Category Archives: Culinary Curiosities

Culinary Curiosities: Behind Maui’s ‘Taste of Summer’ Film Fest Opening Night with Chef Ryan Urig

Chef Ryan Urig Grand Wailea

Chef Ryan Urig Will Make Bright, Delicious Magic at the Taste of Summer, Wed. June 3rd, 5pm – 7pm at the Grand Waiela

With all of the buzz about the Maui Film Festival’s brand-new Taste of Summer Opening Night Party (Wed., June 3rd at 5pm at the Grand Wailea), we decided ask Chef Ryan Urig – the much talked about Executive Chef at the Grand Wailea and the mastermind behind this event’s menu – to share his inspirations and tempt is with what to expect from the menu.

Launching a new event at a 16 year-old annual signature event on Maui is no small task, but Chef Ryan is approaching it with ease and a fresh, innovative style. Read on to get a hint of what’s behind the excellent dishes you’ll be savoring tomorrow night.

Insider tip: festival passes and ticket prices jump up to $190 tomorrow, so if you like what you hear, you’ll want to get your passes tonight! (Full access to the celebrity tributes and double feature at Celestial Cinema are included in the price of your Taste of Summer ticket!) Continue reading

Culinary Curiosities: Behind Maui’s Taste of Chocolate with Chef Rhonda Ashton

Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton-Chavez

Four Seasons Maui Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

With all of the swooning about the Taste of Chocolate, our annual culinary celebration of everything cacao, we decided ask Chef Rhonda Ashton – the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Executive Pastry Chef – to share her thoughts about chocolate and what to expect this year.

With the grandest display of sweets around, being in charge of the Taste of Chocolate may seem daunting. She may have a lot of culinary magic ahead of her, but as you’ll hear from her it’s all for the love of chocolate

Insider tip: festival passes and ticket prices go up tomorrow, so if you like what you hear, you’ll want to get your passes today!

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