Side Orders • May 3, 2018

Looming larger than life in the Big Apple is the image of Maui restaurateur Shep Gordon of Humble Market Kitchin, who is being honored as an “iconic New Yorker” in the new series by Nasdaq. Photo courtesy Gordon

OUT AND ABOUT . . . Keeping a cork on its monthly wine dinner in May will be Lahaina Coolers.

“We will not be having the wine dinner this month, because it falls on May 4th, and the next day is Cinco de Mayo, which we will celebrate!” says owner Cruz Ortiz. “Our chef is busy preparing the Mexican foods for our fun party.”

Frida’s Mexican Beach House in Lahaina will also be jumping like refried beans in a hot skillet with flights of Patron, fresh fish Zarandeado, ribeye mojo de ajo and ocean and turtle views galore.

At Nachos Grande in Honokowai, Cinco de Mayo specials include posole, a Mexican hominy stew; slow-cooked carnitas, or pork; tacos and cold cervezas.

Spotted enjoying the happy-hour drinks and sunset views at 5 Palms overlooking Keawakapu Beach was actor and repeat Maui visitor Chris Noth, perhaps best known for his role as Mr. Big in the “Sex & the City” franchise.

Overlooking the Big Apple cityscape with a larger-than-life photograph on the Nasdaq building right now is Maui’s own celeb, Shep Gordon sporting a big smile and a Makena T-shirt.

Famous for countless things from being a movie star to managing musicians such as Alice Cooper to running Humble Market Kitchin in Wailea with James Beard Award- winning chef Roy Yamaguchi, Gordon is a New York native who is being honored by Nasdaq as part of a series of who it deems “iconic New Yorkers.”

“At Humble Market Kitchin, we have 20 percent kamaaina discount on food for breakfast daily and also for dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly,” says restaurant manager Melanie Wicker. “Signature items are Roy’s traditional short ribs, butterfish and special local catch preparations.”

Sip Me will expand from Makawao to Kahului this month. The upscale coffee and tea store that sells organic treats is targeted to open on Puunene Ave., across from First Hawaiian Bank in Kahului. When it does, Sip Me will dazzle with savory French puff pastries expertly made by Brazilian chef-caterer Consuelo Bronnick, who operates her own successful Consuelo’s restaurant biz on Baldwin Avenue in Paia.

Tickets are starting to go fast as an Eel River Brewing Co. beer can slide down your throat for the 10th annual Maui Brewers Festival fundraiser that will flow May 19 outdoors at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Newbies Austin Beerworks and Newtopia Cider will join 45 other breweries including sponsor Maui Brewing Co. Leave it to MBC owner Garrett Marrero to get the French to shy away from wine and partake in beer. He just hosted a beer dinner at the U.S. embassy in that wine-centric country. It was the first food and beer pairing hosted by Ambassador Jamie McCourt.

Save the date for Maui Calls on Aug. 18. The MACC’s signature fundraiser gala does embrace vino, with dozens of winemakers in attendance, pupu by top Maui chefs, live music and auctions.

For MACC tickets visit or call 242-7469.

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