Side Orders • July 14, 2016

AROUND THE TOWN . . . Coming up on its first anniversary, the Island Gourmet Market at The Shops at Wailea is different and bigger than any other ABC store on the island.

“We pride ourselves in listening to our customers and adapting to their needs and wants,” says Perry Gragas, Maui merchandiser and drummer in “Spamalot” for Maui OnStage. “We truly want to be the one-stop shop for Wailea and surrounding communities.”

Deli supervisor Lloyd Aoki says he makes everything in the vast prepared-foods section in house.

“We do prime rib on Thursdays and Sundays, Hawaiian plates on Fridays, beef stew on Wednesdays and baby-back ribs every day. We also just started a loco moco program with proteins from mahi to chicken to Wagyu beef and we roll sushi fresh daily.”

Associate manager Scott Kobayashi and Maui district manager Eric Nakamoto also work with local vendors to offer products by Patti Cakes, Paia Gelato, Ululani’s Sugar Beach Bakery, Maui Pasta Co. and more.

“We’re experimenting with different kinds of smoothies and we offer samples such as the matcha green-tea flavor,” says Gragas. “And we’ve got a dual-temperature cooler for red and white wines.”

Those who want to learn all about the “Miracles of a Plant Based Diet” may come to a talk on the subject at 7 p.m. today in the Cameron Center in Wailuku. Down to Earth will provide refreshments.

The free talk by Grace Chen, MD, will educate you about vegetarian lifestyle changes. Reservations are not needed. Call 385-2790.

Speaking of things healthful, “Tumeric Gold” is a third-edition cookbook with 92 pages of recipes featuring the super antioxidant spice. Written on Maui by Amara Rochon, it teaches from beginners to the more adventurous how to prepare tumeric meals.

“It is for sale at Mana Foods in Paia for $14 or you can buy it for $9 plus tax by emailing me at amararochon@gmail.com,” says the author.

By the way, Mana Foods and its new sister cafe, Maka Mana, allow shoppers and diners to get one hour of free validated parking in the lot by the post office. Just show the attendant your receipt.

Cafe de Vino at the Maalaea Harbor Shops is dishing up deals with a la carte dinners. Buy one and get the second at 50 percent off. The lobster dishes are reminiscent of the old Lobster Cove in quality and presentation.

Overlooking scenic waters, Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay will debut Sunday brunch and a Bloody Mary Bar this weekend. New a la carte selections include shrimp and grits, tempura-fried chicken and buttermilk waffles, and steak and eggs. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For Cane & Canoe reservations, call 662-6681.

Jumping at Azeka Makai in Kihei is the new Nutcharee Thai restaurant with spicy and exotic fare. This week, a new restaurant concept by Three’s Bar & Grill is targeted to open at Azeka Mauka.

Fork & Salad features 40 ingredients with five proteins and 12 different dressings from Thai lemongrass to grapefruit honey. “It’s set up like Subway where we build salads in front of you,” says partner Jaron Blosser.

Cow Pig Bun in Kihei will hold its next Knife Fights: Battle of the Sous Chefs on Tuesday.

“Try their unnamed, or shall I say unnumbered, cocktail made with Pho simple syrup, Paniolo Whiskey, Fernet and Chartreuse,” says Mark Nigbur of Hali’imaile Distillers, maker of the whiskey.

Manapua Bakery in Wailuku closed at the end of June. But stay tuned for new adventures, perhaps in the form of a West Maui food truck.

Hawaii restaurants were honored in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Awards on newsstands Tuesday and Maui had plenty of winners. Getting two wine glass icons for stellar lists were Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea, Longhi’s in Lahaina and in Wailea and Merriman’s Kapalua. Read all about it in this Sunday’s Pau Hana feature section.