Side Orders • November 16, 2017

Four Seasons Resort Maui Pastry Chef Tracie Symonds  won the Life is Sweet dessert competition last weekend at The Shops at Wailea, which benefits Best Buddies Hawaii and its many programs. Simmons made deconstructed Unicorn Cakes. Life is Sweet photo

Four Seasons Resort Maui Pastry Chef Tracie Symonds won the Life is Sweet dessert competition last weekend at The Shops at Wailea, which benefits Best Buddies Hawaii and its many programs. Simmons made deconstructed Unicorn Cakes. Life is Sweet photo

ON A SWEET NOTE . . . The eighth annual fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii attracted dessert lovers to The Shops at Wailea last weekend. Life is Sweet pitted chefs from Fairmont Kea Lani, Mulligans on the Blue, Longhi’s Wailea, Gannon’s, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea and Fabiani’s to try and make the best confection.

The winning dessert was created by Four Seasons Resort Maui Pastry Chef Tracie Symonds who wowed with deconstructed Unicorn Cakes. Of course, the fundraiser was for a noble cause — to enhance the lives of people with intellectual as well as developmental disabilities.

See’s Candies just returned to its annual holiday spot at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center near Macy’s Men’s and Home store. Take note: No noble cause is needed to purchase a box of chocolates there.

Cafe del Vino at the Harbor Shops in Maalaea knows how to attract the ladies. In fact, Ladies Night kicks up its heels from 4 p.m. to closing Saturdays with 50 percent off tapas such as escargot Bourguignon, bruschetta, brie cheese on toast, antipasto and more.

Speaking of women, the legendary “Delta Lady” Rita Coolidge will meet Brazil when she performs Sunday evening at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. That’s because before the show, the food will be catered by Brazil native and Chef Consuelo Bronnick, who is rocking it with her catering business and walk-up food eatery in Paia. Bronnick will do moqueca seafood stew with rice, savory puff pastries and more including Moroccan veggies for an international flair.

TV personality and now cookbook author Kristen Kish will return to Maui to cook a dinner at Grand Wailea on Sunday. Cost of $175 per person includes tax, tip, dinner, beverages, signed cookbook by the former “Top Chef” and complimentary valet parking. Visit www.kristenkish.eventbrite.com.

“We’re really looking forward to having Kristin Kish at HumuHumu on Sunday,” says Grand Wailea Executive Chef Ryan Urig. “She was a big hit at our Celebrity Chef Tour dinner last year, so I know she has huge fans on Maui. She has been on the road promoting her cookbook and Grand Wailea is her only Hawaii stop.”

Wanna sip some bubbly? Champagne Hale at Cliff House fronting the Montage Kapalua Bay will reopen as a pop-up bar and lounge for the holidays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Thanksgiving Day and running through Nov. 26. Experience the Maui sunsets while sipping champagnes paired with an innovative menu. Walk-ins only at this historic cliff hanger with a view. First come, first served. You must be 21 years or older to imbibe.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has a new Tiki Hour at Banyan Tree with half off pupu and Moet champagne.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, the Mauka Makai restaurant at Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Kaanapali will celebrate the start of Makahiki season in the islands with a new take on Hawaiian cuisine, local breweries, a pop-up shop with Wahine To’a and live entertainment. The cost is $65 per person. Makahiki celebrates the bounty of the harvest that since ancient times lasted for about four months with fun, food and games galore.

On Friday as well as next week on Black Friday, the November Tastemakers series at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s Japengo will feature giveaways like cool sunglasses by Kona Brewing Co., which is partnering with the Hyatt for this month’s prix-fixe dinner.

The $55 feast incudes spicy ahi and taro with lotus-root chips, beer-braised short rib, tempura Kauai shrimp and Okinawan sweet potato cheesecake.

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Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email carlatracy@mauinews.com.

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