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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

French Week at La Mer

By Wanda A. Adams
Advertiser Food Editor

The sixth annual French Week at La Mer kicks off Friday and continues through the following week with guest chefs, in-kitchen classes and a special menu in the restaurant.

Chef Yves Garnier's guests include Joel Garault of the Hotel Hermitage Le Vistamar Monte Carlo and pastry chef and professor Benoit Perruchon-Monge of the Technical School of Hotel and Tourism in Monaco. Workshops, at $150 per person, including instruction and a private luncheon afterward with the chefs, are planned Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In addition, Perruchon-Monge will give a pastry demonstration 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the hotel ballrooom; admission is $50 for this event.

The special menu at La Mer tomorrow through Nov. 8 will include such dishes as red mullet stuffed with tabouli, turbot roasted on the bone and served with calamari risotto, apple blinis with orange and honey butter and fresh cheese sorbet, and many other selections. Call 923-2311 for class registration or dining reservations.

Benefit for theater

The Hawaii Theatre will benefit from "Vintners in Paradise 2002," a wine-tasting/grazing event and a separate gourmet dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The wine tasting is being coordinated by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants and Fujioka's Wine Merchants and will include wines from the West Coast, New Zealand, France, Italy, Portugal and Madeira. Among the featured vintners: Acacia, Far Niente, Frog's Leap, Grgich Hills Cellar, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, as well as European labels Maison Lois Latour, Anselmi and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Representatives of the wineries will be on hand to pour and talk about their wines. A live auction is set for 7 p.m.

In preparing the dinner following the wine tasting, chef Goren Streng will be joined by Doug Lum of Mariposa, Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro, Corey Waite of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Todd Kihara of the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Tickets for the grand tasting only are $65 at Fujioka's or through Victoria Okada at the Hawaii Theatre, 791-1302; $85 at the door. Tickets for the dinner, with tables of 10 going for $3,000, are available from Okada.

Custard for kids

Eddies, the new burger and frozen-custard restaurant at 3607 Wai'alae Ave. in Kaimuki, is sponsoring "Custard for Keiki" Nov. 11 to raise money for nearby Liholiho Elementary School. Double scoops of custard will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. in exchange for donations to the PTA-sponsored enrichment programs such as drama, junior police officers, technology and water safety at Liholiho; the custard normally sells for $2.30.

News of culinary interest should be directed to Taste, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802. Fax: 525-8055. E-mail: taste@honoluluadvertiser.com.