Star-Bulletin Features

Sunday, September 16, 2001


Stuffs featured item
Sam Choy cooked with television personality Vanna
White earlier this year. His restaurant is turning 6.

Benefit marks
6th birthday



Chef Sam Choy celebrates the sixth anniversary of his Diamond Head restaurant with a party to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.

A Big Taste of Aloha: A Plateful of Love, Sept. 26, will feature "grazing stations" serving all-you-can-eat food and drink. A poke station, carving station, oyster assortment and other Choy specialities will be on the menu, along with wines and Choy's Big Aloha Beer. Tickets are $100.

Another $25, buys entry to a wine-tasting, 5:30 to 6 p.m. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment will be by the Makaha Sons and Brother Noland.

Call 973-5683, Ext. 240.

The restaurant's anniversary will be marked by a week of events, Sept. 24 to 29:

» A bottle of Choy's sauce will be free with entrées purchased on Sept. 24.

» All week except Wednesday Diamond Head Lager beer will be 6 cents a glass.

» Also all week except Wednesday (the night of the benefit), a six-course tasting menu will be offered for $39.95. The dinner features an entrée of beef filet with lumpia-wrapped prawn.

» Choy is hosting a four-course dinner featuring the wines of Clicquot, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. He will demonstrate first course, a keawe-smoked salmon salad with tomato crab gazpacho.Cost is $55.

Call 732-8645.

Something new

Le Bistro debuts: Now open in the Niu Valley Shopping Center is Le Bistro, an eclectic neighborhood eatery that offers dishes as varied as French, Italian, Japanese, as well as basic steak and seafood. The menu includes short ribs in red wine, filet mignon with wild mushrooms, fricasseed clams and Coq Au Vin. Family-style dinners are offered for groups of 10 or more.

The chef is Alan Takasaki, the original executive chef of Sam Choy's Diamond Head. He has been running Alan T's Restaurant and Catering at Honolulu Club.

Le Bistro is next door to Swiss Haus. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call 373-7990.

Just a taste: A revamped menu at L'Uraku allows you to put together your own multicourse meal of tasting-size portions. Chef Hiroshi Fukui has added a number of new, downsized dishes, including Foie Gras and Pepper-Seared Ahi, Sizzlin' Moi Carpaccio, Soy-Steamed Veal Cheek, Steamed Spicy Manila Clams and Seared Foie Gras Sushi. Prices run from $5 to $9. Call 955-0552.

Strawberry Connection Deli: The new menu at the gourmet food shop's new location includes dished created by chef Philippe Padovani. The deli is open for lunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Along with deli salads and sandwiches, the menu includes Padovani's Vegetable Soup and a Hawaiian Salad with papaya, tomatoes and feta cheese, with chicken or poached salmon. He also offers changing list of specials weekly. Call 521-9777.

In Vino Veritas: Donato's is holding an Italian wine tasting, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Taste one white and two red wines at each session. Cost is $10. Call 988-2000.

Dinner at Dusk: Kakaako Kitchen is offering a 10 percent discount to seniors, 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Call 596-7488.

Dinner affairs

Winez & Grindz: Chef de Partie Laura Fong offers a five-course seafood dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Pineapple Room in Liberty House Ala Moana. The menu includes crab and asparagus tempura and entrée of ahi steak crusted with kakimochi and furikake. Cost is $49; $69 with wines. call 945-8881.

Chefs' events postponed

The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and the aftermath have forced the rescheduling of two restaurant events that had been planned for this weekend.

However, the Lupus Foundation's annual fund-raising dinner, Galaxy of Stars, will go on tomorrow night as planned. Organizers had feared that Hiro Sone, the featured chef from Napa Valley, would not be able to fly to Hawaii for the event, but Sone was able to catch a flight yesterday.

The dinner on the Sheraton-Waikiki lawn will also feature Hawaii chefs Hiroshi Fukui, Darryl Fujita, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. Tickets are $175. Call 328-1522.

These events have been canceled:

Sam Choy's Poke Contest: This weekend's event at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island has been rescheduled for Dec. 8 and 9. A golf tournament and Hawaiian concert featuring Na Leo Pilimehana, Makaha Sons and the Lim Family will be held on Dec. 8, and the annual poke contest on Dec. 9. Those holding concert tickets may use them on the new date or return them for refunds. Call 808-880-3023.

Lanai Visiting Artists Program: Guest chef Guillermo Tellez's appearance at the Manele Bay Hotel has been postponed indefinitely. Tellez, of Charlie Trotter's Chicago restaurant, had planned two dinners featuring his contemporary Latin cuisine this weekend. He was unable to fly out of Chicago in time. The dinners will be rescheduled. Call 808-321-4666.

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