Side Orders • November 23, 2017

Tri-Isle Broker  Donna Ting (left) and Sotheby’s Broker Cathy Paxton-Haines enjoy the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s annual First Night with food, drink and rare and original art and crafts that are perfect for gift giving over the holidays. This year’s First Night is coming up Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Tri-Isle Broker Donna Ting (left) and Sotheby’s Broker Cathy Paxton-Haines enjoy the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s annual First Night with food, drink and rare and original art and crafts that are perfect for gift giving over the holidays. This year’s First Night is coming up Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

FOR ART SAKE . . . One of the things I’ve always liked about art receptions is the pupu and drink aspect. You may laugh, but the heightened experience does get you in the mood to appreciate art.

Food is certainly one reason to attend the Showcase Under the Stars art auction from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday on the Ocean Front Lawn of the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. Another reason is that sales of the fabulous originals by 45 artists will benefit Hawaii cancer patients.

Cooking an international menu will be FSRM Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and his expert culinary team. Savor Japanese shrimp tempura; Indonesian chicken satay with coconut-peanut dip; coconut shrimp with Thai-curry dip; Indian veggie samosas with mango-cilantro yogurt; and Greek spanakopitas.

Cost of $50 includes a meet-and-greet with the artists, live entertainment and pupu. For tickets, call 891-4100. Afterwards, head to any FSRM food outlet and ask for the dessert special of Black Forest Grand Cru chocolate mousse laced with cherries confit and black-currant sorbet.

Speaking of helping out cancer patients, the fifth annual Touchdown for Tatas was a huge success.

In fact, more than $18,000 was raised in one day at the Beach House Bar & Grill and Dollies Pub & Cafe, both in Kahana.

“The check was presented to the Pacific Cancer Foundation earlier this week,” says owner Jim Anderson.

Want to get in the mood for the holidays? The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao will present its highly anticipated First Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday as part of its Hui Holidays shopping promo that runs until Dec. 24.

Hui member and marble sculptor Tim Garcia will make the heavy pupu, such as toast points topped with brie, asparagus and caramelized onions; salmon lumpias filled with shiitake mushrooms, spinach and glass noodles; portobello-mushroom quesadillas with guacamole and salsa; ono ceviche shooters; and a few more items.

“I’m also doing chicken skewers crusted in coconut-curry and furikake,” Garcia says. “It’s delicious. And adult beverages will be served.” Cost is $30 for those 21 and older. Visit www.huinoeau.com.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . Want to come OUT to play? The Maui Pride organization will host a holiday toy drive and rainbow dine-out event at Seascape Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.

“The evening event will help generate toy donations in partnership with Maui United Way while celebrating Maui’s LGBTQIA+ community,” says Evan Pascual, MOC’s marketing and public relations coordinator. “There is no cost to register, but attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation.”

Executive Chef Marc McDowell of the Hali’imaile General Store came in second place at the recent Lahaina Cannery Mall ice carving contest behind expert Darren Ho, who does an incredible job on all of the Maui Film Festival sculptures.

Thanksgiving menus keep trickling onto my desk, including one from the Plantation House in Kapalua. Besides a tempting a la carte menu, Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez will do a traditional turkey plate with all of the fixings.

‘Tis the season. Be safe and have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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