Side Orders • September 20, 2018

Executive Chef Peleg Miron of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea just rolled out a new tasting menu that showcases Kona kampachi with a bamboo dream net (left) and other fun, cutting-edge fare. CARLA TRACY photo

AROUND THE TOWN . . . Partnering with the No Kid Hungry campaign in America to fight childhood hunger is Tommy Bahama Restaurant located upstairs in The Shops at Wailea. Diners who visit through September and make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry will receive a $20 promotional award card redeemable Oct. 1 to 31 at any Tommy Bahama location.

The new Harvest Cafe off Lipoa Street and South Kihei Road in Kihei will host a special event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hear sports nutrition guru Kurt Galatro talk about optimizing meals for activity, reducing inflammation, improving hydration and more. Enjoy a meal and beverage for $18 per person. Call 868-1261.

Spend a delightful evening at Spago Maui, located on the lobby level of the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, with a new tasting menu and ocean views galore. Fun cocktails to choose from before you start the feast include the Wild & Willing with Patron barrel select and mango with ginger; the Guilty Pleasure with Four Roses bourbon, pineapple, mint and lime; and the Hot Legs made with Pau Vodka, guava, lemongrass and ginger.

Spago GM Derrin Abac and Executive Chef Peleg Miron (who hails from Israel) are impressing diners with their new tasting menu of multiple courses for $125. Add fine wines for $75.

“Begin with Hamakua hearts of palm with ahi, then dive into Kona kampachi on crispy bamboo, followed by sweet Kula corn agnolotti and Maui-onion custard with Kula basil cream and shrimp,” says Manager Daniel Padilla. “Other courses are duo of ahi with pineapple sambal and Szechuan-style braised snapper, lamb with falafel macaron and hot and cold Valrhona chocolate.”

Presentations and tastes are over the top. For reservations, call Spago at 879-2999.


AT THE COLLEGE . . . Do you love wine and want to learn more about it? Vino expert Alan Jahns will present a five-week Wine 101 class at the University of Hawaii Maui College Edventure class in Kahului. The class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 2 with one Saturday touring MauiWine in Ulupalakua.

Jahns will pour more than 50 selections from around the globe worth $2,000. The cost is $249, or less than $50 per class, for those who are 21 and older. To register, call (808) 235-7334.

Want to learn about CBD Cannabidiol? Come and hear cannabis researcher Michael Backes talk about the topic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Leis Family Class Act at UH-MC campus. Cost of $20 includes a hot buffet lunch and class materials. Call 984-3280.

Last but not least, UH-MC Culinary Arts Program is now lining up the chefs for its annual signature fundraiser, Noble Chef, set for Nov. 10. The event moves to Kaanapali this year at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Executive Chef Lyndon Honda of the new ROCKsalt at Sheraton will host Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork & Salad along with Best Chef on Maui Tylun Pang of Ko; Geno Sarmiento of Son’z Steakhouse; Ken Sniffen of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; and Roger Stettler of Taverna Maui.

Many more chefs and UH-MC instructors are involved in this “Moulin Rouge” themed fundraiser, and the Maui Scene and Pau Hana sections will be covering this major event in coming weeks. Tickets are $195 per person, and tables are availab.e. Call 984-3261.

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