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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

TASTE
Culinary calendar

 •  On the sweet course

Advertiser Staff

Macrobiotic Dinner, community dinner prepared for eat-in or take-out, 6-7:30 p.m. today, Church of the Crossroads; $10. 398-2695, www.macrobiotichawaii.bravehost.com.

Chef Demonstrations at Iolani School Fair, Sam Choy makes shrimp cake on orzo, 5:30 p.m. Friday; Don Maruyama of Sansei Restaurant makes braised short ribs with Thai curry sauce over rice noodles, 7 p.m. Friday; Chen Qiao of Seafood Village makes chicken fried rice with vegetarian spring roll and sweet and sour sauce, 1 p.m. Saturday; Ronnie Nasuti of Roy's Restaurant, 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Lance Kosaka of Alan Wong's Restaurant makes grilled pizza, 7 p.m. Saturday; Iolani School grounds; free admission with plate lunches, barbeque beef and chicken, malassadas, and other food available for purchase. 943-2339.

A Cook's Tour of Chinatown, led by Walter Rhee; learn about meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices available at downtown markets, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, meet near Hawaiian National Bank between King and Smith; $15. Also, Rhee leads a tour of Chinatown eateries, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, meet at same location; $59. Reservations: 391-1550.

Chinese fusion cooking class, chef Chih Chieh teaches the secrets of mochi rice and Shanghai-style chicken and pork katsu, 10 a.m. Saturday, Shanghai Bistro; $25 includes lunch. Reservations required: 955-8668.

California vs. Washington, compare varieties grown in the vineyards of the two states,1-5 p.m. Saturday, The Wine Stop; free. Also, seminar on and tastings of Alexander Valley and Napa Valley Silver Oak vintages from 1996-2001 with light pupu, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday; $75 wine club members, $95 for nonmembers. Reservations required for the Sunday seminar: 946-3707.

A Night of Wine and Roses, food and spirits tastings, entertainment and silent auction, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Ballroom and Ocean Lawn; a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; $125. Tickets: 593-4454.

An Evening in 'Aiea, food, beer and wine samples, entertainment, silent auction and keiki games, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Our Savior Lutheran School, 'Aiea; proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund; $50 adults, $25 children ages 5-12 years, free for children under 5. Tickets: 488-0000.

"Dining Out with Chai," Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro and Singha Thai Cuisine hosts a new TV show with cooking tips and information on Hawai'i and Mainland restaurants, 5 p.m. Sundays, KHON-2. 381-8483, 585-0011.

Spain!! Phyllis Nishimoto pours Spanish grape varieties such as Tempranillo and Albario from the regions of Rioja and Navarra plus pupu prepared by chef Glenn Chu, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine; $20 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 521-2900.

"Low-Sodium Cooking with Flair," learn to use spices, herbs and specific cooking techniques to create low-salt dishes from Moana Bachiller, 5:30-7 p.m. April 26; also, "Leaner Cuisine," presentation by Nancy Chang on low-fat cooking, 5:30-7 p.m. April 27, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Frear Cafe Dining Room; $30 per class. Reservations required: 566-3780.

ONGOING

Matthew Gray's Hawaii Food Tours offers three guided restaurant tours Hole-in-the Wall, Hawaiian Feast and Gourmet Trilogy in and around Honolulu. Tours are priced at $59, $99 and $149 per person. Reservations: 926-3663, www.HawaiiFoodTours.com.

Fort Street Open-Air Market, produce, plants, flowers, locally prepared foods, arts and crafts from Hawai'i, Polynesia and Asia, 8 a.m.2 p.m. Wednesdays, Pauahi and Fort streets; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Wilcox Park (in front of Macy's). 441-4995.

Fresh Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Kaiser Ko'olau Clinic (432-3800); also, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Kaiser Waipi'o Clinic (432-3100).

Fresh Thursdays, healthy and fresh, locally grown produce with free food samples, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Kaiser Moanalua clinic, main entrance; free admission. 432-2270.

Kailua Farmers' Market, prepared foods, plate dinners, pies, cookies, jams and sauces in addition to fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat, herbs and cut flowers, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Kailua Town Center parking garage (behind Longs Drugs on Kailua Road). 848-2074.

Fresh Fridays, locally grown produce, healthy cooking demonstrations, educational information on disease prevention through nutrition, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic. 432-2000.

Farmers' Market, produce, meats, seafood and flowers, 7:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, Kapi'olani Community College parking lot C. 848-2074.

Sunset Country Market, 8 a.m.2 p.m. Saturdays, Sunset Beach Elementary School, Hale'iwa. 237-8248.

Gourmet Cooking Hawaii offers ongoing hands-on and demonstration cooking classes with top island chefs in their restaurants. Choose your own chef, menu and date or join preset classes offered on Saturdays throughout the year. Complete schedule, pricing and booking information: www.gourmetcookinghawaii.com, 735-7788.

Farmers' Market, sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays, Mililani High School, in front of the gymnasium. 848-2074.

Country Market & Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Waimanalo Homestead Community Center, 1330 Kalaniana'ole Highway. 259-5349.

Open Market, with a farmers' market, arts and crafts, flowers and plants, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, He'eia State Park. 948-1111.

Farmers' Market, fruits and vegetables, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Hawaii Kai Towne Center. 396-0766.

Culinary Tour of Chinatown, visit noodle shops, dim-sum parlors, food courts, bakeries and other food venues in downtown Honolulu with food writer Anthony Chang, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 42 N. King St.; $10. 533-3181.

Fresh Mondays, locally grown produce with free food samples, noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Kaiser Nanikeola clinic lobby; repeats 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays. 432-2270.

Waikiki Farmers' Market, fruits, vegetables, musubi and chow mein, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Waikiki Community Center's parking lot. 923-1802.

Merriman's Farm Visits and Dinner, half-day excursions to Big Island farms that supply the restaurant, followed by a four-course dinner prepared from locally grown ingredients, noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Merriman's Restaurant, Waimea, Big Island; $115 (all-inclusive). Reservations: (808) 885-6822.

Wrath of Grapes, weekly wine tastings with pupu, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine; $20 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 521-2900.

Send announcements, with contact name and phone number, to: Culinary Calendar, Island Life, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; fax 525-8055; islandlife@honoluluadvertiser.com, with "Cul Cal" in the subject line.