dishesThirty people attended the fabulous “Eat Your Drink” culinary dinner at Montage Kapalua Bay on April 16. Nationally renowned Cocktail Chef, Author, and Event Visionary Matthew Biancaniello joined award winning Chef Riko Bartolome for a special food and drink pairing menu featuring innovative interpretations using locally sourced products.

The dinner was presented in part by Maui’s OCEAN Organic Vodka and Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine (stay tuned for upcoming piece in Edible that will profile event). Matthew has been a supporter of Maui’s OCEAN Organic Vodka for many years, crafting many specialty cocktails with this prestigious brand from afar. A self-taught mixologist, his career has been exploding in the past two years, featured in Playboy, Instyle, Imbibe, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and more. These events at the Montage brought his handcrafted seasonal and surprising creations to Maui for the first time.


“My ‘eat your drink’ philosophy is part practical, part art, and all organic,” says Matthew. “Creations are based off of farm-fresh and seasonal ingredients and unlikely pairings. Fresh ingredients and my hunger for experimentation combine as my creativity sets loose, each drink an opportunity to introduce a new way of tasting to cocktail consumption.”

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About Matthew Biancaniello:

Matthew Biancaniello is a LA-based proclaimed Cocktail Chef, formerly of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar. One of the freshest and most unique talents to appear on the bartending scene, Biancaniello found his niche by crafting cocktails based on farm-fresh organic foods, such as the “Heirloom Tomato Mojito,” the 25-year aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry libation “The Last Tango in Modena,” and the fresh arugula inspired Roquette. 

Matthew has been featured in the issues of Playboy, Instyle, Imbibe and Bon Appetit magazines, The Los Angeles and New York Times, will be appearing in the 2nd Season of Esquire’s show BEST BARS IN AMERICA, and has also appeared on Unique Eats and Extra Virgin for the Cooking Channel and Giada at Home for the Food Network. Matthew won Best Bartender in LA from both Table 20 and Eater LA in 2010 and in 2013 won Best Cocktails from LA WEEKLY and Best Mocktails from LA MAGAZINE. He has consulted for Roy Choi, Plan Check Kitchen and Bar, the California Almond Board, Luxe Hotels, Sofitel, and various bars across the country and also creates unforgettable private parties, weddings, and corporate events for clients such as SUNKIST.