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Merriman’s Kapalua is among the Top 10 U.S. Fine-Dining Restaurants on TripAdvisor and it’s been named an Ocean-Friendly Restaurant by Surfrider Foundation. RANDY JAY BRAUN photo

Side Orders • October 19, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . Not one, but two, Maui restaurants have made the Top 10 U.S. Fine-dining Establishments list in the recent TripAdvisor awards. Mama’s Fish House again held its ground as one of the nation’s Top 10, beating out the super spectacular Gary Danko in San Francisco — and ...

Pailolo Bar & Grill at Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas will brew its inaugural  Oktoberfest on Saturday with German fare, local craft beer and Pau Maui Vodka drinks on the Ocean Lawn.
• Westin KOR photo

Side Orders • October 12, 2017

MAUI IS “DA BEST” . . . Dragging in from vacation, I’m thrilled to learn that the Valley Isle is the Most Popular Domestic Destination in the 2017 Fall Travel Trends Survey just released by the Travel Leaders Group. Of course, it’s one of many awards bestowed on Maui — and our ...

Lumeria Maui Chef Jacqueline Torres will be at Taste of Upcountry Oct. 7 and host her own Wild Food Challenge on Nov. 11.
• Carla Tracy photo

Side Orders • September 28, 2017

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Healthful Mediterranean foods keep dancing like Zorba into Maui hearts and palates from Gyro food truck at Home Depot parking lot in Kahului to the Maui Greek Oven in Haiku. Another Maui food truck has a similar name, but the new Gyro landed at Home Depot two months ...

Beer and German food will go hand in hand like the chicken dance and oom-pah-pah music in the Oktoberfest Beer Garden at Montage Kapalua Bay on Friday. 
• Montage Kapalua Bay photo

Side Orders • September 21, 2017

OOM-PAH-PAH TIME . . . Put on your dirndls and lederhosen or don your best casual Maui clothes for the second annual Oktoberfest Beer Garden bash from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday outdoors on the lush Pacific Lawn of the Montage Kapalua Bay. The Bavarian-style event for adults ages 21 and older will ...

Chef Kenny Gilbert brought his Southern hospitality from Florida to be in the Maui Chefs Invitational and now The Mill House will give  proceeds from his chicken dish (right, second photo) to relief efforts. The Mill House photo

Side Orders • September 14, 2017

CHANGING CLIMATE . . . “Lucky we live Hawaii” is a famous saying that has been around the islands for decades. It still applies to this day. The weather of late has been epic, planets apart from the hurricane- and flood-devastated states of Texas and Florida. Maui restaurateurs are ...

Kitchen 5315 Executive Chef Ruben Macias (from left) with owners Darren Byler, Claire Pastula Byler and Napa Recopuerto in their new Napili restaurant that had its soft opening last Friday. Kitchen 5315 photo

Side Orders • September 7, 2017

UP-AND-COMERS . . . With the recent Best of Maui tabloid hot off the press, we don’t have to look very far to get a great meal on island. But more places continue to open as in the case at Napili Shores in the former Iron Imu and Maui Grille locations. “We’re so excited to be on our own ...

A-List actor, comedian, producer and now a new Maui resident Jim Carrey with pal Jeff Foster at the recent political fundraiser for U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono in Wailea. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 31, 2017

A-LIST ISLAND . . . Movie stars, rock legends and top chefs were out in force last week at the home of Shep Gordon, who graciously hosted a political fundraiser and threw a heck of a party with live music and culinary delights. Actor Jim Carrey was friendly and said that his Showtime series, ...

Paradise Beverage’s trade tasting last Friday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center attracted veteran restaurant pros such as Richard Clark, now with Longhi’s Wailea, and Denise Black, of the upcoming Lahaina Loft. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 24, 2017

OVERHEARD . . . The chin-wagging was being uncorked faster than the wine at last Friday’s trade tasting at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, hosted by Alan Jahns of Paradise Beverages before the annual Maui Calls event. Visiting winery owner Ernie Pink of the Amalie Robert Estate in Oregon ...

Maka by Mana’s creative raw-bar team includes Ashley Cutler (from left), Tiare Ventura and Alohilani Iwankew serving fresh fruits, smoothies and other healthful fare since January.
• The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 17, 2017

MAUI JUMPING . . . Mana Foods’ raw juice bar keeps bowling people over in its current location in the health-food store on Baldwin Avenue in Paia. The little niche at the front left of the store is called Maka by Mana. “There is a lot of creativity going on in there,” says Mana Foods’ ...

Owner Mark Nigbur of Hali‘imaile Distilling Co. will be all over Maui’s map this month with fun cocktail drinks and promotions. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 10, 2017

SUNSETS IN SPOTLIGHT . . . From 5:30 to 6:30 tonight and Aug. 24, you may chill down as bartenders shake things up in Black Rock Lounge at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Master distiller and owner Mark Nigbur of Hali‘imaile Distilling Co. and a guest mixologist will be ...

Beach Bums BBQ & Grill servers Kim Berry (from left), Maile Cote and Abby Hatfield serve daily happy hour libations from 3 to 6 p.m. and through live music from 5 to 8 p.m. nightly in Maalaea. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 3, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . Sometimes, I feel as if I’m churning out copy as fast as a Land O’Lakes factory worker agitates cream into butter. But I do know that readers are looking for deals and tasty events during summer and I’ve got some in my pocket, on my email or in my recent memory. If ...

Creative cocktails will quench your thirst at the  Luana lobby lounge at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea in August.

Side Orders • July 28, 2017

LIQUID WAILEA HAPPENINGS . . . Summer is sizzling in South Maui with all manner of food and drink events. Indulge in just one, several or all. Here are some fun picks for the near future. Luana, the lobby lounge at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, will tempt the sippers among us starting next ...

Three’s Bar & Grill partner Travis Morrin (left) with Guy Fieri during a taping of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” for the Food Network. • Photo courtesy “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

Side Orders • July 20, 2017

IN THE SPOTLIGHT . . . Just like clockwork, Maui will be featured on television, again. Host Guy Fieri of the Food Network will highlight a Kihei hot spot on the next episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The “Barbecue, Batter and Beer-Can Chicken” episode will air at 9 p.m. ...

Chris Kaiwi just launched a new wine and new summer menu items at Taverna in Kapalua. Photo courtesy UH-MC

Side Orders • July 13, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . I was going through my spam emails the other day when I came across one from the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn. Ready to hit “delete,” I opened it instead. Lo and behold, its August calendar lists Sheldon Simeon, chef-owner of Tin Roof on Maui, giving a speech ...

Food Network host Guy Fieri (at left) with Bernard Weber (right) and others filming of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in Kahului.

Side Orders • July 6, 2017

ISLE SPOTLIGHT . . . In March, the Food Network contacted a few Maui restaurant and food truck owners — and in April, it filmed on island. On Friday, Season 27, Episode One of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” will put the German-Swiss fare of Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in ...

A couple of well-known  hoteliers enjoy the Taste of Summer at Grand Wailea last week. Chris Luedi (left) and Mike Jokovich are regional vice presidents for Fairmont and Andaz, respectively. The Maui News / Carla Tracy photo

Side Orders • June 29, 2017

MEN OF THE MOMENT . . . It was hard to miss standup paddle-boarding champ Kai Lenny on the current cover of Modern Hawaii Luxury magazine. Inside, the Men of the Moment included Michael Lofaro, chef at Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, looking James Bond-like as the “dashing gourmet” in suit, ...

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will offer fresh pineapple drinks at its poolside ‘Umalu in honor of National Pineapple Day on Tuesday. Hyatt Maui photo

Side Orders • June 22, 2017

JUICY TIDBITS . . . I’m sitting here at the computer crunching the new pineapple chips made by the same Maui Crisp people who create the prized beef jerky. The bags come in regular and li-hing-mui flavors. I just hope the crumbs don’t fall into the keyboard. Yum! I bought the addicting, ...

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival host and master sommelier Michael Jordan (left) and celebrity chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., flank attendee Shelley Kekuna. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • June 15, 2017

TO A VERY GOOD YEAR . . . The 36th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival keeps getting better with age. But my scale at home tells me that I am not. Yes, I dared to weigh in after all of that wining and dining and now I’m whining about the results. So I’ll stop it and weigh in on event ...

Jayce Leong and Dale Button are  regular performers on Mondays at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • June 8, 2017

CABARET NIGHT . . . Looking to enliven your Monday evenings with a fun, date-night dinner show? I just checked out the new Cabaret Night at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea and it’s a hoot with an all-star cast of Maui performers and a four-course meal of the classic kind with everything from French ...

Just Juice bar hostess Nerissa Lim serves one of many island fresh drinks at the new pit stop for walkers and beach goers at Ko in Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea.
Fairmont Kea Lani photo

Sideorders • June 1, 2017

ISLAND HAPPENINGS . . . The first Obon Festival of the 2017 season will dance its way into the Lahaina Shingon Mission near Kobe Steak House on Luakini Street Saturday evening. Besides dancing and a service, there will be a plethora of island favorites such as sushi, shave ice, nishime, ...