Side Orders • April 21, 2016

MUSIC MEETS FOOD . . . Reminiscent of the old Lobster Cove for its lobster four ways and of the old Chez Paul for its shrimp scampi Diabolique, the new intimate Cafe Del Vino in Maalaea is where fine food meets music at moderate prices.

Everyone from Gina Martinelli to Gene Argel to some members of Soul Kitchen play there nightly. Those who love classic Mediterranean fare will enjoy the fresh catch Piccata and the pasta Pomodoro.

Leading up to Mother’s Day will be the Celebration of Women from 6 to 10 p.m. May 3 at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

The benefit for Hospice Maui will include two signature drinks, pupu, chocolate decadence and a concert by Amy Hanaiali’i for $75 along with mini spa services; Perfection Bra fittings; hair, nails and makeup; spa facial pampering; lomilomi relaxation; DJ and photo booths; fashion show; and Hanaiali’i wines, which by the way, won Best of Class and Double Gold in the West Coast Wine Competition in 2015. And Hanaiali’i is a five-time Grammy nominee and the top-selling female artist in Hawaii.

For tickets, call 866-5025.

Also at the King Kamehameha Golf Club, the Baby Boomers Bash will replace the Deja Vu dance event. Mark your calendars for May 15 (but not if you are a Gen-Xer or a Millenial). It includes a prime rib and fresh fish dinner, music and dancing. For tickets, email promotor/musician Mitch Hazama at

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BITS AND PIECES . . . As most already know, the Makena Beach & Golf Resort will close July 1, but Chef Kirt Lesmerisis is taking a shot at keeping fun and food events on its plate until then.

“Makena Beach & Golf Resort will continue to provide quality food and beverage offerings including our special wine events and holiday brunches until July 1,” says Declan McCarthy, general manager. “The resort has an upcoming Whiskey Tasting Event later this month, and we’ll celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with our signature Sunday brunch specialties.”

Lesmerisis will do three courses with lobster gnocchi in black squid ink and truffle essence, pork tenderloin and dessert of mac-nut and pecan tarts laced with whiskey sauce and whipped cream.

Love a beefy burger and a nice glass of big, red wine? Burgers & Burgundy will sizzle from 4 o 6 p.m. today at the signature Cane & Canoe at the Montage Kapalua Bay with Burgundy wines and specialty sliders. Cost is $60 per adult. Coming May 6 will be the Kentucky Derby cocktail event with three talented mixologists with Best Hat and Best Dressed prizes. Hmm. . . kind of like Churchill Downs. Pass the Mint Julep, please. Call 662-6681.

Celebrate Earth Day on Friday at Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. Kumu Farms will host an organic farmers market from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the retail plaza and featured films will play throughout the day in the Undersea Cave Theater.

In honor of Earth Month, some Maui restaurants are now “ocean friendly” and are no longer using polystyrene, aka “styrofoam” containers that contribute to marine debris on island beaches. While there are many restaurants already in the know, the certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants are Seascape Maalaea, the Farmacy in Wailuku and Choice Health Bar in Lahaina.

Every Saturday, dive into the all-you-can-eat seafood fest with poke, shrimp, fresh catch, crab and prime rib at ‘Ohana Bar & Grill in Kaanapali Beach Club. Dine and enjoy live music, too. Call 661-2000.

Talk about international. Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei will throw a German wine bash from 5 to 7 p.m. today with food like Hawaiian-style jambalaya with mango-habanero sauce, and much more, for $45 per person. For tickets, call 879-3133.

Speaking of things international, World Chaine Day will be celebrated Saturday on a global level. The Maui chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs (the oldest culinary club in the world) will adventure out on the Trilogy Captain’s Sunset Sail, departing Lahaina at 5 p.m. Cost is $129 per person and Bailli Adele Rugg tells me that it’s the full moon. The regional assemblage will take place at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali in September.