Side Orders • November 30, 2017

The Leis Family Class Act is winding down for the semester at the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Paina Building. Behind the counter in the kitchen are Kainalu Marquez (left, the son of former instructor Ben Marquez), and graduate A.J. Arellano. The Class Act’s final dinner of the semester will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

AROUND THE TOWN . . . In-the-know diners luxuriate over the multi-course luncheons at the Leis Family Class Act restaurant upstairs in the Pa’ina Building at the University of Hawai’i Maui College in Kahului.

The last luncheon of the semester will be served Friday and a grand-finale wine dinner will wow Wednesday.

I got to experience a fab French luncheon last Wednesday cooked by Chef Tom Lelli and students and served by lecturer Mark Malone and others.

After marveling over the crisp duck confit with truffle potato puree, red-wine poached pear with Point Reyes blue cheese; tomato bisque with herb pistou and more, I had to wonder why on earth I would want to cook a turkey the next day for our Thanksgiving meal. Wanna book a seat for next semester now? Call 984-3280.

Downstairs in the Pa’ina Building, Chef and Program Coordinator Theresa Shurilla and her pastry students will reopen the Back Door Bake Shop for pickup on Dec. 11, 12 and 13.

“We’re baking up a storm of panettone (egg-rich cake with candied fruit), German stollen and chocolates,” says Shurilla of the pop-up bake shop.

Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea keeps on rockin’ with its weekly Willie K dinner show Wednesdays.

“His incredible performances include an astounding array of music styles, ranging from Hawaiian to Latin to famous Italian arias,” says owner Mike O’Dwyer. “His stories and wit have our audience in stitches between songs. So, put this at the TOP of your ‘must-do’ list whether you’re visiting here or you live on the islands.”

Cost for adults is $70 and kids range from $15 to $45. Reservations are required. In addition, Mulligans will transport you into the heart of Medieval Ireland with its Celtic Renaissance Christmas Feast from 6:15 to 8:30 tonight.

“It will be wild,” says O’Dwyer. “You can sing and dance in a ‘castle setting’ and you get a Wassel, an old Medieval drink. “Three courses of food will be family style with meats carved at table.”

Savor roasted leg of lamb, roasted whole chicken, roasted pineapple-stuffed pork loin and roasted Irish root vegetables along with house salad and bread pudding for dessert. Cost is $50, plus tax and tip. Mulligans’ hot line is 250-8288.

Brighten the holidays at Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina on Saturday, when the legendary Banyan Tree across Front Street will be lit up and the Sacred Hearts School Choir will sing carols.

“Wrap up your holiday shopping at one of our many specialty shops, take in a new movie and please the whole family at one of our six restaurants,” says Marketing & Sales Manager Nancy L. Kawaakoa. “Santa will be there, too.”

At Down the Hatch ground level of the Wharf, you may choose from breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night fare with great drink specials all day long, including $10 Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and carafes of Lahaina Sunrises at breakfast. Other Wharf dining options include Captain Jack’s restaurant and Cool Cats Cafe along with fun and intimate ethnic eateries on other Wharf levels such as Tiki Tiki Thai, Shaka Sushi and India Express.

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