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POSTED: Wednesday, June 03, 2009

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LCC to offer scholarship

A new scholarship for culinary students at Leeward Community College will be offered in the academic year 2010-11 in the name of Sunao Sandy “;Mom”; Kodama, who provided a warm, welcoming presence at her son D.K. Kodama's Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Sandy Kodama died last fall.

While deadlines have yet to be established, interested folks can call Malia Peters of the University of Hawaii Foundation at 956-6311.

Wine tasting to aid charity

Local charities will benefit from the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Flavors Wine Tasting, the sixth annual event that features samplings of wine and food, entertainment and a silent auction. The event will be held 6 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday.

Past recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu and Hale Kipa.

Tickets are $70 advance, $85 at the door. Call 548-BOWL.

Maui festival touts wineries

The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns to Maui on June 11 to 14 at the Kapalua Resort. It features some 130 wineries, 15 Maui chefs and guest chefs that include Scott Giambastiani, executive chef for Google Inc., and Robert McGrath, founding chef of Roaring Fork. There will also be seminars and a seafood fest.

Visit kapalua.com.

Class offers tips for vegan dishes

Macrobiotic cooking instructor Leslie Ashburn will teach how to make a variety of vegan party foods, 4:30 p.m. June 11 at Toho no Hikari, 3510 Nuuanu Pali Drive.

Ashburn says many folks think healthy eating means restricted diets of brown rice, tofu and salads. But she shares simple, elegant and delicious dishes that can be shared with family and friends.

The class is $38; register at 398-2695 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Event to showcase raw food recipes

Learn about the health benefits and appeal of raw food at a cooking demonstration, 3 p.m. Friday at Whole Foods Market in Kahala Mall.

At 11 a.m. Saturday the market offers a tour and advice on how to shop the store on a budget.

Both events are free. Call 738-0820.

'Top Chef' spinoff stars Yamaguchi

“;Top Chef Masters,”; a spinoff of the popular “;Top Chef”; cooking competition, debuts next Wednesday with Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi among competitors for a $100,000 prize.

The Bravo television show will pit 24 veteran chefs in a series of fast-paced cook-offs. The last chef standing wins the cash prize for his or her chosen charity.

Guest stars and judges will include Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, writers and producers of ABC's “;Lost.”;

The chefs will compete in groups of four, with the winner in each group competing against the others in the last six episodes. The show will air at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

IHOP Web contest a gift for dads

Is the way to your dad's heart through his stomach? If so, forgo the tie this Father's Day and write an essay instead about what a great guy he is for IHOP's “;I HEART Dad”; online essay contest.

Through June 21, offspring can submit their essays, of 250 words or less, about why their dad deserves a meal at IHOP. Entries will be judged on entertainment value, originality and emotional impact. Five winners will receive $100 IHOP gift cards to pass on to the big guy. See rules at ihop.com.

Pub proceeds to assist aquarium

In celebration of World Oceans Day, Kona Brewing Co.-Koko Marina Pub will donate some of its profits Monday to the Waikiki Aquarium.

The Hawaii Kai venue will share proceeds generated 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 394-5662 or visit konabrewingco.com.

ON THE PLATE

'Bam!' Emeril coming to Hawaii

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is readying for a visit by one of the icons of American food, Emeril Lagasse. The popular New Orleans chef is the headliner of the Kahala Food & Wine Classic on June 12 and 13.

Wine selections will come from the award-winning Schrader Cellars and Davidoff Cigars will be featured.

To reserve seats for any of the following events, call 739-8760. Prices do not include gratuity.

» Essence of Emeril Opening Night Dinner: 7-10 p.m. June 12 (registration 6-7 p.m.), $250. Emeril will present New Orleans Creole and Cajun cuisine, paired with Schrader red wines. Cigars will be available 10 p.m. to midnight.

» Cooking demonstration: 11 a.m.-noon June 13, $100. Live demo, with Emeril fielding questions from the audience. Beignets and chicory coffee will be featured.

» Wine-ology wine tasting: 2-3:30 p.m. June 13, $50. Napa Valley vintner Fred Schrader and winemaker Thomas Brown will showcase a selection of Sonoma Coast Pinots from Schrader and Rivers-Marie Winery, paired with tapas.

» ”;The Art of Blending and Tasting”; cigar session: 1-2:30 p.m. June 13, $30. Michael Herklots of Davidoff's will dissect the delicate blending of fine tobaccos. Cigars included.

» ”;New”; New Orleans cuisine: 7-10 p.m. (registration 6-7 p.m.) June 13, $250. Prepared by Chef Emeril.

» ”;Mississippi Smokin'”;: 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. June 13. Guests can enjoy cigars with Herklots and a glass of liquid gold.

PEOPLE

Catingub picked as NM conductor

The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has hired Grammy Award winner Matt Catingub as its principal pops conductor.

Catingub, conductor for the Honolulu Symphony Pops since 1998, replaces Michael Krajewski, the principal pops conductor from 2000 to 2008.

Catingub will conduct a holiday program in December and a Frank Sinatra tribute in March. The symphony says he also will help plan pops programming in the 2010-11 season.

Catingub appeared with NMSO's Very Merry Pops holiday performance in December.

He wrote the music for the film, “;Goodnight, and Good Luck,”; a soundtrack that won the 2005 Grammy.

STUFFS

LOOK » Gonna be on Maui on Saturday? The Pacific Whale Foundation is offering free one-hour cruises to Hawaii residents in honor of World Ocean Day. Limited seating. To reserve and for departure information, call 249-8811.

LISTEN » “;Alcoholics Unanimous,”; by Art Brut (www.myspace.com/artbrut)

DO » Move it during a free introduction to “;capoeira,”; the Afro-Brazilian art form blending elements of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music and philosophy, 6 to 7 p.m. at Lululemon Athletica at Ala Moana Center. It's part of their two-week Smarty Pants fitness seminars. Repeats June 11. Call 946-7220.