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Chris Kaiwi just launched a new wine and new summer menu items at Taverna in Kapalua. Photo courtesy UH-MC

Side Orders • July 13, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . I was going through my spam emails the other day when I came across one from the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn. Ready to hit “delete,” I opened it instead. Lo and behold, its August calendar lists Sheldon Simeon, chef-owner of Tin Roof on Maui, giving a speech ...

Food Network host Guy Fieri (at left) with Bernard Weber (right) and others filming of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in Kahului.

Side Orders • July 6, 2017

ISLE SPOTLIGHT . . . In March, the Food Network contacted a few Maui restaurant and food truck owners — and in April, it filmed on island. On Friday, Season 27, Episode One of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” will put the German-Swiss fare of Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in ...

A couple of well-known  hoteliers enjoy the Taste of Summer at Grand Wailea last week. Chris Luedi (left) and Mike Jokovich are regional vice presidents for Fairmont and Andaz, respectively. The Maui News / Carla Tracy photo

Side Orders • June 29, 2017

MEN OF THE MOMENT . . . It was hard to miss standup paddle-boarding champ Kai Lenny on the current cover of Modern Hawaii Luxury magazine. Inside, the Men of the Moment included Michael Lofaro, chef at Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, looking James Bond-like as the “dashing gourmet” in suit, ...

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will offer fresh pineapple drinks at its poolside ‘Umalu in honor of National Pineapple Day on Tuesday. Hyatt Maui photo

Side Orders • June 22, 2017

JUICY TIDBITS . . . I’m sitting here at the computer crunching the new pineapple chips made by the same Maui Crisp people who create the prized beef jerky. The bags come in regular and li-hing-mui flavors. I just hope the crumbs don’t fall into the keyboard. Yum! I bought the addicting, ...

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival host and master sommelier Michael Jordan (left) and celebrity chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., flank attendee Shelley Kekuna. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • June 15, 2017

TO A VERY GOOD YEAR . . . The 36th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival keeps getting better with age. But my scale at home tells me that I am not. Yes, I dared to weigh in after all of that wining and dining and now I’m whining about the results. So I’ll stop it and weigh in on event ...

Jayce Leong and Dale Button are  regular performers on Mondays at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • June 8, 2017

CABARET NIGHT . . . Looking to enliven your Monday evenings with a fun, date-night dinner show? I just checked out the new Cabaret Night at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea and it’s a hoot with an all-star cast of Maui performers and a four-course meal of the classic kind with everything from French ...

Just Juice bar hostess Nerissa Lim serves one of many island fresh drinks at the new pit stop for walkers and beach goers at Ko in Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea.
Fairmont Kea Lani photo

Sideorders • June 1, 2017

ISLAND HAPPENINGS . . . The first Obon Festival of the 2017 season will dance its way into the Lahaina Shingon Mission near Kobe Steak House on Luakini Street Saturday evening. Besides dancing and a service, there will be a plethora of island favorites such as sushi, shave ice, nishime, ...

Maui Hamburger Co. owner Lushanya Marquez (left) with daughter Taylor Marquez at their booth at Maui Brewers Festival recently. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • May 25, 2017

ON THE HORIZON. . . Drive along Kahului Harbor on Lower Beach Road and floral and feather garlands are everywhere at lei stands for grads. As summer nears, food trucks are proliferating, too, as it’s time to grab and go . . . to the beach. “We’ve had our Maui Hamburger Company trailer ...

Maui’s famous drummer Mick Fleetwood (at left) and singer songwriter Dave Mason celebrate the 71st birthday of Mason last week in Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi in Wailea. The old pals were “Feelin’ Alright.” CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • May 18, 2017

‘TIS THE SEASON . . . Now that many of us have imbibed in Maui Brewers Festival and our lust for beer has been more than quenched, it’s time to focus on other festivals coming up on Maui’s horizon as it heats up for summer. For starters, you may book a seat at the Maui Tastemakers ...

The Cupcake Ladies Catering Co.’s Pop-Up Shop will be at the former Tea Box in the Maui Mall in Kahului from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with chocolate to vanilla to creamy caramel flavors and coffee, too. Cupcake Ladies photo

Side Orders • May 11, 2017

BITS AND PIECES . . . On Friday, the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will celebrate the grand opening of its signature restaurant, Mauka Makai. The party in north Kaanapali begins at 5:30 p.m. and features chef action stations, specialty cocktails, cold local beer and live music. Priced right ...

The Hibiscus Hua cocktail poured at Hula Grill Ka‘anapali will be featured on “The Booze Traveler, Best Bars, Tropical Episode” on Monday. says the restaurant  management team about the Travel Channel hit show. HULA GRILL photo

Side Orders • May 4, 2017

HOT AS A TAMALE . . . Right after I finished writing a Cinco de Mayo piece for the inside pages, a few stragglers contacted me to promote fun on this Mexican holiday that is more about eating and drinking than an obscure battle. But I don’t wanna taco ‘bout it anymore, because after ...

Choice Health Bar in Lahaina won “Best Healthy Fare” on Sunday at the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards. The owner is Emily Kunz (from left) with Astro Girl Amy Erickson, Kellie O’Rourke and May Lee. A satellite kiosk will be opening in Kaanapali. CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • April 27, 2017

JIN-GO-LO-BA! . . . Maui is at full tilt boogie these days with Carlos Santana and band returning to Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday among many other fun isle happenings. The MACC’s food and beverage Events Lawn opens at 4 p.m., so get into the conga line for Niihau lamb chili ...

“The Club” eggs Benedict is topped with smoked bacon, turkey, Canadian bacon and vine ripe tomatoes at Sarento’s on the Beach’s new Brunch Every Day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its oceanfront spot in Kihei. Photo courtesy Sarento’s on the Beach

Side Orders • April 20, 2017

RISE AND SHINE . . . Want to eat eggs Benedict at noon? No problem. Head to Keawakapu Beach and savor the new Brunch Every Day promotion at Sarento’s on the Beach restaurant. Sip $7 Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Screwdriver cocktails from 7 to 11 a.m. Breakfast selections include gluten-free ...

Bartender Ginny Block of Spanky’s Riptide won the recent fun cocktail contest at Down The Hatch in Lahaina. She is wearing her winning belt. The restaurant will present a scavenger hunt April 20.
* Photo courtesy Down the Hatch

Side Orders • April 13, 2017

ON THE HORIZON. . . Mark your calendars for the 25th annual East Maui Taro Festival that will take root Saturday, April 29 at the Hana Ballpark. Admission is free and it includes 20 food booths, a farmers market, arts and crafts, live music and hula halau performing. In addition, the Queen’s ...

Kimo’s assistant GM Jack Starr (left) and GM Chris Almeroth celebrate the Lahaina restaurant’s 40th anniversary recently. •  Photo courtesy Kimo’s

Side Orders • April 6, 2017

HOW’S YOUR ASPEN?. . . I hope it’s better than mine. In fact, my recent ski trip went downhill fast, even though I did exercise extreme caution. It’s just that I had a couple of slow, “Oh, No-O-O-O!” spills. Lucky I wore a helmet. But. . . Back on Maui, I’m sporting a knee brace ...

Da Vine Art baristas Kaze Garcia (left) and Gaia Golden toast to the new concept with a cuppa or two. The wine and coffee bar is across the street from Charley’s and will expand its hours soon. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • March 23, 2017

NEW FACE OF PAIA. . . While it still offers those great takeaway lunches as the Hana Picnic Lunch Co., the umbrella company recently moved to a bigger location in the north shore town. Called Paia Gelato, the company moved down the Hana Highway a few stores away from its original spot and ...

Santuzza and Adonis Kapsalis are the owners of the Greek Oven Maui targeted to open in Haiku next week. Photo courtesy Greek Oven Maui

Side Orders • March 16, 2017

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Restaurants keep budding in Haiku like bamboo in the rainforest. Next week, lovers of Mediterranean cuisine may feast at the new Greek Oven Maui in Haiku Aloha Aina Center. But it won’t be your typical Greek cuisine. It will dish up gluten-free breads and vegan ...

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Longhi’s with four-course menus for $40 that are a blast from the famous restaurant’s past. Photo courtesy Longhi’s

Side Orders • March 9, 2017

MUCH ADO ABOUT. . . Wailuku. The county seat boasts a brand new restaurant in the former Asian Star in the Millyard. Miko’s Cuisine held its soft opening Friday after it revamped the large space with new floors, walls of canary green and marine blue, fun art, cushy booths and restrooms ...

Beach Club’s Nathan Mau is general manager and chef at the Aston Kaanapali Shores. He will present a Kohola Brewery dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the oceanfront hideaway in West Maui.    
• CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • March 2, 2017

FLUID HAPPENINGS . . . The Hawaiian word, “kohola,” means “whale” and Lahaina’s Kohola Brewery is making a humpback-size splash with a variety of pilsners, ales and stouts. The Beach Club at Aston Kaanapali Shores will present the Kohola Brewery dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday ...

Grand Wailea Managing Director Tom Donovan (from left) celebrates Humuhumu’s grand reopening with Pardee Erdman of Ulupalakua Ranch and MauiWine and pal Paul Meyer. Grand Wailea photo

Side Orders • February 23, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . The who’s who of Maui poured into Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a at Grand Wailea recently to celebrate its grand reopening and rebranding as Humuhumu, dazzled by Chef de Cuisine Mike Lofaro’s new Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine menu and the renovation. The circular bar is now ...