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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Quick Bites

By Wanda Adams
Advertiser Food Editor

White honey spot

Volcano Island Honey Co., makers of Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey, will be featured on the "Wolfgang Puck Show" on the Food Network on Sept. 13, airing at 7 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Hawai'i time. Chef Puck joins beekeeper Richard Spiegel for a walk among the beehives to examine the combs and discuss the production of this unusual honey, which has a characteristic creamy white color and a tangy flavor. The show was filmed in the Puako kiawe forest where the bees do their work and at the Volcano Island Honey Co. farm on the Big Island. The small, family-owned business has been in operation for 25 years.

• Information: Toll-free, (888) 663-6639 or (808) 775-0806.

Taste at Kapolei

The third annual Taste at Kapolei is in the final planning stages, and will include grazing under the stars 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 beachside at the Ko Olina Resort. More than 20 guest chefs are expected to participate, along with wine purveyors and entertainers Melveen Leed, and Rolando Sanchez and Salsa Hawaii. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Kapolei and benefits educational and scholarship programs in Leeward O'ahu schools, including Leeward Community College's culinary arts program. Last year's event was sold out, raising more than $20,000 for Leeward schools. Tickets: $50 prepaid or $60 at the door; children 3-12, $25 each. Tickets: Joann Vinton, Bank of Hawaii, 722-8155, or stop by Chevron Kapolei or Chevron Beretania. Information: www.thetasteatkapolei.com.

Sign up to cook

Kapi'olani Community College is readying its fall class series including cooking basics, baking instruction, vegetarian techniques and other topics. Among the featured courses: Working with soy (products, not sauce), holiday treats, an introduction to beers and a tea course by Lynette Jee from The Pacific Place. To register and pay by credit card, call the noncredit registrar at 734-9211. Classes range from $35 to $125 each and meet evenings or Saturdays. To see class list: programs.kcc.hawaii.edu/%7Enoncredit/schedule/index.htm.

In O'ahu restaurants

• The Dixie Grill is planning a Bar-b-Que Fest Sept. 9-29 with special events and menu items built around barbecued meats and seafoods, and barbecue-friendly accompaniments. Special dishes range form barbecue chicken pizza to Texas rubbed tri-tip steak. Information: 596-8359 (Ward Avenue) or 485-2722 ('Aiea). Take-out available.

• Sam Choy's Diamond Head is host for an evening benefit for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai'i, 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 18 featuring creations by executive chef Elmer Guzman, a poke station, wines and Sam's Big Aloha Beer and entertainment by Sean Na'auao, Sistah Robi and Three Plus. The cost is $80. A pre-event Wine Tasting Extravaganza at 5:30 p.m. includes premium wines and special food stations; only 50 seats are available at $100 apiece. Tickets: 973-5683, ext. 240.

Chef news

Fred DeAngelo has been named executive chef at Tiki's Grill & Bar, opening Oct. 19 at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel; he has been executive chef at the award-winning Palomino Restaurant for the past five years. He is designing a casual, regional menu for the beachside restaurant, he said ... Two Island chefs — Alan Wong and Adam Condon of Spago at the Four Seasons Wailea — will be among the chef celebrities assisting with a 20th anniversary Food and Wine Festival celebration sponsored by Wolfgang Puck and his wife and designer-partner Barbara Lazaroff Sept. 28 at the Universal Studios back lot in Universal City, Calif., benefiting Meals on Wheels.

Items may be sent to Taste, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802. Or fax: 525-8055. E-mail: taste@honoluluadvertiser.com.