Side Orders • May 18, 2017

Maui’s famous drummer Mick Fleetwood (at left) and singer songwriter Dave Mason celebrate the 71st birthday of Mason last week in Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi in Wailea. The old pals were “Feelin’ Alright.” CARLA TRACY photo

‘TIS THE SEASON . . . Now that many of us have imbibed in Maui Brewers Festival and our lust for beer has been more than quenched, it’s time to focus on other festivals coming up on Maui’s horizon as it heats up for summer.

For starters, you may book a seat at the Maui Tastemakers series Friday and May 26 this month at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.

Presented in the Japengo restaurant, the feast’s featured partner this month is Ocean Organic Vodka. Pair the company’s cool and handcrafted cocktails with a unique pre-fixe menu by Japengo chefs Gevin Utrillo and Jin Hosono.

Menu items include vodka-braised Osso Buco; vodka-marinated tuna carpaccio with shiso leaf; and chocolate decadence with vodka-macerated strawberries.

For reservations call 667-4727 or visit

Kapalua Restaurant Week will continue running through Sunday at most of the dining establishments there.

Choose from the special lunch or dinner menus at say, Cane & Canoe and the Hana Hou Bar at Montage Kapalua Bay and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Aloha Backpack Buddies program at Maui Food Bank. Or head to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s signature Banyan Tree restaurant or Burger Shack oceanfront or Kai Sushi in the lobby area for even more choices.

Other participants are Pineapple Grill and Plantation House. On Office Road you will find special menus from Taverna to Sansei to Wine Palette. Visit

Most of the above restaurants will also be featured at the 36th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival’s main events in early June. On Friday, June 9, Montage Kapalua Bay will host the opening Grand Tasting gala with the above players serving foods with Merriman’s Kapalua, Honolua Store and students from the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program helping.

“We’ll also feature a Petrossian caviar station, gourmet cheeses by HFM Food Service, desserts by Maui Sugar Squad, fashions by OluKai and premium wines, beers and cocktails” says event director Karin Sagar. For tickets, visit

Film buffs and foodies alike are gearing up for the Maui Film Festival at Wailea. The stars will be out at the opening party Taste of Summer at Grand Wailea on June 21; followed by over-the-top dessert classic Taste of Chocolate at the Four Seasons Resort Maui June 23 and the grand finale of the Taste of Wailea June 24 at Wailea Golf Academy.

The latter will feature many of the same restaurants currently participating in the Restaurant Week Wailea (see page 15 for more details).

Grand Wailea is also bringing in several of the nation’s top culinary talents to join its team for the Fire it Up! beachside barbecue on July 8.

Mark your calendars for a free family picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetland Preserve on the northwest shore.

Sponsored by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, the picnic will include a tour of the wetlands and ancient cultural sites, music by Ron Kuala’au and Zanuck Lindsey from their latest album, a discussion with master stone carver Hoaka Delos Reyes, and food prepared by Zing Maui of Wailuku. Space is limited. RSVP in advance. Call (808) 791-0729 or email the nonprofit at

Wailea Wine is touting its Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon for the discounted price of $29.95.

“Bring on the grilled meats,” says Wailea Wine owner Ed Mikesh. “This opulent, full-bodied wine is certainly going to be a big hit with consumers. It is broad, savory and pretty much everything one wants in a delicious Napa cab.”

* Got restaurant / dining-event scoop?

Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email