Side Orders • Nov. 21, 2013

LET IT FLOW . . . If art is in the eye of the beholder, then is wine on the palate of the sipper? Or is it palette?

The upcoming Wine Palette adjacent to Sansei in Kapalua blends both wine and art in an exciting, new format. Come in, sit down in the vaulted dining room with dark charcoal gray walls and sparkling chandeliers, and then uncork your creativity by painting as you sip some wine.

“It basically will be a wine bar with 80 to 100 selections, along with beer and top-shelf mixed drinks,” says partner Jim Maxon, who owns it with Jamie Splivalo.

They provide canvases that they can clip to the tables, or you may paint on wine glasses, beer mugs and ornaments. A chalkboard bar is for doodlers. You may munch oysters, crab claws, cheeses and olives, too.

Also blending the two concepts is Da Vine Art tasting room in Paia, in partnership with the Wine Corner store next door.

“We opened Da Vine Art October 23,” says owner Gregory Brown. “You may buy a flight of wines or a glass. But it’s not a bar. You can’t saddle up and watch football for three hours. You taste wines, and we’ll have seminars hosted by winemakers.”

Cheeses, olives, charcuterie and more may be munched while you sip and peruse the art on the walls.

Customers who taste wine at Da Vine Art can take their receipt into Wine Corner and get a discount on a bottle of wine. The store also sells glassware and gifts associated with wine. Rick Strini is one artist.

Meanwhile, the new Dazoo in the former Moana Cafe in Paia continues to take shape. Cardboard cutouts are starting to arrive from owner David and Yulie Law’s design firms in California, and it’s an exciting look. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Do try their new Bald Soda and the signature bi bim bap.

Of course, tongues continue to wag about Rock & Brews in Paia, owned in part by Kiss rocker Gene Simmons. The target for opening is next spring.

Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants just celebrated its 40th anniversary on Maui with a trade show in Wailea. The last of the family distributorships of any size selling fine wines, it had a great turnout with heavy wine guys like Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon, Larry Turley of Turley Wine Cellars and 40 more wineries represented.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . Are you an Upcountry armchair quarterback who likes to rise and shine early? StopWatch Bar & Grill in Makawao opens its doors at 8 a.m. Sundays with pancakes, eggs Benedicts and biscuits and sausage gravy while the teams battle on TV.

Pukalani Clubhouse is still going strong with prime rib plates Fridays; and buy one pupu and get one at half off Wednesdays. It also runs about six or seven nightly specials served on the lanai.

Hungry South Mauians will be stoked to find out that Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei has just launched delivery service daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Here on Maui, it’s pretty much pizza or nothing,” says partner Cindy Eiting. “But Stella Blues is changing all that. We charge $5 for delivery from North Kihei to Wailea, and more to Makena, with a $20 minimum purchase.”

Dropped off at your doorstep for dinner will be Mama’s meat loaf; grilled pork chops; and seafood stew packed with clams, fish, mussels and shrimp in saffron-tomato broth with aioli.

Vegetarians may order yellow curry with tofu, veggie lasagne, artichoke-jalapeno dip and salads galore. To order, call 874-3779 or visit

When the clock strikes midnight on the third Thursday every November, the latest bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau are shipped around the world.

As usual, Hana Hou Cafe in Haiku will host its celebration, this year with a roaring ’20s theme, starting at 6 p.m. Friday in the popular restaurant.

Lydia Panzik will perform classic French songs such as “La Vie En Rose” ala Edith Piaf, and Hana Hou’s Parisian-born owner Laurent Thibault will present choice of fresh pea soup, curly endive salad or mussels with white wine, along with choice of entree and dessert. Cost is $49. The young, French wine will flow. Call 575-2661.

5 Palms restaurant at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei is donating $2 for every dessert sold now until Wednesday to support American Red Cross response to Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation in the Philippines. . . . Three’s Bar & Grill is doing some fun food for the Pacific Cancer Foundation’s benefit, Aloha Kalikimaka, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Yokouchi Family Estate in Wailuku. Enjoy bacon-wrapped scallops in chimichurri sauce, seared ahi crostinis with lemon marmalade and wasabi cream cheese, and char-grilled kalbi flatiron steaks. Call 242-7661.

Maui Culinary Academy’s garde manger (cold food) class will dazzle diners at 5 p.m. today in Leis Family Class Act restaurant. Some seats are left at only $40 per person, and it’s cash bar with beer and wine. Call Mika at 984-3367.