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POSTED: Wednesday, September 09, 2009

LOOK » “;So You Think You Can Dance”; premieres at 7 tonight on Fox, followed by the buzz-worthy “;Glee”; at 8 p.m. Tyra Banks launches her latest “;America's Next Top Model”; at 7 p.m. on CW.

LISTEN » The 12th annual Art Song Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday showcases five local singers in a recital at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Performing Arts Studio. Singers are Natalie Capino, Alexandria Po'ai Lincoln, Jennifer Quigley, Nicholas Walters and Robert Wills. Call 955-8821 or visit http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org.

DO » MAC 24-7 invites patrons to finish three 14-inch pancakes in 90 minutes as portrayed on “;Man vs. Food”; tonight. The contest runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; the show airs at 6 p.m. Call 921-5564.

ON THE PLATE

Movie menu is big hit for Mavro

By popular demand, chef George Mavrothalassitis has extended his Julia Child tribute menu of Boeuf a la Bourguignonne at his Chef Mavro restaurant, Tuesdays to Saturdays through the end of September.

The Movie Menu features three recipes from the movie “;Julie & Julia”;: Salade Frisee aux Lardons, frisee lettuce with French bacon, poached egg and croutons; Boeuf a la Bourguignonne (braised beef in burgundy wine); and Tarte Tatin, an upside down apple tart with creme fraiche ice cream.

The $59 meal comes with all the Chef Mavro extras, including pre-appetizer, pre-dessert and house-made sweets.

Drink specials are Child's famous “;reverse martini”; for $9 and a wine selection.

Reservations are required; call 944-4714 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Hall of famers cook for benefit

The Hawaii Restaurant Association will welcome the latest inductees to its Hall of Fame with the 2009 Chefs of Aloha gala celebration on Sept. 21.

Honorees are Dennis Franks of Big City Diner, Rodhel Ibay of Sergio's Italian Restaurant, Ronnie Nasuti of Roy's Restaurants-Hawaii, Goran Streng of Tango, Alan Takasaki of Le Bistro, Khamtan Tanhchaleun of Hawaii Prince Hotel and Tony Vierra of Grand Cafe & Bakery.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. and features a dine-around with food stations hosted by the chefs and beverage stations sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Better Brands and Southern Wine & Spirits. The program will be emceed by Rick Hamada.

Inductees have “;demonstrated dedication and commitment to the growth of the restaurant and food service industry in Hawaii, contributed to the enhancement of its quality and image and demonstrated service through outreach.”;

Tickets are $200, or $1,500 or $3,000 for tables of 10. Proceeds benefit the restaurant association's scholarship program. Call 944-9105 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MORSELS

Isle woman in finals for cranberry recipes

A Pahoa woman earned a spot among the finalists of Ocean Spray's 2009 Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest.

Big Isle resident Kara Adanalian will present her Sweet-n-Savory Haricot Verts alongside three other dishes on Oct. 5 in New York City in a live cook-off. Finalists receive a trip for two to New York to cook before judges that include Food Network star Tyler Florence of “;Tyler's Ultimate.”;

The winner will receive $25,000 cash and a year's supply of Ocean Spray products.

 

Oktoberfest beer, pupu at Don Ho's

German and German-inspired beers and Oktoberfest pupu will be featured at “;Don Ho's Brauhaus,”; the theme for the latest Hops and Grinds beer event at Don Ho's Island Grill at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The event will take place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and will feature live music, all-you-can-eat pupu and door prizes. Featured breweries include Ayinger, Paulaner, Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Co.), Spaten and Mehana Brewing of Hilo.

Call 528-0807.

 

Alan Wong's wins Sante award

Alan Wong's Restaurant was recognized with the Sante Restaurant Award in the Innovative Restaurant category for the West Coast region.

Criteria for the judging includes cooking philosophy for style of cuisine, dish development, menu development for balance and pricing, menu development for wine/spirits compatibility, kitchen staff training, promotional activities and customer service satisfaction.

For information: www.isantemagazine.com/press.html; also, visit www.alanwongs.com.

 

Willows marks 10th with 1999 prices

The Willows restaurant is bustling with several events and specials this month. Call 952-9200.

» All month, the eatery celebrates its 10th anniversary with 1999 prices: $14.95 for lunch on Mondays to Fridays, $19.95 lunch on Saturdays and $24.95 Sunday brunch and daily dinners. A coupon is required for the discount; visit http://www.willowshawaii.com.

» “;Good Wines for Lean Times”;: Enjoy 30 different wines and food stations with a wide variety of fare, featuring Woopwoop Shiraz and Milbrant Cabernet from Johnson Bros.; Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc and “;IL”; Moscato from Southern Wine and Spirits; and Bonterra “;organic”; Viognier and Aquinas Cabernet from Better Brands.

Food offerings include imported cheese and salami, seared ahi lettuce wraps, petite muffaletta sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes, chorizo and roast chicken gumbo, shrimp etouffee, po' boy sandwiches and slow-braised beef short ribs with dried cherry and port reduction.

The event runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Cost is $45.

» “;Meals From the Heart 2009: The Roaring 20s”;: Hawaii Meals on Wheels fundraising gala, a jazz-style party with cocktails, food, massages, casino games, a silent auction and tarot card and palm readings.

Zoot suits and flappers optional. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24; tickets are $150, with table sponsorships at $2,000 to $4,000.

For this event, call 988-6747 or visit www.hmow.org.

 

BRIEFLY

Whole foods holds amateur cooking event

Whole Foods Market is hosting a cooking showdown between amateur chefs at 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate its first anniversary in Hawaii.

Featured chefs submitted an original recipe using local ingredients to be judged by a panel that includes Frank Leake, coach of Kapiolani Community College culinary team; Melanie Kosaka of the Web site Share Your Table; and Wanda Adams of the Honolulu Advertiser. The winner will receive a $500 gift card.

Throughout the day, shoppers who spend $100 or more will receive a free gift while supplies last. Call 738-0820 or visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/honolulu.