Side Orders • June 30, 2016
END OF AN ERA . . . An insider told me that the brunch on Sunday at Makena Beach & Golf Resort was running at about 150 percent food cost. A whole pig and two legs of lamb were roasted and served along with king crab, thick-cut hamachi sushi and prime rib. All consumed by the sea of locals, who knew a good deal when they saw one at $40 per person.
Copious amounts of champagne flowed and the “30 Years” ice sculpture glistened before it started to melt.
“It’s been a good run. We had a big wine dinner following and our brunches were so popular,” says resort Executive Chef Kurt Lesmerises – backed by well-known Sous Chef Todd Carlos and an expert team of longtime employees.
“For sure it’s sad,” continues Lesmerises. “I haven’t been there for more than three years, but the majority of the kitchen staff has been here since the beginning. In their 40s, 50s and 60s, many haven’t worked other jobs before.”
The remaining hotel guests will be given vouchers to dine elsewhere tonight as the staff will have a party. Oh, if those cocktail glasses could talk.
Former-Maui-wine-guy-turned-artist Jim Powlan has done a one-of-a-kind etching printed on Japanese silk for the Red Bar at Gannon’s in Wailea.
“It is titled ‘Enso,’ which means, ‘At a certain point in your life you realize that imperfection is perfect,’ ” explains Powlan. “I also thought since Gannon’s is on the Wailea Golf Course it could be a metaphor for most people’s golf games and fit the hole-in-one theme.”
Shopping and food is a combo that’s hard to beat. At The Shops at Wailea, the new Shop & Dine promo lets you get a $25 gift card to mall restaurants when you spend $200 or more through Sunday.
Dine at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar with its “faboo” happy hour; Longhi’s Wailea with its stellar breakfasts, lunches and dinners; Cheeseburger Grille & Tap Room for good ol’ American fare; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with its recently debuted menu items; and new The Pint & Cork in the old Kai spot with its drunken ribs and deviled eggs Rockefeller. By the way, Peter Longhi is opening another restaurant, this time in Ko Olina on Oahu.
Peter Merriman, owner of Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea among many other hot spots in the islands, will soon open Moku Kitchen in the up-and-coming SALT on Oahu in Kakaako.
Plantation House restaurant in Kapalua will present Caymus Vineyards wine dinners through July.
“You may come in any night of the week for dinner after 5:30 p.m., and sit down and order the Caymus multi-course meals in addition to our regular menu,” says manager Kathy Felten.
“Highlights are summer mango gazpacho shooters, tempura squash blossoms, seared Hawaiian snapper, prime flatiron steak, and banana and chocolate mousse. The cost is $75 for the meal and $105 for the meal with the wine pairings.”
Plantation House Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez is also offering a moonlight dining menu from 8 p.m. to closing with Bloody Mary shrimp, crispy calamari, braised beef shorts ribs and more. Chef and “Lahaina boy” Gemsley Balagso is also heating things up in the kitchen.
Lumeria Maui in Makawao will present the Wooden Crate Cabaret from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday with Ron Artis performing and an organic dinner cooked by resort Chef Ben Diamond.