Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: (800) 255-7227, 24-hour live assistance daily through Monday. Online: www.fosterfarms.com.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: (800) 323-4848, a home economist will take your call, 4 a.m.-4 p.m. through today; 2 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow; 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Dec. 23. Online: www.butterball.com.
USDA Hotline Meat and Poultry Hotline: (800)-535-4555, for food-safety questions, 5 a.m. to noon weekdays all year; 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Center for Food Safety hot line: Recorded information, (800)-332-4010 anytime.
Land O Lakes Holiday Bakeline: (800)-782-9606, experts available 4a.m.-2 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Online: www.landolakes.com.
Campbell Soup Leftover Hotline: Talk to a real person about using up leftovers, (888)-453-3868, 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Recorded info 24 hours daily through Dec. 31. Online: www.campbellkitchen.com/leftovers.cfm.
Products are screened for quality and suitability. Food items are stressed, but some gift items created from agricultural products will be included. To be placed on a mailing list, call 875-0475 or fax 879-1283. Tickets will be sold at Maui locations in April and will be $8 in advance; $10 at the gate. The event is a scholarship fund-raiser for Maui Community College agriculture & food service programs.
New direction for Diamond Head Grill: David Reardon debuts as executive chef of the Diamond Head Grill in a benefit dinner Dec. 1.
Reardon is taking over the elegant restaurant opened in the Colony Surf hotel by David Paul Johnson in March of 1998. Johnson's management contract is running out and will not be renewed by the hotel's new managers, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, which has changed the hotel's name to W Honolulu. Johnson will return to his Maui restaurant after serving his last meal at the Diamond Head Grill Nov. 30.
Reardon, who comes from the Orchid at Maunalani, has designed the menu around regional Hawaii cuisine, blending Asian, European, American and Polynesian styles.
The gala begins at 6 p.m. and will feature appearances by the stars of "Baywatch Hawaii," dancing and jazz.
Proceeds benefit America's Promise Hawaii and its programs to mentor and support Hawaii's youth. Tickets are $100 per person. A $200 ticket includes a penthouse reception. Corporate tables for six, including the reception, are $1,500. Call 922-1700; ask for Aulii Chung