Dining around the islands

Chef Matt Johnson, of Sergio's, will serve Steamed New Zealand Cockles at a "Heart of Tuscany" dinner May 28.

Dinner offers a
taste of Tuscany

The wines of Tuscany take center stage in a winemaker's dinner May 28 at Sergio's in the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Alan Suzuki, regional manager of Robert Mondavi Family of Wines in Hawaii, will host "Heart of Tuscany."

Chef Matthew Johnson's menu: Fire-Roasted Three Pepper Salad (with Frescobaldi Brut), Steamed New Zealand Cockles in Habañero Chive Broth (Frescobaldi Pomino), Herb-Crusted Roasted Australian Lamb Rack (Nipozzano Chianti Rufina "Reserva" 1999 and Mondavi-Frescobaldi Lucente 1999), an Italian cheese course (Mondavi-Frescobaldi LUCE) and dessert of Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar (La Familiglia Moscato 2001 and Luce Grappa).

Cost is $60; reservations available through Friday. Call 951-6900.

More wine dining

Ferrari-Carano Winemaker's Dinner: A five-course dinner paired to the Ferrari-Carrano Northern California wines, 6 p.m. tomorrow at Kamuela Provision Company and Wine Bar in the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The menu: Kalua Clams, Kamuela Baby Greens with Teardrop Tomatoes (both served with 2001 Fume Blanc), Seared Opah (2001 Alexander Valley Chardonnay), Macadamia Pesto-Crusted Rack of Lamb (1999 Siena and 1997 Trésor Reserve) and a "Message in a Bottle" chocolate dessert (2000 Eldorado Noir). Cost is $75. Call 808-886-1234, Ext. 54.

Red-wine tasting: Taste B.V. Cellar Select Cabernet, J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon and Clos du Bois Marlstone Meritage, 5 to 7 p.m. May 27, Morton's Steakhouse. Cost of $15 includes appetizers. Call 949-1300.

Meritage wine classes: Mark Gmur from Better Brands leads wine-appreciation classes, 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 29 (champagne and sparkling wines) and June 10 (dessert wines and port), at Meritage in Restaurant Row. Cost of $28 includes 13 wines and appetizers by chef Mariano Lalica. Call 734-9211.

Ala Moana Hotel: Tasting of Hahn Estates wines, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and May 28 in the Mahina Lounge. Cost is $16, including light pupus.

Memorial Day specials

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: Sean Na'auo entertains at a dinner buffet, 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. next Sunday, Pikake Terrace Buffet & Broiler. Buffet includes steak grilled poolside, lobster tails, peel-and-eat shrimp. Cost is $28.95. Call 922-5811. The hotel is also offering a $50-per-night room special for those who'd rather not drive home. Call 921-4630.

L'Uraku: Four-course Weekender Lunch served through the holiday weekend, Saturday to May 26. Menu includes shrimp appetizer, salad and dessert, plus entree choices including Shrimp Katsu Udon Salad, Almond-Crusted Catch of the Day, Panko-ed Round Eggplant & Chicken Hash Sandwich, Petite Filet Mignon. Cost is $16 or $22, depending on entree choice. Call 955-0552.

Compadres Bar & Grill: Military personnel in uniform will receive 50 percent off, Friday to May 26. Call 591-8307.

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