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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Culinary calendar

 •  Updating french wine

SPECIAL

"FOOD FOR LIFE: EATING RIGHT FOR CANCER SURVIVAL," with chef Rebecca Woodland, a cancer survivor and author; 6:30 p.m. May 8; Castle Medical Center Wellness Auditorium; $20 ($10 for those diagnosed with cancer); reservations: 263-5400, www.castlemed.org.

BEER DINNER, featuring a European-inspired five-course dinner paired with various beers, plus the "Three Philosophers" from New York; 6 p.m. May 9; The Willows; $65, $55 for members of The Willows' Beer Club; 271-9701.

TEA IN THE GARDEN; 11 a.m.4 p.m. May 10; The Pacific Place Tea Garden, Ala Moana Center; $12.95; 944-2004.

"A SUCCESSFUL VEGETARIAN SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM: ONE MAN'S COMMITMENT," lecture and cooking demonstration with chef John Cadman; 7 p.m. May 13; Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse; free; 944-8344, info@VSH.org.

MARKETS

Farmers Market, sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau; 8-11 a.m.; Sundays; Mililani High School gymnasium; free; 848-2074.

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

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

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

Fresh Wednesdays; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays; Kaiser Waipi'o Clinic; free; 432-3100.

THE FARMERS MARKET, 100 percent natural with organic from Hawai'i; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; Waterfront Plaza; free; 237-5158.

Fresh Thursdays; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursdays; Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center; free; 432-2270.

Kailua Farmers Market, with prepared foods, such as plate dinners, pies, cookies, jams and sauces in addition to vegetables, fruits, meats, herbs and flowers; 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; Kailua Town Center parking garage (behind Longs Drugs on Kailua Road); free; 848-2074.

Fort Street Open Market, produce, plants, flowers, and arts and crafts; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fridays and Tuesdays; Wilcox Park (in front of Macy's); free; 441-4995.

Fresh Fridays, locally grown produce, healthy cooking demonstrations, educational information on disease prevention through good nutrition, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Fridays; Kaiser Honolulu Clinic; free; 432-2000.

Aloha Friday Farmers Market, produce, food products and entertainment, 12-6 p.m.; Fridays; Maui Community College; Kahului; free; 808-268-3276.

Farmers Market, cooking demonstrations, produce, meats, seafood and flowers; 7:30-11 a.m.; Saturdays; Kapi'olani Community College, Parking Lot C; free; 848-2074.

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

Waialua Farmers Market, produce, herbs, fruit, flowers and huli-huli chicken; 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays; Old Waialua Sugar Mill; 637-8589.

TOURS, TASTINGS & CLASSES

Matthew Gray's Hawaii Food Tours offers three guided restaurant tours Hole-in-the Wall, Hawaiian Feast and Gourmet Trilogy in and around Honolulu; daily; $99, $149 and $199; reservations: 926-3663, www.HawaiiFoodTours.com.

Vanilla Experience Luncheon, complimentary ice cream and coffee service; 12 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; The Vanilla Mill; Pa'auilo, Big Island; free; 808-776-1771, 877-771-1771.

Merriman's Farm Visits and Dinner, half-day excursions to two Big Island farms that supply the restaurant, followed by a four-course dinner prepared from locally grown ingredients; 2:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; Merriman's Restaurant; Waimea, Big Island; $155 (all inclusive); reservations: 808-331-8505.

Raisin d'Etre wine dinner, different wines featured each week; 6:15 p.m. Mondays; Brasserie Du Vin; $69; reservations: 545-1115.

Wrath of Grapes wine club offers tastings of featured vendors and pupu; 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Cask Room, Brasserie Du Vin; $20 plus tax and tip; reservations: 545-1115.

pau hana wine and cheese tasting; 4-8 p.m. second and third Fridays of the month; The Wine Stop; free; 946-3707.

A Cook's Tour of Chinatown, Walter Rhee leads a tour of Downtown markets: learn about meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices; 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays; meet near Hawaii National Bank between King and Smith streets; $20. Also, Rhee leads a tour of Chinatown eateries; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays; meet at same location; $69; reservations: 391-1550.

Complimentary wine tastings, with different themes every week; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; The Wine Stop; free; 946-3707.

Pacific Gourmet Cooking Classes, learn cooking techniques and recipes, explore flavors of world cuisines and meet others with similar interests; complete schedule and prices of classes offered at 3245 Pali Highway at www.pacificgourmethawaii.com.

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

TV SHOW

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

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