Wine

Perfect Pairing: Poke, Sauvignon and a Maui Sunset

One Wailea resort sets out to indulge, explore and exploit two complimentary flavors

Sometimes, and might we stress that it isn’t often, a big resort “gets it right” and presents a unique pairing of events that is out-of-the-box and utterly enticing. Take the Makena Beach Resort in beautiful Wailea, Maui; they’ve brought together the world’s youngest master sommelier (Honolulu’s own Patrick Okubo), and that delightfully Hawaiian treat—poke—for an evening that will explore the finer aspects of both. 

Kapalua's New Chef Dishes Up Oktoberfest Splendor

Isaac Bancaco arrives at Pineapple Grill from refined tutelage to helm this Maui "local's favorite" eatery

The changing-of-the-guard, or chef, at a “locals favorite" restaurant is heralded as a significant event here in Hawai‘i. So it became noteworthy when Maui’s Pineapple Grill, at Kapalua, bid farewell to Ryan Luckey—who garnered numerous regional awards for this impressive, off-the-beaten-fairway eatery—and ushered in another “local boy gone big.” Isaac Bancaco has cooked on the front lines for...

Sammy Hagar to Distill Rum on Maui

Red Rocker sees Green in Hawaii Liquor

Sammy Hagar, of Van Halen fame (or infamy, depending on which side of the fence you pump your fist), is headed to Hawai‘i this November to bestow a special little treat on the residents of Alohaland—and eventually the world. It seems "Mr. Tequila" is branching out into the distillation world, this time down rum avenue (like a good pirate). And the fruits of his labor will be only available to Hawai‘i residents for the first few months of production. 

Court of Master Sommeliers to Offer Class on O‘ahu

Up Your Wine Game in Kailua This November

The internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers is offering a two-day introductory course plus a third day for those interested in taking the first-level “Certified Sommelier” exam on O‘ahu this November. Settling into two full days of lectures, discussion and tastings at MidPacific Country Club where the likes of master sommeliers Roberto Viernes and Patrick Okubo along with advanced sommelier Charles Fredy, will push your enthusiasm for wine into a full-fledged working knowledge of the industry.

Merriman's Monkeypod to Open on Oahu in 2012

The Runaway Success of Wailea is Headed for Bountiful Shores Next Summer

Of all the Hawaiian Regional Cuisine chefs, it’s possible the Peter Merriman commands the least pomp and circumstance. From Waimea to Waikoloa (on the Big Island) to Kapalua and Wailea (on Maui) or Poipu, Kaua‘i, Merriman churns out his comfort food twists on local fare—and he does it well. So when we walked into Monkeypod Kitchen—his newest creation, on the tony hillside at Wailea  Gateway Center—a few weeks ago following the Maui Film Festival, it wasn’t long after passing through the door that the words “Why isn’t there something like this on O‘ahu?!” escaped my lips. Well, the wait is over. Almost.
Chef Merriman just announced the second outpost of Monkeypod will reside on the azure shores of West O‘ahu, at the Ko‘Olina Resort, mid-2012.

Chef Mavro Rolls Out the White Linens: Caviar Tasting Optional

We wanted to alert culinarians to a special time in Honolulu—thanks to the quick thinking (and palate tantalizing) of one Chef George Mavrothalassitis. Indeed, the man who refuses to let our taste buds squander but a few days without some form of classic cookery bedazzled down to its rawest form and reborn with an island tinge... has a new offering.
Prior to either your three, four or six-course tasting menu, diners can opt for a caviar tasting and presentation worthy of royalty.

Pineapple Grill Maui to Celebrate Anniversary with Tasty Benefit

One of our favorite locales—statewide—is the charming Pineapple Grill at Kapalua. Chef Ryan Luckey’s food is innovative and island-harvested; managing partner Chris Kaiwi’s wine knowledge (and selection) is only topped by his style of managing an efficient and pleasant staff (his penchant for lesser-known cheese imports is also impressive) and the list goes on. Yet, like any restaurant that stands out, it’s always been the delicate balance (or dance, a friend likes to say) of all these things and more that make Pineapple Grill such a standout.
On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Pineapple Grill celebrates

Get Behind HI's Top 'Tenders

Slinging drinks is the new modern art. There it is; I've said it. Where we used to coo over frames bedazzled with Warholian primary colors (and even managed to elevate subway car graffiti artists) we now ooh and aah over the use of aspic in our absinthe or calamansi in our martini. Before it becomes totally gauche, it's time to give credit where credit is due. In these trying times, a tasty cocktail can just save the day. Period. So why not pick up the new book

Celebrity Chef Tour: To Mauna Lani in 2011

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will host a historic culinary event in early 2011, when James Beard Foundation's "The Celebrity Chef Tour" stops-off here on January 21st and 22nd. Spotlighted chefs Michael Symon (star of Iron Chef America and restaurateur, Cleveland's Lola and Lolita ) and Jonathan Waxman (author and star of Top Chef Masters, also owner of Barbuto in NYC's West Village) will anchor the foodie event.

Kauai Grill Celebrates One Year, Garners Loyal Following

While we like to make a practice of covering events yet-to-come in order to give esteemed readers the opportunity to attend them, this “wrap up” of a just-passed culinary extravaganza from Jean-George’s Kauai Grill at the St. Regis Princeville is well worth the space. Trumpeting their one-year anniversary last week, the resort’s food and beverage team paired with Kauai Grill chef de cuisine Colin Hazama to bring locals and hotel guests a truly innovative menu that celebrated the notion of maintaining a Hawaiian ahupua‘a.


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