EAT YOUR DRINK: Award-Winning Cocktail Artist Comes to Maui for Exclusive Events at The Montage, Bringing the Art of Mixology to Life in Promotion of Upcoming Cocktail Book

Matthew smilingNationally renowned Cocktail Chef, Author, and Event Visionary Matthew Biancaniello joins us on Maui for the first time ever to present “Eat Your Drink” events at Montage Kapalua Bay on April 15 and 16.

Matthew, a self-taught mixologist whose career has been exploding in the past two years, has been featured in Playboy, Instyle, Imbibe, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and more. His “Eat Your Drink” events at the Montage will bring 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.”

36e099a2-9dd2-4fe9-978f-f56ba0359a97A chef artist that likes to get his hands dirty, Matthew’s palate includes homemade syrups and ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets. He has formed his own bee colony to produce wild honey specifically for his cocktails, forages in the Santa Monica mountains for unique aromatics, and has a plot in a local community garden to grow his own herbs. Alcoholic ice creams? Always looking to push boundaries, one example of his broadening cocktail horizons is his signature alcoholic ice creams with sea urchin and squid ink. Harper Collins will publish Matthew’s first cocktail book, EAT YOUR DRINK, in November of 2015.

Events at The Montage Kapalua:

On Wednesday, April 15 from 5-8 pm, Matthew will meet and greet guests during “DRINK UP AT CANE AND CANOE,” an interactive event where he will whip up a special drink menu of uniquely crafted cocktails to pair with the Cane & Canoe’s bar menu. Limited seating.

On Thursday, April 16 at 6 pm, Matthew will join Cane and Canoe’s Chef Riko Bartolome for a “COLLABORATIVE CHEF DINNER.” The dynamic duo will create a special food and drink pairing menu featuring innovative interpretations using locally sourced products. Limited seating, 6pm (one seating), $95 a person.

Events are presented in part by Maui’s OCEAN Organic Vodka and Edible Hawaiian Islands. Matt has been a supporter of Maui’s OCEAN Organic Vodka for many years, crafting many specialty cocktails with this prestigious brand from afar.

Reservations are highly recommended. Guests can book via Open Table or call 808-662-6681.

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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.

About Cane & Canoe:

Montage Kapalua Bay’s signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe, is reminiscent of a traditional Hawaiian canoe house. In this historically rich locale, travelers and locals dine together and savor diversely influenced cultural cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Riko Bartolome. With extensive knowledge of Hawaiian cuisine, Chef Bartolome serves modern local fare and created the menu at Cane & Canoe with Asian influences and inspiration from the island’s multicultural heritage. Cane & Canoe’s interiors honor the Hawaiian culture with a comfortable, communal atmosphere that is rich in wood scrollwork, woven textures and vibrant floral touches. This homage to the past is juxtaposed with elements of modern luxury that offers clean lines and sophisticated sofa banquettes.

About OCEAN Organic Vodka:

OCEAN Organic Vodka is a clean, smoothly defined spirit crafted to help celebrate the journey of life. It is the only vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane and blended with deep ocean mineral water sourced 3,000 feet deep off the Kona Coast of Hawai’i. These ingredients along with an advanced continuous distillation process, provides a distinct flavor profile unlike any other vodka. It is award winning, USDA certified organic, and gluten-free. OCEAN Organic Vodka is the exclusive vodka on Hawaiian Airlines and has been since 2007. It is the number one selling spirit made in Hawai‘i and is distributed throughout the US mainland and Canada. Produced by Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC, Kula, Maui, Hawai‘i (40% ALC/VOL 80 Proof). More information is available online at