Side Orders • March 15, 2018

Adele Rugg, the bailli, or head, of Maui Chaine des Rotisseurs culinary group dressed in snow gear at Taste of School Gardens on Saturday at Maui Tropical Plantation. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

GET YOUR TICKETS . . . Loosen your belts and get ready to grind as there are food events galore on Maui’s horizon this month and the next.

For starters, mark your calendars for the Maui County Ag Fest coming up April 7 at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. While the daylong affair is nominally priced and perfect for the whole family, a couple of events in it are worth paying a little extra to experience.

Wake up to the Maui Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in the big tent. This year, honorees will include rancher and ag pioneer Lindy Sutherland, organic farmer Chuck Boerner of Ono Farms in Kipahulu in East Maui, and the late Dr. Phil Parvin of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, for his protea work here.

The legacy breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee and costs $10 for adults and $6 for children and for kupuna 65 and older.

The Maui County Ag Fest’s Grand Taste from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 7 will be worth every bite at $30 in advance, and $40 at the event.

“This year, we’ll feature 14 chef stations instead of 12,” says Charlene Ka’uhane, ag-fest organizer. “New Grand Taste chefs are Geno Sarmiento of Nick’s Fish Market Maui in Wailea, Charles Andres of Humble Market Kitchin in Wailea, Jacob Arakawa of Pailolo in Kaanapali and Jayse Sato of Umi Maui in Wailuku.”

Preceding the ag fest will be the Grown on Maui Chefs Collaboration Dinner at Maui Tropical Plantation from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5. The cost is $75 per adult 21 and older. Tickets for all the above-mentioned events are available at www.mauiagfest.org or on Event Brite.

Taverna restaurant in Kapalua is all set to celebrate its second anniversary from 6 to 9 p.m. March 24 with an Under the Stars event featuring six guest chef stations; live music by Kelly Covington and friends; craft cocktails by the Taverna team and guest mixologist Aaron Alcala-Mosley of the Fairmont Kea Lani; Italian wagon display of wines by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; more wines from Young’s Market; and craft beers as well.

“We’ll also have Chef Roger Stettler’s much talked about and much anticipated antipasti table,” says Managing Partner Chris Kaiwi. “And an incredible dessert station with fun creations.”

Guest chefs are Gary Johnson of Hana Ranch, Mijin Kang and Takuya Toride of Natto Kim Chee, Kevin Laut of Outrigger Pizza, Chris D’Agostino of Cow Pig Bun, Courtney Glarita of Honu Seafood & Pizza and Taverna’s own Ces Jocson. Under The Stars benefits the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program. Cost of $98 per person includes tax, tip, food and beverages. For reservations or more details, call Taverna at 667-2426.

Tickets for the 10th annual Maui Brewers Festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. The popular brews and food event will be held May 19 and features 90 craft brews from the Mainland and Hawaii along with pairings by dozens of top local food trucks, vendors and restaurants. Sponsors include Maui Brewing Co. and more. For prices and more details, visit MACC box office or call 242-7469.

At the Taste of School Gardens the other day, Maui Chaine des Rotisseurs bailli, or boss, Adele Rugg wore a snow outfit, like she was out apres skiing. “World Chaine Day will be Saturday, April 21 and we’ll present our event at Nylos in Paia,” says Rugg, snug as a bug in well, a rug. For more details, call 879-9964.

Speaking of “apres,” Montage Kapalua Bay is offering an apres-sun experience March 22 to 25, March 29 to 31, April 1 and April 5 to 8 at its famous Champagne Hale at Cliff House. Hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. To reserve a spot to sip some bubbly, call 662-6600.

The invitation reads: “Don’t be a Dodo.” It’s to encourage people to get discounted early-bird tickets to the annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards that will be held Friday, April 13 at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea. Honorees this year are ‘Aipono icon C. Pardee Erdman of Ulupalakua Ranch and Maui Wine, Excellence in Sustainability recipient Andaz Maui at Wailea and Friend of Agriculture Jennifer Nguyen, owner of A Saigon Cafe. Cost is $230 now, and $250 starting March 24. Call 242-8331.

* Got restaurant/dining-event scoop? Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email carlatracy@mauinews.com.

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