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Web auction aids Life Foundation
Oahu Dines allows you to treat yourself to dinner out while doing good for the Life Foundation at the same time. The event is still a couple of weeks away, but until then you can exercise your charitability through an online auction.
Among the many items up for bid: a pupu party for 10 at Big City Diner, dinner for two at Hoku's, Kate Spade champagne glasses and bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut champagne, three Isabella Fiore purses, autographed celebrity memorabilia and a host of restaurant gift certificates.
Bid through Feb. 27, the date of Oahu Dines.
So about that: 25 restaurants will offer a portion of that day's proceeds to support the Life Foundation's programs to fight AIDS in Hawaii and the Pacific.
Platinum Plate Sponsors that have agreed to donate a minimum of $1,500 are Big City Diner at Ward Center, Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua and Diamond Head Market and Grill.
To bid in the auction or for a list of other participating restaurants, visit www.oahudines.org. Call 521-2437.
Love a puff
Beard Papa shops are offering a special Valentine's Day cream puff, available only through tomorrow. Pick a puff filled with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or caramel custard, topped with dark chocolate or pink chocolate ganache. They sell for $2.25 each.
Chefs team up for Assets School
A baker's dozen of Oahu chefs will provide the menu for "A Passage to Paradise: Nurturing Our Garden," a benefit for Assets School on Feb. 29 at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Among those lending their cooking talents Bill Bruhl of Blu Water Grill, Fred De Angelo of Ola, Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop, Eric Leterc of the Pacific Club, Ernest Limcaco of Y. Hata, JJ Luangkhot of JJ's Bistro, Toshiyuki Sasajima of Nobu Waikiki, Gran Streng of Tango Contemporary Caf and Alan Takasaki of Le Bistro.
The event, from 6 to 10 p.m., includes a silent auction. Tickets are $150. Call 440-8440 or visit www.assets-school.net.
Cooking demo on healing herbs
A specialist in Chinese herbs will demonstrate dishes that incorporate healing herbs at Saturday's Hilo Chinese New Year Festival.
Using lily flower, silver-ear fungus, Solomon seal, black fungus and astragalus, Leon Letoto will prepare Phoenix Soaring in the Clouds soup, Danggui Chicken Steamed with Papaya and Three-Mushroom and Celery Stir-Fry.
Letoto, with the White Cloud Chamber of the Hawaii Foundation for Chinese Culture & Arts, will also discuss cooking techniques and maintaining a balanced diet.
Instructors and students from Hawaii Community College's Culinary Arts program will pitch in with lessons on preparing Chinese chicken salad and a Hilo Manapua.
The 11:30 a.m. cooking session is part of an all-day celebration at Kalakaua Park. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (808) 933-9772, visit www.poshfestivals.com.