Side Orders • December 27, 2018

The Burger Shack oceanfront at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will serve dinners through Jan. 15 while The Banyan Tree is being renovated. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua photo

FESTIVE TIMES . . . The annual array of private jets on Maui’s airport tarmacs brings the well-heeled set who descend on island to kick off their shoes, don rubber slippahs and get into the island groove.

Delivering restaurant food to your door in less than an hour is Hopper Maui. These days, it’s bringing Hawaiian, Southwestern and Pacific Rim cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients at Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei and other top eateries in South and Central Maui. Hopper Maui Owner Jacques Perwin will take New Year’s Day off. To order on other days, call 214-6171.

The mega-purse Sentry Tournament of Champions will tee off in Kapalua next week as the 2019 PGA season opener with all manner of food and drink for spectators (see story on Page 14). In addition, the rest of Kapalua Resort will be jumping with food options.

The Burger Shack oceanfront at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua generally sizzles for lunch only. Now through Jan. 15, it will serve dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. nightly (as The Banyan Tree signature dinner house at the Ritz is still under renovation with plans to open this spring). Besides The Burger Shack’s iconic shakes and sandwiches, dinner offers seared mahimahi and kalbi ribs.

“The serene, oceanfront setting is enhanced with inviting fire pits and lighting perfect for an evening spent under the stars,” says Director of Public Relations Deanna Miller. “A complimentary S’mores kit is available with a purchase of $50 or more.” The Ritz also offers the Hook & Knife pop-up for dinner — and kamaaina get 25 percent off food at all of the resort outlets. Call 665-7089.

Right in the thick of the PGA action, Plantation House is normally open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. During the golf tourney with defending champion Dustin Johnson and top players such as Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, it will be open to club-pass holders only during the day from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6. It will close Wednesday daytime, reopening for dinner, and close again Jan. 6 during dinner for the Sentry after-party.

“Make sure and join us, and experience Executive Chef Eric Purugganan’s new menu after a great day of watching champions play for the trophy,” says PH Office Manager Kathy Felten. Call 669-6299.

The former “Cheers” of Kapalua, Pineapple Grill closed for regular service awhile back, when the Bay Course pro shop relocated to the Village Center, where Taverna Urban Drinks + Italian Eats is situated.

“With the changes, we’ve started weekend brunches, daily lunches and early happy hour in addition to our daily dinner and late-night happy hour,” says Managing Partner Chris Kaiwi. “Wine Wednesday is also very popular. You get 50 percent off select bottles.”

Montage Kapalua Bay will feature its inaugural holiday Sip & Shop open market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday at the resort’s Sunset Room. Local vendors range from Aloha Nectar to Mala Mantra. You may sip Veuve Clicquot Rich Champagne cocktail that made its first debut in Hawaii at the resort. Open to all. Those younger than 21 years old may enjoy a non-alcoholic drink. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Montage’s Champagne Hale at the Cliff House returns with bubbly and pupu through New Year’s Eve, except for Saturday. For Montage dining, call 662-6600.

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

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