Choy helps 'foodie' put on luau for TV
"Dinner: Impossible" host Robert Irvine was given eight hours to put on a full luau -- pig-in-the-imu included. He had help, though, from local chef Sam Choy.
Witness the results when the made-in-Hawaii episode of "Dinner: Impossible" debuts at 8 tonight on the Food Network, repeating at 11 p.m.
The show was filmed on the Big Island, with Irvine learning to dig an imu and tie off lau lau, pound poi and make poke, among many other luau tasks.
Taste martinis to help the JCC
Martinis are on the menu at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce's tasting event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Hau Terrace at the Halekulani.
Cost is $65; must be age 21 or older.
Better Brands will pour such trendy drinks as Ocean Vodka Caipiroska, Finlandia Grapefruit Citrus-Tini and Stoli Double Blueberi Martini.
Drinks will be served with finger foods such as Toasted Foccacia with Boursin Pesto Mousse, Scallops Wrapped in Bacon and Barbecue Spiced Chicken Skewers.
Call 949-5531 or register online at www.honolulujapanesechamber.org by Feb. 21.
Or raise money by drinking wine
If wine is more your cocktail of choice, try Grape Escape 2008, a benefit for Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation and the American Diabetes Association of Hawaii.
The tasting will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gentry Pacific Design Center, and will include a silent auction and heavy pupus by A Matter of Taste.
Tickets are $55, available through http://alphagamhawaii.net/Grape/grapeescapetickets2008.htm
Call 497-9404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kailua Elementary sells imu space
Kailua Elementary is opening up an imu on March 14, and is offering space inside for anyone with a craving for kalua pork, turkey or smoky sweet potatoes.
To participate, purchase a spot in the imu, then pack thawed, seasoned food in a large disposable aluminum tray and wrap well in heavy foil (25-pound limit). Drop off trays at the school from 3 to 4 p.m. March 14 and pick up the next morning.
Cost per tray is $12, to benefit a fourth-grade trip to the Big Island.
Make checks payable to Kailua Elementary School and send to the school, 315 Kuulei Road, Kailua 96734. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope for a confirmation ticket. Write IMU in the lower left corner of the envelope.
Mail-in deadline is March 7.
Call 728-7389 or 389-2173.
Cooking classes offered at KCC
Kapiolani Community College offers these classes in March. To register call 734-9211.
Braising and Poaching: Chef Grant Sato explains low-heat cooking methods for meat and fish; 8 a.m. to noon March 1. Cost is $60.
Tapas: Chef Laura Gershuni covers Spanish-style pupus, including paella and garlic shrimp with romesco sauce; 1 to 5 p.m. March 1. Cost is $60.
Mezze -- Small Plates from the Mediterranean: Chef Magdy Elzoheiry offers dishes from Greece to Turkey to Egypt, including gambari (grilled shrimp), kufta (seasoned meatballs), boreks (small pastries filled with cheeses and herbs), baba ganoush (eggplant dip) and hummus; 8 a.m. to noon March 8. Cost is $55.
Cleansing, Detoxing and Rejuvenating: Chef Leslie Ashburn explains natural foods that cleanse the body and provide energy; 1 to 5 p.m. March 8. Cost is $48.
Roasting: Techniques for preparing entres; 8 a.m. to noon March 15. Cost is $60.
Mexican Barbacoa: Chef Adriana Torres demonstrates cooking techniques from northern Mexico's vaquero (cowboy) country, covering choriqueso (grilled spicy sausages with cheese), carne asada (marinated flank steak) -- paired with micheladas (spiced Mexican beer); 1 to 5 p.m. March 15. Cost is $60.
Tasty Tidbits -- Tofu:
Janet Simmons and Peggy Nihipali explain how to use tofu for meals and snacks, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kahuku Public & School Library, on Kahuku High and Intermediate School campus, 56-490 Kamehameha Highway. Free; samples included. Call 293-8935.
Lean, Low Sodium and Scrumptious: Dietician Masako Matsunaga offers a class and tasting of dishes low in salt, fat and cholesterol, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Frear Cafeteria, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, 226 North Kuakini St. Cost is $30. Call 566-3780.
KING MICHEL CONCERTS
The funk warriors of War play at Pipeline Cafe next Thursday night. Lonnie Jordan, third from right, is the only original member still with the band.
Tickets on sale for War concerts
A longtime favorite with local music fans, the SoCal funk-soul band War was a big hit at the inaugural 2006 Diamond Head International Music Festival. So, in association with the festival, the group returns to the islands for shows next Thursday on Oahu and this Friday on Maui.
War was the first and most successful crossover act to fuse rock, jazz, Latin and R&B.
The band brings a "war chest" of classic hits, including "Spill the Wine," "Cisco Kid," "Summer," "The World is a Ghetto," "Low Rider," "All Day Music" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
The lone original member, singer-keyboardist Lonnie Jordan, is joined by saxophonist Fernando Harkless, guitarist-singer Stuart Ziff, harmonica player-singer Mitch Kashmar, bassist Pancho Tomaselli, drummer Sal Rodriguez and percussionist Marcos Reyes.
Tickets for next Thursday's 8 p.m. show at Pipeline Cafe, 805 Pohukaina St., are $35; $60 VIP -- with a percentage of proceeds going to the Crater Festival. Tickets are available at the club's box office, Blaisdell box office and Ticketmaster outlets. Call 591-2211 or 589-1999.
Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, concert at the Castle Theater are $35, $45 and $55, available at the MACC box office. Call (808) 242-7469.
Workshops teach Japanese art form
Learn the art of shippoyaki, or Japanese enameling, in workshops Friday and Saturday at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
Cloisonne artist Kazuko Inomata will show how to make ornamental pieces including earrings and pendants.
Class times are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cost is $25; $20 for JCCH members. Call 945-7633 or e-mail email@example.com.
Waialua library hosts local authors
Caren Loebel-Fried, author of "Lono and the Magic Land Beneath the Sea," is among the authors to be featured at the 11th Annual Author's Night, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Waialua Public Library.
Fried will describe how she researched and refined her method of illustration for her new book.
Other authors include City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz ("Puka Guide: 100 Hawaiian-style Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants"), Mavis Hall ("An Offering of Rice") and Jim Little ("Growing Plumerias in Hawaii").
The event kicks off with a pupu reception and ends with a book sale. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library. Call 637-8286 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
» Tickets are now on sale for the band War, scheduled to appear next Thursday at the Pipeline Cafe. This article originally said the concert would be tonight. Tickets are $35 and $60. Call 591-2211 or 589-1999.