AROUND THE TOWN . . . Once named the "Best Dressed Man in Honolulu," restaurateur Aaron Placourakis is expanding his repertoire beyond the Tri-Star Restaurant Group.
Aaron and a partner have just opened the Green Earth Cleaners in the Wailea Town Center, so that you may dress spiffily when dining at his Maui restaurants such as Nick's Fishmarket in Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Sarento's on the Beach in Kihei and Son'z at Swan Court at Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
Word on the street is that it's environmentally friendly, and "very swank" with individual dressing rooms for all of your alteration needs. Plus, Green Earth brews Starbucks coffees. Come in from Monday through Saturday and enjoy a cup on the house.
Photo courtesy Outback Steak House
Shrimp scampi and Victoria filet combos are part of the White, White and Bloomin’ menus at Outback Steakhouses on Maui.
Throngs of music fans are gearing up Friday's concert with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald at the MACC in Kahului. And, the MACC is gearing up for the throngs with a tempting menu lineup.
"Join us under the stars for an evening of hit after hit," says Lisa Haole, food and beverage co-director. "Maui Tacos will premiere a new menu including grilled baja-style fish tacos, barbecue pork bowls and three types of tantalizing nachos plates."
"Also on deck that night will be Who Cut the Cheese with their signature fresh grilled paninis in three fabulous flavor combos such as mesquite turkey and cheese, vegetarian delight and salami and ham," she continues. "For lighter appetites, try a cheese plate for one with some of the best gourmet cheeses on island! Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn will also pop fresh bags and Green Banana Cafe will serve up delectable sweets."
"Come early for a pau-hana, beer-and-wine happy hour at 5 p.m. in the beverage area," says Marketing Director Karee Carlucci. "When the gates open at 6 p.m., food service will be available."
LET IT FLOW . . . For the tea lovers among us, a new hot beverage line in four frothy flavors is now available at Jamba Juice stores islandwide. Made with the customer's choice of organic milk or soy milk, the Hot Blends drinks range from original spiced chai tea to classic hot chocolate. They pair perfectly with newly introduced baked goods such as orange and dark chocolate tarts.
Wine lovers will want to savor a Taste of the Loire Valley Friday, March 19, at Gerard's in Lahaina. Courses include pork rillettes, stuffed mussels au gratin, Muscovy duck crusted with pepper and cognac, and chocolate souffle with raspberry coulis - all prepared by chef and owner Gerard Reversade. Originally from Gascony, this Frenchman can cook! The Loire Valley wines will take it all over the top. Cost is $75, plus tax and tip.
Want to taste some "Newly Discovered South American Wines?" Ed Mikesh of Southern Wine & Spirits will host the next in a series of tastings at Longhi's Wailea at 5:45 p.m. Friday. You may sip these finds from Argentina and Chile and enjoy a plate with five tapas for $30, including tax and tip.
The signature Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will present selections from Edmeads Winery paired with the American classic cuisine of Chef Ryan Urig through March.
BITS AND PIECES . . . A longtime supporter of U.S. military troops, Outback Steakhouse is committed to donating $1 million to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit that provides emergency and moral support to troops and their families.
Restaurant goers are invited to assist by visiting Outback restaurants this month. All you have to do is order from the Red, White and Bloomin' menu throughout March and the proceeds go to the cause. Choices range from baby back ribs to Alice Springs chicken.
Advance tickets are now on sale for the second annual Taste Education culinary fair April 3 in Waikapu. Food lovers will want to snap them up as the price of $25 adults and $10 children will let you taste cuisine by 15 top island restaurants. Part of the Maui County Agricultural Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation, Taste Education will feature two giant tents, under which will be the samples and chef and farmer demos.
"Taste Education will be held in two sessions," says event publicist Charlene Kauhane. "Session one will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and session two from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. We highly recommend advance sales due to the limited number of tickets available."
To purchase, visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.