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Annual ‘Taste of Upcountry’ gets cooking Sept. 28

Montessori School event is adults only

Montessori School’s Taste of Upcountry — the fourth annual fundraiser and tribute to Maui chefs and the bounty of the region — will be held Sept. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The outdoor event on the central lawn of the school’s Makawao campus will help raise funds for student programs, tuition assistance, teachers’ professional development and campus maintenance.

The event is for those 21 and older, and is staged on a BYOB basis.

General admission starts at $90, and VIP tables cost $2,500.

Local musical talent includes an opening show by folk-inspired singer and keyboardist Steve Sargenti and an evening performance by bluesy chanteuse Sierra Carrere. There will be silent and live auctions.

Taste of Upcountry will be co-emceed by Kainoa Horcajo, the Grand Wailea’s Hawaiian cultural ambassador, and the Merwin Conservancy’s director of programs, Sara Tekula, who also serves on Montessori School of Maui’s board of trustees.

Taste of Upcountry is designed to showcase the talent, toil and camaraderie of Maui’s renowned chefs and Upcountry farmers and purveyors.

The evening will feature 10 culinary stations presenting sweet and savory tasting plates by chefs Bev Gannon of Haliimaile General Store, Gary Johnson of Sea Salt Maui, Craig Dryhurst of the Four Seasons, Anthony LaBua-Keiser of Maui Preserved, Nicole Scharer of Nicole Scharer Events, Ben Diamond of Hanai Cuisine, Kevin Bell of Maui Farm to Fridge, Uma Dugied of Star Anise Catering, Jessica Kapoor of Sweet on Maui and by the Ulupalakua Ranch Store.

In addition, espresso and espresso-based concoctions will be offered by Crema Maui.

Montessori School also announced that this is a Zero Waste Event, in partnership with Maui Foundation.

For more event information visit bit.ly/TasteMOMI2019.