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The Ultimate OCEAN Cocktail Showdown

What’s a winning recipe for an awesome event? Combine equal parts Ocean Vodka, celebrity chefs and charitable giving, shake it all up and serve immediately on the rocks at a stunning beachside location… 

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Earlier this year, Ocean Vodka invited cocktail aficionados to submit cocktail recipes using Ocean Vodka and following a ‘Farm to Table’ theme. On Saturday, April 11, the six finalists will be creating their drinks for The Ultimate OCEAN Showdown at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali!  Guests, along with a panel of judges, will be asked to vote for their favorite cocktail, with the winning cocktail named Ultimate OCEAN Cocktail and to be featured on all cocktail menus on property for a year! The recipe creator will also receive a $500 cash prize and a three-night stay at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

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Pineapple Express by James Shoemaker of Dazoo Restaurant, Photo by me, (too bad you can’t vote for best photograph, right? Maybe next year…)

To view the final six recipes, click here!

“We are thrilled to be hosting our 2nd annual Ultimate Ocean Vodka Cocktail Contest this year with our partners at the Sheraton Maui,” said Shonna Pinheiro, Director of Marketing, Events and Tourism for Ocean Vodka. “Recipe submissions tripled this year versus last year!”

In a new twist on the event this year, each finalist has been paired with a celebrity chef, who will create a dish to pair with the cocktail.  Guests will also get a chance to vote on on the Best Chef Creation and the Best Food Pairing for the evening.

The event will also be a benefit for six island non-profits, with $25 of each ticket sale going towards the ticket buyers’ choice of non-profits. In addition, each non-profit will be paired with a cocktail, and the organization paired with the winning cocktail will receive a portion of the cocktail’s sales from the next year!

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Cucumber Cooler by Daniel Vincent of Austin, TX!

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Jimi Canha, followed by CrazyFingers. Event ticket holders will also have free entry to the Afterparty at Black Rock Lounge.

“The Ultimate Ocean Showdown is a great community event celebrating the talents of creative mixologists and celebrity chefs, local nonprofit organizations, and entertainers alike for a fun evening full of passion on Ka‘anapali Beach,” shared Brian Hunnings, the Sheraton’s Executive Assistant Manager.

Here’s the list of this year’s finalists, presented with cocktail name, hometown, paired chef, and paired non-profit: 

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Waiona by Amie Fujiwara of Honolulu

Ross Steidel’s Poi Dog (Lahaina, Hawai’i) – Alex Le from The Pig and the Lady in Honolulu Oahu – Make-A-Wish Hawai’i 

Amie Fujiwara’s Waiona (Honolulu, Hawai’i) – Sheldon Simeon from Migrant in Wailea Maui – Whale Trust

Allison Bellows’ Pele’s Pineapple (Waialua, Hawai’i) – Will Chen From HiFreshBox in Manoa Oahu – Imua Family Services

Victor Mendoza’s Napili Tini (Lahaina, Hawai’i) – Shawn Gavin from the St. Regis Princeville Kauai – Grow Some Good 

James Shoemaker’s The Pineapple Express (Kihei, Hawai’i) – Hank Adaniya from Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kaka‘ako Oahu – Hui O Wa’a 

Daniel Vincent’s Cucumber Cooler (Austin, Texas) – Lee Ann Wong from Koko Head Café in Kaimuki Oahu – Women Helping Women

Event Details –

  • Location: Ocean Lawn, Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Cost: Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, with $25 going to your choice of six selected charities!  Or you can upgrade to a VIP table for 10 for only $1,000!
  • Buy Tickets Here (will be directed to Honolulu Box Office website – scroll down for the showdown event!) 
  • And make sure to follow Ocean Vodka on Facebook for lots more on the event!
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Giveaway Contest! Win a box of Maui Goodies!

Maui Contest Giveaway Prizes

 

CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!!!

 

In honor of this, the 50th blog post for Maui Made (and some new Facebook contest rules!), I’m having a contest to win a free box filled with Maui Goodies – including shipping anywhere in the United States!

First: The Rules!

It’s a simple, two-step process!  The quick version : Add a comment below with your FAVE Maui product, and ‘Like’ the Maui Made page on Facebook.

Still have questions? Read on –

In any order – ‘Like’ the Maui Made Facebook Page (if you haven’t already), and leave a comment on this post with your favorite Maui Made product (or, which product you think you’d love the most…) Make sure you leave your correct email address when you fill out the comment so I can notify you if you win!  Your email will not be used for any other purpose!

Bonus points: ‘Share’ Maui Made with your Facebook friends, and follow Maui Made on Pinterest!

Second: The Goodies!

Queen Bee Productions Lavender Facial Toner (4oz)  and Honey Citrus Facial Cleanser (4 oz)

Pono Infusions Wai Blend (a caffeine-free mint and berry tea/infusion)

Hula Cookies assorted cookies in a tin (tin may or may not look like this one)

Box Eleven Business Card Holder, Ear Bud Wrappers and Note Card

Happy Honu Maui two java lavalava coffee cup sleeves and postcards, including ‘Keep Calm and Aloha On’

Maui Fruit Jewels selected pieces (not pictured) – A whole post on Maui Fruit Jewels will be coming soon, but here’s a quick preview :  A new line of very special fruit paste confections – made with the fantastic bounties of Maui.

and ??? (may be some surprises thrown in!!!)

I’ll be picking up the food items prior to sending out the package (don’t trust food to not be eaten in this house!)

Valued at over $150!!!

Good Luck!  And a HUGE Mahalo to all of the above companies for donating these amazing prizes!  

Winner will be picked September 13th (FRIDAY!) Are you feeling lucky?  Contest Winner will be announced on the Facebook page and will be emailed directly- but check back just in case!

Just like the rest of this blog, many of these items are actually handmade on Maui, while some are made off-island, but created and designed by Maui-based businesses.  Each product featured on Maui Made is unique and exceptional- just like Maui!

CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!!!

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