Dining around the islands

Newsworthy dinner

The husband-wife news team of Denby Fawcett and Bob Jones are opening their home for a private party, to be auctioned off at the Hawaii Opera Theatre fund-raiser, the Merry Widow Ball.

Bob Jones and Denby Fawcett are planning a party.

Jones, a former television newscaster and now a Midweek columnist, will serve as chef, offering a choice of Indian, Moroccan, Irish, Cuban or Mexican menus for a party of six. Jones began cooking 30 years ago when he and Fawcett were living on a small island off Greece. It was too far to go into town, so Jones learned to cook.

From wherever they travel, they bring home sauces, spices and liquors that allow them to recreate the flavors of the countries they visit.

With Jones doing the cooking, Fawcett, a KITV reporter, will focus on the ambience.

The couple is among several offering private dinners through the HOT silent auction, to be held at the ball Nov. 8 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Also up for bid are an Audi A6 and a Rome-to-London cruise that includes a stop in Cannes during the film festival.

The event itself includes cocktails, a French dinner and entertainment, including duets and arias from "The Merry Widow," HOT's third offering of the 2004 season.

Tickets are $225; or $2,250 to $12,500 for tables of 10. Call 596-7372, Ext. 14.

Special events

2nd Annual Harvest Wine Dinner: Alan Suzuki of Robert Mondavi wines hosts a four-course dinner celebrating Mondavi's birthday and 66th Napa Valley harvest, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine. Chef Glenn Chu's menu includes Lomi Lomi Moi (with Chardonnay "Napa Valley" 2000), Razor-Sliced Prosciutto and Smoked Duck with Nalo Greens (Pinot Noir "Private Selection" 2001), Pizza Oven Roasted Rosemary and Cumin Crusted Lamb Chops (Merlot "Carneros" 1999) and dessert of Spiced Apples and Apple Banana Lumpia (Moscato d'Oro 2002). Cost is $65. Reservations must be made by noon Friday. Call 521-2900.

Island Reef Fish Wine Dinner: Chef Elmer Guzman showcases Hawaii's less elegant fish in a five-course dinner, Nov. 4 at Sam Choy's Diamond Head. The menu: Filipino-influenced Moi Ceviche (with Gloria Ferre Blanc de Noir), Pan-Seared Akule with Pea Shoot Salad (Garguilo Pino Grigio Money Road Rance 2002), Poached Island Mullet in Fennel Broth (Clairborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2001/Gloria Ferrer Pinot Noir 2001), Seared Goatfish on Creamy Kabocha Risotto (Hangtime Pinot Noir Carneros 2001), plus dessert. Cost is $60. Call 732-8645.

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