Chef Bloc Maui Returns with Chefs Isaac Bancaco and Ritchard Cariaga
Presents “Career Shaping Dishes” with MauiWine
Wailea, Hawaii (Sept. 29, 2015) – Chef Bloc Maui, the exclusive dinner series at Ka’ana Kitchen created by Isaac Bancaco, executive chef of Andaz Maui, returns on Saturday, October 10. The six-course pairing dinner debuts Ritchard Cariaga, new chef de cuisine of Ka’ana Kitchen and shines the light on the island’s winery, MauiWine.
“Career shaping dishes” is the theme for the dinner where Bancaco and Cariaga will share their favorite dishes from childhood that inspired them to pursue a path in culinary. The intimate dining experience is limited to only twelve guests to allow for a more personal, fun and direct interaction with both chefs and Brett Miller, winemaker for MauiWine, as they create and pair each dish.
“This dinner is different from the others because we are sharing treasured memories from our past,” said Bancaco. “When coming up with the theme for this dinner, Ritchard and I started talking about our childhood, our culture and experiences that made us passionate about food, cooking and feeding our family and friends. Food is very personal because it can transport you back to a special moment in time so we decided to share these special memories with our guests.”
In continuum with Chef Bloc Maui’s primary objective of highlighting grown-on-Maui products, Bancaco and Cariaga reached out to MauiWine for the dinner’s wine pairings. Located on the slopes of Haleakala volcano, the winery’s 23-acre vineyard grows six varietals of grapes and creates enjoyable wines that capture the essence of Maui through its pineapple, estate-grown and traditional methode sparkling wines.
“I believe great wine is grown, not made,” said Miller. “It begins and ends with the farming, especially here in Maui, in such a unique environment for grape growing. We are farmers as much as we are winemakers. The chefs’ confidence in our wines to be paired with their dishes is the greatest compliment we can ask for, after all, wine is food.”
The “Career shaping dishes” pairings with MauiWine are:
Wagyu beef, nigiri, edamame, enoki, wasabi paired with Rose 2014
Maitake, eggplant, bonito, pickled pearls, and oroshi paired with Viognier 2014
Peking duck blown-up, persimmon, hoisin and scallion biscuits paired with Chenin Blanc 2014
Kona lobster, garlic, black pepper, chermoula and sorghum paired with Syrah 2013
Oxtail “kare-kare,” peanuts, XO and banana blossom paired with Malbec 2014
Pisang goreng, coconut curd and goat’s milk caramel paired with Lehua74.
Lehua74 is a new cocktail created by Ka’ai Fong, mixologist at Ka’ana Kitchen, made from gin, macadamia nut orgeat, fresh lemon and pineapple juices and MauiWine’s famous Hula o Maui sparking wine garnished with a lemon twist. The name Lehua74 was inspired by the name of Andaz Maui’s bar, Lehua, and also the blossoms of the lehua trees grown on the same elevation of MauiWine’s Ulupalakua Vineyards. The 74 reflects back on the year 1974 when MauiWine was established.
The Chef Bloc Maui “Career Shaping Dishes” featuring MauiWine is $130 per person. Only twelve seats are available, reservations are required and can be made only by emailing Bancaco directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ka’ana Kitchen is located inside Andaz Maui serving some of Maui’s best family-style dishes made with ingredients from local farms, all reflecting the authentic flavors of the island. The chefs work with local farmers, foragers and locavores, and procure many of its ingredients exclusively from Ka’ana Farm and its neighbors. Ka’ana Kitchen is open for breakfast at 6:30 to 11 a.m. and dinner at 5:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.andazmaui.com
MauiWine is the largest winery on the Hawaiian Islands and the only one in Maui. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. offering complimentary tours and tastings daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. inside the King’s Cottage, the former retreat of King David Kalakaua in the late 1800s. Private tasting, tours, corporate and special events are available. For more information or to schedule a private tasting and tour, visit www.mauiwine.com or call 808-878-6058.