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POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

LOOK » “;Happy New Year, Charlie Brown”; airs tonight at 7 on ABC.

LISTEN » “;Tunnelvision,”; by here we go magic.

DO » Celebrate New Year's with your kids while they're still awake. The Children's Discovery Center hosts its annual New Year's at Noon party tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a balloon drop, an apple juice toast and kid-friendly “;fireworks,”; as well as holiday crafts throughout the museum. For details, call 524-KIDS or visit www.discoverycenterhawaii.org.

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Event to benefit culinary institute

Three top Hawaii chefs — Vikram Garg, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong — share the spotlight with Kathryn Hall of HALL Wines of Napa Valley, Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms and the Hawaii Farm Bureau, and Chuck Furuya, master sommelier, at “;An Evening of Sustainable Cuisine”; at Halekulani Hotel's ballroom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

The event, which benefits the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head, includes bistro dining, sustainable wines by HALL, cocktails and entertainment.

Cost is $150. Call 931-5009. The event is part of the “;Halekulani Living”; series.

 

Chef to teach 4 cooking classes

;  Chef Hiroshi Fukui of Hiroshi's Eurasion Tapas kicks off a new series of cooking classes at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The first in the four-class series features “;How to Make Tempura and Japanese Dashi.”; Dashi is the base for the vast majority of Japanese sauces, tempura and stewed vegetables.

The cooking demo includes a four-course dinner. Cost is $45. Seating is limited; call 533-4476 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

KCC picks team for competition

Following in the success of 2009 Team Hawaii's national championship at the American Culinary Federation's student competition, Kapiolani Community College announces its 2010 Team Hawaii.

Returnee Anna Hirano is joined by Kasey Watson, Erin Tsukamoto, Erik Kuo, Clifford Manansala and Lauren Hamai.

The group is preparing for a Western Regional Competition in New Mexico in early February under the guidance of chef Alan Tsuchiyama.

 

California wines focus of tasting

;  Sample rare California chardonnays at the next wine tasting by master sommelier Chuck Furuya at Vino, Restaurant Row, 6 p.m. Jan. 7.

The lineup: 2006 L'Angevin Chardonnay “;Russian River,”; 2004 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay “;Mount Carmel,”; 2004 Whitcraft Chardonnay “;Bien Nacido Vineyard,”; 2002 Scherrer Chardonnay “;Fort Ross Vineyard”; and 2006 Forman Chardonnay “;Napa Valley.”;

Cost is $39 for 2-ounce tastings of each wine. Reservations required; call 533-4476 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).