"A Taste of the Empanada Lady" event will celebrate restaurant's reopening

The Empanada Lady Restaurant & Lounge is presenting “A Taste of the Empanada Lady” to celebrate its reopening featuring small plate samplings and live music on Friday, December 30, 2022 from 6-10pm. Tickets for this VIP reveal of the renovations and enhancements made to the restaurant over the past few years are $75 and include one specialty cocktail, exclusive preview of new menu items, and live entertainment. Seating is limited so advance ticket purchase is recommended. For tickets and more information, visit:

Located at 2119 W. Vineyard Street in Wailuku, The Empanada Lady occupies a historic building and a restaurant has always had a presence there for as far back as records indicate. “After two long years of road construction and internal renovations, The Empanada Lady has upgraded to The Empanada Lady Restaurant and Lounge,” says owner Chef Sarah Kleiven. “To celebrate our VIP reopening, we are featuring small plate samplings, a silent art auction, and live music. Those joining us will be the first to set eyes on the many renovations and enhancements of the restaurant including a fresh look, expanded dining, a covered patio, and a new menu.”

Some of the new pupu, dishes, desserts and signature cocktails  that are being sampled at the celebration are Stuffed include Plantain Cups with shrimp, Pork Belly or Avocado Salsa, Cuban Chicken Fricassee, Dominican Coconut Flan, and the Mo Betta Mojito.  Some classic dishes such as Empanadas, Slow Roast Pork, and Guandule Rice are also being offered.

Grand reopening attendees will also enjoy the fine art of Frank B. Shaner on display and for sale at a live auction during this event. Known for his many years as a performer, comic, host, and radio personality, Shaner has attained as much notoriety for his original works in oil, acrylic, wax and still photography. His paintings and photographs have been collected by fellow artists and celebrities in Hawaii and around the world. To see his work, visit

Jazz Maui is presenting live music featuring performances by vocalists Tanama Colibri and Sheryl Renee along with Paul Bunuan on saxophone, David Graber on bass, James Somera on drums, and George Tavy on keyboards.

Tanama Colibri is an Afro-Taina singer and songwriter, an emotive, exuberant and exciting performer, born in the vibrant barrio of New York City’s Washington Heights to Dominican and Puerto Rican parents. As a guitarist who accompanies herself, a lead singer for a couple of musical projects, a songwriter and solo performer at parties, events, and festivals, Tanama has a varied repertoire that ranges from soul to jazz, hip-hop to spoken word and world music. The dynamic versatility of vocalist Sheryl Renee comes from a literal lifetime in and around the entertainment business. An audience favorite, Sheryl moves effortlessly between music genres, artistic avenues, and her entrepreneurial pursuits. Her voice can be heard on hundreds of recordings and commercials.

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