Seafood by the Sea

Just feet from Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Hawaii, tents dotted the lawn as the sun lowered towards the horizon and thirteen restaurants presented their best dishes while hundreds of wine bottles glinted in the setting sun.

The Seafood Festival at the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in Hawaii attracts seafood lovers from all over and as this is one of my favorite cuisines, I looked forward to this gala.

I spent the afternoon relaxing in the pool at the Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences as I readied myself for the forthcoming delicacies.

One of the many benefits of staying at the Residences was their shuttle, which I took as the event was about to begin. I did not have to worry about parking or even driving after an evening of savoring delicious food and wine.Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences, Kapalua Bay

Although all the dishes were delicious, my favorite was the olive oil poached snapper and roasted eggplant caponate with a pistachio pesto (pictured) from “Capische?” followed closely by the salted caramel cheesecake by Chef Ashley of The Ritz-Carlton.

The Seafood Festival was an ideal way to get a feel of the restaurants Maui has to offer and to meet the chefs who create the meals. It’s not every day that you see the smiling face of Chef Peter Merriman as you sample his latest dish or you’re able to compliment the chefs from the Maui Culinary Academy as they proudly present their creations.

Wine makers and Master Sommeliers wandered around the event, pleased to answer questions about the featured wines, adding to the culinary success of the event.

When the evening came to an end, my knowledge about food and wine had increased and I left with a delicious taste on my lips. Till we meet again next year…

For more information on the Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences, contact:
The Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences
One Bay Drive
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761

*All uncredited photos courtesy of Matthew Semerau

Nadine Nettmann

Nadine has a taste for travel, adventure, delicious food and a great glass of wine. A foodie from a young age, she loves trying meals from around the world and does her best to travel and dine on a budget. Originally from Los Angeles, Nadine and her husband stored 95% of their belongings and moved to Maui with two suitcases in 2006. She is an avid cook and while she loves living on the island, she will admit she misses some of her kitchen appliances in storage. When she’s not baking a cake or out on the water, she can be found at her computer working on her novel.

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