Side Orders • Feb. 28, 2013

OYE COMO VA . . . Yes, the black-magic musician will rock the house down tonight and you should bring your appetites, not only for dancing in your seats, but for dining “fine.”

“Carlos Santana and his band will be rocking the A&B Amphitheater tonight!,” says Lisa Haole, codirector of food and beverage for Maui Arts & Cultural Center. “Gates to the Events Lawn side of the MACC will open at 4:30 p.m., so you may arrive early, relax before the show starts, and enjoy a delicious meal.”

Stella Blues Cafe will toss Greek salads, grill baby-back ribs with coleslaw, and dish up yellow vegetable curry over brown rice. Longhi’s will be there with frutta de mare (fruits of the sea over a bed of linguine) along with grilled veggie lasagne and Caesar salad. And Kobehana of Maui will tempt you with teppanyaki shrimp, rib-eye steak, teriyaki chicken and combo plates.

“Other caterers are Sumo Dog, Ono Gelato, Kazowie Kettlecorn and Outrigger Pizza. They’ll all be on hand selling their house specials and more! You may view the full menu at”

Star Noodle will cater the Los Lonely Boys concert on Friday. “Top Chef” finalist Sheldon Simeon hopes to be there if his schedule allows. By the way, I misspelled the name of Simeon’s grandfather in a previous story last week. It’s Urbano with an “o.”

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JUST WANNA HAVE FUN . . . In Japan, Girls Day is celebrated on the third day of the third month. On Maui, make merry at the Girls Day Sunday champagne brunch at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

“Bring your special girls to see the Hinamatsuri dolls, enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch menu of traditional and local favorites, and participate in a variety of cultural activities such as origami and mini ikebana,” says Tom Fairbanks, KBH’s director of food and beverage.

The regular extravagant brunch menu will be highlighted by Japanese entrees such as beef sukiyaki, pork nishime, misoyaki butterfish, clams with mizuna leaves, sushi, teriyaki beef strip loin, and more.

“For dessert, we’ve feature kinako mochi, and coconut and red bean manju,” says Fairbanks. Brunch will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 667-0124.

In addition, Home Maid Bakery in Wailuku is chock full of freshly baked Girl’s Day cookies, iced with pretty pink designs and such.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . So sad to report that you won’t be able to stir it up at The Melting Pot in Lahaina Gateway anymore. In fact, its sister restaurant, 100 Wines, also closed on Sunday.

“The restaurants will be closed for business indefinitely, due to economic and financial reasons,” says Alisha dos Santos, communications manager. “We sincerely regret the impact this has had on our guests and our family of team members. There are no plans to re-open the restaurants on Maui at this time.”

We also hear Cafe 808 in Waikapu is no longer open.

Are you in the mood for a gourmet picnic? French Chef Gerard Reversade of Gerard’s in Lahaina is now selling some over-the-counter products at the Guava, Gouda and Caviar store in Wailea. Made exclusively from Malama Farms of Haiku’s humanely raised pigs, Gerard’s gourmet products include pork liver pate, pork head cheese, and pork boudin noir.

The more than 2.5 million registered users on Gogobot ( have voted for their foodie faves in the Travelers’ Favorite Awards, which just named Mama’s Fish House in Kuau as the most romantic restaurant, with Sarento’s on the Beach in Kihei also making the list at No. 15. Yet another Maui eatery, Aloha Mixed Plate of Lahaina, was among the top Cheap Eats. Winners were picked from more than 60,000 restaurants.

Hali’imaile General Store will uncork the Turley Wine Dinner Friday. The five-course feast will be created by chef Beverly Gannon and two of her favorite people in the world, Suzanne Chambers and Larry Turley, who own the company. Their daughter, Christina Turley, who works for the winery, will be on hand. Cost is $125 per person.

It was “bottom’s up” at On The Rocks at Four Seasons Resort Maui Friday, a super fun and tasty party under the stars. We spotted restaurateur Marco Defanis of Marco’s Grill & Deli in Kahului there, having a good time tasting and sipping and enjoying the music.

“I’m very sad that my longtime general manager Sandy Szymanski resigned due to family obligations,” confessed Marco. “But Rocco Russomanno, who’s been with us for 10 years, has graciously stepped up to accept the position of general manager.

“And, we’re still getting a tons of compliments on the new look, dishes and the plateware at Marco’s.”