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gannon’s restaurant in wailea: elegant country club ambiance; no membership required

Chef Beverly (Bev) Gannon is a Maui culinary legend. Born Beverly Shanbaum, in Dallas, Texas, she originally worked in the entertainment industry as road manager for singer Liza Minnelli, actress Joey Heatherton, and entertainer Ben Vereen. But after several years on the road, Bev found herself burned out.

So she turned to her passion—cooking—and enrolled in London’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. After that, she studied under acclaimed chefs Marcella Hazan and Jacques Pepin, then started up a catering business in Dallas.

In 1980, she and then-boyfriend Joe Gannon (they married a year later), a rock and roll lighting legend, moved to Maui, where Chef Bev started a catering business in her home kitchen in Makawao called “Fresh Approach,” now known as “Celebrations Catering,” the longest-running catering business on the island. Continue reading ‘gannon’s restaurant in wailea: elegant country club ambiance; no membership required’


an après-sun experience at the cliff house in kapalua

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. Veuve Clicquot Rich also returns exclusively to the Champagne Hale, the only venue in Hawaii to pour this refreshing Champagne cocktail. Summer dates are June 22 to September 2 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm (excluding Saturday, August 4). Continue reading ‘an après-sun experience at the cliff house in kapalua’

Koa 156°: a high degree of deliciousness

When partners Seth Adams and Bryce Sorenson of S&A Hospitality purchased the oceanfront restaurant on Front Street in Lahaina formerly known as Koa’s Seaside Grill, they rebranded the establishment as Koa 156°, paying homage to its longitudinal coordinate of 156°W. Along with the new name came a new executive chef: Dan Vesey, who made a name for himself as chef de cuisine at the historic Riverhorse on Main, Park City, Utah’s top-rated restaurant. With 16 consecutive Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards, Riverhorse on Main is lauded by restaurant critics and the dining public alike as one of North America’s top culinary destinations, and a Park City culinary gem. Continue reading ‘Koa 156°: a high degree of deliciousness’

37th annual kapalua wine & food festival

The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns June 7-10, 2018 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.

Highlights of the weekend include interactive wine tasting seminars:

  • Regional focused seminars – Santa Maria Valley, International Wines/Hungary, Italy, Romania.
  • Varietal focused seminars – World Famous Pinot Noir, World Cabernet Franc.
  • Historical focus – Scions of the Vine – second and third generation winemakers.

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sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest

Tucked behind the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront on the Kihei/Wailea border is Sarento’s on the Beach, situated smack-dab on that luscious stretch of white sand called Keawakapu. Oceanfront dining can’t get more sublime than at Sarento’s, as Janet and I recently discovered. Afterwards, we both walked away thinking, “How is it possible we’d not dined here before?”

Sarento’s is a member of the Tri-Star Restaurant Group that’s headed up by long-time restaurateur Aaron Placourakis, who was honored with a lifetime achievement accolade by Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine at their 2016 ‘Aipono Awards ceremony. Other dining establishments in Placourakis’s group are Manoli’s Pizza Company and Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea, and Son’z Steakhouse in Ka‘anapali. Placourakis was raised around great food. And like all Greeks, he was instilled with the belief that family isn’t just limited to close relatives but to anyone who’s gathered around the table. It’s an approach that’s been perfected by his team members who greet you at the door as a friend, not as a customer. This uncompromising style has been the key to the success of his restaurants for 35 years. Continue reading ‘sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest’

market night: a hawaiian churrascaria at four seasons resort maui’s DUO steak and seafood

Diners definitely won’t ask “Where’s the Beef?” when partaking in Market Night: A Hawaiian Churrascaria, presented every Friday evening at Four Seasons Resort Maui’s DUO Steak and Seafood. This all-you-can-eat, meat-lover’s feast ($67 per person) offers an opportunity to have your fill of everything from the aforementioned beef, to pork, chicken, lamb, and fish, along with tasty side dishes and sumptuous desserts. And vegetarians need not despair—the generous spread includes a gorgeous “market table” filled with fresh salads galore, along with grilled vegetables, crusty breads, and delectable cheeses.

DUO’s Market Night originated a few years ago, says Crissa Hiranaga, Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Resort Maui. “We wanted to create an interactive, family-friendly concept that would support our local farmers. Thus, Market Night was born, and it has been a huge hit with our guests, as well as locals.”

Last November, Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and his team introduced the Hawaiian Churrascaria, modeled after the Brazilian barbecue tradition, and adapted to our local products and flavors. “We wanted to refresh our Market Night offering with something that tied into our concept of steak and seafood,” says Chef Craig. “Whenever we ponder new ideas for our food and beverage operation we look to see how unique it is to the island. We felt that a Brazilian-style churrascaria evening would be a great option for our guests and for the community, since it’s is not widely available on Maui.” Continue reading ‘market night: a hawaiian churrascaria at four seasons resort maui’s DUO steak and seafood’

fuel up with breakfast at roy’s ka’anapali—serving 6-10:30am daily

We were lucky enough to recently pop in for a relaxing breakfast at Roy’s Ka‘anapali and sample a few items from their newly launched breakfast menu which is served daily from 6 to 10:30am. Roy’s is the perfect place to send your guests for breakfast and brunch with amazing golf course views.

Chef Jessie Anacleto has created a menu with savory and sweet specialties to sample. On the savory side of the menu, a twist on the long time favorite “Roy’s Yama Mama Meatloaf” is now available in a loco moco with shiitake mushroom gravy ($17). We tried the Blackened Ahi Benedict ($24) perfectly seared ahi, light blackened seasoning with Asian slaw, asparagus, yuzu hollandaise and a side of fingerling potatoes. The Kalua Pork Skillet is a piping hot skillet with spinach, Kula tomatoes, Maui onion and mozzarella cheese ($18). What is a brunch menu without the ever-popular Avocado Toast? Chef Jessie’s version pairs wheat toast with lemon pressed olive oil, a generous helping of avocado and a dusting of parmesan cheese with sous vide eggs on top cooked to perfection ($16). Continue reading ‘fuel up with breakfast at roy’s ka’anapali—serving 6-10:30am daily’