Side Orders • May 24, 2018

Tommy Bahama General Manager Megan Moran showcases two sliders that are coming hot out of the new Tommy food truck. It will roll into Kohola Brewery’s beer party in Lahaina on Saturday. CARLA TRACY photo

MAUI HEATS UP . . . It was fun to spot restaurant pals and fellow beer lovers at the Maui Brewers Festival on Saturday. Mike O’Dwyer of Mulligans on the Blue was deep-frying up a storm of his famous Harp-battered mahimahi and chips and John Sandbach of Smoke & Spice was enticing with his hill of beans. Along with 19 others, Mulligans is participating in Restaurant Week Wailea through Saturday. For the complete schedule of meal deals, visit

The Plantation House in Kapalua will present the Patz & Hall winemaker dinner June 6 with three passed pupu followed by five courses, including intermezzo, dessert and wines. Cost is $145 per person, plus tax and tip. Proprietor James Hall will be on hand to pour Hyde Vineyard chardonnay and Pisoni Vineyard pinot noir. Plantation House Chef de Cuisine Maggie King will pair roasted root vegetables, seared Atlantic halibut, fresh lychee sorbet, Wagyu beef and Meyer lemon custard. For reservations call 669-6200.

Hosting a budget-friendly wine dinner each month is Lahaina Coolers restaurant and bar on Dickenson Street. Kendall Dean will provide music as diners enjoy Molokai sweet-potato ravioli, prosciutto-wrapped scallops with mango salad; and filet mignon with wild mushrooms and mustard cream. Wines are Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc, Noble Vines S19 chardonnay and Coppola Diamond syrah. Cost is $60 per person. To book a seat, call 661-7082.

The Ultimate Wine Dinner will take it over the top as part of the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival with Hubert Keller and Cat Cora and other superstar chefs Nancy Oakes, Nancy Silverton and Mark Tarbell doing dishes at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

“Each of the chefs will prepare a course and pair it with a super rare, highly rated, collectible and hard-to-get wine,” explains KWFF host and master sommelier Michael Jordan. “Proceeds after the cost of food will benefit The Maui Food Bank, and the dinner is in honor of Shep Gordon and all he has done to support our hospitality industry and the food bank.”

The cost is $1,000 per person. Call Maui Food Bank at 243-9500.

“I am very excited about this exceptional event and it will certainly be the toughest ticket to get in the islands!” says Jordan, who will host Keller, Oakes and Silverton at other KWFF luncheons. For tickets, visit

The new Tommy Bahama Food Truck is on a roll. I caught up with it just outside of Macy’s at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and had a bite with mall Marketing Director Toni Rojas.

“Tuesdays and Saturdays we are up for grabs and this weekend we’ll do sliders at Kohola Brewery in Lahaina at its beer fest,” says Tommy Bahama Executive Chef Jason LaMotte. “And we are open at The Shops at Wailea from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Our loaded potato tots with kalua pork and sriracha aioli and Farm House sliders with Hawaii Ranchers beef are top sellers.”

Craving Filipino fare like pinakbet, pork and peas and lumpia? The Barrio Fiesta will be Friday and Saturday at the Binhi At Ani center in Kahului.

* Got restaurant/dining-event scoop? Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email