FARM TO FORK . . . Farmers continue to be the rock stars of Maui's culinary world and they'll be in the spotlight again Friday.
"We'll celebrate Lahaina's Second Friday Town Party this week with Farm to Fork, in honor of the local farmers and all they do to provide our community with locally grown goodness," says publicist LuAnne Yapp. "Come join us for our farmers market!"
You may also savor moon cakes at Wo Hing Museum on Front Street as part of the Second Friday festivities, get 10 percent off the gluten-free baked goods at Ono Gelato Co., enjoy two-for-one meals at Betty's Beach Cafe, crunch $2 tacos at Amigo's and savor wine and cheese at 5 p.m. for $25 at David Paul's Island Grill, scheduled to reopen after the owner-chef's vacation.
The new Frankly Gourmet food truck at Kahului Airport dishes up hot dogs and other fast fare for travelers.
Other participating Lahaina restaurants will include Maui Swiss Cafe with 10 percent off its full menu; Blue Lagoon and Hard Rock Cafe coming in with 15 percent kamaaina deals and Capt. Jack's and Cool Cat Cafe offering 20 percent off to island residents.
If you take the time to stop by Lahaina Visitors Center, you may pick up coupons for free hula pie at Kimo's and free appetizer at Bubba Gump's.
Got restaurant / dining event scoop? Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email email@example.com.
BITS AND PIECES . . . The ladies of Mama's Fish House in Kuau are getting lots of compliments these days as they are all wearing vintage local muumuu by Mamo and Iolani and other top designers.
"One of our managers has bought up a bunch of vintage dresses online and the girls just love them," says Karen Christenson, vice president. "On Fridays, they especially like to get dolled up."
The Department of Transportation along with HMS Host is on a roll with the new Frankly Gourmet food truck, parked inside Kahului Airport.
"Frankly Gourmet was designed to add a local-style lunch wagon look to the food concessions at the Kahului Airport," says Frank Hercik, general manager of HMS Host. "We are inviting all travelers to visit our new addition, and don't forget to try the saimin."
"Frank and I bounced ideas back and forth on the decor and its colors and we both liked the sugar cane and pineapple Maui-style look," adds Marvin Moniz, the Maui district airport manager.
There will be lots of soulful food at the Maui Jazz & Blues Fest, which will sweep South Maui tonight to Sunday at the Grand Wailea and beyond. (Do check out Grand's jazz brunch on Sunday).
Capische? at Hotel Wailea will have an opening party from 6 to 9 this evening, with music, of course, as well as live artist, cooking stations and butler passed pupu. New General Manager Scott Snowden (who's worked for top chefs in Vegas) says they'll do New Orleans-style food such as shrimp and oyster po' boys, South Maui seafood boil, polenta fried-green tomatoes, and chicory coffee with beignets. Cost is $60 at the door. Call 879-2224.
For something different, hop aboard the sunset pupu and champagne dinner on the Kai Kanani sail boat with live jazz with the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call 879-7218.
The Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea will tap into something cool and frothy and gourmet Sept. 28 with its Brewhaha Festival. Beers from around the world will be paired with worldly cuisines by resort chefs in a festive atmosphere. Oktoberfest will never be the same again after you attend.
Hair stylist Lori Bub, owner of Lori's Hair Shack in Wailuku, is selling Obama Coffee.
"The coffee is 100-percent Hawaii grown just like our president," says Bub. "We have round and whole bean. It is a dark roast."
The Obama Coffee label was painted by Maui artist David Sandell, who appeared in the "Get A Job" movie that just had another run.
The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise is now promoting the evening Sunset/Moonlight Dinner Cruise Sept. 28 aboard Four Winds II sailboat. Tickets are going fast for the benefit cruise, which combines barbecue, the full moon and music by DJ "Dr. Love." For reservations, Call 757-0981.
The people behind the I'o Wine Club in Lahaina have decided to focus on "wines with a cause" and so name the Boys & Girls Club of Maui as beneficiaries of the next event, from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at 505 Front Street. For more details, call General Manager Lyndsey Miller at 661-8422.