Cafe scene expands: A new cafe opened Sunday on the corner of Dole Street and University Avenue. Kaimana Cafe, specializing in salads, sandwiches, Chinese food, and barbeque and spicy dishes, is open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.
The cafe is at 1442 University Ave. More parking is available across the street from 8:30 p.m. until closing, Monday through Saturday; and all day Sunday.
Aisle file: Sample "natural" beef free of antibiotics and steroids at cooking demonstrations 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Sack N Save in Waikele and by the stadium; Saturday at Foodland on Beretania and in Kaneohe; and Tuesday at Foodland in Market City and Hawaii Kai. Free. Maui residents can sample the "natural" beef 9:30 to 1 p.m. June 13 at Foodland in Kihei and Pukalani. Call 737-7352.
Benefit buffet: To raise funds for Friends of the Children's Advocacy Center, Bon Ton Roule performs while diners enjoy a barbecue buffet supper, 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Dixie Grill restaurant, 404 Ward Ave. Cost: $50 ($35 tax deductible). Call 599-2955. The restaurant opens to the public June 12.
Rimmed with strings: Guitarists Ricardo Cobo and John Pisano play during a Pacific Rim dinner of Poached Salmon Chive Dumplings and Wokked Jumbo Shrimp with Dragon Fire Sauce, 6:30 p.m. June 11, Indigo Restaurant; $65. Mail checks made to: UH Summer Session, P.O. Box 11450, Honolulu 96820-0450, Attn: Alan Hunley.
Freebie: If you're looking for some different potato salad recipes, write for a free copy of "New Potato Salads from California." Send your request, and a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope, to: California New Potatoes, 315 23rd St., Suite B, Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266.
Lyon Arboretum showcase: Saturday, Chef Kelvin Ro of Kahala Moon will demonstrate his roasted chicken summer rolls with ginger cilantro pesto and spicy Vietnamese vinaigrette, caesar salad with anchovy vinaigrette, macadamia nut crusted mahimahi with spicy mango salsa, and a Laotian-style mochi rice dessert.
Russell Siu, chef /owner of 3660 On The Rise, will have a surprise menu on Tuesday.
Both classes are part of the "Chef Showcase VII: A Cooking Extravaganza" and will be held from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the upstairs classroom. Cost: $12-$22. Register at 988-7378.
Macrobiotic sushi: Demonstration and sampling, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Hale Paki, 3840 Paki Ave. Sponsored by Macrobiotics Hawaii. Free. Call 288-2972.
ServSafe Sanitation Certification Course: Employees and employers in the food industry are encouraged to attend the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' workshops teaching people how to handle food properly and safely. The workshop will be 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Kapiolani Community College. Free. Register at 586-8715.