Dine out for hurricane relief
If you're considering dining out this week, the day to do it is Wednesday, dubbed "Dine for America," a nationwide effort to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
A total of 15,271 U.S. restaurants, including 44 in Hawaii, have signed on. They will donated a portion of the day's proceeds or the sales from a particular menu item to the American Red Cross.
Participating locally are Alan Wong's, Auntie Pasto's, Big City Diner, Buca di Beppo, Cafe Laufer, Compadres, Dixie Grill, Eggs 'N Things, Grand Cafe & Bakery, Gyotaku, Hong Kong Harborview, Hot Dog on a Stick in Hilo and Kaneohe, Hula Grill in Waikiki and Lahaina, Kincaid's, L'Uraku, Ocean Club, Old Spaghetti Factory, Palomino, Pineapple Room, Red Lobster, Roy's five island locations, Ryan's, Sizzler, Shanghai Bistro, Tiki's, Tony Roma's and Yummy Yummy. On Kauai, Keoki's Paradise; on Maui, Kimo's and Leilani's on the Beach; on the Big Island, Korner Pocket; on Lanai, Henry Clay's and Hotel Lanai.
Call the Hawaii Restaurant Association, 944-9105.
Reisling is the wine of the month at the Hanohano Room at the Sheraton Waikiki. In a celebration of Oktoberfest, the German wine will be featured in a tasting seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, then in a five-course wine dinner Oct. 20.
Cost of the tasting, led by general manager Keith Mallini, is $35. The dinner is $80. Call 921-4600.
Today's benefit dinner at Auntie Pasto's new Kunia restaurant has been canceled.
The restaurant had planned to celebrate its grand opening with a fund-raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but the foundation was unable to coordinate the benefit due to conflicts with other events.
The official opening of Auntie Pasto's is Tuesday, with dinner served from 5 p.m. Call 732-7733.
News folk get silly and sassy
You've read their articles; you've seen them on the news. Now join Pamela Young, Christine Strobel, Bob Jones, Cathy Cruz and many more from the broadcast and print media community as they present a a night of satire, "Gridion 2005: Return of the Gridi."
The 8 p.m. performances on Oct. 21 and 22 at Diamond Head Theatre will feature a cast from the Honolulu's daily and weekly newspapers, television and radio stations, parodying everyone and everything in the headlines from the year.
Tickets are $45 and $55, to benefit the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter. Call 550-8457 or visit honoluluboxoffice.com.