Side Orders • Aug. 29, 2013

RUB A DUB, PUB . . . September will be a sudsy month, indeed.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s Japengo restaurant in Kaanapali will team with Maui Brewing Co. tonight at 6 for a five-course beer dinner.

Panoramic views along with fresh Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine expertly paired with a selection of craft beers will be on the front burner.

Courses include duck sliders paired with Barefoot Brew American Amber Ale; and “smoked out” braised crispy pork belly paired with Smoked Out Rauchbier Lager. Cost is $65 per person. The Hyatt is extending its kamaaina room rate from tonight through Labor Day – starting at $179 for a standard room.

There is also a Sushi Making Class Saturday at Japengo and you eat what you make. Cost of $35 per person includes non-alcoholic beverages.

Beer connoisseurs are invited to sip and savor the seasons with a rustic five-course pairing, created by Chef de Cuisine Dario Montelvere for Septemberfest at 6 p.m. on Labor Day at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay. Setting the stage will be Kailani Restaurant.

Look for more on the beer festival front in next week’s Maui Scene.


BITS AND PIECES . . . The rumors are flying, but Buzz’s Wharf Restaurant in Maalaea is absolutely not closing.

“The real story is that Buzz’s will be taking a break for the slow month of September,” says Marketing Manager Emily Koenig. “We will be taking advantage of this mellow time of year on Maui, to recharge and reinvigorate. We’ll happily reopen Oct. 1 with a full month of kamaaina discounts, before the busy winter season.”

Want to throw a private party? It’s available for $100 an hour with just a two-hour minimum for large groups or meeting with tables, chairs and the whole nine yards. Call 661-4600.

Banyan Treats is a new store at the former Hula Cookies and Ice Cream at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. Of historical note, that same spot opened as Len’s Sweet Shop 100 years ago, catering to the movie goers during Lahaina’s plantation era. Banyan Treats will celebrate its grand opening with a fun-filled Sunday afternoon.

Come for free cookie samples, Hawaiian blessing, taiko drums, hula, prizes, and Na Hoku Hanohono Award-winning musicians.

Sangrita’s is coming to Kaanapali Fairway Shops around November as an elevated, full-service Mexican concept with fun wines and tequilas and share plates. The inside dining room will be 2,800-square-feet and it will have a large and inviting outside patio.

The owner is Paris Nabavi, who also founded Cilantro Mexican Grill in Lahaina. He’s also a consultant with a growing California company on developing Two Madres, based on Cilantro’s menu.

UH Maui College’s Pa’ina Building reopened Monday for the fall semester. The public may buy food from seven quick-serve outlets in cool, air-conditioned comfort. Or grab and go as take out.

“We have several exciting changes, starting off with a greater selection of high quality foods throughout the day,” says Chef Instructor Tom Lelli. “Our Pastry Classes will be opening The Sugar Cube Cafe & Cakery (previously the Lava Rocks Cafe).”

Outlets open from 10:30 a.m. Monday to Friday include Edo Ya Ramen, Raw Fish Camp and Paniolo Grill – the latter featuring pollo asado, pork carnitas, beef barbecoa and vegetarian/gluten-free, falafel tacos.

“Our Cal-Mex dishes revolve around the use of locally sourced fresh ingredients, lighter sauces and innovative combinations,” says Lelli.

At Campus Cafe, this week’s special is by celebrity chef Ernest Servantes, winner of the “Chopped” TV show. It’s grilled chicken sandwich with jicama slaw, topped with avo ranch dressing and chipotle mayo.

Chef Lee McBride, owner of Nellie’s Bistro 19 in Paia, just celebrated the grand opening of Sugar Beach Events in North Kihei. She does complete wedding packages with her beautiful new venue, and also creates wine pairing dinners, multi-course meals or action stations.

“We’ve actually had two events here already and we’re booking now and booking well,” says McBride, daughter of former NBA coach Don Nelson.

The state-of-the-art private party venue accommodates from 60 to 400 people, and its right on the beach. It doesn’t just have to be for just weddings, but any kind of special event. Visit

Last but not least, our annual Best of Maui guide will be published on Sunday. This keepsake edition highlights all of your favorites, and I’m sure you’ll be amazed by all of the fabulous winners.