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Mixology class teaches "art of making cocktails"

March 28, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Want to make the perfect martini? Slow Food Maui will present a mixology class with Melissa Panzarini of Maui’s own Ocean Vodka and Mauicello lemon liqueur. It will be held Wednesday, March 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Maui Culinary Academy in Kahului. This fun and interactive class is the second session of the new Taste Education Series, which touches on different products and topics — on the last Wednesday of each month. Cost is $15. Book by email at or call (808)-243-2290. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended.For more details, call Charlene Kauhane, Slow Food Maui Education co-chair, at 243-2290.

“We had an excellent turnout for the first Taste Education session featuring local coffee producers,” said Ka'uhane. “We’re honored to present Melissa and others as we work to bring local producers in our community to the forefront so others may learn about their work, how their product is made, where to find it and more.”  “It’s inspiring to meet the people behind the product and craft,” said Chris Speere, Slow Food Maui co-chair. “This will be a fun session.” As icing on the cake, the Grand Taste Education will be presented at the fourth annual Maui County Agricultural Festival, Saturday, April 2. While the festival is free, tickets are $25 for the Grand Taste Education, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s best to purchase online at maui county farm bureau.

Other upcoming sessions in the series are:

Wednesday, April 27 – Make sorbets and gelatos with Melissa McKelvey of Penguini Gelato in Paia. Craft distinctive combinations such as Kafir-lime-coconut, lilikoi-mango and Olinda Plum and Ginger.

Wednesday, May 25 – Taste Chocolate with Melanie Boudar of Sweet Paradise Chocolatier. Melanie will show you how to taste, pair and evaluate chocolate, with a look at what’s happening in Hawai'i’s cacao industry.

Wednesday, June 29 – Learn all there is to know about organic, grass-fed beef on Maui with William Jacintho of Beef and Blooms, Hawaii’s first certified organic ranch. Taste and compare Maui’s local product with other market brands. Get tips on how to prepare local, grass-fed beef products.

Wednesday, July 27 – Taste Education goes on a field trip to Maui Brewing Co. in West Maui.  Owner Garrett Marrero will give the grand tour and tasting.

Wednesday, August 31 – Got Fish? Don Wakamatsu of Whole Foods Market, Maui in Kahului will share his fish knowledge on how to select, cut and prepare local, sustainable fish caught in Hawaiian waters. Wednesday, September 28 – Retired Maui Culinary Academy Chef Instructor Bobby Santos returns to the classroom to share his knowledge of raising poultry chickens.

Wednesday, October 26th – Ralph Giles and Daniel J Southmayd, owners of Catering From Soup to Nuts, help you plan the perfect dinner party. These catering experts provide practical advice from table settings and hosting etiquette.


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