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Wednesday, January 24, 2001


By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Elmer Guzman, Sam Choy's executive chef.

KCC, Choy team up
to teach cooking

Sam Choy's Diamond Head becomes Sam Choy University as the irrepressible chef joins Kapiolani Community College in presenting a series of cooking classes. Choy takes two of these classes; his executive chef Elmer Guzman does the rest:

Bullet Wild About Poke!: Traditional treatments and contemporary variations; 9 a.m. Feb. 3; $25.

Bullet The Heritage of Cajun and Creole Cuisine: Six dishes, including shrimp etouffe and jambalaya, plus you have the option of eating them with wine; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 10; $25, or $35 with wine.

Bullet The 15-Minute Meal Manager: Learn the efficiency of making several dishes at once, then dine while dessert is baking; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. $25.

Bullet What to Serve at Your Wine-Tasting Party: Sample three wines with eight dishes; 11:30 a.m. March 3; $30.

Bullet How to Make a Leftover Not a Leftover: Give leftover chicken, hamburger and meatloaf new life, 11:30 a.m. March 10; $25.

Bullet Wine and Asian Influenced Food Pairing: A guest sommelier suggests ways of matching wine to Asian flavors, using dishes from the restaurant as a starting point; 11:30 a.m. March 31; $30.

Bullet Keiki Cooks!: Kids learn to make breakfast in bed for mom and dad; 9 a.m. May 5; $25.

All classes are at the restaurant. Choy teaches the poke and keiki sessions. To register call 734-9211.



Earth-healthy farming

A series of cooking classes and farm tours in Waimea on the Big Island next month will teach the meaning of "sustainable agriculture" -- the growing of food in ways that are gentle to the environment.

Laurel Miller of The Sustainable Kitchen cooking school, who conducts similar tours in the Bay area, will lead the "Cooking with Aloha" sessions.

They include a tour and harvest at an organic farm, followed by hands-on cooking classes, as well as several meals.

Dates are Feb. 2-4 and 9-11. Cost is $375, accommodations not included. Single-session classes and tours will be offered Feb. 4-8. Call (415) 453-6778.

KCC dining

A new semester of fine dining is under way at Kapiolani Community College. Culinary students put their training into practice while offering some well-priced meals:

Bullet Ka Ikena lunch: Continental cuisine features French, Italian and German dishes, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three-course meals include entree choices from $10.95 for Chicken Cacciatore to $14.95 for French Rib Lamb Chops Au Jus.

Bullet Ka Ikena dinner: Pacific-Asian menu features Thai, Szechuan, Japanese and Indian cuisines, 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Four-course dinners include entree choices of Thai Yellow Curry, Szechuan Smoked Duck, Sake-Marinated Tenderloin of Beef or Mint-Scented Lamb Chops, $21.95 to $29.95.

Bullet 220 Grille Upscale Cafe: Open for lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bullet Private dining rooms: Lunch meetings and banquets may be scheduled. Bookings at KCC tend to get tighter as word-of-mouth spreads toward the end of each semester. This is a good time to check it out. Call 734-9488.

Dinner affairs

Bullet Greg Norman Wine Dinner: The Australian wines of Norman's winery will be featured in a five-course meal, 6-9 p.m. Monday at Sam Choy's Diamond Head. The menu includes Sweet Potato-Crusted Chilean Seabass with Norman's Chardonnay; Oven-Roasted Squab with Cabernet/ Merlot and Grilled Demi Fillet of Beef with Shiraz. Cost is $50; call 732-8645.

Learn while dining

Bullet The Wasabi way: Chef Yugo Saito and sushi chef Jimmy Ueda of Wasabi Bistro will prepare Calamari Salad, Super California Sushi and Shrimp Tempura, noon Saturday at Liberty House Ala Moana, fourth-floor kitchen. Tickets are $10 to guarantee a seat and sampling. To stand and watch is free. Call 921-2345.

Bullet Mind Your Manners: Chef-instructor Lori Wong teaches dining etiquette for children and adults, 5-8:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Kapiolani Community College's Ka Ikena Dining Room. Cost is $50, including dinner and wine (or other beverages for the underaged). Call 734-9211.

Bullet Intro to 'awa: Honolulu Community College is offering classes on 'awa (also known as kava or, scientifically, piper methysticum), at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays for three weeks beginning Feb. 6. The classes cover an introduction to the drink, growing and economics, and taste comparisons. Cost is $25 per class. The sessions will be repeated March 6, 13 and 20. Call 845-9296.



Women's self-defense techniques

Hesh Goldstein will teach simple techniques of the wing chun martial arts system designed to help women protect themselves when attacked.

The free program, for women only, takes place at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Castle Medical Center. Wing chun uses the element of surprise more than strength in deflecting an attacker.

Call 263-5400 or go online at

Diabetes conference set

The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel will be the site of a one-day conference for people with diabetes, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Feb. 3.

"Taking Control of Your Diabetes" will include sessions on managing the disease, preserving good heart and kidney function, insurance and legal issues, and opportunities to speak to doctors. There will be a health fair also.

The conference is directed by its founder, Steven Edelman, a diabetologist at the University of California, San Diego and the VA Medical Center.

Early registration is $20. The on-site fee is $30. Admission includes breakfast, lunch and inspirational stand-up comedy by Bo Irvine, a Native Hawaiian who is living with diabetes. Call 1-(800)-998-2693.

Free CPR class offered

The American Heart Association of Hawaii is offering free CPR training classes from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

People will be trained in performing CPR, but will not be certified. Classes will run for 90 minutes and will begin on the hour with the last class starting at 2 p.m. Registration is recommended although walk-ins will be accepted first-come, first served.

There also will be a small health fair with free blood pressure screenings, stroke-risk assessments and body-fat analysis.

Register at (888)-277-5463 (CPR-LINE); information: 275-2000.

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