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Dining around the islands
Plenty alohaSam Choy's Diamond Head hosts a fund-raiser for Ronald McDonald Charities of Hawaii, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
"A Big Taste of Aloha, A Plateful of Love" includes a carving station serving braised pork belly, prime rib and leg of lamb; make-to-order poke; poached salmon and "torched" moi.
Cost is $85. Call 973-5683, ext. 240 or 239.
Wining, dining at Indigo
Coming up at Indigo Eurasian Cuisine (call 521-2900 for reservations):
Harvest Wine Dinner: Alan Suzuki, regional sales manager for Robert Mondavi, hosts a four-course dinner, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Chef Glenn Chu's menu includes Crisp-Skinned Miso Salmon (with 2001 Pinot Noir "Napa Valley"), Pork Braised in White Balsamic (2003 "Private Selection" Johannisberg Riesling), Braised Oxtail with Ewa Plains Onions (Merlot Carneros 1999 and Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa Valley"), Baked Berries with Ricotta and Walnuts (Moscato d'Oro 2003). Cost is $68; reservation deadline is noon Oct. 8.
Wrath of Grapes: Indigo's Tuesday wine club features Spanish night this week and the Laetitia wines of California on Sept. 28. Tastings begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $20, including pupus.
Pizza perfectCalifornia Pizza Kitchen is searching the nation for a kid-designed pizza to be sold at the restaurant chain to benefit various children's hospitals.
The CPKids Most Creative Pizza Contest invites children age 6 to 13 to submit topping and sauce combinations for their ideal pizzas. Adventurous flavor combinations are encouraged -- peanut butter and jelly, perhaps, or macaroni and cheese, corn dogs, spaghetti, chicken fingers ...
The winning pizza will be featured on the CPK menu for up to a year, with proceeds of up to $100,000 from sales going to hospitals nationwide.
Entries will be judged on taste, creativity of ingredients and recipe name, aesthetic appeal and clarity of the description.
Enter by Friday through the Web site www.cpk.com.
Oyster-ifficDixie Grill has added an oyster bar to close out its annual Bar-b-que Fest. Raw oysters from New Zealand and British Columbia will be featured, along with Down 'n' Dirty Oyster Shooters and Voodoo Bar-b-Que Oysters.
The oyster bar will be available on Saturday only, starting at noon. Call 596-8359 (Ward Avenue) or 485-CRAB (Aiea).
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Easter Seals youth exhibit on display"Ku'o Ko'a: Independence" is an exhibition of work by students in the Easter Seals Youth Services Program, on view Friday through Oct. 29 in the upper lobby of 1132 Bishop St. A reception will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Original work and reproductions will be sold to benefit Easter Seals Hawaii. Call 599-5009.
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