Restaurant Report

Chef Donato hosts
LCC benefit

Chef Donato Loperfido of Donato's takes on the role of teacher at Leeward Community College's Pearl Chef Wine Dinner Nov. 6. Students will follow his lead in presenting a four-course Italian dinner.

LCC chef dinners bring chefs and dining room managers to school for an evening that exposes students to the realities of upscale restaurant service, from menu preparation through table service.

All that's missing is the guests, and that's where you come in. Let the students practice on you, and you get to eat Mozzarella Farcita with Nalo Greens (homemade stuffed mozzarella with soppressata, roasted peppers and arugula), Risotto con Gamberi e Carciofini (arborio rice with shrimp and baby artichokes), Gallettino Ripieno al Forno (Cornish hen stuffed with fontina and prosciutto with grilled vegetable strudel) and Cassata ala Siciliana (Sicilian ice cream cake).

Helping out with dessert will be Maurice Grasso of La Gelateria; with the greens, Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms; and with the wines, Alan Suzuki of Mondavi Wines.

Cost is $55, to benefit the LCC culinary program. Seatings are 5 to 9 p.m. Call 455-0475.

An informal affair

Auntie Pasto's, Compadres Bar & Grill, Nick's Fishmarket, Big City Diner, Outback Steakhouse and the Kahala Mandarin Oriental are donating dinner for "Starlight & Slippahs," a benefit for the Community Teen Program at Kuhio Park Terrace, Nov. 9 at La Pietra on Diamond Head.

Aloha attire and "slippahs" are suggested.

Hawaii Parents and Children Together is sponsoring the event, to include Hawaiian music, silent auction and a fashion show by Bally.

Tickets are $100. Tables for 10 range from $1,000 to $2,500. Call 847-3285.

Dinner affairs

Tempura Festival: Tempura specialist Morio Sakamoto of Japan headlines for the third time at the Ala Moana Hotel's annual Tempura Festival, Tuesday through Nov. 17 at the Plantation Cafe. Lunch is $13.25, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner is $14.25, served 6 to 9 p.m. Smaller ten-don bowls are offered for $2 less. The specials are offered daily except Monday. Tempura also will be part of the weekly seafood and prime rib buffets, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Call 955-4811.

Euro-Japanese Dinner Buffet: The international range of the Parc Cafe will be paired with Kyoto-style specialties of Kacho, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday through next Sunday at the Waikiki Parc Hotel. Cost is $29.95. Call 921-7272.

Hospice Hawaii benefit: Wines and pupus will be offered along with a silent auction, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sam Choy's Diamond Head. Cost is $25. Call 924-9255.

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