Side Orders • July 11, 2013

SUMMER BUZZ . . . Heard of “farm to table” and “snout to tail?” Now, the Northwest Cherry Growers Association has picked, pun intended, one acclaimed Maui restaurant to participate in the nationwide “tree-to-table” campaign as part of National Rainier Cherry Day today.

Longhi’s Lahaina will capture the essence of summer with Rainier Cherry Delight Pie for its breakfast, lunch and dinner-until the cherries run out.

“Executive Chef Armando Quintero will serve flaky pie crust with a very thin layer of chocolate, followed by the cherries in a light gelatin, a rosette of fresh whipped cream and topped with a flaky pastry lattice,” says office manager Sheri Arebaugh.

Last month’s raging fire that burned 26 acres in Kuau ,scaring Mama’s Fish House and causing an evacuation, has made the owners and workers of the iconic Maui restaurant extremely thankful.

“Words cannot begin to express our gratitude and aloha to the entire Maui Fire Department, including helicopter pilot Cliff Cates and Air-1 crews responding to the scene, as well as personnel from the Kahului, Paia and Makawao stations, and the Maui Police department!” says vice president Karen Christenson. “It is because of all of you that Mama’s Fish House will carry on and continue beyond this, our 40th year in business. You have proved once again that Maui is truly no ka oi, and on behalf of our 325 employees, their families, and our many farmers and fishermen, MAHALO from the bottom of our hearts.”


TICKET TIME . . . No, I’m not talking about the Click It or Ticket campaign. Ka’anapali Beach Resort announces an early-bird ticket price of $224 per person, for three of its Ka’anapali Fresh events Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31. The “three pack” includes the Progressive Dinner, the Signature 5-0 Book ‘Em Dinner and the Mixology Class. Buy early-bird tickets online at by Sunday, July 21. Group rates for 10 or more people are also available by that date.

“Thanks to the outstanding chefs, farmers, winemakers, music professionals, and industry partners – this year’s Ka’anapali Fresh promises to be even better than last year,” says Shelley Kekuna, executive director, Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association.

Tickets for Maui Calls on Friday, Aug. 9, are also now online at It’s the signature fundraiser for Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Alan Jahns will once again bring in top winemakers, a stellar group of Maui chefs will cook, there will be live dance music by Jimmy Mac & the Kool Kats, and live and silent auction items. Surfing superstars should be there as the theme is The Surfrider.

The MACC will also leap with fun Friday with Atamira Dance Company. Come early and listen to the pre-concert talk with its artistic director at 6 p.m. and enjoy cuisine by Three’s Bar & Grill starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard.

Your taste buds will snap like a lion dancer with Three’s vegetarian chow mein; do the obon with mac-nut crusted chicken breast; and spin like an Italian tarentella with Caesar salad with crisp baby Romaine and shaved parmesan. Prices range from $9 to $12.

The next Grow Some Good fundraising dinner for school garden programs will be held at Capische? in Hotel Wailea on Saturday, July 20.

Chef-owner Brian Etheredge and Christopher Kulis will showcase garden-grown ingredients in a four-course dinner with wine pairings, during sunset on the romantic garden terrace. Last year’s dinner sold out fast. Cost is $98 per person. Call 879-2224.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort will continue its food and wine series tonight with a five-course oceanfront Langtry Estate & Vineyard and Guenoc wine dinner. Guest Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo will also pour his high-altitude Argentinian wines at his next monthly tasting on July 25. Call 875-5888.


BITS AND PIECES . . . Now, let’s talk burgers. This Friday to Sunday, Fatburger in Pukalani will celebrate its first anniversary with Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians each day and giveaway samples of fat burgers, milkshakes and French fries.

Sorry to report Sure Thing Burger in Lahaina has closed. Legendary L.A. chef Josiah Citron of Melisse sold his share awhile back. He will appear on Oahu in September as part of Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

The new Zirguidun Brazilian-style restaurant has already closed at Azeka’s in Kihei. But the new Serino’s at Azeka’s will have a Dine & Donate grand-opening event Friday to Sunday with 40 percent of all food purchases going to Maui United Way.