The food we discovered on Maui was an interesting mix of hearty no-frills home-cooking, and high-end fine dining; my guide to eating your way through paradise.
Stop and smell the lavender... Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a site of over 55,000 lavender plants blooming across 13.5 acres of serenity in upcountry Maui.
At the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival: golfing with a pro, dining with an island legend, and drinking to my heart's content.
Festival Host, Master Sommelier Fred Dame, brought together fellow Master Sommeliers Shayn Bjornholm, Jay Fletcher, Greg Harrington, Michael Jordan, Geoff Kruth, Emily Wines, and some of the finest winemakers in the world, to showcase their very best wines at this festival.
At Friday night’s Grand Tasting event, the festival’s 7 master sommeliers selected over 200 wines from around the world, while Executive Chef John Zaner and the culinary team of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua prepared dishes highlighting the island’s freshest ingredients.
I’m officially hooked. I’m considering giving it all up here on the mainland to become an island hula girl.
The soiree is Hawaii’s longest running event of its kind -- a four-day celebration of Hawaii’s Regional Cuisine, featuring gourmet cooking demonstrations, tastings from Maui’s top chefs, and a plethora of wines from several of the world’s most famous winemakers, brought together by returning host, Master Sommelier Fred Dame.