Dining around the islands

LCC to honor
3 culinary veterans

Three veterans of the local restaurant scene will be recognized for their formidable careers in the industry when Leeward Community College inaugurates a Hawaii Culinary Hall of Fame in April.

To be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards are: Martin Wyss, chef-owner of the beloved Swiss in Niu Valley from 1982 until his retirement in 2000; and Michel Martin, who opened Hawaii's first French restaurant, Chez Michel, in 1942 in Wahiawa. He also opened Michel's at the Colony Surf and Chez Michel at Eaton Square.

Receiving the Outstanding Educator Award is Jimmy Sueyoshi, a longtime restaurant chef who turned to teaching at LCC in 1971, retiring 18 years later.

The inductees will be recognized at two LCC events, a five-course French dinner April 11 featuring dishes of their design that they will teach culinary students to prepare, and the annual Taste of the Stars event May 3.

Tickets are $60 for the French dinner and $100 for Taste of the Stars, which features dishes from an all-star selection of 20 Oahu chefs. VIP tables that include special service are available.

Call 455-0298 or 455-0475 for reservations.

Special events

Indigo wine dinner: Wines of Ferrari Carano Vineyards and Winery will be featured in a four-course dinner, 6:30 p.m. March 5 at Indigo Eurasian Cuisine. Chef Glenn Chu's menu includes appetizer of Galangal Scented Steamed Moi with Kabocha Pumpkin Custard (with Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2000), salad of Back Yard Organic Fruit, entree of Slow Cooked Veal Cheeks with Peruvian Potatoes (with Sonoma County Merlot 1999 and Sonoma County Siena 1999) and dessert of Warm Callebaut Chocolate Coconut Banana Pithivier (with Eldorado Noir 2000). Cost is $65. Reservations required by noon Friday. Call 521-2900.

Spirit of the Dance: Ruth's Chris Steak House is offering a dinner package to mark the opening of Spirit of the Dance at the Hawaii Theatre March 11. A 5 p.m. dinner includes entree choice of petit filet, broiled chicken or catch of the day, plus Caesar salad and dessert of Chocolate Sin Cake. Trolleys will run from Restaurant Row to the theater. Cost is $75, which includes admission to the show. Call 599-3860.

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