COLLEGE KLATCHES . . . Mark your calendars for Aug. 17, when Slow Food Maui presents the Maui Coffee Recipe Contest at the Seed to Cup event in partnership with Maui Coffee Association at UH Maui College's campus. If you think you can cook with coffee, this is for you. Visit www.slowfoodmaui.com or www.mauicoffeeassociation.com for entry forms and more details.
A nutrition expert for more than 30 years, Catherine Blake is seeking out all of you bachelors and bachelorettes to teach Cooking For Singles in Kahului as part of the UH Maui College's EdVenture program.
"Instead of going to a restaurant or cracking open another can, save money and learn fun ways to create delicious, healthy and satisfying meals at home," says Blake, who will teach it on three Mondays, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., starting next week. Tuition is $109. Call 984-3231.
Lulu Lahaina Surf Club & Grill’s owner Ron Panzo (standing), just debuted Lulu’s Crab Shack and Chef Junior Ramones is doing the dungeness crab feasts justice. Do wear a bib they provide.
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UH Maui College will also be cooking with SPROUT on Thursday, Aug. 8, in an effort to cultivate Hawaii's next "crop" of artisanal producers. If you're a budding farmer or entrepreneur, this is the ticket. Talks by experts are free. Just register online at www.sprouthawaii.eventbrite.com. Lunch may be purchased.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Fishermen catch dungeness crabs and bring them to Pezzolo Seafood at Pier 45 in San Francisco. The owner has got the formula for cooking them down pat. He packs them into chill packs, and ships them via Alaskan Airlines direct to - Lulu's Surf Club & Grill at Lahaina Cannery Mall.
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Called Lulu's Crab Shack, it launched last week. Two and a half pounds of dungeness crabs are generally served on the lanai with prawns, fresh Manila clams, linguesa from Maui Island Sausage, grilled corn on the cob and garlic bread - along with butcher paper, bibs, crab openers, lemon wedges and seasoned salt.
"We bring it to your table in plastic bags, open it and the smell is just so aromatic," says owner Ron Panzo. "It comes with Cajun garlic-butter sauce, mild with a kick. You've heard of farm to table? This is pier direct to our restaurant, and we offer it from 5 p.m. to closing."
We made a big mess last week, and it was worth every bite. Lucky for the bibs. We also spotted rock legend Michael McDonald savoring it and wearing a bib with his entourage. And, you may order single portions.
Those who wish to celebrate the spirits of their ancestors during o-bon season in Central Maui should go to Wailuku Hongwanji Mission starting at 6:45 p.m. Friday and/or Saturday. Do the bon dance and enjoy chow fun, chili, nachos, chicken hekka, barbecue meats, nishime, hot dogs, soft drinks and shave ice, says Michael Munekiyo.
The auction items for Maui Calls on Aug. 9 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center are starting to roll in and are sure to get some hot bids.
For instance, Maui's illustrious Shep Gordon will host 20 people at his oceanfront Wailea home, Hapa will entertain, and Mala Wailea chef-partner Mark Ellman will wow the group alongside Sheldon Simeon of Bravo channel's "Top Chef" finalist fame. Or bid on a Polynesian buffet for 12 guests right in your own backyard by Old Lahaina Lu'au with lei greeting, hula skirts swaying, and more.
In addition, the MACC will also be cooking at the Earth, Wind & Fire concert Sunday. Come early before the show to get your fill.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers will be sizzling cheeseburgers, hamburgers and fries, and crispy chicken sandwiches, Maui Tacos will shred beef and chicken in south-of-the-border bowls. Stella Blues Cafe will toss chicken Caesars and bake veggie lasagnes with garlic bread. Shaka Pops will cool you off with handmade ice pops; and The Maui Cookie Lady will also tempt your sweet tooth.
From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, Maui Brewing Co.'s brewpub in Kahana will celebrate National India Pale Ale (IPA) Day by pouring four, excellent house-crafted IPAs with one serving from a traditional English cask, according to general manager Tony Ren. "There also will be a rare guest IPA available for purchase."
It's the 30-day count down to Ka'anapali Fresh, West Maui's second annual culinary extravaganza planned for Labor Day weekend at stunning outdoor venues at Kaanapali Beach Resort.
Tickets are now on sale for the Progressive Dinner Aug. 30 and the Ka'anapali Fresh Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31. There will also be coffee tours and a mixology demo and tasting. Visit www.kaanapalifresh.com.