2 college teachers named
literary-award winners

Eric Paul Shaffer and Lee Tonouchi have been named the 2002 winners of the Elliott Cades Awards for Literature.

Shaffer, a poet and community college instructor on Maui, was honored for work reflecting a wide variety of concerns, including Pacific Rim, spiritual and environmental issues. He is the author of two books, "Portable Planet" and "Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen," and has been published in many poetry journals in Hawaii and the mainland. He will receive the 2002 Cades Award for Literature for an established writer.

Tonouchi, an instructor at Kapiolani Community College, will receive the 2002 Cades Award for an emerging writer.

He's a self-described "Pidgin Guerrilla" who recently published "The Word," a collection of pidgin short stories. He is the editor of Hybolics, a journal of pidgin literature, the author of "Living Pidgin: Contemplations on Pidgin Culture" and is working on a pidgin dictionary.

The Cades Award, given annually since 1988, was created by Charlotte and J. Russell Cades in memory of his brother, Elliott, a teacher and lover of literature.

For more information, contact Hawaii Literary Arts Council President Henry Iwasa at 956-7357.


Dining around
the islands

Two surfing chefs from California are lending their names to the second-anniversary celebration at Roy's Kihei, a fund-raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The March 7 event will feature Trey Foshee, of George's at the Cove in La Jolla, and Raphael Lunetta, of JiRaffe in Santa Monica. Both have been named to the Food & Wine magazine list of America's Best New Chefs, Foshee in 1998 and Lunetta in 1997.

Both are also surf rats -- Foshee told Food & Wine in '98 that he became a chef because "I need to support my surfing habit"; Lunetta was a professional surfer before turning to a career in the kitchen.

The Roy's dinner will mark a return to the islands for Foshee, former chef de cuisine at the Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island.

Also at the celebration will be host Roy Yamaguchi, along with Alan Wong; Hiroshi Fukui, of L'Uraku; George Gomes, of Sarento's on the Beach; and Adam Condon, of Spago's Wailea.

Entertainment will be by Cecilio and Kompany and Maui's Ka'hua. Cost is $85. Call 808-891-1120.

Mardi Gras celebration

The Dixie Grill restaurants are offering New Orleans-style specials tomorrow through March 4 to mark Mardi Gras.

Chef David Saccomanno's menu specials include Louisiana Crayfish and Shrimp Etouffee, Dixie Jambalaya, Naw'lins Barbecue Shrimp and Fat Tuesday Chicken (roasted and stuffed with cheese and Cajun sausage). Dessert specials include White Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding.

Mardi Gras brunches are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2, featuring entertainment by Abe Weinstein & Friends at Ward Avenue and the Chris Vandercook Trio at Aiea.

Classic Southern specialties will include Eggs Sardou (poached eggs with creamed spinach and artichoke), Andouille Hash, Shrimp and Grits, Smoke House Scramble and Crepes Beignet.

Call 596-8359 (Ward) or 485-CRAB (Aiea).

Special events

Seafood Wine Dinner: Sonoma-Cutrer chardonnays will be featured at a four-course dinner, 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Meritage. The menu: Pan-Seared Diver Scallops with Wild Mushroom Polenta (with "Russian River Ranches" wine), Ahi Carpaccio with Blue Crab (with "Les Pierres"), Lobster Fricasee (with "The Cutrer") and dessert of Lemon Mousse in a White Chocolate Seashell (with Warres Warrior Port). Cost is $60. Call 529-8686.

Brew Moon goes nova: Brew Moon Restaurant & Microbrewery is serving Super Nova Scotch Ale on tap for a limited time. The full-bodied ale has one of the highest alcohol contents -- 8 percent -- of the brewery's beers. Call 593-0088.

Lobsterfest: Valentine's Day may be over, but Red Lobster plans to capitalize on the lobster-as-aphrodisiac idea for several weeks. The Lobsterfest continues through April 20 with new dishes including Lobster Pizza, Grilled Salmon with Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Lobster & Asparagus Penne Pasta and Lobster in Paradise (with salsa, coconut shrimp and piña colada dipping sauce). Call 955-5656.

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