Side Orders • June 29, 2017

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

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, and no socks with ankle tats.

The mag was placed all over Grand Wailea during the Maui Film Festival last week. Lofaro will join his culinary crew for the upcoming “Fire it Up!” event there on July 8 and the men of the moment will be the nation’s top pitmasters as well as Hawaii musicians such as Makana.

And who could miss the Grand’s cultural ambassador Kainoa Horcajo as the super handsome actor in “Kuleana?’ He’ll be at “Fire it Up!” too.

The Wailea resort’s Beverage Manager John Toigo is making a tincture for a whiskey drink to be mixed there. For tickets, call 875-1234.

I also spotted a couple of well-known and much-loved regional vice-presidents of top Hawaii resorts at the Taste of Summer. Chris Luedi was visiting from his new home in San Diego, but he still oversees Fairmont Kea Lani, which has the new Just Juice bar.

Maui Tempeh business partners Mikel Gosney (left) and Jaime Tourin are wholesalers of their azuki-bean product line. The Maui News / Carla Tracy photo

Michael Jokovich is again based on Maui, this time at Andaz Maui at Wailea and his resort is running with the Eat Red, Save Lives breakfast promo through Friday with a portion of the proceeds going to help fight AIDs.

At the filmmaker’s brunch on Saturday at Longhi’s Wailea, I learned through its GM that a wine dinner is approaching that will be interactive and fun.

“We’ll do the Taste of Spain at Longhi’s Wailea,” says GM Michael Rose. “It will be Aug. 11 and the wines will be paired with tapas.”

In Wailuku Industrial Park, the men of the moment happen to be a couple of Maui Tempeh business partners who are raising the bar on the taste of the vegetarian product made from azuki beans that are inoculated with an ancient tempeh culture that grows fresh mushrooms.

“Tempeh is high in Vitamin B12; and it’s the best source of protein in a vegetarian diet,” says owner Jaime Tourin, who runs the up-and-coming business with Mikel Gosney. “And by the way, it’s absolutely delicious. We sell it to Mana Foods, Down to Earth and Hawaiian Moons and also on Saturdays at the Upcountry farmers market. Mama’s Fish House serves at least a dozen tempeh plates a night, and we sell to Four Seasons and Andaz, too.”

Saddling up to the Makawao Rodeo & Parade on Saturday will be lots of men, women and children of the moment. All may enjoy a pancake breakfast at Habibi for $5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

“In addition, Polli’s opens one day a year for breakfast,” says Parade chairman Duane Hamamura. “And we’ll feature the Chili Cookoff with free tastes for parade goers. It should be fun!”

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