This was an event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Maui to supoprt Maui's nonprofits. The location was breathtaking. The attendance was over 300, and more wanted to attend. I was very excited to have been asked by Harlan Hughes, the Event Director. The live musical performances were entertaining. The guests enjoyed good food, a great environment and superb entertainment.
I had assistance from students from the Maui Culinary program at the Maui Community College. The help was awesome. I was in an area with Cafe Marc Aurel and it was fun sampling some of the awesome cheeses they had as one of the plates. I served an orzo pasta salad with fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, carrots, sheep feta and sundried tomatoes. I had many compliments from the guests that they really enjoyed the dish and was excited to serve a sampling of my cuisine.
Guests had abundance of food and wine. The entrance fee of $60 was quite reasonable. Entertainment. 10 dishes. Quality wines. It was a great afternoon for Mauians and visitors alike.
I really enjoy attending outdoor events such as these. And it was wonderful to be able to experience being on the other side. I was grateful to have been able to participate and offer my services for worthy causes here on Maui. Some of the proceeds raised were going to programs such as the Maui Youth and Family Services, Aloha House, Imua Family Services, Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui, Maui Family Support Services, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Women Helping Women and the Maui Academy of Performing Arts, all worthy causes.
I really enjoy the Maui community and everything we have here on this Island.