I just found the menus for the special events at Maui Film Festival, and Dionysius himself would be salivating.
Let’s start at the very beginning; opening night on Wednesday June 16.
The elegant Opening Twilight Reception is at our very favorite place to eat, Capische? at the Hotel Wailea. The reception starts are 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm, which leaves just enough time to get down to the Celestial Cinema to see Zac Efron receive his Shining Star Award and catch the opening night movie, Bran Nue Dae. Individual tickets are $120, which includes food, drinks, and admission to that night’s Celestial Cinema. This event is also included in the Nova Pass ($495).
But here’s what is really kicking me in the pants… the seven station menu:
Opening Night Twilight Reception Menu:
Oyster Shooters with Tomato Water, Sherry Vinaigrette and Cucumber Salad
Ceviche Selection including Local Catch, Scallop, and Shrimp
Ahi Tartar Rosemary Skewers with Pomegranate and White Truffle
Baby Romaine Lettuce Cups Provencal, Gorgonzola, Fried Garlic, Shallots, Verjus
Beef Carpaccio Forks, Arugula, Horseradish Aioli, Watermelon Radish
Summer Melon Tomato Caprese Skewers with Basil
Grilled Portobello, Herbed Goat Cheese, Buerre Rouge
Balsamic Mango Barbecue Shrimp with Pickled Mango Jicama Slaw
Beet Raviolis with Artichoke Filling and Hearts of Palm Salad
Lobster Raviolis, Vanilla Mascarpone, Lobster Salad
Lamb Raviolis, Roasted Pepper Pomodoro, Basil
Sous-Vide Sicilian Spiced Catch, Hana Fresh Caponata, Apricot Puree, Pistachio Pesto
Braised Oxtail “Loco Moco” Kabocha Pumpkin Uni Risotto, Quail Egg
Proscuitto Wrapped Ahi, Adriatic Salad, Polenta Croutons
Seared Day Boat Scallop, Smoked Garbanzo Bean Puree, Golden Frill
Pancetta Spiced Duck Breast, Pickled Strawberry Panzanella, Basil, Strawberry Foam
Caramel Fountain with Pate a Choux and White Chocolate Mousse, Cardamom Spiced Shortbread Cookies and assortment of fruits
Stella Artois is a Festival sponsor, and so is Maui Ocean Vodka … so the drinks will feature those two excellent libations. James and I will see you there. Do say hello!
The Celestial Cinema will provide a convenient digestive break for us before we go down to the Starry Night Moondance at Tommy Bahama’s at the Shops at Wailea, where the party goes until the wee hours of the morning.
I’ll be honest: we’re not late night people. But this year we’re going to motivate, because it’s rare that we get a chance to dance our hearts out on Maui (the celebrity spinning DJ is mattnifique (Matt Robinson) from LA).
Drinks are courtesy of Tommy Bahama’s Rum and Stella Artois, and here’s what we’ll snack on between the beats:
Starry Night Moondance Menu
Tuna and snapper sashimi
Green mussels dynamite
Shrimp and crab on ice served with cocktail sauce
Ceviche in wonton cups (plated while you watch)
Spinach and artichoke dip
Caviar on crostinis
Fruit and Cheese Palm Tree Display
Lightly Fried Spicy Tuna roll
Chicken Satay with peanut sauce
Stir Fry Shrimp and Vegetables
I’m getting tired just writing about Opening Night. I think I’ll get ready by heading down to Costco tonight and getting a couple of new beach chairs – they’re the best way to watch the movie at Celestial Cinema. Then it’s early to bed so I can rest up for the festivities.