Opus One, the elegant offering of Robert Mondavi and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, will be the centerpiece of "Top Hats & Diamonds," a wine dinner to be held May 2 at Morton's, the Steakhouse Honolulu.
Chef Reid Fukumoto's menu includes Broiled Sea Scallops with Apricot Chutney (with Domaine Carneros Brut 2002), Oysters Topped with Caviar (with Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1995), Lobster Bisque (with Mondavi's Chardonnay Huichicha Hills 2001 and Louis Jadot Meursault Chardonnay 2003), Salmon with a Pinot Noir Reduction (with Mondavi's Pinot Noir Reserve 2002 and Louis Jadot Pommard Pinot Noir 2001) and the showcase Filet Diane with Sautéed Mushrooms (with Opus One 2002 and Sassacaia 2002). Dessert will be crème brûlée, served with Taylor Fladgate 20-Year-Old Porto.
Cost is $195. Call 949-1300.
Battle of the grapes
Master sommelier Roberto Viernes hosts "Shiraz vs. Syrah: Same Grape, Different Countries, Worlds Apart," 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Formaggio.
Three matches will be set up between wines that will be tasted side by side to determine a "winner and a whiner." Clape Cornas goes against Samuel's Gorge Shiraz, Jasmin Cote Rotie against Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz, and Allemand Cornas Sans Suphre against Shirvington Shiraz.
The tasting is part of the WinED events at the restaurant. Cost is $59. Call 739-7719.
PHONE BOOK CONTEST
Call to keiki: Submit your art
The deadline for Hawaiian Telcom Oahu Yellow Pages Keiki Art Contest is coming up fast. About 100 pieces of art, based on the theme "The Meaning of Ohana," will be selected to appear in the 2006-07 Oahu Yellow Pages.
The contest is open to keiki artists from Oahu schools, kindergarten through 12th grade.
Cash awards of $50 to $100 will go to the chosen artists, and each school with a first-place winner will receive $400. All participants will also be entered into drawing for a family vacation on Maui.
Works may be created with color pens, pencils, crayons, chalk, watercolor or acrylic. Entries must be postmarked by May 5 and mailed to Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages, Keiki Art Contest, c/o Communications Pacific, 745 Fort St., Penthouse, Honolulu, HI 96813. For entry forms, visit www.htyellowpages.com or call Yoko Cobile at 543-3510.
Cross-cultural perspectives on addictions to be covered
Cross-cultural perspectives and research findings on alcohol and other addictions will be explored at the 2006 Hawaii Addictions Conference from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Queen's Conference Center, 510 S. Beretania St.
Among guest speakers will be Dr. Joseph Westermeyer, chief of psychiatry at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center and professor at the University of Minnesota, discussing "Patterns of Alcohol Use and Recovery Across Cultures."
Dr. Raul Caetano, professor of epidemiology and assistant dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston School of Public Health, Dallas, will discuss "Differences in Drinking, Alcohol Dependence and Treatment Across Ethnic Groups in the United States."
"Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Native Hawaiians: Effects Through the Lifespan" will be discussed by Dr. Deborah Goebert, associate professor of psychiatry, Iwalani Else, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Stephanie Nishimura, instructor of psychiatry, all at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Others speaking will be:
» Dr. Linda Chang, UH professor of medicine, discussing "Neuroimaging: A Means of Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders."
» Drs. William Haning, III, associate professor of psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Program director, and Barry Carlton, associate dean of psychiatry, both at the UH medical school, will discuss different facets of "Methampethamine: Natural History and Treatment-Assisted Recovery."
» Caetano, Goebert and Drs. Gary Drouillard and James Berry, addiction psychiatry residents at the UH medical school, will discuss "Alcohol & Other Addictions: A Cross-Cultural Perspective."
The conference is presented by the Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, for physicians, psychologists, treatment counselors, nurses and social workers.
FilCom offering free hepatitis screenings
Free hepatitis B and C screenings and other health assessments, information, entertainment and free food will be provided at a Hawaii Community Health Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 at the Filipino Community (FilCom) Center in Waipahu.
The Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii is sponsoring the event with the American Liver Foundation, Hawaii Chapter, Hepatitis Support Network of Hawaii and other organizations as part of the Filipino Centennial Celebration and National Hepatitis Awareness Month.
"One in 10 of the more than 100,000 Filipinos in Hawaii who were born in the Philippines have chronic hepatitis B, and most of them do not know it because the disease has no symptoms," said Dr. Rosalo Paeste, president of the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii, according to a news release.
She said chronic hepatitis can result in liver cancer, which can take 20 to 30 years to develop, "so this health fair offers the opportunity for many to be tested for free so that appropriate management can begin." Liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths among Chinese, Filipino and Hawaiian men, according to "Hawaii Cancer Facts & Figures, 2003-2004."
Speakers at the health fair will discuss such health concerns as high blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis, kidney disease, Hansen's disease, mental health issues, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, cancer and tobacco and drug use.
Physicians will be available to talk to families.
Other organizations participating in the fair include the Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii, state Department of Health, OPIVITA, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Waipahu Family Health Center and West Oahu Hope for Cure Foundation.
For more information or to volunteer for the event, call Ken Akinaka at 221-6204 or e-mail KenAkinaka@idlinks.com.
Arthritis Foundation schedules 1-mile walks
Three 1-mile mall walks are planned in May by the Arthritis Foundation to raise funds for education, research and programs, including a juvenile arthritis residential camp.
Registration will be at 7:30 a.m., and walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 6 at Pearlridge Shopping Center, Uptown; May 7 at Windward City Shopping Center; and May 13 at the Aloha Tower Market Place.
No registration fee is required, but participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more and receive the official 2006 Arthritis Walk T-shirt.
The foundation is looking for people to form walk teams with five or more people pledged to raise money. To register, call 596-2900 or register online at www.arthritis.org.