Side Orders

Side Orders • December 8, 2016

NEW IN SOUTH MAUI . . . Not one, but two, new restaurants are opening in South Maui. This is much better news than how I started off my column last week with two closing in Lahaina. This month, Shearwater Tavern will open in part of the old Stella Blues location at Azeka Mauka in Kihei ...

Side Orders • December 1, 2016

IN WEST MAUI . . . Uncorking its next monthly wine tasting dinner on Friday will be Lahaina Coolers. For starters, sip Matanzas Creek sauvignon blanc and savor pistachio-pumpkin soup. The next course is Cambria chardonnay of Sonoma paired with butternut squash and goat cheese tartines; ...

Side Orders • November 24, 2016

TANKS, EH?. . . Still need last-minute reservations for Thanksgiving Day dining  and beyond? At the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu, brunch will be swinging famously with Willie K as the headliner on stage with popular Maui blues artist Gretchen Rhodes accompanying him and Kathy ...

Side Orders • November 17, 2016

SWEET AS PIE . . . There were two, well, actually three, stars of the show at the Life is Sweet benefit for Best Buddies Hawaii on Saturday in the central mall part of The Shops at Wailea. Winning the No. 1 dessert was four-time repeat champ and Fairmont Kea Lani Pastry Chef Ricky DeBoer with ...

Side Orders • November 10, 2016

ACTION PACKED . . . Do you adore chocolate? How about cheesecake? Then run to the Life is Sweet fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. But you won’t be able to run there as fast as my fellow dessert contest judge and host Carl Lewis, who won ...

Side Orders • November 3, 2016

BLOODY MARY MORNINGS . . . A prolific writer who penned over 2,000  songs, Willie Nelson wrote about a Bloody Mary morning as his baby left him without warning sometime in the night. I think even Willie would approve of the burgeoning  Bloody Mary bars on Maui. Montage Kapalua Bay serves ...

Side Orders • October 27, 2016

NEW AND EXCITING . . . The old  Aroma D’ Italia location in the Kihei Town Center has a “coming soon” sign hanging outside for the Big Island Indian restaurant Kamana Kitchen. (Not to be confused with the signature Ka‘ana Kitchen at Andaz Maui at Wailea, voted the Top Resort in Hawaii ...

Side Orders • October 20, 2016

FESTIVAL TIME . . .The third annual Made in Maui County Festival will be planting its roots once again outdoors at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with more than 140  local vendors selling food, produce, art, fashion items and gifts. Friday, Nov. 4, is the Shoppers Preview Day ...

Side Orders • October 13, 2016

SOME LIKE IT HOT . . . The 12th annual Maui Fire Department Chili Cook Off fundraiser for Shriners Hospital for Children at Maui Fair on Sunday was a hoot with emcees Trance Echevary and Mackie Mac of Jam 98.3 FM asking silly questions like “what do beans taste like?” and “what kine hot ...

Side Orders • October 6, 2016

OOM-PAH-PAH . . . Last week, this column toasted to the famous autumn fest that involves merrymaking and drinking frothy beer. The Oktoberfest fun continues Fridays and Saturdays through the month at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in the Kahului Industrial Area. “Authentic ...

Side Orders • September 29, 2016

OKTOBERFEST . . . There will be lots of swilling but not spilling please at all of Maui's Oktoberfest events. For starters, Montage Kapalua Bay will present its first Beer Garden from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday with icy craft brews and a schnizel station with pretzels and even poi spatzle by guest ...

Side Orders • September 22, 2016

SHAKING IT UP . . . Lovers of craft cocktails will want to get tickets to the third annual World's Best OCEAN Cocktail Showdown from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's Anuenue Lawn in Kaanapali.Two Maui contestants, Victor Mendoza with his Farmers Punch, and Ka'ai ...

Side Orders • September 15, 2016

NEW IN WAILEA . . . While its been quietly open for a short time, the Residence Inn Marriott Maui Wailea will be in high gear after today's grand-opening blessing and party for VIPs.Aikane is the newest lounge in Wailea and its contemporary vibe and convenient location are sure to draw those ...

Side Orders • September 8, 2016

PRESIDENTIAL VILLA . . . I just love when parties are held in presidential villas on island. It sure doesn't happen very often, but on Friday the Andaz Maui resort in Wailea will put on a spread in its room that rules the roost.Andaz Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco and resort chefs de cuisines Mi ...

Side Orders • September 1, 2016

ODE TO LOWER MAIN . . . Dozens of longtime landmarks line the long stretch of asphalt from the ocean to Wailuku town. It's far from fancy like Wailea, but Lower Main has grit and local character.From tasty Tokyo Tei that served a young Sen. John F. Kennedy back in the day to the legendary Home ...

Side Orders • August 15, 2016

MAUI CALLS RECALLED. . . Every chef had a story to tell at Friday's Maui Calls gala fundraiser for Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. There were 22 chefs in attendance and I also heard some good scoop prior to the event at the trade tasting.Oceanside Restaurant chef-partner Gary ...

Side Orders • August 18, 2016

BITS AND PIECES. . . Pancake lovers get ready to carbo-load from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.That's when IHOP at Maui Mall in Kahului will offer a short stack of its world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry program.With more than 16 ...

Side Orders • August 11, 2016

MOVING MOUNTAINS . . . The motto for a relief benefit coming up is "we all begin to move mountains by carrying small stones."With hurricane season swirling through November, Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes in Kahului will present a dinner-dance benefit for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, the wicked ...

Sideorders • August 4, 2016

TASTE OF THE ISLAND . . . Looking for a nice, shady spot in Wailuku to enjoy lunch outdoors? From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Maui Fresh Streatery food truck rolls under the Banyan Tree Park in Wailuku with an ever-rotating, international menu.Recently, I savored Greek moussaka and a ...

Sideorders • July 28, 2016

PAUKUKALO FUN . . . Where?! People often ask me that question when I mention the little town near the base of Wailuku River.But those who live in Central Maui certainly know all of the fun that is to be had in the little strip mall behind the Shell gas station from Ray's Deli to Watercress ...