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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

TASTE
Culinary calendar

Advertiser Staff

O'ahu Dines, today participating restaurants (Baci Bistro, Big City Diners, Tiki's Grill and Bar, El Charro II Mexican Seafood Restaurant, and many others) will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Life Foundation, Hawai'i's AIDS organization. For a list of restaurants visit www.oahudines.org or call 521-2437, ext. 250.

Cooking Local II: Braised Favorites, second in a series of classes by Grant Sato, an instructor with the college's Culinary Arts Program, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Kapi'olani Community College, 'Ohia 109; $55. Registration for this class and a schedule of other cooking classes: 734-9211.

Irish Beer Tasting, sample a selection of brews from Ireland,1-5 p.m. Saturday, The Wine Stop; free. 946-3707.

L&L Drive-Inn seeks contestants for the 2nd annual Corned Beef Musubi Eating Contest to be held at 10 a.m. March 17 at Kahala Mall. One male and one female will be crowned for eating the most corned beef musubi in five minutes. Register at 951-9888 by Monday.

German Wines, Elise Faur offers a class on appreciating German wines, including tastings, cheese, breads and crackers, 5:30 p.m. March 8, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, Kona, Big Island; $25. (808) 974-7531.

Big Island Beer Dinner, menu prepared by chef Jason Koppinger and paired with five Kona Brewing Co. ales and lagers, with commentary by director of brewery operations Rich Tucciarone, 6 p.m. March 9, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort's Kahalu'u Lanai; $85 including tax and tip. Reservations: (808) 322-3441.

Brews for the Big Rock, 11th annual Kona Brewers Festival, with 30 craft breweries pouring 60 types of beer and chefs from 25 Hawai'i restaurants serving food samples and entertainment, 2:30-6:30 p.m. March 11, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Big Island; tickets $40, in advance only. www.konabrewersfestival.com, (808) 331-3033.

ONGOING

Mililani High Project Grad Cookbook Sale, 6-9 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April 29, Mililani Town Center courtyard. 220-2488, 627-7747, ext. 219.

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.

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.

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. Reservations at 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, locally grown produce with free food samples, noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Kaiser Nanikeola clinic lobby; free admission. 432-2270. 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.

Aloha Friday Farmers' Market, produce, food products and entertainment, noon-6 p.m. Fridays, Maui Community College, Kahului. (808) 268-3276.

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

Gourmet Cooking Hawaii offers ongoing hands-on and demonstration cooking classes with 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.

"Two Skinny Chefs," cooking show with Beth-An Nishijima and Chai Chaowasaree, 5 p.m. Sundays, KHON-2. 585-0011.

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.