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Kamaaina with valid Hawaii ID get 25 percent off of food and beverage at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Teppan-yaki Dan, Black Rock Kitchen, Cliff Dive Bar and Mai Tai Bar with the exception of holidays and special events. Sheraton Maui photo

Side Orders • December 7, 2017

MY BUCKET LIST . . . On Friday, I planned to dash home to console the dog. I knew that Pua would have her head thrown back, wailing in ear-piercing tones to match the monthly tsunami siren test, and yowling even higher with the double whammy of an added nuclear siren test. But a mountain of ...

The Leis Family Class Act is winding down for the semester at the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Paina Building. Behind the counter in the kitchen are Kainalu Marquez (left, the son of former instructor Ben Marquez), and graduate A.J. Arellano. The Class Act’s final dinner of the semester will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 30, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . In-the-know diners luxuriate over the multi-course luncheons at the Leis Family Class Act restaurant upstairs in the Pa‘ina Building at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College in Kahului. The last luncheon of the semester will be served Friday and a grand-finale wine ...

Tri-Isle Broker  Donna Ting (left) and Sotheby’s Broker Cathy Paxton-Haines enjoy the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s annual First Night with food, drink and rare and original art and crafts that are perfect for gift giving over the holidays. This year’s First Night is coming up Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 23, 2017

FOR ART SAKE . . . One of the things I’ve always liked about art receptions is the pupu and drink aspect. You may laugh, but the heightened experience does get you in the mood to appreciate art. Food is certainly one reason to attend the Showcase Under the Stars art auction from 5 to 10 ...

Four Seasons Resort Maui Pastry Chef Tracie Symonds  won the Life is Sweet dessert competition last weekend at The Shops at Wailea, which benefits Best Buddies Hawaii and its many programs. Simmons made deconstructed Unicorn Cakes. Life is Sweet photo

Side Orders • November 16, 2017

ON A SWEET NOTE . . . The eighth annual fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii attracted dessert lovers to The Shops at Wailea last weekend. Life is Sweet pitted chefs from Fairmont Kea Lani, Mulligans on the Blue, Longhi’s Wailea, Gannon’s, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea ...

KISS frontmen Paul Stanley (left) and Gene Simmons give rocker salutes  at their Rock & Brews restaurant in Paia, which will offer complimentary menu items to veterans, active military and Maui’s first responders on Saturday for Veteran’s Day. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY file photo

Side Orders • November 9, 2017

SALUTE TO VETS . . . Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday with deals for the military. But Maui seems to be jumping with events throughout November for the rest of us, too. At Rock & Brews in Paia, those with a veteran’s, military or first responders’ ID will receive one ...

Theresa Shurilla, the program coordinator and pastry chef instructor for the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program, looks elegant in a muumuu at Noble Chef at Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea on Saturday. An ukulele ice sculpture spins behind. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 2, 2017

WEST SIDE STORIES . . . The fun of Halloween on Front Street is behind us, but Lahaina and the rest of West Maui are still jumping. Looking for a moderately priced wine dinner? Then head to Lahaina Coolers on Friday for its monthly affair for $65, plus tax and tip. Begin with Ruffino pinot ...

Wai Bar’s Johnny Wilson says “boo” as foxy wife Amanda and kitty Michelle Halcomb climb the liquor ladder. TRISH EDSTROM photo

Side Orders • October 26, 2017

COFFIN BREAK . . . There will be plenty of places on Maui to go for a bite on Halloween and leading up to it. And you don’t need a vampire costume to suck ’em up and have some fun. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, “turn on” at a Black Light Yoga event at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria ...

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.
• RACHEL OLSSON photo

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. ...