Restaurant Report

Andre Soltner of Lutéce in New York follows up his appearances at the Big Island Festival this weekend with a guest-chef stint at Bali by the Sea at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. He will prepare a six-course dinner on Saturday.

Lutéce’s Soltner serves
classic French at Hilton

Chef André Soltner of New York's four-star Lutéce restaurant will be the guest chef at Bali by the Sea Saturday, presenting a six-course classic French menu.

Soltner, originally from Alsace, France, founded Lutéce in 1961. He is also master chef and senior lecturer at the French Culinary Institute in New York and is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.

His menu at Bali, the Hilton Hawaiian Village's oceanside restaurant: Lobster Terrine with Ginger & Curry; Beef Consommé with Marrow Dumplings; Salad of Leeks, Beets & Avocado; followed by entree choices of Sautéed Goujonettes Opakapaka with Angel Hair Noodles, Filet Mignon in Puff Pastry or Saddle of Veal stuffed with Sweet Breads. The double dessert course is Pumpkin Mousse with Red Wine Pear & Rum Raisin Ice Cream plus petits fours.

Cost is $85, with seatings from 6 to 9 p.m. 949-4321, Ext. 43.

Wine lovers' paradise

Eat well, drink well and support the Hawaii Theatre Center at Vintners in Paradise 2002: Passport to Wines. The event, Nov. 11 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, offers two ways to indulge:

Grand Tasting: Wines from California, Oregon, Washington state, New Zealand, France, Italy, Portugal and Madeira will be poured. Vintners include Acacia, Far Niente, Frog's Leap, Grgich Hills Cellar, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and European labels such as Maison Louis Latour, Anselmi and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).

Served with the wines will be Prince specialties such as baby lamb chops, roast duck, pastas, cheeses and pastries.

The tasting runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mauna Kea Ballroom. An auction of wines, wine-tasting trips and dinners will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65, $85 at the door. Purchase tickets at Fujioka's Wine Merchants in the Market City Shopping Center, or call the Hawaii Theatre, 791-1302.

Gourmet Benefit Dinner: The Prince's executive chef, Göran Streng, will be joined by Doug Lum of Mariposa, Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro, Corey Waite of Hapuna Beach Prince and Todd Kihara of the Hawaii Prince in presenting a wine dinner showcasing J Sparkling 1997, Chalone Pinot Noir 2000, Latour Chateau Corton Grancey 1997, Far Niente Chardonnay 2000, Regaleali Rosato 2001, Swanson Alexis 1999, Chateau Duhart Milon 1998, Grahams Late Bottled Vintage Port 1996 and Turley Zinfandel (vintage to be determined). The 7:30 p.m. dinner in the Captain's Room is limited to tables of 10 at $3,000, which includes the Grand Tasting. Call 791-1302.

Special events

Mushroom Mania: Auntie Pasto's presents its 2002 "Festival of Fungi," tomorrow through Nov. 24 at both its Beretania Street and Kapahulu Avenue locations. Lunch and dinner specials include crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms, Black Forest mushroom soup, portobello parmesan over pasta, wild mushroom pasta with brown sauce and a watercress-mushroom salad. Call 523-8855 (Beretania) or 739-CIAO (Kapahulu).

Vintner's Dinner V: Padovani's Restaurant is offering five prix-fixe menus showcasing five California wineries, 6 to 9 p.m. next Sunday. Select a menu matched to the wines of Jordan Winery, Paul Hobbs Winery, Peter Michael Winery, Talley Vineyards or ZD Wines. Call 946-3456.

Royal Tea: The Royal Hawaiian has brought back afternoon tea, featuring the hotel's own tea blends, along with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cookies with tropical inspirations. Scones, for example, are served with guava curd, and pastries are flavored with coconut, pineapple and lilikoi. Entertainment is by Bamboo and Rosewood. Tea is served from 1 to 4:30 p.m. daily on the Coconut Grove Lanai. Cost is $21.95. Call 931-7914.

Gift certificate special: Matteo's, Trattoria, Crouching Lion Inn, Davey Jones Ribs, Sunset Grill and Don Ho's Island Grill have teamed up to offer a single gift certificate good at any of the six restaurants. Through Dec. 20, receive an additional $10 for every $100 worth of gift certificates purchased. Receive $20 free for every $100 purchased over $500 or more. The gift certificates are available at the six restaurants, or call 949-4754.

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