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Chefs on the Beach

April 11, 2011 - Carla Tracy

A private Makena beach estate will set the stage for Chefs on the Beach from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23. It’s the Rotary Club of Maui’s signature fund raiser and it will dish up gourmet tastes by top Maui chefs, a selection of wines by JMD Beverages, live entertainment, and silent auction items.

“The concept of the event is a casual, elegant afternoon chef’s festival,” says event director Harlan Hughes. “Owner Joe Sugarman has generously donated the use of his property for this event, limited to 350 people.”

The new Raku restaurant at Makena Beach & Golf Resort will do California rolls with unagi and tobiko. The new Monkeypod Kitchen will also tempt you with ravioli and seafood chowder. The Waterfront will toss their world-famous Caesar salads and duck breasts. Brigit and Bernards will grill lamb kebabs. And Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar will serve ahi over island greens and won ton chips.

A Saigon Cafe will grill shrimp; Hana Hou Cafe will do coconut curry soup; and Three’s Grill & Bar will make Maine lobster stuffed diver scallops over truffled celeriac puree with Kula corn and applewood-smoked bacon chowder.

In addition, Roy’s Kahana will do Kona lobster and corn pudding with lobster nage; David Paul’s Island Grill will make sassafras short ribs with truffle mashed potatoes; Mulligan’s on the Blue will make crab cake sliders and Harp-battered mahi; and Flatbread Company will do what it does best — baking pizzas.

Performers are Fulton Tashombe, Phil and Angela Benoit, and Hawaiian Serenaders. Silent auction items include golf games, helicopter rides and hotel certificates. The wines will be impressive indeed.

One noteworthy winery pouring at the event will be Huneeus Vintners, which produces The Prisoner red wine and Saldo Zinfandel. “Huneeus Vintners is Napa Valley’s hottest new winery,” says Alan Jahns of JMD Beverages. “It has purchased two brands owned by winemaker Dave Phinney’s Orin Swift Cellars—The Prisoner and Saldo. Dave Phinney is ‘the man, the man with the Midas touch.’ With apologies to Shirley Brassey for the lyrics and Ian Flemming for the inspiration, Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars is the new Goldfinger. Not in the creepy, German-accented, trying to take over the world sort of way, but in the sense that everything he touches turns to gold. Over the past few years, ‘The Prisoner’ has gone from small-batch cult wine to a nationwide phenomenon.”

Other wines to flow at the event include Decoy Wines by Duckhorn Wine Company, Miner Family Vineyards, Honig, Vino del Sol, Frank Family, Saintsbury (certified green winery), Zolo, Peachy Canyon, Willow Cest, Magnificent Wine Co., and Babich.

Cost is $75 per person. Sponsor a table of 10 and get preferred seating. For tickets, call event director Harlan Hughes at 878-6356. Other outlets are Topaz Goldsmith and Gallery in Kihei at 879-5877; Hawaii Super Liquor Store at 877-5877; or Kila Kila in Pukalani at 573-2244.


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Chef Cameron Lewark of Spago cooked at last year's event.