Side Orders • September 28, 2017

Lumeria Maui Chef Jacqueline Torres will be at Taste of Upcountry Oct. 7 and host her own Wild Food Challenge on Nov. 11. • Carla Tracy photo

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Healthful Mediterranean foods keep dancing like Zorba into Maui hearts and palates from Gyro food truck at Home Depot parking lot in Kahului to the Maui Greek Oven in Haiku.

Another Maui food truck has a similar name, but the new Gyro landed at Home Depot two months ago and owner Dale Hanna makes everything from scratch, including baba ghanoush, dolmas, beef and lamb gyro, shrimp souvlaki and falafel, too.

Starting Saturday, breakfasts will be served as early as 7 a.m. with My Big Fat Greek omelets, Greek Benedicts and gluten-free pancakes.

“I was in San Francisco and San Jose with my Gyro trucks for 30 years before Maui,” says Hanna. “My next truck is on a ship now and it will roll into Kihei near the post office at Azeka Shopping Center with a dozen other vendors in a new parking lot Sunday. Gyro will also roll into the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina starting in December.”

Lumeria Maui was really “Greek to me” for a time. The experiential retreat in Makawao is gaining recognition for its new chef; restaurant that’s open to the public for all meal services; yoga and other classes; and peaceful, updated rooms and common areas.

Veteran food truck chef and operator Dale Hanna of Gyro at Home Depot in Kahului has plans to roll other Greek food trucks into Kihei as well as Lahaina in the coming months. • Carla Tracy photo

Situated on beautiful grounds in cool Makawao, Lumeria’s Wooden Crate restaurant is serving stellar three-course dinners for $40. I savored the poached ono in island tomato broth with braised greens and bamboo rice and it was off the charts in taste.

New Chef Jacqueline Torres cooks her heart out and new General Manager Kalani Nakoa is bringing a Hawaiian sensitivity to the place.

Torres will also appear at the Taste of Upcountry from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Montessori School of Maui main fundraiser in Makawao. Other chefs will include former Capische owner Brian Etheredge, representing the Ulupalakua Ranch Store; Craig Dryhurst of the Four Seasons Resort Maui; and Gary Johnson of Hana Ranch.

Enjoy live music by Steve Sargenti and William Wainwright and live and silent auctions. Cost is $90. For further details, call 573-1062.

Getting back to Lumeria Maui, it will throw the Wild Food Challenge on Nov. 11 with chefs such as Isaac Bancaco of Andaz Maui.

Moving along, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, put on your best hat for Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ annual Garden Party at the Yokouchi Family Estate in Wailuku. Doing lobster-shrimp gazpacho will be Duke’s Beach House and 14 others will participate. And Paradise Beverages will pour wines.

Oktoberfest will launch this Saturday and Sunday at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului and also run the next four weekends. The all-you-can-eat buffet will cost $42.

And Shearwater Tavern in Kihei will present Oktoberfest on Wednesday with a meal and beers by Maui Brewing Co. for $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

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