Haute Event: Napa-Style Cuisine Headlines Kahala’s Wine & Food Classic

Wine country cooking. Farm-to-table movement.

These culinary approaches have come to define the career of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, owner of the beloved Mustards Grill in Yountville, Calif., the hub of the food and wine community. Now Pawlcyn (pronouced Paulson), who also owns Go Fish in Napa and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, will be featuring a made-for-Hawaii menu at the Food & Wine Classic at the Kahala Hotel & Resort this weekend, April 22 and 23.

Pawlcyn — who was a contestant on the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” — will present two dinners this weekend. Friday features a gourmet five-course dinner from Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen boasting scallops with almond caper butter and a dry-aged New York steak with a wild mushroom sauce ($150 per person). Saturday’s dinner will be from Mustards Grill with wild mushroom risotto and a Mongolian barbecued lamp chop ($150 per person). Wine pairings for both meals with be by Pride Mountain Vineyard.

And if you want to learn from the master herself, you can sign up for a cooking demonstration by Pawlcyn on Saturday morning at Hoku’s ($80 per person).

For your cigar aficionados, the classic will feature an after-dinner Cigars Under the Stars from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on the beach fronting the hotel ($50 per person).

For more information, contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave; 808.739.8938.

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