KAPALUA, Hawaii --
Tickets went on sale March 1 for the 24th Annual Kapalua Wine &
Food Festival to be held at the Kapalua Resort on Maui July 7 to
Returning to host
this year will be Fred Dame, master sommelier.
Dame will be joined
by Richard Betts of the Little Nell, Aspen, Colo.; Jay Fletcher of
Southern Wine & Spirits, Denver; Chuck Furuya of Sansei/ Vino
restaurants in Hawaii; Virginia Philip of the Breakers Hotel in
Palm Beach, Fla.; William Sherer of the Ritz-Carlton New York,
Central Park; Alpana Singh of Everest in Chicago; Larry Stone of
Rubicon in San Francisco; and Madeline Triffon from the Unique
Restaurant Corp. in Bingham Farms, Mich.
The event will
feature daytime cooking demonstrations by local Hawaii chef Bev
Gannon, Michael Mina of Nobhill restaurant in San Francisco and
Jean Joho of Everest, Brasserie Jo and Eiffel Tower restaurants in
A cheese tasting is
scheduled for July 10. Hosted by R. Kent Torrey of the Cheese Shop
in Carmel, Calif., the tasting was one of the highlights of last
years festival, as participants tasted samples from around the
world, paired with wines chosen by Dame.
The main evening
events include the Winemakers dinners held at various restaurants
throughout the Kapalua Resort, the Grand Tasting and the closing
nights Seafood Festival.
Organizers plan a
more interactive event this year, with a wine challenge on July
The Americas Cup --
Down Under vs. America pits Australia and New Zealand wines against
American vintners offerings in an audience vote-off that will
decide whose grape reigns supreme.
Tickets for the
festival itself are $895 for a four-day pass to all events; $125
for the cooking demonstrations; $140 for tickets to the Grand
Tasting and the Seafood Festival; and $100 to $125 for the wine
Host hotels, the
Kapalua Bay Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, are planning
specials and packages, which will be announced at a later
To purchase tickets,
call (800) KAPALUA or log on to www.kapaluawineandfood.com.
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].