'Aipono Wine Dinner at David Paul's Island Grill
Let Them Drink Cake! The 2010 ‘Aipono Wine Dinner Series started on a high note in February at David Paul’s Island Grill. Award-winning chef David Paul Johnson teamed with Dennis Cakebread to present an evening of exemplary food-and-wine pairings. Guests sampled Cakebread wines—among Napa Valley’s finest—with pan-seared halibut, braised veal cheeks, and sweet-potato gnocchi. The vintner gave a humorous account of his family’s business; then Maui Culinary Academy Director Chris Speere accepted the evening’s sizable contribution to the school. When the event sold out, Chef Johnson opened three additional booths and donated the entire proceeds of those tickets to the school.