Oh-la-la! Celebrate Le Creuset grand opening

Outlets of Maui partners with top isle chefs Friday to Sunday on main stage

The Banyan Tree Chef de Cuisine Alvin Savella will dazzle spectators from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday as part of the all-star Maui chef lineup at the grand opening of La Creuset at the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

The Outlets of Maui mall in Lahaina will celebrate the grand opening weekend of Le Creuset, the premium French cookware manufacturer known for its colorful cast-iron enamel pieces, as it hosts Le Creuset Maui Chef Weekend from Friday through Sunday.

The mall spans 150,000 square feet on Front Street and is an oceanfront shopping and dining destination.

Le Creuset is now open between Michael Kors and Gap Factory Store in the Banyan Courtyard. The Outlets of Maui’s newest store offers customers enameled cast iron, stainless steel and non-stick cookware along with bakeware, kitchen accessories and much more.

At 1,600 square feet, the new Maui store prominently features a Le Creuset outlet “showrooming concept” that allows customers to conveniently buy in-store and ship home directly.

“The addition of Le Creuset represents our ongoing commitment to bring to our customers both unique and island-centric brands to our tenant mix,” says Outlets of Maui General Manager Lisa Donlon.

“We welcome this globally-renowned and iconic brand and are confident Le Creuset will quickly become a must-visit stop during a visit to Outlets of Maui.”

During its grand opening, Le Creuset customers will enjoy storewide savings of 25 percent off, a special gift with purchase (while supplies last), and the opportunity to register to win an iconic Dutch oven.

“While we’re known for our legendary enameled cast-iron cookware, Le Creuset today is a source for all kitchen needs, from stainless steel and non-stick cookware to bakeware, accessories, wine tools, gifts and more,” says Diane Foster, vice president of retail. “We’re excited to welcome visitors to Maui as well as the Maui community and look forward to supplying color and joy for years to come.”

From Friday through Sunday, Le Creuset Maui Chef Weekend will offer three days of cooking demos in which a collective of Maui’s top chefs will prepare, and share, a variety of Le Creuset-inspired dishes. All cooking demonstrations take place on Main Stage and the mouthwatering weekend’s event schedule follows:

From 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Lyndon Honda of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa will take the stage, followed by Seville Jackson of Ruth’s Chris Steak House from 4 to 5 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday — Thomas Hagist of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa will be on stage from noon to 1 p.m., followed by Daisiel Escobar of Pi Artisan Pizzeria from 1 to 2 p.m. Then on Sunday, Alvin Savella of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will wow the crowds from noon to 1 p.m., followed by Sherif Elhadidi of Waikiki Brewing Co. from 1 to 2 p.m. and James “Kimo” Simpliciano of Simpli-Fresh. Savella was recently named “Best Chef on Maui” by a local isle magazine. He will make scallop-and-foie sausage with ogo-inamona chimichurri and Kauai shrimp chips.

As for the mall, Outlets of Maui features a collection of more than 30 leading designer and brand-name stores that offer 65 percent off regular retail prices. For more details, visit www.outletsofmaui.com.