Side Orders • November 2, 2017

Theresa Shurilla, the program coordinator and pastry chef instructor for the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program, looks elegant in a muumuu at Noble Chef at Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea on Saturday. An ukulele ice sculpture spins behind. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

WEST SIDE STORIES . . . The fun of Halloween on Front Street is behind us, but Lahaina and the rest of West Maui are still jumping.

Looking for a moderately priced wine dinner? Then head to Lahaina Coolers on Friday for its monthly affair for $65, plus tax and tip. Begin with Ruffino pinot grigio and ceviche of shrimp and ono with banana chips for dipping.

The next course by Sean Stover will be Chateau St. Michelle chardonnay and sweet potato soup; followed by Black Stallion pinot noir and filet mignon with balsamic syrup and herbal goat cheese.

Alex L. Calma will calm you with some soothing instrumental music as you sip and savor. Call 661-7082.

Sail away on what is being pegged as the Sunset/Full Moon Cruise from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, hosted by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset as a fundraiser cruise aboard a Trilogy catamaran.

“You may watch the sunset and enjoy the premium cocktails, pupus, and live music by Grammy Award-winning artist as well as our club’s honorary member, Uncle George Kahumoku Jr.!” says event organizer and Lahaina Rotarian Heidi Dollinger.

Tickets are $89 and all net proceeds will go to the “Go For the Green” scholarship of $2,500 for a high-school senior who will pursue an education in sustainability.

The brand new Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman that opened at Whalers Village now has its liquor license. But before it did, crowds were gathering there to check out the latest in the Handcrafted Restaurants franchise owned by Chef Peter Merriman and Restaurateur Bill Terry. The fish and chips are as good as it gets, crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside; and dessert lovers must try the strawberry cream pie as icing on the cake.


BITS AND PIECES . . . As expected, the 21st annual Noble Chef fundraiser for the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program was a huge success at Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea on Saturday evening.

“We did really well with the fundraising and the music was so spectacular,’ explains Theresa Shurilla, the program coordinator as well as pastry chef instructor, whose class made edible ukulele for each table in the ballroom.

Best known for winning Season 10 of “Top Chef” on the Bravo channel and for hosting another television show called “36 Hours,” Chef Kristen Kish will return to Maui to cook a dinner at the Grand Wailea on Nov. 19.

At Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Kish will cook a four-course menu for $175 per person. Tickets are already starting to sell like hot cakes. Call 875-1234.

The eighth annual Dine Out For Hospice Maui is fast approaching. On Nov. 14, it will boast 35 Maui restaurants participating in the cause. For more details, you may visit

Also right around the corner is the 28th annual Day of Hope that will kick off at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The walks and runs benefit cancer patients in Hawaii. Day of Hope will also host a huge continental breakfast on the Ocean Front Lawn, emceed by Master of Ceremonies Howard “Dash” Dashefsky, an Oahu TV personality. For more details, you may call 891-4100.

* Got restaurant / dining-event scoop?

Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email