Side Orders • December 28, 2017
OVER-THE-TOP MAUI . . .What’s that song Willie Nelson made famous? “If You’ve Got The Money, Honey, I’ve Got The Time.”
That’s about what the New Year’s Eve honky-tonkin’ here has boiled down to with all of the private jets on the tarmac and the well-heeled set descending on island to kick off their shoes, don rubber slippers and get the best Maui offers.
The hottest ticket in town goes for the highest price: $675 to see a galaxy of rock legends from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler to Michael McDonald perform (see Page 3 for lineup and more details). Just dig deep into your wallets for this noble cause that benefits Maui Food Bank and Maui Arts & Cultural Center and includes only drinks, show and fireworks.
Pre-show dinner suggestions include host Shep Gordon’s Humble Market Kitchin at the Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott, Maui, where the show will be held. Gordon owns it with James Beard Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi and — it will surely be the place to spot some celebs.
Of course, real rubber slipper-wearing Mauians know where to go for moderately priced meals. Take Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia for instance.
The landmark’s new creative Executive Chef Jesse Sword is dazzling diners with his “gastro-saloon” cuisine. Do note the nights of Jan. 4 and 5, when Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon goes solo.
But there won’t be any leftovers on your plate with dishes such as bruschetta du jour, fresh catch, smoked meats and salads. And you may just catch a glimpse of a famous surfer or celeb such as the “red-headed stranger” himself.
HAIR OF THE DOG . . . What to do for the “day after?”
Drag yourself to the New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Bar and Resolution Specials at The Terrace, the breakfast hot spot at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with pool and ocean views.
The buffet runs from 6:30 a.m. to noon and costs $45 per person. Reservations are recommended. It might be the place to see the golf pros reenergizing from festivities the night before. Speaking of which, teeing off Wednesday is the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua at the Plantation Golf Course.
Creating the crowd-pleasing spectator fare will be Luis Fuentes of Mr. Sub shops in Lahaina and Whalers Village.
“We’re really excited to have him this year,” says tournament Executive Director Nancy Cross. “He’ll do shave ice, too, and it should be a lot of fun.”
When Bill Maher rants into the new year on Monday with comedy pals Bob Saget and Reggie Brown at his seventh annual show in Kahului at the MACC’s Castle Theater, do bring your appetites.
Before you get your first belly laughs in 2018, you may fill your belly with some serious Mediterranean fare by Hali’imaile General Store Upcountry.
Taking your taste buds on a magic carpet ride to northern Africa will be Executive Chef Marc McDowell with Moroccan lamb or chicken tagine with olives, dried fruits and almonds or garbanzo vegetable-tomato ragout served with lemon-mint couscous and pita bread. He’ll even transport you to Athens with Greek salads. Food and drink service is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. before the New Year’s Day show.