IN SOUTH MAUI . . . Demystifying 'lil stinkers from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday will be Who Cut The Cheese store. The tasting of five stinky cheeses with five wines will be held at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei. Regulars should take note that this will be the last of the monthly tastings there.
"We will be moving to Wailea Gateway, shooting for the first week of September," says owner Ann Tuomela. "We just got our building permit and we'll have a wine tasting room, too."
But the name will change to Guava, Gouda and Caviar as there were those who looked down their noses at Who Cut The Cheese name operating in tony Wailea.
Famous Dave’s new kiosk is smokin’ in Akaku’s front parking lot on Dairy Road in Kahului. Maxx Vorpaul (left) and Jayson Andrews will be happy to assist you with rib orders.
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"But the spirit will live on," Tuomela says. " "We'll sell our logo wear in Wailea. We've also partnered with Stella Blues to sell comfort gourmet takeaway food there, such as barbecue ribs, lasagne, roasted chicken, and my own version of meat loaf and mac 'n' cheese."
Speaking of Stella Blues, Amy Hanaiali'i and others will perform tonight and Friday there in a dinner show, and the four-course meal sounds tempting. Begin with crisp shrimp tempura, followed by baby spinach salad, a choice of kalbi grilled chicken or sesame-crusted fresh fish, and macadamia nut brownie a la mode. Cost is $60 plus tax and gratuity. Call 874-3779.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Some of you may have been enticed by the barbecue aromas wafting in the parking lot of the Akaku Building on Dairy Road in Kahului recently. You may have even succumbed and stopped to get a taste of ribs and other items.
"We've had the Famous Dave's kiosk there for about a month now," says vice president of operations Prashant Sharon. "But the county only lets temporary structures stay in one place for three weeks. So we brought in a van and fixed it up to look nice and catchy."
It's open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Sundays it closes at 5 p.m. "We sell $5 barbecue pork sandwiches and rib plates, " Sharon says. "Ten percent of all sales go to Akaku community television. "
He continues that, "The locals are loving it, because you can place catering orders from our full menu at our Lahaina location, and pick it up in Kahului."
People in Hawaii love opelu, a fatty type of mackerel. So don't confuse Opolo Vineyards, "the jewel of Paso Robles wine region," with the fish.
An Opolo wine dinner will flow at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mala Wailea, located lobby level in Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Sip Opolo sparkling wine, viognier, Montagna Mare and mountain and late-harvest zinfandels. Food pairings will be sushi bites, abalone and crab salad, ahi carpaccio Dijon with capers and asparagus salad, and Snake River Farms filet mignon with Kapalua-peppercorn and red-wine demi glaze with potato latka (not latke).
"Dessert will be a tartlet with Big Island vanilla and blueberries in brown butter with ginger whipped cream," says General Manager Mary Ann Bowman. Cost is $75, plus tax and tip. Call 875-9394."
Buzz's Wharf restaurant in Maalaea is up and running with Buzz's Catering, featuring restaurant favorites and other island delights.
"We offer full-service catering for weddings, celebrations and other special events," says General Manager Marla Braun-Miller.
"We are looking forward to our participation in the 2011 Wedding Expo Saturday at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, where we will launch our brand-new logo and share some information and goodies!"
Makena Beach & Golf Resort is offering a slew of food and other specials for kamaaina in August. At the Molokini Bar & Grill, you may buy one Saturday Japanese Buffet or Sunday Champagne Brunch and get the next meal for the discounted price of $25. There are limits on how many can be in your party. Call 874-1111.
Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe in Kapalua is in cahoots with Maui Brewing Co. for a local-style clambake from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Modeled after New England clambakes, it includes steamed clams and mussels, corn, huli-huli chicken, fish chowder, potatoes, Portuguese sausage, laulau and desserts. Glenn Kakugawa performs. Cost is $35 per person. Call 665-1122.
* You may dining editor reach Carla Tracy at 242-6342.