Celebrity drink wiz is pouring
Fans of celebrity drink-mixer Francesco Lafranconi can catch him in action behind the bar at the Halekulani's Lewers Lounge on July 4.
Lafranconi, director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, will be giving classic cocktails a tropical twist, to create a Manhattan with Hibiscus Syrup, Julep with Mango, Bourbon Sour with Passion Fruit, Old Fashioned with Ginger and Pineapple, Bronx with Poha Berry Jam and Harvey Wallbanger with Calamansi. Call 923-2311.
Also, at the Halekulani on the Fourth, House Without a Key presents a Sunset Kiawe Grill from 5 to 8:30 p.m., with a choice of ribs, steak, Cajun-spiced chicken, Firecracker Shrimp and Angus hamburgers. Cost is $23. No reservations taken.
Gordon Biersch turns to summer
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is introducing its summer beer, the Sommergold Kölsch, with a menu of specialties to match.
Both will be available through Aug. 3.
The Sommergold is a light, dry pale ale with a hint of fruitiness. Chef David Saccomanno's Sommergold menu includes a Shrimp and Crab Tower appetizer, Prime Burger, Garlic Filet Mignon, Herb-Roasted Half Chicken, Grilled Vegetable Pasta and a special dessert taster. Call 599-4877.
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Dessert tasters of cheesecake, fudge cake, berry trifle, carrot cake or chocolate peanut butter pie are on the Gordon Biersch summer menu.
Hiroshi brings back kaiseki
Chef Hiroshi Fukui has another Contemporary Kaiseki dinner planned for Thursday, with seatings available after 7:45 p.m. at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas in Restaurant Row.
His 10-course menu of seasonal specialties includes Aqua Pazza (clam, calamari and weke in broth over black rice), Torched Moi Sashimi, Pan-Seared Sous Vide Organic Chicken, Rib Eye Steak "Chili Moco" and Shigureni Beef Chazuke.
Cost is $75, $100 with wine pairings. Call 533-4476.
Vino uncorks nebbiolo event
Vino in Restaurant Row turns the spotlight on the Italian wine nebbiolo at a wine dinner Saturday.
Chef Keith Endo's menu features portobello-mushroom pizza (with 2001 Damilano Barolo "Cannubi"), Moroccan Seared Duck (1998 Sottimano Barbaresco "Fausoni"), Panko Crusted Beef (1999 Pira Boschis Barolo "Vita Nuova") and Gorgonzola Latte Stuffed Fresh Figs.
Cost is $75. Call 533-4476.