Hawaii chefs Sam Choy, Jean-Marie Josselin and George Mavrothalassitis will be honored at Monday's seventh annual James Beard Foundation awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the New York Marriott Marquis.
Choy of Sam Choy's Restaurants and Josselin of A Pacific Cafe are among five nominees for Best American Chef Northwest; Alan Wong of Alan Wong's Restaurant holds the 1996 title. Mavrothalassitis, senior executive chef at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, is among 30 chefs preparing the black-tie dinner.
Charge $200 ceremony/banquet tickets at (212) 367-9490.
Closer to home than NYC: Asian-spiced pheasant with roasted almond polenta tops the repertoire at A Midsummer Night's Feast, with silent auction and entertainment, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki; $150, benefiting Ballet Hawaii. Call 988-7578.
Chow Fun: Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture. Thus, one can savor a selected first course for up to eight people, at eight selected restaurants, for $88. The vehicle is a new "Wok for Cure" card, with proceeds benefiting research of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
The restaurants are Sam Choy's Restaurant, Dynasty, Eastern Garden, Golden Dragon, Hee Hing, Legends Seafood, Panda Cuisine, and Royal Garden.
The dining card is good through Jan. 27, 1998. Charge at 531-5698 or mail checks made to: Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, JDF/Wok, 733 Bishop St., No. 2090, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
Nice and 'roomy: Ann Every and Judy Gorman, and Mushrooms Hawaii Inc. owner Donn Ariyoshi present mushroom dishes, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Liberty House Pearlridge; free. Also, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Liberty House Ala Moana. Call 537-4184.
Menus for mothers: Kauai chef Linda Yamada gives a "Special Dishes for Mom, Dad & Grad" demonstration/sampling, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Kapiolani Community College 'Ohi'a 118; $27.50. Call 734-9211.
Oh, you beautiful dahl: Chef/instructor Kusuma Cooray hosts a "Sri Lankan Cuisine" demo, 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Lyon Arboretum; $25. Call 988-7378.
Macrobiotic sushi: Macrobiotics Hawaii hosts a demo, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Hale Paki at 3840 Paki Ave.; free. Call 528-2661.
Mom's Day discount: Receive 30 percent discount off "The Choy of Cooking" and "With Sam Choy - Cooking From the Heart" at a cookbook signing by chef Choy, 2 p.m. Sunday, Borders Ward Centre; call 591-8995. Session repeats noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, Honolulu Book Shop downtown; call 941-2274.
Introductory wine series: David Swartzentruber of Paradise Beverages teaches a six-part tasting/course starting 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 7, Duc's Bistro. Call 833-0738.