Side Orders • Apr. 3, 2014

GREEN ACRES . . . More than 8,000 people will be saddling up to the Maui County Ag Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Waikapu.

That’s why promoters want to spread the word about the complimentary Akina Aloha Tours shuttle service that will run between Baldwin High School and Maui Tropical Plantation every 15 minutes.

“In its seventh year, the ag fest raises awareness about local Maui agriculture, invites the public to talk story with the people who grow our food and their industry allies, as they discover what agriculture means to our communities and aina, taste fresh flavors and have fun,” says Charlene Ka’uhane, event publicist.

We hear Punana Leo o Maui will feature an awa bar; Chef Paris Nabavi of the new Sangrita’s in Kaanapali will teach kids how to make guacamole in the keiki area. Hula Grill will be among 12 participants in the Grand Taste tent. It will also host the Charles Smith Wines dinner at the Kaanapali restaurant April 11.

The Pundy Yokouchi Memorial Golf Tournament tees off on Saturday, April 12.

Entrants get to savor a continental breakfast and awards luncheon at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes, along with vying for hole-in-one prizes such as $10,000 in cash, a Honda car and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The tourney will benefit Maui Arts & Cultural Center programs. Register by calling 243-4225 or online at

The 2014 Aipono Restaurant Awards dinner will flow starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. Maui Culinary Academy will do the pupu and Four Seasons and Spago will team with Andaz Maui to prepare the dinner. Call 242-8331.

Happy hour is drawing in lovers of Italian fare at the new Fabiani’s Wailea in Wailea Gateway.

“It runs from 3 to 5 p.m., and we offer half off all of our pizzas,” says owner-chef Lorenzo Fabiani, who hails from the Ligurian region of Italy. “We also do $1 off all cocktails, such as the lilikoi mojita and the mango margarita. Happy hour is available in our entire restaurant, not just in the bar like at Fabiani’s Kihei.

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a chocolate celebration benefit at Ulupalakua Ranch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost of $15 includes wine tasting, beverages and desserts. Call 876-1964.

Join the West Side Maui Jewish Ohana for its Friday Night Gathering from 7 to 9:30 this week at Koa’s Seaside Grill on Front Street in Lahaina.

“It’s shaping up to be a fun evening,” says Robert Bluh. “Come make new friends, enjoy a fun evening and support your community. Dinner will be served on the rooftop, weather permitting. Attendees get 20 percent discount. This is the second in the monthly series.”

Ryan McElroy, owner of Chez Meme Baguette Bistro in Kihei, is now offering four-course meals for $32.95 on Friday nights. But reservations are required as it sells out as fast as you can say, “prime rib.”

“Prime rib is always on the menu,” says McElroy. “This week’s starter is clear white soup with vegetables; organic Kula green salad, crostini with brie cheese and pear; and your choice of prime rib, lamb curry or herb-infused chicken breast in mushroom sauce.

A new Hungarian pastry chef from Sophia’s Delights is doing merengue chocolate cake and blackberry raspberry cheesecake. Chez Meme also now offers spirits and wines. Call 879-5425.

The annual Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk will sashay back into Lahaina with free music May 2 at Hard Rock Cafe, Longhi’s, Kimo’s, Pioneer Inn and Capt. Jack’s. More may be added to the lineup.

“There is no cover charge the first night and restaurants will be serving great food and drink specials, says Maui Jazz Society’s Bill Burton, who sits on the board with Ron Metoyer and Fulton Tashombe. Burton also owns the fun coffee shop and cigar shop, Sir Wilfred’s on Front Street in the historic town.

“The second night, May 3, we’ll sell tickets to a special event at Royal Lahaina Resort’s old Foxy Lady nightclub in Kaanapali. Mel Martin will play, and I’m sure they’ll have great food, too, along with Rock Hendricks, Tashombe and Nohelani Cypriano.