18th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium Presents "Wine2K"

on Eve of New Epicurean Millennium

On the eve of the new epicurean millennium, global food and wine connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts will gather on Maui for the 18th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium, July 16-18, 1999. During this culinary affair, world-renowned winemakers, award-winning chefs, noted food and wine journalists, and the highly opinionated public will focus on the hot topic of "WINE2K," the theme for this year's event.

Celebrated author and radio personality Narsai David serves as master of ceremonies for this three-day celebration which includes an enticing menu of culinary evening events - the popular "Grand Tasting," a sampling of over 100 international wines paired with the flavors of Hawaii presented by chefs of The Luxury Collection Hawaii; and the always anticipated Kapalua Seafood Festival, a venerable feast for the senses featuring the innovative cuisine of eleven top chefs paired with an extensive selection of wines throughout the world. In addition to seafood specialties, meat, vegetarian and dessert selections are featured.

This year's incredible Seafood Festival chefs include: Ryan Vargas of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Christian Jorgensen of The Kapalua Bay Hotel; Michael Baker of Jameson's Grill & Bar; Alex Stanislaw of The Plantation House Restaurant; D.K. Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar; David Abella of Roy's Kahana; Fred Halpert of Napa's Brava Terrace and Livefire; Jean-Marie Josselin of A Pacific Café; Douglas Lum of Neiman Marcus' Mariposa; George Mavrothalassitis of Mavro's; and Philippe Padovani of Padovani's Bistro.

Winemakers dinners at five of Kapalua's finest restaurants round out the evening repasts, providing a perfect opportunity to "talk story" with winemakers while enjoying the exquisite cuisine of Kapalua resort's dynamic chefs. Wineries include Pine Ridge/Archery Summit; Grgich Hills Cellar; Sterling; Gary Farrell and Joseph Phelps.

During the day, participants enjoy a gastronomic experience during seminars that are both delicious and educational in content. "Pinot Noir, The Most Sensuous Red" offers a tasting with noted wine columnist Dan Berger hosting winemakers from Oregon and California with Archery Summit, Gary Farrell, Sterling, Adelsheim, Wild Horse and Bouchaine. During "Te Quiero Tequila," participants sample ten of Mexico's finest tequilas and mezcals with expert commentary provided by wine and spirits writer Gerald Boyd. "A Sparkle in Your Eye" brings us the insights of Master Sommelier Fred Dame courtesy of Seagrams Chateau and Estate Wines as he discusses sparkling wines with winemakers from California's finest houses including Mumm Cuvée Napa, Roederer Estate and more. And, "Dessert Wines" beautifully finishes the daytime program with a tutored tasting with Inniskillin, Ficklin Port, Grgich Hills Cellar, Joseph Phelps, New York's Hunt Country and others.

Moving into the exploration of food trends, cooking demonstrations will occur throughout the weekend at various locations starting at The Kapalua Bay Hotel on Friday afternoon. Executive Chef Christian Jorgensen hosts an interactive cooking class entitled "Earth 2000" where he addresses the uses of organic produce and trends in food.

On Saturday, "Name That Tuna," keeps participants singing the praises of Hawaii's favorite fish during this tutorial of various types and grades of tuna and appropriate preparations presented by rising star chef D.K. Kodama at his Zagat award-winning Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.

Event tickets are available a la carte or as a value package for the three-day Symposium for $395 per person (cost includes all day and evening functions with the exception of Saturday's winemaker dinners.) A percentage of the total ticket proceeds for the 1999 Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium benefits the University of Hawaii's scholarship fund for use at the Maui Community College culinary arts program.

Special room rates will be offered to attendees of the Kapalua Wine & Food Symposium, including the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, the spacious Kapalua Villas and the elegant Kapalua Bay Hotel.

For more information, call or write: The Kapalua Wine Society, 800 Kapalua Drive, Kapalua, Maui, HI, 96761; 800-KAPALUA or (808) 669-0244. Fax: (808) 669-4480 E-mail: marketing@kapaluamaui.com.