Side Orders • Mar. 7, 2013

OUT LAHAINA WAY . . . Those who love lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee drinks will find an expanded espresso bar at Sir Wilfred’s on Front Street in Lahaina.

“We saw a need for more seats, especially when the cruise ships come in,” says owner Bill Burton. “The Europeans and the South Americans like espresso, and they just love they way we make ours.”

Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. “Every time we come to Lahaina, we come here because they have the best coffee, friendliest service and great cigars,’ say Maui pals Brian Smith and Chris Radermacher.

In addition, as head of Maui Jazz Society, Burton will once again bring in top musicians for the Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk in Lahaina April 5 and 6. Melveen Leed will be a headliner and venues will include from Pioneer Inn to Hard Rock Cafe.

“The whole point is for you to stroll up and down Front Street have a drink and a pupu at, say, Kimo’s, and a drink and a pupu at Longhi’s, enjoying top jazz and blues music,” he says. “Other venues are Fleetwood’s, Capt. Jack’s and the old Lahaina Prison.

The longtime executive chef of Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina has moved to California, and now Joel Dagdagan has stepped up to the plate.

“Joel has been our sous chef for the past four years,” says owner Mark Ellman. “I am happy and proud that Joel will be an even more integral part of the Mala team. He is a good chef, and a great guy, too.”

At Honu Seafood & Pizza, Mala’s sister restaurant that is next door and also situated oceanfront in Lahaina, Ellman is running with a couple of new dishes, such as ahi-sausage pizza with house-cured Nicoise olives; and Honu candy bar with mac nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts along with caramel and vanilla ice cream. “It’s our gourmet take on a Snickers bar,” says Ellman. “Diners love it.”

Lahaina Second Friday Town Party will be shucking and jiving with fresh $1 oysters at Fleetwood’s on Front St., staring at 5 p.m. Those who are still hungry may enter the Campbell Park Wing Eating Contest; or check out the vast array of restaurant specials in town, such as $2.25 tacos at Amigo’s; and buy one curry and the next one at half off at Monsoon India.

Coming up at Royal Lahaina Resort live under the stars in Kaanapali March 16 will be Five for Fighting in concert, and pupu and drink may be found.

“Mark Nigbur, the master distiller of rocker Sammy Hagar’s Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum will be there mixing it up; and there will be a nice selection of pupu.

“Plus, you can come early and enjoy dinner at our Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant,” says Royal Lahaina’s Director of Marketing Liz Bell.


BITS AND PIECES . . . Remember chef Matteo Mistura of the former Matteo’s in Wailea (now Manoli’s)? He’s back on the island after spending some quality time with family in his native Liguria region of Italy, and now he’s looking forward to opening a Wailea restaurant. Stay tuned for the location.

If you love laulau, do check out the healthful and modern take on this traditional hawaiian dish as the Sunday evening special at the signature Ko restaurant in the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui in Wailea.

“The special seafood laulau includes fresh Maui catch, shrimp, scallops, spinach, mushrooms and baby bok choy, steamed with taro leaf, and served with jasmine rice,” says the resort’s Director of Public Relations Megan Haertling. “Come early -the laulau special is first come, first served and it does sell out!”

Wow! People who attended the Turley wine dinner at Hali’imaile General Store Friday were floored by how fab the meal was, prepared by Chef Beverly Gannon and her ace culinary team.

When they all came out of the kitchen at the evening’s end to take bows, Maui No Ka Oi magazine’s publisher Diane Haynes Woodburn announced that Gannon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at her magazine’s annual ‘Aipono ceremony on Sunday, April 14, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s ballroom.

We hear Chef Jaron Blosser, a partner in Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei, and his wife Shannon Blosser, just had a healthy baby boy Tuesday.

Jaron is the man who daily does the most shucking of fresh oysters at Three’s, and we hear they just “fly out the door.” Slurp some Kumamotos as you sip on the Trash Tea drink, all the rage there.