Side Orders • March 7, 2019

Jung Min Lee (left) and Napa Valley winemaker Donald Patz launched their Secret Door cabernet sauvignon at the Maui Wine & Food Classic last week at Four Seasons Resort Maui. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

ON THE HORIZON . . . Once again looming larger than life will be the Maui Film Festival June 12 to 16 in Wailea at various resort venues.

Festival founder/director Barry Rivers just released the Cosmos “Taste the Universe” passes for the discounted $550 through Sunday, a 30 percent savings on all three of the culinary events that surround the tributes to movie stars and the double features each evening.

Savor the Taste of Summer at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, the Taste of Chocolate at Four Seasons Resort Maui, the Taste of Wailea on the golf course above the Celestial Cinema and the lively Filmmaker’s Brunch at Longhi’s in The Shops at Wailea.

“Cosmos Passes include access to Maui Film Festival’s Celestial Cinema VIP Seating area,” says Rivers. For tickets or more details, email

Pebble Beach Food & Wine will be making a splash from April 11 to 14 in Monterey, Calif. As part of the festivities, the Future of Hawaiian Cuisine power lunch will transpire at noon on April 12. Who’s plating? James Beard Award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi will host it. Roy’s got restaurants all over, including the Humble Market Kitchin in Wailea. Joining him is Mike Lofaro, executive sous chef of Grand Wailea, and Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof and the new Lineage, which was just nominated as a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in America by James Beard Foundation.

Sansei Kihei will present a Japanese sake craft cocktail dinner at 6 p.m. March 21 called “Kampai!” Advanced sake specialist Dan Fullick will join Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Director of Mixology Chandra Lucariello for a match made in heaven. Sansei Executive Chef Byung Jeoung and Corporate Sushi Chef Masa Hattori will cook the trendy pub-style Japanese food. Kampai! will include five food courses and four sake pairings. Cost is $89 per person. Call 879-0004.

This weekend, savor a Toast to Tinseltown, the Maui Academy of Performing Arts annual gala in Waikapu at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Enjoy faboo entertainment by top Maui performers, drinks, desserts and auction items to raise money for MAPA programs.

Fairmont Kea Lani presents Rum Revolution at its Ko restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tantalize taste buds with small bites, followed by a three-course family-style dinner by Executive Chef Tylun Pang. Pair it all with rum inspired cocktails by the resort’s lead Mixologist Suzanne Navarro. Cost is $70 per person. Call 875-2210.

Looking back –Last weekend’s Maui Wine & Food Classic at Four Seasons Resort Maui saw happy islanders sipping fine varietals in Wailea, and it exceeded attendees’ expectations. Spotted at the gala were Destination Diva Kathy Costello of Wailea Resort Association along with her boss, Bud Pikrone, celeb manager and movie star Shep Gordon, Mama’s Fish House in Kuau family member Karen Christenson and many more. The dates for next year are still pending.

Taste of School Gardens is on Saturday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Eat food by 10 top Maui chefs, sip from seven beverage vendors and bid on $17.500 in auction items, including private chefs feasts and dinners. See Events Pages for ticket details.