JUNE 27 - 29, 1997


Plan to be here for Maui’s most delectable event, the 16th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium. This year’s event, themed "Vintage Kapalua," celebrates the time-honored traditions of viticulture and cuisine.

Created by the Kapalua Wine Society, an organization dedicated to the education of fine wines and exquisite cuisine, the annual program of innovative seminars and fun-filled evening repasts has gained an international following of winemakers, chefs, journalists, and "foodies".

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hosts a daytime schedule of tutored tastings, panel discussions and cooking demonstrations with evening festivities centered on learning "in cuisine" as you sip and sup your way through delicious feasts. Event highlights include:

Dynasties in the Making -A tasting panel dedicated to pioneering vineyards with Harry Parsley of Buena Vista, Rick Sayre of Rodney Strong, Larry Brooks of Acacia, Dr. Dan Damianos of Long Island’s Pindar and Carl Jaeger of Australia’s Seaview Vineyards.

Heart-Smart: Wine and Chocolate - Jim Trezise of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Dr. Dan Damianos of Long Island’s Pindar Vineyards explore the antioxidant health benefits of both wine and chocolate and their synergistic benefits when consumed in combination – Then taste this marriage made in Heaven.

Point or No Point? - A media panel debate on the assets and drawbacks of the evaluation systems used to rate wine and food with Dan Berger, Los Angeles Times; Joe Ward, Condé Nast Traveler; Heidi Yorkshire, Bon Appétit; John Heckathorn, Honolulu Magazine; and Ron Loutherback of Orange Coast Magazine.

Food Laboratories - Learn how Patrick Callarec of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; George Mavrothalassitis of the Four Seasons Wailea; and George Gomes of A Pacific Café, Kihei create their award-winning cuisine with daily cooking demonstrations. Tutored wine tastings complement these delicious offerings by Marimar Torres Estates, Louis M. Martini and Sterling Vineyards.

Women in Wine - A tasting panel with the industry’s most influential women with insights into current trends, featuring Marimar Torres of Sonoma’s Marimar Torres Estates; Michaela Rodeno of Napa’s St. Supery and Anne Moller-Racke of Buena Vista Carneros.

In the Winemaker’s Seat - Attendees learn to understand the nuances involved in making world-class sparkling wines vs. still wines. Taste the wines separately, blend your own, and compare it with the winemakers’ original from Beringer and Mumm Cuvée Napa.

The Ritz-Carlton Royal Pairing - Selecting the freshest fish and game from the Hawaiian islands, Chef Patrick Callarec triumphs with a medley of both, each course served with a pair of wines to compare and contrast. San Francisco’s renowned industry insider Narsai David provides colorful commentary.

Winemaker’s Dinners - The fine restaurants of Kapalua will host an array of convivial meals with notable winemakers in attendance. Find a new level of culinary arts in the restaurant of your choice - The Plantation House, Jameson’s Grill & Bar and The Ritz-Carlton Anuenue Room.

Cigars and Spirits - An after-dinner smoker, choose the Hamilton cigar of your choice and sample fine ports, cognacs and single malts before you retire. A benefit for the Maui Community College Culinary Arts Program.

The 3rd Annual Kapalua Seafood Festival & Grand Tasting - Sunday evening brings the grand finale of the weekend but the kick-off of Hawaii’s Seafood Festival Month. On the beachfront lawns of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Executive Chef Patrick Callarec hosts ten of his Hawai’i colleagues in a test of your tastebuds. Chef’s for this year’s Seafood Festival are:

Each celebrated chef strives to outdo the other in extraordinarily preparations of signature dishes under the swaying palms of a balmy tropical night. Over 100 international wines are available for your investigation of perfect pairings. Each chef is assigned one of 10 different fish varieties for one course, while a second option includes meat and fowl.

The five-day program will take place at the Kapalua resort on Maui, where other diversions such as golf, tennis, beach and cultural activities complement the Symposium experience. Special room rates are available at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and The Kapalua Villas for attendees of the 1997 Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium.

Event tickets are available ala carte from $25-$130 per event. Limited seating for some events. A percentage of the total ticket proceeds for the 1997 Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium benefits the University of Hawaii’s scholarship fund for use at the Maui Community College Culinary Arts Program.