Side Orders • June 16, 2016

PARTY ON, GARTH . . . From this past weekend’s Kapalua Wine & Food Festival to this week’s Maui Film Festival, Maui is nonstop fun.

The Scions of Wine panel was particularly interesting at KWFF with icons such as Tim Mondavi of Continuum and son Carlo Mondavi of Raen.

I first spotted Carlo at the trade tasting walking at a fast clip, wearing backward baseball cap, rolled-up jeans and tennis shoes. I called out, “Carlo!” He looked and I said, “I’m Carla!”

He walked right over and hugged me, although we have never met. Carlos’ grandfather, Robert Mondavi, was at the first festival 35 years ago.

“Growing up in Napa Valley, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to do what my grandfather did,” Carlos explained in the panel.

Also on the panel were the “King of Carneros” Larry Hyde and son Christopher Hyde of the famous Hyde & Sons wines. Back in the day, Larry hung out with Hunter Thompson and bought his prized motorcycle and also was pals with Ken Kesey, famous author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The other scions of wine were Robert deLeuze and son Brandon deLeuze, of the noted ZD Winery. I look forward to writing a story about these fine wine gentlemen when things slow down a bit.

Taverna Urban Drinks + Italian Eats hosted an after-party and a half with a DJ and cool cocktails. Partner Chris Kaiwi says that they launched Sunday brunches recently from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. weekly.

A la carte selections by Chef Roger Stettler include eggs Benedict with hollandaise, duck hash and arugula; farm-fresh egg omelet filled with mushroom, speck, goat cheese and potatoes; and lemon-ricotta pancakes.

The KWFF host hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, has recently rolled out a new restaurant in the former Beach House. Called the Burger Shack, it dishes up views of Fleming’s Beach and incredible burger concoctions by restaurant Sous Chef April Matsumoto.

Also ran into James Maher of Chambers & Chambers at the trade tasting, who said that there will be a Grgich Hills wine dinner at Fairmont Kea Lani on June 30.

Word was swirling that Cakebread Cellars will be at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Wailea tonight for a wine feast.

Chef Michael Gallagher of HFM Foodservice wowed at the trade show with Niihau lamb meatballs. He said eland meat is rolling out from that private Hawaiian isle . . . Kurt Lesmerises of Makena Beach & Golf Resort says that the next two Sunday brunches will be the hotel’s last before it closes July 1. Do check them out as he’ll do it up right. . . . Chris Kulis of The Market in Wailea is executive chef of the new Makena resort redevelopment.


BITS AND PIECES . . . Formerly located at Choice Health Bar in Lahaina, Garden Sushi now sells its products at Down to Earth in Kahului. Owner-chef Asa Asakawa and his wife, Kaori, make vegan rolls, according to a fan, Stephen Beidner.

Many Central Maui, north shore and Upcountry folks prefer to attend the Maui Film Festival running through Sunday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului, rather than its Wailea counterpart with all of the glitzy culinary parties.

The good news is, there will be lots of healthful things to eat. Nourish Cafe will cater foods Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dig into Life Foods vegan patties with probiotic condiments and dressings and a side salad and you may sip Aloha nut milk. Maui Kombucha will do tempeh musubi and Thai vegetable curry on Saturday, along with, of course, its famous drinks.

International Sushi Day is Saturday and Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will roll out a three-course sushi special for $24.

Father’s Day is right around the corner and you may toast to him at Tommy Bahama in The Shops at Wailea with the Old Sailor drink special. TB’s motto is “where life is one long weekend.” So the restaurant is perfect for Maui, where the party is on, Garth.