ka‘anapali fresh: culinary series returns on labor day weekend

The Artful Creation of Organic Infused CocktailsKa‘anapali Beach Resort is pleased to present the second annual Ka‘anapali Fresh, Maui’s end of summer, Labor Day weekend bash August 30 and 31, 2013. Highlights include two gourmet dinners, a mixology class, coffee farm tour and luncheon, and a free Grown on Maui Farmers’ Market.

“We are so pleased to bring Ka‘anapali Fresh back to Ka‘anapali Beach Resort,” said Shelley Kekuna, Executive Director, Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association (KBRA). “Ka‘anapali Fresh is presented by the talented and versatile food and beverage professionals of Ka‘anapali’s great resort community,” she said. “Thanks to the outstanding chefs, farmers, winemakers, music professionals, and industry partners this year’s Ka‘anapali Fresh promises to be even better than last year.”


The weekend features two Ka‘anapali Fresh dinners:  The first on Friday night, August 30, is a “Progressive Dinner” beginning at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa with savory dishes prepared by its culinary team and the professionals from Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. It concludes with spectacular desserts at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Attendees may walk the ocean front beach path from The Westin to The Sheraton or take the complimentary Ka‘anapali Fresh event shuttle.

On Saturday, August 31, it’s the signature “Ka‘anapali Fresh Food & Wine” event, billed this year as a “5-0 Book ‘Em” extravaganza with a menu that pairs Ka‘anapali Beach Resort chefs with Maui farmers. Topping the evening are wines selected by Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawai‘i. It is held once again in the open-air and under-the-stars setting on the third hole of the Ka‘anapali Golf Course.


Both evening events are made more memorable by live music in an intimate setting:

Performing on Friday is Jake Shimabukuro and on Saturday it’s Amy Hanaialli‘i Gilliom and Makana. “We believe music makes a celebration,” said Kekuna. “We’re thrilled to have Amy, Hawai‘i’s all-time, best selling female vocalist. We also delighted to have Makana, an incredible slack key guitarist, and ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.”

“Mixology” Class Friday, August 30, 2-4 pm at Royal Lahaina Resort

Ka‘anapali Fresh kicks off on Friday, August 30 with a Mixology class from 2-4 pm at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Chandra Lucariello demonstrates a variety of refreshing cocktails made with Maui vodka and rums and incorporating fresh tropical fruit. “It is just as important to embrace the farm-to-table elements at the bar as it is in the dining room,” she said. Among the featured drinks are Chandra’s Maka Tai – a new take on the classic Mai Tai (see recipe).

Lucariello comes to Maui from Oahu where she serves as director of Mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii in Honolulu. She has 18 years of experience in the restaurant bar industry and is also education director for the Hawai‘i chapter of the United States Bartender Guild.

The public is invited to attend this convivial event which features a sampling of refreshing beverages, light pupus and hands-on practice guaranteed to improve the skills of even the most experienced bartender. Tickets are $26 per person. Food and beverage professionals and kama‘ainas are also encouraged to attend. Please show your Hawai‘i state driver’s license at the door for a courtesy discount.

Support for the demonstration comes from Ocean Vodka which hand crafts USDA-certified organic vodka and Old Lahaina Rum, a father and son team making fine rums with Maui raw sugar and molasses.

Recipe for Chandra’s Maka Tai

1 oz Old Lahaina Silver Rum
1 oz Old Lahaina Dark Rum
0.5 oz Dekuyper Orange Curacao
0.5 oz Maui falernum sweet syrup
0.75 fresh lime juice
3 pineapple wedges
½  inch Tahitian vanilla bean

Muddle pineapple with vanilla and lime. Add liquors and ice. Shake and strain over ice into highball glass. Garnish with thin pineapple half moon and pineapple leaf.

FREE Ka‘anapali Fresh Farmers’ Market showcases Grown on Maui Produce
Saturday, August 31 7:30-11:30 am

The public is invited to a free Grown on Maui Farmers’ Market at Whalers Village in Ka‘anapali Beach Resort. The event takes place on Saturday, Aug 31 from 7:30 to 11:30am as part of the Ka‘anapali Fresh series of fine food events. The Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association in cooperation with the Maui County Farm Bureau and Whalers Village presents it.

All products offered for sale at the market are “Grown on Maui”. Local farmers, food producers and chefs will also be on hand to demonstrate uses for their wares and answer questions. The event brings together the resort and agricultural communities and highlights the important role both play in Maui’s economy.

“We are so pleased to bring the market back to Ka‘anapali Resort,” said Shelley Kekuna, executive director of Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association. “Fresh, local and flavorful matter. We urge the community to join us for this and other events in the series.”

Ka‘anapali Coffee Tasting, Farm Tour & Alfresco Lunch Saturday August 31, 9:30am-1pm

Coffee lovers have a treat in store. On Saturday, August 31, “MauiGrown” Coffee hosts a tour of their working Ka‘anapali Estates coffee farm. Along the way participants learn about the art and science of coffee cultivation and how coffee goes from farm to cup with Kimo Falconer and Jeff Ferguson of “MauiGrown” Coffee, which processes and markets a variety of coffees from their own farm. New this year is a gourmet lunch at a Ka‘anapali Coffee Plantation Estate home.

The tour includes a professionally led coffee tasting at the “MauiGrown” shop at the base of the historic Pioneer Mill smokestack, as well as an alfresco lunch on the ocean-view coffee estate overlooking Lahaina.

The group meets at Whalers Village for pick up at 9:30am. It proceeds to the tasting room for sampling and then up the hill to the farm where participants can observe how coffee is grown and enjoy a delicious lunch catered by CJ’s Deli. The bus returns to Whalers Village at about 1pm. Tickets are $30 per person and reservations are required.

Tickets are on sale for all of the Ka‘anapali Fresh events at http://www.kaanapalifresh.com. For more information call 661-3271.





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