Yves Garnier, left, and Khamtan Tanhchaleun, the current and original chefs of La Mer at the Halekulani, will be among a dozen chefs taking part in an Oct. 15 reunion of Halekulani chefs, "Masters of the Palate." With them are Ian Riseley, left, Gran Streng and Shawn Smith, who will also take part.

A culinary reunion

The Halekulani is hosting a homecoming of chefs who've baked, braised and sauted in the resort's kitchens.

A dozen chefs -- from Khamtan Tanhchaleun, who opened Orchids and La Mer, to Darryl Fujita and Yves Garnier, who run those restaurants now -- will be showcased in "Masters of the Palate," 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the hotel's Garden Courtyard and Ballroom.

Philippe Padovani, Gran Streng and Edwin Goto are among the chefs who've gone on to run their own restaurants, but will return to the Halekulani for the event.

Tickets are $100, to benefit community college culinary programs. The price includes an all-you-can-eat sampling of the featured chefs' selections and wines selected by master sommelier Chuck Furuya and Halekulani cellarmaster Randy Ching. Call 931-5040.

Corny celebration

Come learn about corn at the 17th Corn Field Day, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the University of Hawaii's Waimanalo Research Station.

This annual event, sponsored by UH's Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science, includes a field tour, displays of corn varieties and a tasting of corn dishes prepared by chef Alfredo Cabacungan and his students from the event's co-sponsor, Kapiolani Community College's Culinary Arts Program.

This year's displays feature the "Sweet Sarah" Hawaii-bred supersweet hybrids.

The research station is at 41-696 Ahiki St. in Waimanalo. Call 956-8351.

Hele on to Ho'okipa

A few tickets remain to Kapiolani Community College's annual benefit gala, Ho'okipa 2004, at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

The dinner party shows off the skills of KCC's culinary instructors and students.

Entertainment is by Robert Cazimero.

Tickets are $125, to benefit the school's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program.

Call 734-9570.

Attention chocoholics!

All the chocolate you can eat.

If that very statement makes your heart beat faster, Emmanuel Episcopal Church has the event for you: the second-annual Chocolate Extravaganza, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church in Kailua.

Local restaurants, bakeries and specialty shops -- including Chocolate Fountains of Hawaii -- are donating the treats, as well as amateur bakers competing for a people's choice prize.

Cost is $10; children under 4 free. Proceeds benefit the church and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for low-income families.

The church is at 780 Keolu Drive; call 262-4548.

Taste of Taiwan

Sample the delicacies of Taiwan at a cultural fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park.

The Taiwanese Association of America's Hawaii Chapter is hosting the event, to feature traditional music and costumes, as well as dishes such as crunchy meat balls, dried bean curd with sauce, tea-leaf egg and fish cake with jelly.

Tickets are $10 for the food tasting, but the entertainment is free. Call 778-8189.

How to bake

Kapiolani Community College offers a Saturday series of "Baking Basics" classes taught by pastry chefs Abigail Langlas and Mark Silva. Classes cost $45 each. Registration runs three weeks in advance; call 734-9211.

The schedule:

Bread Baking II: 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 30.

Malasadas and More: 8 a.m. to noon, Nov. 13.

Holiday Cookies: 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 20.

More cooking classes

Honolulu's Best Unexplored Asian Restaurant Tour: Food writer Walter Rhee leads the walking tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $69, which includes lunch. Tours repeat on the second Saturdays of each month through May. For meeting place call 391-1550 or e-mail SeafoodAdv@aol.com.

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Cooking Class: Learn about cooking techniques and low-fat products, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Cost is $30, which includes lots of samples. Reservations required: 566-3780.

Starches 101: Chef/instructor Grant Sato explains how to cook starches including rice, beans, potatoes, pasta and couscous; 8 a.m. to noon, Oct. 30, Kapiolani Community College. Cost is $45. Call 734-9211.

A shinier Star

The yearlong renovation of Star Market in Moiliili is complete. The store now features fresh-food bars with poke, salad, hot entres, sushi, cheese and olives. Also new is a Healthy Living program that will point out organic, natural, low-carb, low-sodium, sugar-free, fat-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products.

Today and tomorrow the store is offering the first 250 customers a 20-pound bag of rice for $2, with $20 purchase.

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