Archive for the 'food + wine maui' Category

banyan tree at the ritz-carlton kapalua: gorgeously reimagined and firmly rooted in local ingredients

The recently transformed Banyan Tree restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua led by new Head Chef Isabelle “Bella” Toland, pays tribute to its namesake by rooting itself in the traditions and ingredients of our ‘aina (land). In ancient Hawaiian culture, land was regarded as the provider of everything: food, shelter over your head, and a place to plant your feet and stand firm. Chef Bella’s vibrant new menu embraces that spirit and invites diners on a journey to discover the roots of the land, ­while incorporating the island’s most unique and sustainable ingredients. And the restaurant’s metamorphosis pays homage to the history of banyan trees in Hawai‘i as a gathering place to meet and share a meal. Continue reading ‘banyan tree at the ritz-carlton kapalua: gorgeously reimagined and firmly rooted in local ingredients’


champagne hale at cliff house returns this summer at montage kapalua bay

Montage Kapalua Bay welcomes back the Champagne Hale at Cliff House, a pop-up bar and lounge for guests and locals to experience the finest Maui sunsets while enjoying a variety of Champagnes perfectly paired with an innovative dining menu. The Summer Champagne Hale dates are Thursdays through Sundays from 4pm to 7:30pm, June 20 – September 1, 2019 (excluding July 25 & August 8).

Set beachfront atop picturesque Kapalua Bay, guests and locals will experience island lifestyle at its finest at Champagne Hale at Cliff House. The Champagne Hale was created to encapsulate the natural beauty of the surrounding area and the spirit of Maui. A historic venue nestled on the cliffs of Namalu Bay, Champagne Hale at Cliff House offers the perfect spot to unwind after a day at the beach or exploring the island; the lounge is filled with greenery and celebrates island living with a Veuve Clicquot twist. Continue reading ‘champagne hale at cliff house returns this summer at montage kapalua bay’

fire it up! grand wailea serves up meats, seafood, bourbon & more july 19-21, 2019

A live-fire food, wine, beer, and bourbon event, Fire It Up! is deliciously curated to showcase Hawai‘i’s bountiful meats, seafood and produce cooked exclusively with fire. Bringing together culinary stars from around the country for a weekend of oceanfront indulgence.

Sea to Fire
Friday, July 19, 2019
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Makai (ocean) inspired live-fire culinary event honoring Hawai‘i’s ancient connection to the ocean and its bounty. Featuring the freshest seafood paired with fine wine, saké & spirits along with live musical entertainment from Makana. Participating chefs: Jonathan Waxman, Michael & Bryan Voltaggio, Xavier Salomon, Tadashi Yoshino, Hubert Keller, Alvin Savella, and Ed Kenney. Continue reading ‘fire it up! grand wailea serves up meats, seafood, bourbon & more july 19-21, 2019’

mala ocean tavern: new(ish) owners cooking up exciting things

The funky pistachio-green exterior of MALA Ocean Tavern belies what awaits when you step inside this iconic oceanfront restaurant that’s been serving up delectable food and gorgeous sunsets for 15 years. Established in 2004 by Mark Ellman, one of the founders of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, along with wife Judy and daughters Ariana and Michelle, MALA is renowned for its distinctive brand of Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cuisine.

Until last November, the Ellman Family presided over a powerhouse trifecta of Lahaina restaurants which, besides MALA, included two adjacent dining establishments: Honu Seafood & Pizza and Frida’s Mexican Beach House. In a surprise move, the Ellmans sold MALA to the bright, ambitious (and successful) owners of Down the Hatch­­, also in Lahaina. Since then, these new(ish) owners have taken the MALA ball and run with it. Big time. Continue reading ‘mala ocean tavern: new(ish) owners cooking up exciting things’

kapalua casual + chic = the hideaway – montage kapalua bay’s new hidden gem

The west side of Maui has a perfect new “Hideaway,” which recently opened at the posh Montage Kapalua Bay. The newly renovated and reinvented space, serving dinner nightly, is both comfortable and casual with dark wood accents, tropical palms, and raffia details. Montage has set the stage for a modern meal where you can show up and don’t need reservations.

Surrounded by framed vintage images of Old Hawai‘i, kama’aina and guests alike will enjoy this low-key yet luxurious atmosphere (this is the Montage after all) with a delectable menu featuring small bites, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, a decadent burger, craft cocktails and more. The Hideaway is located adjacent to their signature restaurant Cane & Canoe and you can enjoy dinner from 4:30-10pm nightly with live music from 6 to 9pm every evening. Continue reading ‘kapalua casual + chic = the hideaway – montage kapalua bay’s new hidden gem’

38th annual kapalua wine & food festival – June 6-9, 2019

The 38th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns June 6 – 9, 2019 for a magical weekend on the shores of the Kapalua Resort. This annual “migration”’ brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture. Continue reading ’38th annual kapalua wine & food festival – June 6-9, 2019′

vana pa‘ia restaurant & sushi bar: the new north shore hot spot

Vana Pa‘ia Restaurant & Sushi Bar, located in the North Shore’s boutique hotel Pa‘ia Inn, is the talk of the laid-back, Bohemian surf town whose popularity is soaring these days.

Open since November, Vana is quickly making its mark as the place to see and be seen, while enjoying highly creative, sophisticated cuisine; finely crafted prohibition-inspired cocktails; and a carefully curated wine list—all presented in a secluded, courtyard-style atmosphere that confirms you’ve discovered a bona fide neighborhood gem.

Pa‘ia Inn owner Michael Baskin has assembled an impressive A-team for his new restaurant venture. The kitchen is led by Co-Executive Chefs Nick Gerstmar and Sean Ikeda; veteran Sommelier Vanessa Lampson does double duty as food and beverage director; while Mixologist Danny Dispo holds court at the turquoise-hued bar tucked cozily under a staircase. Continue reading ‘vana pa‘ia restaurant & sushi bar: the new north shore hot spot’