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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Sommelier joins Chef Mavro

Advertiser Staff

Brian Geiser, right, has been hired as sommelier by chef/restaurateur George Mavrothalassitis at Chef Mavro restaurant, where all dishes on the seasonal menu are paired with select and often unusual wines. The two worked together previously at La Mer.

Geiser, recently at The Bistro at Century Center, was trained by Alan Kam at Vintage Wine Cellars and master sommeliers Ron Wiegund and Ed Osterland at The Grape Escape.

Geiser says he became fascinated with wine because "it's so complex and multifaceted. You're blending not only food and science but geography and history."

Fine dining with privacy

The Chef's Table at David Paul's Lahaina Grill is set apart from the rest of the restaurant.

Kent Hwang

If you're dining with a group on Maui, David Paul's Lahaina Grill — where executive chef Arnulfo Gonzalez is in charge — has one of the most charming and intimate private dining areas in the Islands.

It's a room set apart from the rest of the restaurant with a view of bustling Lahainaluna Road, a round table, warm wood accents, artwork and antiques that give the feel of a dining room in a period home.

The room seats 8 to 10 and Gonzalez designs tasting menus for parties on request. Seatings are at 6 or 8:30 nightly and reservations are required: (808) 667-5117.