Wednesday, August 28, 1996

Taste Mediterranean

Intensely aromatic spicings are the signature of Matthew Kenney, who brings the award-winning flair of Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisines to Hilton in Hawaii.

A prix-fixe dinner tomorrow through Tuesday at Bali-by-the-Sea restaurant features rare lamb loin prepared with hot chile, toasted cardamom, ground pepper and fresh cilantro; then drizzled with mint chutney and served with green herb risotto.

Kenney is chef/owner of Matthew's restaurant and Bar Anise in New York City. Food & Wine magazine named him a Best New Chef in America.

Kenney will also be at Donatoni's restaurant, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Sept. 7. Bali will feature his prix-fixe menus through Sept. 14.

For reservations, call 941-BALI or, on the Big Island, 885-1234, Ext. 54.

Also on the table

Aunty May cooks: May Watanabe demonstrates recipes from her book, "Aunty May's Amazingly Healthy Recipes," from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at Honolulu Book Shops, Ala Moana. Her recipes reduce the fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar content of favorite local and American dishes. A book signing will follow.

Tequila!: It's more than frat party sauce. And Compadres will prove it at its annual Tequilafest! running Sept. 1 through 16 and showcasing tequila's versatility as a cooking ingredient.

Among chef Chache Navarro recipes featuring tequila will be Tequila Shrimp Salad, Pollo Borracho (grilled chicken) and Chocolate Tequila Flan.

Call 591-8307 for details.

Taro, taro, taro: The Urban Garden Center puts taro on the table from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 7, with volunteers on hand to talk about the harvesting and preparation of the Hawaiian staple. The UGC currently plants more than 70 varieties of taro, and volunteers will be on hand to answer home planting questions. The UGC is at 962 Second Street in Pearl City. Also, learn to grow taro in your back yard 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call 453-6050.

By Catherine Kekoa Enomoto, Star-Bulletin

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