playing, you will get 20 percent off of your tab," says owner Bernard Weber, a native of Switzerland. "While we wish every team luck, we will mostly cheer for the U.S.A., Germany and Switzerland. All others are welcome, too, but only if they lose. Just kidding!"
"Please come dine at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon or 3 p.m, and eat, party, cheer or cry with us," Weber continues. "Savor bratwurst and sip German beer."
Saturday, June 21, Maui AIDS Foundation along with the Maui Pride Organization will work side by side on the LGBTQ Beach BBQ and the Maui AIDS Foundation's T Dance.
The Beach BBQ will be held at Kalama Beach Park in Kihei from noon to 3 p.m. and is a free community potluck open to all ages. The T Dance will immediately follow the BBQ across the street at Three's Bar & Grill from 3 to 7 p.m. The dance is open to anyone 18 and older and is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase tickets at www.MauiAIDS.org.
Maui Fruit Jewel's Hana Collection Pates de Fruits has been named a Finalist for "Outstanding Confection" in the Specialty Food Association's 2014 sofi Awards. It was selected from 2,724 entries across 32 categories. Winners will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony June 30 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. "We are utterly shocked and thrilled," says Lin ter Horst, who co-owns and operates Maui Fruit Jewels with her husband, Chris, a native of the Netherlands.