Side Orders • November 9, 2017

KISS frontmen Paul Stanley (left) and Gene Simmons give rocker salutes  at their Rock & Brews restaurant in Paia, which will offer complimentary menu items to veterans, active military and Maui’s first responders on Saturday for Veteran’s Day. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY file photo

KISS frontmen Paul Stanley (left) and Gene Simmons give rocker salutes at their Rock & Brews restaurant in Paia, which will offer complimentary menu items to veterans, active military and Maui’s first responders on Saturday for Veteran’s Day. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY file photo

SALUTE TO VETS . . . Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday with deals for the military. But Maui seems to be jumping with events throughout November for the rest of us, too.

At Rock & Brews in Paia, those with a veteran’s, military or first responders’ ID will receive one complimentary meal on Saturday. Your options are a pulled-pork sandwich, chicken Caesar salad, backstage burger or two-topping pizza.

“We often forget that freedom is only free for those who don’t have to sacrifice to make it possible,” say KISS frontmen and Rock & Brews cofounders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons in a joint statement. “At Rock & Brews, November 11 is a special day — and we will show our gratitude and support for the women and the men who have or continue to put their lives on the line for our country.”

At Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea, U.S. military with valid ID will get discounted admission and a special pin. Do check out the Seascape Restaurant for fab meals and harbor views. By the way, the center segued from plastic straws to eco-friendly paper straws last month.

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LIQUID THOUGHTS . . . Lovers of tequila should mark calendars for Nov. 16 when a Tasting Tahona five-course dinner will flow with Patron and gourmet fare at Spago Maui in Wailea. Chef Peleg Miron will begin with sesame-miso tacos paired with Spago barrel-aged anejo Patron tequila and then take it to the next level with more Mexican-inspired courses.

Look for a story on tequila and what top Maui restaurants are creatively doing with it in Sunday’s Pau Hana features section. Ole!

Andaz Maui at Wailea will uncork a dinner on Wednesday with acclaimed Napa winemaker Robert Sinskey as he walks you through his varietals from pinot blanc to merlot. In addition, Andaz Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco and Sous Chef Jonathan Pasion will create six courses to pair with the wines. The cost is $189 per person, plus tax and tip.

Chef Johnny Mizukami has returned to Maui after 16 years away to be corporate chef of Rimfire Imports and to help out his family. He’s been cooking at El Bulli, the French Laundry, the Vintage Cave and Chef Mavro’s.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, he’ll be guest chef at the Maui Chef’s Table at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Mizukami says he’s glad to be back in Kula where he was raised and that he plans to open a Maui restaurant in the future.

At Maui Tropical Plantation, Mizukami will join Executive Chef Jeff Scheer to cook a collaborative nine-course menu that surely will delight.

Don’t forget, Restaurant Week Wailea is still running through Saturday with 22 participating venues offering deals as well as Maui Food Bank donations. On Tuesday, 35 Maui restaurants will participate in the Dine Out for Hospice Maui with a portion of proceeds going to the nonprofit. Both are worthy causes.

For $15, you may be a spectator at the Wild Food Challenge at Lumeria Maui in Makawao. The event pits top chefs, foragers and hunters in an adventure contest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Foraging tips, demos and talk story are included.

* Got restaurant / dining-event scoop?

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

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