September 25, 2015

Bestselling Author Frances Mayes Toasts Tuscany with Diners at Pulehu, an Italian Grill

Tuscan Sun Wines added to Pūlehu’s wine list
On Sept. 23, Frances Mayes, author of the bestseller, “Under the Tuscan Sun,” was the guest of honor at “A Toast to Tuscany” at Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, the award-winning Italian restaurant at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Mayes greeted guests while they enjoyed a four-course dinner prepared by the restaurant’s chef de cuisine, Alvin Savella, and the resort’s executive sous chef Matt Skaletsky. The event menu was thoughtfully paired with Mayes’s wine label, Tuscan Sun Wines, which has been added to Pūlehu’s wine list.

“We completely enjoyed introducing Tuscan Sun Wines at The Westin Kā‘anapali! Everyone – staff, chefs, management – was just so friendly and enthusiastic, and we met many great people at the dinner,” Mayes said. “I will always remember early morning walks along the beach, the aqua-to-indigo water and the fresh scents of plumeria and salty air. Thanks for introducing me to this slice of paradise,” she continued.
Before each course, Mayes explained the story behind the wine that was selected for that pairing. Courses included: fresh monchong with fregola, fennel and poricini cream paired with Pensiero, a pinot grigio; venison Bolognese, fusilli pasta, fresh ricotta and micro basil paired with Auguri, a Sangiovese blend; pork belly with kabocha squash risotto, sage and pomegranate paired with Tondo Tondo, 100 percent Sangiovese; and hazelnut chocolate torte with orange zabaione and mint gelee. As they finished dessert, guests watched the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun,” which was based on Mayes’ book by the same name. The movie was played on a large screen located in the middle of the iconic koi pond directly outside the restaurant.
“We were thrilled to partner with Frances on ‘A Toast to Tuscany,’” said Brandon Maeda, the resort’s food and beverage director. “We aim to create unique dining experiences for our owners and guests and hope that this event is especially memorable for those that attended.”
For more information on Pūlehu, an Italian Grill and its upcoming events, to try Tuscan Sun Wines, which has been added to Pūlehu’s wine list or to make a dinner reservation, please visit or call 808-667-3254.
About Pūlehu, an Italian Grill
Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2015, 2014 and 2013, and Gold ‘Aipono Award for Best Italian from Maui No Ka Oi Magazine for three consecutive years (2015, 2014 and 2013), Pūlehu presents classic Italian cuisine perfected and served with a local sustainable twist. Overlooking the koi pond gardens of The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, the restaurant is famed for its delicious pastas and pizzas prepared in a woodstone oven. The resort’s talented chefs have also partnered with local farmers to present signature touches to the menu that boasts fresh catch and homegrown ingredients. Pūlehu, which means to cook over an open flame in Hawaiian, is highly-popular for its affordable 3-course menu, extensive wine list and wine pairing dinner events. A private room is available for special occasions. Free self-parking. Visit
About The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Located on 26 oceanfront acres of North Kā‘anapali Beach, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas provide spacious villa accommodations with Westin amenities such as the Heavenly Bed, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers. The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general stores with a deli, excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, Westin Kids Club, full-service Spa Helani, golf and resort activities for all ages. Other fun pursuits such as whale watching (November to April), catamaran sailing adventures, hiking, horseback riding and championship golfing are easily accessible. The resort also offers a multitude of watersport activities, as well as complimentary shuttle services to Lahaina town. Visit