The 'Aipono Restaurant Awards in Maui
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Maui Culinary Academy.
Pupu Menu by Maui Culinary Academy chefs
Chef Tom Lelli
Grilled Octopus, Lentils, Harissa and Preserved Lemon Yogurt • Grilled Kefta with Carrot Salad
Chef Craig Omori
Goat Cheese Pastilla, Honey Compressed Watermelon, Preserved Lemon and Cilantro • Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant and Yogurt Mousse with Cinnamon and Mint)
Chef Jake Belmonte
Casablanca Street Food Pizza with Micro Coriander-Coconut Salad • Tunisian Spiced Shrimp with Chilled Cucumber and Orange-Oregano Juice
Chef Mike Umetsu
Lamb Tagine Skewer with Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette and Moroccan Spices • Kalinti (Chickpea Flan with Marinated Tomatoes and Eggplants)
Chef Jeff Scheer
Chickpea Cake, Harissa Yogurt, Lemon Preserve • Berber-Spiced Chicken B’steeya, Tomato Mint Jam
Dinner Menu by the Starwood culinary team
The Westin Maui, Chef Ikaika Manaku: Sumac Dusted ‘Ahi, Saffron Tomato Jam, Spiced Almond and Shiso Purée; Kale, Chickpea and Cured Egg Salad with Preserved Lemon and Organic Honey Dressing
The Sheraton Maui, Chef Greg Gaspar: Moroccan Spiced Roasted Loin of Lamb, Chermoula Glazed Shrimp, Tunisian Eggplant and Couscous (Vegan option available on request)
The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort, Chef Francois Milliet: Almond Biscuit, Medjool Chocolate Supreme, Ras el Hanout Streusel
The ‘Aipono Awards are the first high-profile restaurant awards devoted entirely to Maui.
They are awards of honor and distinction determined by our readers, the residents and visitors of Maui. The prestigious Chef of the Year title is decided by peer review, voted on exclusively by Maui chefs and industry insiders.
The annual ‘Aipono Awards Gala is a benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy. Guests are regaled with wines and spirits by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, sumptuous pupu (appetizers) prepared and served by Academy students, and a fabulous gourmet dinner hosted by three ‘Aipono-winning restaurants. Students enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event, in preparing the gala’s dinner. Ticket sales generate valuable unencumbered funds for the school, as well as scholarship money for deserving students. At this event—everyone’s a winner!
Throughout the year, the ‘Aipono Winemaker’s Dinner Series brings the industry’s top winemakers to ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurants. Dinners are designed to be intimate and educational, with the direction of Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants and personal appearances by winery owners and/or representatives. Proceeds benefit the Maui Culinary Academy.