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POSTED: Sunday, April 12, 2009

RESTAURANT REPORT

Eat cake and help the Red Cross, too

During April you can satisfy your chocolate cravings while doing a good deed for the American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter.

Morton's the Steakhouse in Honolulu will donate $1 to the Red Cross for every Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake sold.

The signature dessert is available during Power Hour in the bar, in the main dining room and in the private “;boardrooms.”;

Morton's is in Ala Moana Center. Call 949-1300.

Donations to the Red Cross may also be sent directly to the organization at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, 96816; or make a secure online donation at www.hawaiiredcross.org. Call 739-8109.

 

Sommelier Furuya leads wine tasting

Master sommelier Chuck Furuya offers an exploration into the subtleties of wine tasting at “;Let's Compare,”; 5:30 p.m. April 22 at Vino in Restaurant Row.

Six wines will be served in pairs to kick off a discussion on winemaking, the growing conditions of the grapes, and how both influence the resulting wine.

The wines: 2005 Qupe Chardonnay “;Bien Nacido Reserve-Block 11,”; from Santa Barbara winemaker Bob Lindquist of Qupe Wine Cellars; 2003 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne, a white burgundy from France; 2007 August Clape “;Vin des Amis,”; a syrah from France's Rhone Valley; 2005 Neyers Syrah “;Old Lakeville Road,”; a California wine styled after the rustic syrahs of the Rhone Valley; 2000 Clendenen Family Nebbiolo from California winemaker Jim Clendenen; and 2000 Chiara Boschis Barolo “;Vita Nuova,”; a single-vineyard bottling from Italian winemaker Chiara Boschis.

Cost is $35. Reservations required: 533-4476.

 

THE ARTS

It's not too late to take part in Contempo 2009 benefit

Contempo 2009, the Contemporary Museum's annual fundraiser, still has a few seats available.

The Saturday event includes a gala dinner and dancing at Pier 19, with food by Chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro. The evening also features a major auction and sale of contemporary art by top local artists.

Original plans had guests taking a sunset cruise on the Hawaii Superferry. But the ferry shut its operations in Hawaii a few weeks ago, following a state Supreme Court ruling that a law allowing the company to operate while an environmental study was being conducted was unconstitutional.

The museum's gift shop and Neiman Marcus are showing Contempo works in a pre-sale through April 15. To view the pieces, visit www.tcmhi.org/contempo09_art.htm.

Contempo 2009 runs 6 to 11:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call Gordon Wong at 237-5210 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).