Wednesday, May 25, 2005



Foodbank benefit

A collection of chefs from top Oahu restaurants will cook together at a dinner on Friday benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank.

The event, "Great Chefs Fight Hunger," takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Restaurant Row.

Participating restaurants: Alan Wong's, Chai's Island Bistro, Halekulani, Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, Ihilani Resort & Spa, Mariposa, Roy's Restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Side Street Inn, Sunset Grill and 3660 on the Rise. Nalo Farms will also participate.

Wines, ales and martinis will be served.

Tickets are $65, available through Ticketmaster at (877) 750-4400 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

All money raised will go toward the foodbank's efforts to feed more than 118,000 people statewide each week.

Farm tour

Two chefs from the Hilton Hawaiian Village will lead a tour of North Shore farms next week, to end with a cooking demonstration and lunch.

The "Chef Market Tour" will take place Tuesday, led by Daniel LaGarde, the resort's executive chef, and Roberto Los Banos, chef of Bali by the Sea restaurant.

The bus tour begins at the hotel's Paradise Lounge at 7 a.m., and will include Green Growers Farm in Hauula, Romy's Prawns and Shrimp Farm in Kahuku and Alluvion Farm in Haleiwa. Lunch will be at Matsuda-Fukuyama Farm.

These farms produce seafood, tomatoes, tropical fruits and nursery plants and flowers.

Cost is $75 and will be open to only 20 people. Call 947-7888. Two more tours will be offered this year, Sept. 28 and Nov. 30.

Cooking basics

Chef/instructor Grant Sato's "Cooking Fundamentals" classes continue with a series of sessions in June at Kapiolani Community College.

Classes involve a lecture, demonstration and hands-on cooking, as well as tasting of the dishes prepared.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Registration runs three weeks in advance. Call 734-9211.

Basic Knife Skills: 6 to 9 p.m. June 1 or 9 a.m. to noon June 4. Cost is $40 for the evening class; $45 for the day class.
Garnishing: 6 to 9 p.m. June 8; $45.
Salads and Dressings: 9 a.m. to noon June 11; $50.
Cooking with Beef: 6 to 9 p.m. June 15; $50.
Thai Cuisine: 8 a.m. to noon June 18; $55.
Cooking with Chicken: 6 to 9 p.m. June 22; $50
Asian 101: 8 a.m. to noon June 25; $55.

Healthy cooking

Also at KCC, personal chef Alyssa Moreau teaches a "Cooking for Health and Wellness" series, with classes on Saturdays. Cost is $43 per class. Call 734-9211.

Dipping into Summer: How to make healthy dips; 8 a.m. to noon June 4
The Joy of Soy: 8 a.m. to noon June 25
Quick and Healthy Meals: 1 to 5 p.m. July 30

Culinary Academy

The Kahala Mandarin Oriental offers a Saturday series of cooking classes as part of its Culinary Academy. All classes run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoku's restaurant.

Cost is $115 for the June classes, which are hands-on (participants also cook). July classes are demonstration only and cost $75. Multiple classes may be combined for special prices. Call 739-8780.

The Art of the Plated Dessert: Dark Chocolate Mousse, Spun Sugar Garnish, Dessert Sauces; June 4
Healthy Choices -- Lunch: Soba Noodles with Pan-Fried Onaga, homemade power bars; June 18
Wayne's World -- Fish Tales: Dishes by executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi include Whole Steamed Fillet of Fish and Ahi Poke Wayne's Way; June 25
Summer Barbecue: Baby Back Ribs, Seafood Lau Lau, Three Cabbage Slaw; July 2
Plumeria's Way: Fresh Mushroom Salad, Ono Pot Roast, Barbecued Meatloaf; July 9
Healthy Choices -- Dinner, Dessert: Beef Carpaccio, Seared Tofu with Vegetable Napoleon, Japanese Salsa, Mango Soup and Sorbet; July 16
How to Plan Your Party: Chilled Mango Soup, Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, Chicken Quesadillas; July 23
Designing Your Table: Florist Debbie Hemmingway offers tips. Lobster Salad, Goat Cheese and Grilled Vegetable Terrine; July 30


Adam Sandler: Stars in a remake of "The Longest Yard."

Movies opening this weekend:

» "The Longest Yard": The Year of the Remake continues with Adam Sandler starring as an imprisoned former pro quarterback picked to lead an inmate team in a game against the guards. Burt Reynolds, who was in the 1974 original, plays Sandler's coach. Chris Rock, Nelly, James Cromwell, William Fichtner and Steve "Stone Cold" Austin also star. (PG-13)

» "Madagascar": Following the success of "Shrek 2" and "Shark Tale," DreamWorks' latest CGI-animated feature is about a quartet of New York City zoo animals and their unexpected trip back to the wild. After being stranded on the titular island, they find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict between two opponents who want to use these new visitors for their own benefit. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith lead the voice cast. (PG)

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