The sweetest day of the year has arrived, with the return of Dessert Fantasy Sunday at the Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom.
You've got a crack at 40 different confections including Agnes Bake Shop's malassadas, Cliquo's bittersweet Cappuccino Cups and Kincaid's Burnt Cream from 1 to 3 p.m. for $20 admission ($15 tax deductible). Dessert fans paying $100 for two ($90 tax-deductible) may sample champagne and pupu also, from noon to 1 p.m.
The event benefits the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. Call 538-6789.
Do-Ahead Pupus: Guest chef Marty Drew from the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel will present treats for the holiday table including Chicken Liver Brandy Pate, Kalua Pork Lumpia and Basil Macadamia Nut-Seared Tenderloin. Session runs 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, JMD Educational Center, 99-1269 Iwaena St.; $38. Register at 956-8400. Refer to course No. S7314.
Classes and demos
Cancellation: "Christmas Candies for Gift Giving," a class slated for Nov. 9 at Lyon Arboretum, has been cancelled. Call 988-7378.
More Seafood Ideas: Chef Tony Ramos of the recently reopened Pat's at Punalu'u Restaurant presents a cooking demonstration/sampling, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at Kapiolani Community College 'Ohi'a 118; $27.50. On the menu will be paella, bouillabaise and fish in parchment paper. Call 734-9211 to register. The course reference number is LR71CC108.
Mystery Box competition: Adding a new twist to the demonstration game is the first "Mystery Box" competition hosted by Ihilani Resort & Spa.
Chefs Beverly Gannon of Maui's Haliimaile General Store, Amy Ferguson-Ota of Paradise Spice & Catering and Jackie Lau of Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill will each receive a box of unknown contents which they will use to create a dish on the spot.
Finished masterpieces will be paired with wines for sampling afterward. The event takes place 5 p.m. Sunday at Azul Restaurant. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling the Ihilani at 679-3313.
Grinds Down Under: Sign up by Tuesday for 12th annual Australia Wine and Cheese Tasting and Auction and Melbourne Cup Event taking place Nov. 9. Hosted by the Australian American Chamber of Commerce, the 6:30 to 10:45 event at the Honolulu Club will feature an array of Australian wine, King Island cheeses and a pupu buffet. Auction items up for bid include dinners at Hawaii's finest restaurants, dinner cruises, clothing and air tickets to the neighbor islands. Nonmember tickets for the tasting are $35. Call the Australian Consulate General at 526-2242.
Pumpkin king: In celebration of Halloween, Nick's Fishmarket will be presenting a Thursday evening menu pleasing to both goblins and gourmands. Chef Eugenio Martignago will be offering the likes of Ricotta and Pumpkin Ravioli served with Sauteed Tiger Shrimp in a Sage Sauce, and Pumpkin and Black Linguine with Seared Scallops and Shrimp. For dessert, there's Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Call 955-6333.
One of the best: A limited number of seats still remain for celebrity chef Charles Dale's turn in the kitchen Friday and Saturday at Bali-by-the-Sea at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Dale, of the Renaissance in Aspen, Colo., has been honored by Food & Wine magazine as one of the "Ten Best Chefs in America," and will prepare a four-course, prix fixe menu at $45 (does not include tip or tax) per person. For reservations, call 941-BALI (2254).
Country Cookbook: If you liked the Wahiawa General Hospital's first Country Cookbook back in 1988, you may want to pick up the second edition of the cookbook, back with old favorites and a range of multi-ethnic, contemporary recipes. The books sell for $7 at the hospital's Auxiliary Gift Shop. A portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase hospital equipment. For more information, call 621-4309.