Dining around the islands


Dennis Bunsold, left, Marcie Frampton and Adnan and Patricia Daoud sample wines at last year's Kapalua Wine & Food Festival.

Neighbor islands bring
out celebrity chefs
for festivals

Two neighbor island festivals help kick off summer with fancy foods, fine wines and celebrity chefs.

Dolphin Days

The Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island celebrates Dolphin Days June 26 to 28, with an educational dolphin program, golf tournament and nightly eating extravaganzas:

Culinary Soiree: The Hilton's chefs explore the theme "What's Hot and What's Not," anticipating food trends and revisiting past fads. At 7 p.m. June 26; $75.

Aloha Friday Luau: A Hawaiian food buffet and tropical drinks, accompanied by Tihati Production drummers and dancers. At 6 p.m. June 27; $75 ($35 children).

The Great Waikoloa Food, Wine & Music Festival: Includes unlimited samplings of dishes from more than two dozen Hawaii restaurants. Guest chefs include Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise, D.K. Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Fred D'Angelo of Tiki's Grill, Göran Streng of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Edwin Goto of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Amy Ferguson-Ota of Oodles of Noodles. At 6 p.m. June 28; $95 presale, $110 at the door ($45 children).

Call 808-886-1234 for information on any of the events.

Kapalua wine fest

Ming Tsai fills the role of celebrity chef of honor at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, July 10 to 13 at Maui's Kapalua Bay resorts.

Tsai, host of the Food Networks' "East Meets West" and "Ming's Quest" and owner of Blue Ginger in Boston, hosts a cooking demonstration on day 4 of the festival.

Master sommelier and author Andrea Immer coordinates the annual event, with its workshops, wine-tastings and dining events. Highlights:

Grand Tasting: More than 100 wineries will be featured, along with food by the Kapalua Bay Hotel & Ocean Villas. July 11; $130.

Kapalua Seafood Festival: Immer's wine selections are matched to dishes by Maui chefs. July 13; $130.

Seminars: On rum mixology, sushi-making, Old World/New World wines, Russian River Valley pinot noirs and artisinal cheeses. Cost is $50 to $75 per event.

Packages including all events and accommodations are available. Call 800-KAPALUA.

Beer and food

Sam Adams' beers will be featured at a four-course dinner at Indigo Eurasian Cuisine, 6:30 p.m. June 25.

Chef Glenn Chu's menu includes Oven-Roasted Waialua Tilapia over Lomi Salmon Brandade (with Sam Adams' Summer Ale), Tataki of Duck Magret with Mango (with Pale Ale), Kecap Manis- and Peppercorn-Braised Beef Short Ribs (with Boston Lager), and dessert of Haupia Chocolate Torte (with Crème Stout).

Cost is $48 in advance or $52 at the door. Call 521-2900.

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