THURSDAY JANUARY 23, perfect your cocktail cognition at Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s January Liquid Chef Series. In collaboration with Southern Wine and Spirits and Ocean Vodka, the resort is inviting you to an evening with Master Mixologist Chandra Lucariello (pictured) and Ocean Vodka owner Shay Smith. Chandra Lucariello will demonstrate four hand-crafted cocktails highlighting Ocean Vodka, Maui’s favorite vodka distillery. Whether the lychee-hinted Ocean Collins, Pineapple Basil Martini, cool Kula Lavender Martini or the lemongrass fused Ying and Yang, guests will surely find flavors that will tickle their fancy. $60. 6:30pm. The Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Molokini Bar & Grille Restaurant (5400 Makena Alanui); 808-875-5888, makenaresortmaui.com/dining. (Article Credit: Marina Satoafaiga of Maui Dish, see article here.)
Chandra Lam Lucariello is the Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii. She has been in the restaurant and bar industry for 15 years at various prominent venues in Hawaii such as Kahala Mandarin, Palomino, Sansei, and Pearl Ultra Lounge. Chandra first started in the hospitality industry to fund her education, gaining an English degree from the University of Hawaii, and a Masters in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. Following graduation, she soon realized that the business she was truly passionate about was the business of crafting cocktails. Chandra is currently working towards her Master accreditation with the USBG and is the Vice President, and one of the founding members of the Hawaii Chapter. She is based on Oahu, but consults for accounts throughout the state, designing tailor made cocktail programs, and conducting spirits and bar education. With the wealth of flavors and ingredients to source from throughout the islands, Chandra hopes to inspire bartenders in Hawaii to utilize fresh ingredients whenever possible, and to never stop learning and growing their craft.