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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

QUICK BITES
Book benefits Autistic Children's Team

Advertiser Staff

Island recipes never go out of style. Who can resist a "Jiffy Fish Dish" or "Shanghai Nachos," or think of having a kid's party without "Wiki Wiki Cake" and "Pinkies"? The Autistic Children's Team has packed more than 180 local recipes into its "Autism Awareness Cookbook" published to coincide with National Autism Awareness Month in April. Contributors include parents of children with autism, teachers, health professionals and businesses. Gov. Linda Lingle shared her Snicker Fudge Brownie recipe.

The team gives emotional support and guidance to families with autistic children, and the fundraiser book honors its co-founder Joji Sano. "Autism Awareness Cookbook" costs $14. To order, call Kathy Sano at 263-8818, or write to guypatty@hawaii.rr.com.

WINE TASTING

KERMIT LYNCH COMING TO HALEKULANI

When it comes to wine, ratings be damned is the theory of Kermit Lynch, who has been educating people about obscure French wines for more than 30 years. Go for what's right with what you're eating, he advises. Lynch, who splits his time between Berkeley, Calif. (home to his famed Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant shop), and Provence, will be in town next month and joins sommeliers Kevin Toyama and Roberto Viernes in hosting a wine-tasting at the Halekulani on April 3. La Mer chef Yves Garnier gets back to his roots with French country cuisine charcuterie, cheeses, mussels, and choucroute with sausage perfect pairings for wines.

The ballroom wine tasting is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations: 931-5040, $95, includes a copy of Lynch's book "Adventures on the Wine Route," which garnered him the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year award. Valet parking at the Halekulani. (It's free, but don't forget to tip.)