AROUND THE TOWN . . . Those who love the Italian fare at Marco's Grill & Deli in Kahului will want to check out all of the new additions to its popular menu.
"I've kept the same menu for years because it works so well," says owner Marco Defanis. "But I've supplemented it with one page of new items. I've worked with the boys in the back and we came up with some really flavorful items and we kept the prices low, too."
New items include pasta puttanesca, flat-bread pizzas, sausage lasagne, smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, pigs in the blanket, bleu cheese wedge and the Big Lebowski hoagie.
Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle in Lahaina won the Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off at the Maui Mall on Saturday with a soup he fashioned after sinigang, which is a Filipino staple.
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Teddy's Bigger Burgers at Lahaina Gateway announces that it's now running with a 10 percent kamaaina discount on every menu item - all of the time.
"We previously offered the discount on combos, but now locals can get 10 percent off just a burger, a shake and French fries at any time we're open," says owner Lisa Telles. "We also will be doing spicy and garlicky Halloween burgers. and our October shake of the month is Kona mudd pie, made with Roselani ice cream."
Art is for the Heart gallery tour and luncheon will debut from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Paia. Meet at Turnbull Fine Art on Hana Highway and then savor a pre-fixe lunch at Charley's, which, by the way, has new owners, new ambience and a brand-new menu.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . Do you love your desserts? There is more than one good reason to attend the second annual Life Is Sweet event Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Shops at Wailea.
Not only will Wailea's top chefs compete to create their signature dessert of 2011, but you may enjoy the entries and it all benefits Best Buddies Hawaii.
In addition, celebrity judges returning this year include Maui's own Mick Fleetwood and Maureen McCormick of "The Brady Bunch" fame. Live Hawaiian music, a silent auction and savory foods round it off. Tickets are sure to go fast. The cost is $50 per person. Dessert lovers may visit www.bestbuddieshawaii.org.
By the way, now we hear the famous drummer will open Fleetwood's on Front Street early next year instead of this fall, as previously announced.
According to an Associated Press report, when "Fleetwood was a kid in the U.K. learning to play drums, he dreamed of owning his own restaurant. So he turned the stable at the old farmhouse where he lived into Club Keller."
"I used to serve up Smith's crisp and fish 'n' chips and stuff for other children to come around. I had my radiogram and my drums in there and it was my world."
Wanna party in Lahaina for Halloween, but don't want to deal with parking hassles?
Pacific Whale Foundation will present two Halloween Cocktail Cruises, departing Maalaea Harbor at 6 and 6:30 p.m. On the ride over, dig into barbecue pork and chicken sliders, macaroni salad, roasted green beans with Maui onions and up to three drinks.
Strut around Front Street in your best costume for two hours, then hop back aboard your vessel for desserts and Maui coffee. There will also be Halloween Express boats, more like ferries. You may visit www.parcificwhale.org or call 249-8811, ext. 1.
Maui Brewing Co. will host its second annual Oktoberfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, behind the Aquatic Center in Lahaina. Cost is $5 to get in and all proceeds will benefit Pacific Cancer Foundation.
"Last year, $4,500 was raised and this year's goal is $15,000," says MBC's owner Garrett Morrero. "There will be live music; a beer garden including guest breweries; and great food from Donna's Dogs, Iron Imu, Beach Bum's, Famous Dave's, Outrigger Pizza and the Maui Culinary Academy . . ."
Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe in the Kahului Industrial is rolling out the beer barrel with its own Oktoberfest buffets and live music Fridays and Saturdays this month.
Kahanu Gardens of Hana will present an Ulu Cook-Off Contest Oct. 22 at Hana Ball park. Drop off your entries anytime from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Those interested in competing with ulu or "breadfruit" should call Kamaui Aiona for more details at 248-8912.
Restaurant Week Wailea is moving ahead full steam and a number of popular establishments will offer three- and four-course meals from $29 to $49. The next promo will be Nov. 6 to 12.
Coming to Kihei soon is Just Wing It, a chicken joint with fun sauces such as tequila-mango habanero, teriyaki and wasabi-ginger garlic.