BOOKS FOR COOKS
'By Request' cookbook debuts this weekend
"By Request: The Search for Hawaii's Greatest Recipes,"
based on the Star-Bulletin's weekly cooking column, hits bookstores this weekend. The official book launch is Saturday at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival on the Honolulu Civic Center grounds, where writer Betty Shimabukuro will sign books from noon to 1 p.m.
More book signings this month: April 29 at Borders Pearlridge (noon) and Borders Waikele (2 p.m.); April 30 at Borders Ward Centre (2 p.m.).
The cookbook, published by Mutual Publishing, will sell for $13.95.
Check out the fare at the fair
Whatever attracts you to the Iolani Fair-- the games, the auction, the fun-fun-fun -- don't forget the food. Hawaiian and Korean plate lunches, smoked turkey legs, homemade kim chee, you name it, they'll have it. Local chefs will also be there, at the gourmet food booth hosting demonstrations. The schedule:
Friday: Sam Choy, making Shrimp Cake on Orzo Pasta, 5:30 p.m.; and Don Maruyama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi bar, with Braised Shortribs and Thai Curry Sauce, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Chen Qiao of Seafood Village with Minute Chicken Fried Rice, 1 p.m.; Ronnie Nasuti of Roy's (he's still thinking about his dish), 5:30 p.m.; and Lance Kosaka of Alan Wong's with Grilled Pizza, 7 p.m.
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Maui brewery wins in global competition
Maui Brewing Co. won two medals at last week's World Beer Cup, an international competition held in Seattle by the Brewers' Association.
Maui Brewing (formerly Fish and Game Brewing Co. & Rotisserie) won a gold medal for its CoCoNut Porter and a bronze medal for its Red Cock Doppel Bock -- the only awards given to a Hawaii brewery.
The competition covered 85 categories of beer. The porter, made with local coconut, won the category of Herb and Spice Beer out of 52 entries (there were also categories for Fruit and Vegetable Beers, Coffee-Flavored Beers and Experimental Beers). The bock was entered among 27 beers in the German Style Strong Bock category out of 27 entries.
Maui Brewing's beers are produced in Kahana, Maui, and served at its brewpub.
The World Beer Cup, held every two years, drew 2,221 entries from 540 breweries in 56 countries.
TV food challenge heading to Big Island
"Food Network Challenge" will tape three shows at the Big Island's Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, bringing professional chefs to town to fling knives, carve fruit sculptures and luau their way to a $10,000 prize.
Shows to be taped May 16 to 18 are the "Flying Knives Challenge" that capitalizes on chopping skills and knife "flair"; the "Fruit Sculpture Challenge" aimed at crating a tropical paradise of fruit; and "Hawaiian Luau Challenge," which will include Hawaii chefs Sam Choy and Beverly Gannon in a race to create an imu centerpiece, plus innovative side dishes.
"Food Network Challenge" is a weekly competition that sets goals such as making an Elvis cake or an "Incredible Edible Mansion." New episodes air on Sundays.
Filming will take place each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 200 people can be accommodated in the audience at a time. Call the concierge at the resort, (808) 930-4900, to hold a spot.
CAN you help?
Hawaii Foodbank's annual food drive takes place Saturday at shopping centers throughout Oahu. Bring donations of canned goods to these locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Restaurant Row, Koko Marina, McCully Shopping Center, Pearl City Shopping Center, Town Center of Mililani, Waianae Mall, Windward City Shopping Center and Waiokeola Congregational Church in Kahala.
Many sites will be offering entertainment all day.
The Foodbank Cruise begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Toys R Us parking lot in Pearlridge. Cruise in your car to Restaurant Row and bring a box of canned goods.
COURTESY AIWANA ARTISTS & EDUCATION COORDINATION
Cupiit Yurartet, a traditional dance group from Alaska, will make several appearances on Oahu: noon Friday at the Iolani Fair, noon Sunday at Ward Warehouse, and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival at Honolulu Hale. The group will also perform at Kauai Community College at 10:30 a.m. Saturday as part of Culture & Diversity Week. The group of 20, ages 2 to 70, plays drums, sings and dances to music passed to Cupiit Yurartet through generations of composers within family lines. Their performances include lessons from the songs and short stories about the culture.