Dining around the islands

Chefs Raul Bermudez, of Big Wave Cafe; Tom Muromoto, of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel; and Mike Gallagher, of Sea House Restaurant, will be cooking fresh fish and more at "A Taste of Lahaina."

Taste of Lahaina to
crown new winners in
benefit for Maui youths

Chefs from throughout the islands will gather at "A Taste of Lahaina" Friday and Saturday at Lahaina Recreation Park II.

Marriott Hotel chefs from Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Guam will compete in the Best of the Taste Competition against these winners from last year's event: Tom Muromoto, of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel; D.K. Kodama, of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar; and Mike Gallagher, of Sea House Restaurant.

More than 25 restaurants will be represented, with the offerings running from mahimahi over jasmine rice to Moose McGillicuddy's spaghetti and meatballs.

Participating restaurants donate 50 percent of their earnings to "A Taste of Lahaina" to benefit several Maui youth groups, including schools and athletic organizations.

Keali'i Reichel heads an entertainment list that also includes Malino, Zacc Kekona, Hulu Lindsey, Raiatea Helm, Pure Aloha, Kupaa, Keahiwai and Three Plus.

Admission is $3. Hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. both nights. Call the Lahaina Town Action Committee, 667-9175.

Barbecue festival

Dixie Grill restaurants are hosting a Bar-b-Que Fest tomorrow through Sept. 28. Special appetizers for the month include Smoked Tomato Carolina Bisque, Na'wlens Bar-b-que Shrimp and Dixie Mini Bar-b-que Burgers at five for $6. Entrees include Blackened Mississippi Catfish, Bar-b-que Beef Sandwich and Bar-b-que Shrimp BLT and a Trash Can 'O' Bar-b-Que (with ribs, sausage, chicken and beef brisket).

Daily specials: Beer-boiled and grilled Johnsonville Brats on Mondays, barbecued spaghetti on Tuesdays, Sam Adams' Drunken Clams on Wednesdays, barbecued pot roast on Thursdays and crab-stuffed snapper on Fridays.

Dixie Grill Aiea celebrates its third anniversary Saturday, with Charlie Garrett hosting country-western entertainment from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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

Cheese, please

This month's meeting of the Cheese Culture features cheeses from the French regions of Auvergne, Limousin, Languedoc, Perigord and the Basque Country, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mariposa at Neiman Marcus.

Karen Syrmos, president of Island Epicure, an importer of fine cheese, will introduce the selections. Wines will be offered to match the cheeses.

Cost is $25. Call 951-3420.

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