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POSTED: Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Whole Foods offers free classes

Whole Foods Market in Kahala Mall is offering these free classes in July. Class sizes are limited; call 738-0820.

» Foods for Active Bodies: 6 p.m. Thursdays. Fitness Together Studio offers tips on foods that energize.

» Value Tours: 1 p.m. Saturday and July 25. Shopping Whole Foods on a budget.

» Healthy Choices and You: 3 p.m. July 22. Shopping for diabetic-friendly fare.

» Cooking with Local Flavor: 6 p.m. July 23

» Healthy Foods with Ola Loa Wellness: 11 a.m. July 25. Ola Loa chefs will whip up gourmet raw recipes.

Speaker battles diet mistakes

Dr. William Harris, founder of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, will lecture on the theme “;In Search of Optimal Diet,”; 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse.

Harris will discuss nutritional mistakes and ways to fix them, with emphasis on the agricultural revolution and the domestication of animals and plant food.

The lecture is free. The clubhouse is at 404 Kapahulu Ave., next to Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library. Call 944-8344 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Chili for all!

If you're famous for your chili, take a pot to Kahuku Public & School Library for the “;Be Creative: Enter the Chili Cook-off Contest”; on Friday.

Bring printed recipes to share. And because the venue is a library, cookbooks will be on display and available for borrowing. All ages welcome.

The contest will be held at 3:30 p.m., and winners will be awarded prizes. The library is at 56-490 Kamehameha Highway, on the Kahuku High and Intermediate School campus. To register call 293-8935.

Macrobiotic meals on menu

Macrobiotic chefs Kathy Maddox and Leslie Ashburn hold community dinners on July 17 and 24, both at 6 p.m. at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave.

July 17 menu: A Mexican theme with Sopa de Verduras (vegetable soup), enchiladas, green salad with balsamic vinaigrette and carrot ume salad. Flan with Kukicha tea will be served for dessert.

July 24 menu: A Greek lineup features spanikopita, lentil pate with veggies and pita bread and Greek salad with tofu feta. Dessert is still to be decided.

Cost is $16.50; dinner only is $13; dessert only is $3.50. Reservations required. Call 398-2695 or visit www.macrobiotichawaii.com. Those with dietary restrictions may contact the chefs in advance for substitutions.

ON THE PLATE

Roy's showcases Land Vineyards

Roy's Hawaii Kai will host a five-course wine pairing on Tuesday featuring Evening Land Vineyards. Mark Tarlov and wine maker Sashi Moorman will be on hand.

The menu includes Big Island Abalone “;Jun”; paired with La Source Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills, 2007; and Colorado Lamb Roulade En Croute with “;Once, the Table”; Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007.

Dinner, at 6:30 p.m., is $75. Roy's is at 6600 Kalanianaole Highway. Call 396-7697.

Hank's dogs are top dogs

; Bon Appetit magazine has named Hank's Haute Dogs one of the country's top hot dog venues.

To celebrate, owner Henry “;Hank”; Adaniya will offer a buy-one, get-one-free deal on July 19 at his two locations: 324 Coral St. in Kakaako, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; and International Marketplace, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Call 295-6660 or visit www.hankshautedogs.com.

For the magazine article, see bonappetit.com/magazine/2009/08/best_hot_dogs.

New chef has chance to shine

Alan Wong's Pineapple Room is featuring a “;Winez and Grindz”; dinner on July 22 showcasing the talents of up-and-coming chef de partie Jill Dwornik.

The menu includes Chermoula Rubbed Onaga paired with Zilliken “;Estate”; Reisling, 2004; Cinnamon-Braised Lamb Shank with Turkey, with “;Juvenile”; Zinfandel, 2006; and Orange Blossom Water-Glazed Cake with Rinaldi “;Bug Juice,”; Moscato d'Asti, 2007.

Dinner is $65, $90 with wine. Seatings begin at 4 p.m. The Pineapple Room is on Macy's third floor at Ala Moana Center. Call 945-6573 or visit alanwongs.com.

LOOK » Explore your writing skills at a “;Motivation, Plot, and Pacing”; workshop led by novelist Jane Porter. Porter will cover three essential elements of a successful novel, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Aina Haina Public Library. Free.

LISTEN » “;Electric Feel,”; by MGMT.

DO » Bring a can of food to the Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today and have your picture taken with a Storm Trooper or play one game at the Wii station. Students from Moanalua High School are coordinating the event to collect donations for the Hawaii Foodbank. Call 831-6831.