We all know Maui is one of the most expensive places in America whether you live here or are just visiting. But Kapalua – with its tall ironwood trees marching along emerald green golf courses lined with multi-million dollar homes – is in a class of its own.
The annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival takes the super-swank factor and multiplies it several times. If you love food and you’re on island June 24-27, you might as well get your tickets now (they go on sale today).
The Festival’s schedule is scaled back from years past, but well worth your consideration. If you’re not interested in the entire four-day event, make a note of the Seafood Festival on the last day, Sunday, June 27, from 6-9pm.
Gigantic tents shade the lawn at the Ritz-Carlton, and dozens of our favorite restaurants provide pupus while wine distributors and winemakers supply the libations. Live music and fantastic schmoozing always make for a fantastic evening.This year’s chefs include:
- Bev Gannon, Bev Gannon Restaurants
- Ryan Urig, Banyan Tree
- Brian Etheredge, Capische?
- David Paul, David Paul’s Island Grill
- James McDonald, I’O/Pacific’O Restaurants
- Tadashi Yoshino, Kai Sushi Bar
- Jake Belmonte, Maui Culinary Academy
- Neil Murphy, Merriman’s Kapalua
- Ryan Luckey, Pineapple Grill
- Alex Stanislaw, The Plantation House Restaurant
- Joey Macadangdang, Roy’s
- Joey Ramos, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Cameron Lewark, Wolfgang Puck’s “Spago”