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sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time

At fifteen years old, Sip Me owner Laura Wentworth knew that someday she would open a coffee shop. At the time, she didn’t know when or where it would be, but she did know how she would operate it. “When I was a little girl growing up in Montana, my grandfather used to take me to a coffee shop called Clyde’s,” she recalls. “They knew all their customers, and treated them like members of the family. It really made an impression on me. So when I imagined what my coffee shop might be like, I knew it needed to have that same feeling.”

It took some 18 years for Laura’s dream to come true when, in June of 2015, she and then-partner Shannon Murphy opened Sip Me, a neighborhood coffee shop in historic Makawao. It had been a long and challenging 16-month journey for the pair of would-be entrepreneurs. “I’d never worked a day in the service industry, and neither had Shannon, before we opened Sip Me,” Laura says. “The bank people just laughed at us. Imagine two girls with no service experience, and no real business experience, wanting to open a coffee shop in Makawao, at the end of the street, no less!” Continue reading ‘sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time’


maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’

Did you know chocolate dates back to 1900 B.C. when ancient Mesoamericans fermented, roasted, and ground cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers, and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink? I didn’t either, until I attended the Maui Chocolate Tour and Workshop, a tasty and informative off-the-beaten path experience on an authentic cacao and vanilla farm in Huelo.

The tour and workshop were developed by Melanie Boudar, a master chocolatier who started Sweet Paradise Chocolatier in Wailea, co-owns The Art of Chocolate/Cacao Santa Fe in New Mexico, and serves on the board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. Lead tour guide Ann Tuomela has been extensively involved in the cheese and wine industry doing catering and tastings. Her love of food has led her to the complexities of chocolate. She is assisted by Kathy Tobin, who has served in the tourism industry. The farm itself is owned by Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, who also operate Maya Yoga Studio on the property. Continue reading ‘maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’’

the mill house now offering kama‘aina discount and private chef services

The Mill House is ready to send their chefs in home for an unparalleled dining experience guests won’t soon forget. With more than 10 years experience as a private chef, Executive Chef Jeff Scheer leads The Mill House award- winning culinary team, with a mind for quality and a heart for delighting clients. Jeff made his name known on Maui working as a private chef in homes, vacation rentals and on boats. He has spent the last few years building the kitchen and team at The Mill House. Now he is ready to lead these amazing Chefs in The Mill House Private Chef endeavor.

The Mill House now offers Kama‘aina discount of 15% off food. Valid Hawaii State ID or Drivers License must be present to receive the discount which applies at lunch, happy hour and dinner. Does not apply to beverages or alcohol. Please note this discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Continue reading ‘the mill house now offering kama‘aina discount and private chef services’

mauka makai: the westin nanea ocean villas’ culinary jewel

New resorts don’t often pop up on Maui anymore, so when one does, it’s a highly anticipated big deal. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, which opened in April of this year, sit on what used to be the last 16 acres of undeveloped land fronting Ka‘anapali’s alluring North Beach. Consisting of 190 initial villas, the Westin Nanea (nanea means “relaxation” in Hawaiian) is scheduled to be fully up and running with an additional 200 villas by this year’s Holiday Season.

Inspiration for the resort’s overall design comes from the hina‘i (traditional Hawaiian fishing basket). The hina‘i represents a basket of stories, and it’s the Westin’s goal to communicate the history and shared stories of the Hawaiian people with guests. The hina‘i is brought to life throughout the resort, from the spectacular interwoven wood design on the lobby ceiling, to exquisite basket-weave lampshades in the villas. Continue reading ‘mauka makai: the westin nanea ocean villas’ culinary jewel’

7th annual hawai‘i food & wine festival

The 7th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is an epicurean destination event which will take place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The Festival in Hawai‘i Island, Maui, and Oahu will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. The Maui events run from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, here are the details: Continue reading ‘7th annual hawai‘i food & wine festival’

three’s bar & grill / fork & salad / three’s catering: the unstoppable culinary trio of kihei

Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

The past year has been remarkably eventful for the trio of ambitious chefs—Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher, and Travis Morrin—who own the ever-expanding Three’s culinary empire. In July of 2016, they opened a brand-new, fast-casual restaurant they named Fork & Salad Maui in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei. Its mission is to “redefine the possibilities of farm-to-table cuisine as healthy, quick, convenient and affordable, so it can be enjoyed every day by everyone.”

Fork & Salad offers chef-inspired salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, juices, organic coffee, and the largest kombucha tap on the island, all served up in a Subway-style concept where your food is made right before your eyes. The restaurant has racked up numerous 5-star TripAdvisor reviews, with many saying not only is it a great place for healthy fare that doesn’t break the budget, it’s also ideal for folks with special dietary needs, and/or food allergies. Continue reading ‘three’s bar & grill / fork & salad / three’s catering: the unstoppable culinary trio of kihei’

upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty

Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, Upcountry Farmers Market Manager Neil Coshever and his capable assistant Katy Bayley orchestrate an extraordinary symphony at the Kulamalu Town Center in Pukalani. Now in its 7th year at this location, the Upcountry Farmers Market (UFM) boasts more than 100 vendors, and attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors to its cornucopia of enticing products.

No other farmers market has been operating on Maui as long as UFM. For more than 40 years, UFM has made its home in various locations—first at St. Joseph’s Church in Makawao; then at the Eddie Tam Gymnasium, also in Makawao. In 2010, the market moved to its current site in Pukalani, which has allowed for exponential growth. In fact, the market is now officially “full,” and new vendors are able to rent a booth only when a regular vendor is absent. Continue reading ‘upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty’