Side Orders • Nov. 7, 2013

CHILLING OUT . . . The heat is on (or, should I say, off?), for artists from Japan and Hawaii, who will crank up chain saws for Maui’s popular International Ice Sculpting Exhibition and Competition to be chiseled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

Come and watch as these artists sculpt huge blocks of ice in 90-minute, head-to-head contests. But watch out, ice chips will be flying.

Speaking of air time, with Boston Red Sox’s Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino on the top of minds, it’s time to mention his new drink.

“I’m excited to be working with TONGO Coconut Water and am grateful for the opportunity,” Victorino says. “The drink tastes amazing.”

Spago’s General Manager Jacques Perwin says they are pouring 18 fun new cocktails in house, and that Wolfgang Puck will chat up guests at his popular restaurant on lobby level of Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea for two weeks around Thanksgiving.


BITS AND PIECES . . . Chef partner Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei just popped the question to his fiance at Floating Garden in Osaka, Japan. The good news is, Erin Mukai said, “Yes!”

Three’s Bar & Grill will cater pre-show food today for “Fat Boy!” a hip-hop dance theater that explores the theme of Balinese rice rituals and the abundance and scarcity of food. DJ Le Spam will spin.

Three’s menu will be big on taste at “Fat Boy!” Sink your teeth into kalua pork quesadillas with peanut-ginger slaw, hoisin ground turkey lettuce wraps with water chestnuts, and Grecian salads. . .Three’s Morrin, Jaron Blosser and Cody Christoper will also cater the Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Aloha Kalikimaka fundraiser Nov. 23 at Yokouchi Family Estate in Wailuku.

We already know that Mama’s Fish House is a multiple “Best Restaurant on Maui” winner, as voted in in our annual Best of Maui contest. Now, TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Restaurant Awards, which honors 171 establishments in 13 different countries, has named Mama’s one of the top 10 restaurants in the U.S.!

The 40-year-old iconic restaurant in Kuau ranks No. 10, behind Colicchio & Sons in the Big Apple and Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco. My husband and I dined at Gary Danko 10 days ago, and let me tell you, Mama’s is in grrreeeeaat company.

Want Maui to remain the No. 1 Tourist Island in the World? We need to keep an edge. Edventure at UH Maui College is hosting food-and-beverage related classes this month to give us just that.

Leadership & Management Skills Training is a one-time class Nov. 14; Food & Beverage Server Training on Nov. 18 runs in five sessions; Managers in Training runs two times starting Nov. 21; and there are others at 50 percent off with some qualifications. And, the venerable Malik Cotter will teach Super Foods, Superior Herbs starting Tuesday in seven sessions. To register, call 984-3231.

Help is on the way to the Philippines, after the massive 7.2 earthquake struck last month. Chefs and farmers will team up for Kokua for the Philippines from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Binhi At Ani Filipino community center in Kahului.

Attendees will enjoy finely crafted food from chef action stations, desserts and entertainment. Participants are Jojo Vasquez of Plantation House, Joey Macadangdang of Roy’s Kaanapali, Gevin Utrillo of Japengo, Isaac Bancaco of Ka’ana Kitchen, James Simpliciano of Simplifresh, Jake Belmonte of Maui Culinary Academy, Larry Badua of Badua’s Catering, Riko Bartolome of Slow Food Maui, and Sheldon Simeon of Mala Wailea. Cost is $50 and 200 seats are available.

Dine Out For Hospice Maui starts Tuesday at 30 popular restaurants, including at the brand new Dazoo in Paia. The day’s proceeds will go to the noble cause.

“You will not need a fancy ball gown, nor pinchy shoes, nor a tuxedo,” says Kimberly Carhart, Hospice director of development. “Simply round up your friends and family, choose from the 30 partner restaurants islandwide.” For the participant list, visit

The seventh annual Wailea Food & Wine Celebration benefitting Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center will be Friday, Nov. 15 at Hotel Wailea. For tickets, call 572-6560 or visit . . Restaurant Week Wailea continues through Saturday evening at 21 participating establishments with $29, $39 and $49 meals, plus tax and gratuity. Visit

“Today, heaven will eat better,” tweeted Washington D.C. Chef Jose Andres Tuesday, about the passing of acclaimed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter, who has appeared on Maui, making his mark over the years.