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POSTED: Wednesday, September 02, 2009

FLASH » The Norah Jones concert slated for Friday at Hawaii Convention Center has been canceled. Call 737-0360 for refunds.

LOOK » Keep your eyes open for bargains Friday. New and gently used designer dresses, casual wear and accessories will be on sale at the HOT Fashion Sale Fundraiser, 5 to 9 p.m. on the ground level of Marks Garage. Prices start at $10. Proceeds benefit Hawaii Opera Theatre.

LISTEN » “;Heart in the Kitchen,”; by Jenna Tague (http://www.myspace.com/jennatague)

DO » The Hawaiian Kennel Club will hold a three-day series of AKC All-Breed dog shows over Labor Day weekend at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Admission is $5, free for children with an adult. Call 262-5236.

ON THE PLATE

Special buffett honors Brazil

Celebrate Brazil's Independence Day at Crouching Lion Inn Bar & Grill on Sunday with a special buffet featuring popular Brazilian dishes.

The day will also include samba dancers, capoeira martial arts and live music.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Kaaawa restaurant, located at 51-666 Kamehameha Highway.

Brazilian independence was achieved in 1822, when Prince Don Pedro declared the country independent of Portugal.

 

24 eateries host 'Taste at Kapolei'

Graze through the fare of more than 30 top isle restaurants at Taste at Kapolei, the annual benefit, now in its 10th year, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12.

The main venue will feature 24 eateries including Sam Choy's, Don Ho's Island Grill, Formaggio, Gordon Biersch, Haleiwa Joe's, Indigo, P.F. Chang's, Top of Waikiki, Auntie Pasto's, Da Spot, Hapa Grill and Tanioka's.

A VIP section spotlights chefs Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro, Fred DeAngelo of Ola at Turtle Bay, Ron DeGuzman of Stage, Scott Higa of Ihilani Resort & Spa, Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop, Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms, Darryl Shinogi of Roy's Restaurants, Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise and David Paul of David Paul's Island Grill.

And for the first time, Kapolei High School's Culinary Arts Academy will participate, with red velvet and orange cream cupcakes.

Drinks will be provided by HASR, Carneros della Notte, Flavors of Italy, Barefoot Wine, Better Brands, Paradise Beverages, Anheuser-Busch, Bacardi USA and Grey Goose Vodka.

Entertainment features Nohelani Cypriano, George Kuo and Almost Paradise. Plus, a Kids' Zone, silent auction, farmer's market and fireworks mark the event.

Tickets, $75 adults and $35 children, are sold at Menchie's Yogurt locations. Or visit http://www.hawaiisbesttickets.com or call 545-2772.

The event raises funds for Leeward-area scholarships and youth and community groups. Visit http://www.tasteatkapolei.com.

MORSELS

Isle farmers join 'Food, Inc.' lineup

Learn more about the food we eat at screenings of the film “;Food, Inc.”; that also will feature discussions by local farmers and food advocates.

The film interviews experts such as Eric Schlosser, author of “;Fast Food Nation,”; and Michael Pollen, who penned “;The Omnivore's Dilemma.”; It reveals surprising facts about what we eat and how it's produced, and the way food affects our nation and its future.

Screenings are 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Brigham Young University's auditorium and 4 p.m. Monday at Punahou School's Thurston Memorial Chapel.

The Saturday screening will provide a keiki-friendly film and activity nearby; Monday's event also features a food tasting provided by Town restaurant prior to the movie.

Both screenings are free and come courtesy of Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Slow Food Oahu. Visit http://www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

 

Chef shares pasta secrets

Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar chef Keith Endo will present a cooking demonstration of new pasta dishes he's created.

Endo recently returned from a mainland trip where he worked with three Italian food specialists, one of whom worked with top Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy.

The demo is slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Vino, located at Restaurant Row. Reservations required; call 533-4476.

 

Mavro earns kudos from Gayot

Gayot, a reviewer of restaurants worldwide, has singled out Chef Mavro restaurant as the only Hawaii venue to earn three toques and an 18/20 rating.

Gayot's rating system is based on a 20-point scale that assesses the quality and freshness of the food, creativity and innovation. The three toques indicate an “;excellent”; rating.

“;We start each morning with nothing. No ingredients from yesterday, no ratings from yesterday. We're happy when guests and critics give us positive reviews, but tomorrow we start from nothing again,”; says chef George Mavrothalassitis.

Chef Mavro is at 1969 S. King St. Call 944-4714.<

ON TV

MAC 24-7 hosts 'Man vs. Food'

MAC 24-7, famous for its enormous portions, recently hosted Adam Richman of the Travel Channel's “;Man vs. Food”; show, wherein Richman took the MAC-Daddy challenge: a three-tier stack of 14-inch pancakes.

The episode airs Sept. 9, and MAC 24-7 is holding a celebration at the restaurant, complete with an invitation for patrons to take the same challenge Richman did. Success will earn diners a chance to win complementary pancakes and a one-night stay at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio. The restaurant also will premiere a new Create-Your-Own-Pancake service that offers 20 different toppings.

The challenge commences at 5 p.m. The episode airs at 6. It also features Helena's Hawaiian Food and the Hukilau Cafe. Call 921-5564.