Myra Conant package almond cookies for sale at last year's Iolani Fair.
Iolani Fair will feature delicious fare
This week's Iolani Fair -- along with the games, Xtreme amusements and entertainment -- features some upscale cooking demonstrations in the Le Gourmet booth.
Friday's demonstrations: 12:30 p.m., Henry Adaniya of Hank's Haute Dogs (Truffle Mac & Cheese); 5:15 p.m., D.K. Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar; 7:15 p.m., Sean Priester of Top of Waikiki.
Saturday's demonstrations: 5:15 p.m., Gran Streng of Tango; 7:15 p.m., Ronnie Nasuti of Roy's.
The Le Gourmet booth will be selling Spam Dogs from Hank's and the usual specialties such as Spicy Bul Go Gi Wrap and Red Velvet Cupcakes. Other fair food booths will be selling such fair favorites as Portuguese bean soup, malasadas and barbecue chicken.
Fair hours are noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The school is at 563 Kamoku St. Call 943-2339 or visit www.iolani.org.
Betty Shimabukuro is on vacation. Her column returns next Wednesday.
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Fundraiser in Aiea has it all
The 5th annual "An Evening in Aiea," a night filled with culinary entres, desserts and premier wines, plus live music and a silent auction, takes place Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran School.
The fun runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school at 98-1098 Moanalua Road, where guests will enjoy specialties cooked up by Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar, Gordon Biersch, Thai Kitchen, Da Spot, The Poke Stop and Pastry House, with wines provided by SWAM (Shiroma's Wine and More).
There will be music by Annette Alcos Oasay and Saffiah in addition to the silent auction offering vacation packages, restaurant gift certificates and admissions to family and cultural events.
Tickets are $50 general (includes admission, food and beverages) and $25 for the children's kids zone, featuring games, movie and pizza.
For tickets, call 488-0000 or e-mail email@example.com.
Leeward farms star at dinner
Chef Alan Wong has created a menu featuring products and produce from farms on the Leeward side of Oahu for the next Farmer Dinner Series from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 23.
Selections will include the North Shore Cattle Co.'s 100 percent grass-fed beef, Twin Bridge Farms asparagus, Ma'o Farms greens, Nozawa Farms corn and Waialua Chocolate from Dole.
Cost is $75 per person; $105 with wine. Reserve at 949-2526.
Maui event aids conservation
Hula Grill Kaanapali, on Maui, will host a benefit dinner for the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii Marine Program to celebrate "Year of the Reef." Sustainable foods and organic wines will highlight the evening, which begins at 6 p.m. on April 25.
Nature Conservancy leaders will give a presentation about ocean conservancy while guests enjoy a five-course dinner including farm-raised shrimp dumplings in coconut broth, limu cucumber and Maui Onion salad, and poke with Kona Blue Kampachi. Best of all, there will be chocolate for dessert!
Cost is $75 per person. Reservations recommended due to limited seating. Call (808) 667-6636.