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Wednesday, August 23, 2000


Krug Grand Cuvée will accompany mushroom-herb
crusted lamb chops at Sunday's French Festival launch.

Heady brunch
with a French accent

The Halekulani is offering a one-day-only brunch that will bury you in bubbles. The Tête de Cuvée Champagne Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday is the kick-off event for this year's French Festival of Hawaii.

Ticket price is $150, with proceeds supporting the weeklong festival that begins Oct. 28. That sounds steep, but consider that the average price of the champagnes on the menu is $250 per bottle.

The lineup: Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Krug Grand Cuvée, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame and Louis Roederer Cristal. Dennis Foley, rare wine consultant for Christie's, will lead the tasting. A fashion show and performance by the Honolulu Symphony Chamber Orchestra will round out the entertainment.

Seven Halekulani chefs have prepared five courses plus dessert designed to match the wines.

For example, Yves Garnier, chef de cuisine at La Mer, is offering a Hawaiian Bouillabaisse Aspic. "Very Provence," Garnier says.

The dish is paired with the Perrier-Jouët, which cellar master Randy Ching describes as a fruity, elegant and crisp match for the bouillabaisse.

Call (877) 843-3378 and enter option No. 3.


Poet to read tomorrow

Poet Haas Mroue will share new poems, a recent short story and selections from his book, "Beirut Seizures," during a free brown-bag reading 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the University of Hawai'i's Yukiyoshi Room, Krauss Hall 012.

Mroue, who trained in film at UCLA and has a master's degree in English literature and creative writing from the University of Colorado, has been a three-year guest lecturer and workshop instructor at UC-Berkeley.

His poetry is described as at once tender, angry and darkly humorous.

The talk is being sponsored by the UH Outreach College, Hawai'i Literary Arts Council, UH English and ethnic studies departments and Hawaii Pacific University.

For more information, call 956-3836.


Blood drive in Waikele

The Blood Bank of Hawaii will be staging blood drives at Waikele Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Those who donate must be in good health, at least 18 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be able to provide a valid photo I.D.

The Blood Bank needs more than 250 donors a day to fill Hawaii's blood demands. To make an appointment or get more information, call 1-(800)-372-9966.

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