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Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Culinary calendar

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VALENTINE'S CHOCOLATE TASTING, and wine pairing, including discussion of chocolate's history, production and health benefits, and its use in sweet and savory appetizers and meals; 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Brasserie Du Vin; limited seating; $29; reservations, 545-1115.

EIGHTH ANNUAL 'SEA OF LOVE' VALENTINE'S DINNER, four-course dinner with sparkling wine pairings, 6-8 p.m. seatings, Feb. 14, Maui Ocean Center Aquarium; $99; required reservations, 808-270-7088

'OHANA PA'INA, annual Spring fundraiser lū'au for Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus, with all you can eat, country store and silent auction, lei for sale and entertainment (no take-out), 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Community Church of Honolulu; $35 (student price available); 521-2982, www.hyoc.org.

VALENTINE'S DAY CHOCOLATE FANTASY BAZAAR, with home-baked chocolate goods, as well as fruits and other goodies dipped in a chocolate fountain; to fund programs for the elderly, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Pearl City Hongwanji Mission; 455-1680.

12th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS PARTY, with crawfish boil and Cajun dishes, Carnaval music and Brazilian dance, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 16, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Aloha Tower Marketplace; no cover; 599-4877.


HEALTHY CHOICES AND YOU, food shopping tour, with focus on shopping for foods with high nutritional value; 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17; Whole Foods Market, Kāhala; free; reservations, 738-0820.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET VALUE TOUR, focused on shopping on a budget; 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 20 and 27, at the Kāhala store; information, 738-0820.

MĀLAMA MAUNALUA BAY COMMUNITY TALK-STORY, learn more about issues threatening Maunalua Bay, Hawai'i Kai; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15; Whole Foods Market, Kāhala; free; information, 738-0820.

HAWAII NATIONAL BANK 28th annual Chinese New Year culture and food display with 30-minute tours, for public and school groups, bank hours, Mondays through Fridays, through Feb. 26; HNB main branch, 45 N. King St.; tour reservations, 528-7768.

BRASSERIE DU VIN invites volunteer musicians to entertain diners on the piano in the main dining room; contact Jody at jody.duvin@yahoo.com.


CITY PEOPLE'S OPEN MARKETS: 25 sites offering weekly sale of agricultural and aquaculture products, ethnic and other food items, at discounted prices; information, 522-7088 or www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/pom.

KING'S VILLAGE FARMERS' MARKET, featuring several fresh produce stands, presented by King's Village and Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort and Spa, along with ceremonial Changing of the Guard Ceremony (6:15 p.m.), 4-9 p.m. Fridays; 237-6340.

KEAUHOU FARMERS MARKETS: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesdays, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, front lawn; and Saturday mornings, nearby Keauhou Shopping Center, Big Island; information, 808-930-4900.

KAUA'I COMMUNITY MARKET, sponsored by Kaua'i County Farm Bureau and Kaua'i Community College, with locally grown food, culinary treats, agricultural and culinary demonstrations and "talk story," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, KCC campus, front parking lot, fronting Grove Farm; 808-337-9944.

KAPI'OLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE public cooking classes at its Diamond Head campus, with one-on-one classes in culinary arts laboratories and lecture rooms; various courses, including knife skills, sandwiches, noodles, breakfasts, "Girl's Night Out," Mexican, Mediterranean, Southern, Asian, Chinese New Year's, baking, wine and chocolates; times and prices, call 734-9211.

FRESH DAYS, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente; shop for affordable, locally grown produce, get information on shopping and eating healthier, and try food samples; 432-2270:

• Honolulu Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, main entrance and lobby area.

• Moanalua Medical Center, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, main entrance.

• Waipi'o Clinic, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, front entrance and main lobby.

ST. CLEMENT'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FARMERS MARKET, with local, fresh produce and farm products, and takeout meals or sit-down dining; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, at the Makiki parish; 735-4550.

Waikīkī Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; Waikīkī Community Center; free; 923-1802.

INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE FARMERS MARKET, 4-8 p.m. Thursdays; free; information, 922-2724.


"UNCORKED," an interactive wine course for wine lovers and novices, with different wine/ wine region focus each month; 6-8 p.m. first Wednesday monthly; Pearl Ultralounge, Ala Moana Center; $20; reservations required, 944-8000.

A Cook's Tour of Chinatown: Walter Rhee leads a tour of Downtown markets, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays; meet near Hawaii National Bank, between King and Smith streets; $25. Also: CHINATOWN EATERIES TOUR, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays; meet at same location; $69. Information: www.waltereatshawaii.com; reservations: 391-1550, walter@waltereatshawaii.com.

WALTER RHEE COOKING CLASSES: various topics, times; Information: www.waltereatshawaii.com; reservations: 391-1550, walter@waltereatshawaii.com.

WEEKLY WINE EVENTS: Brasserie Du Vin, 1115 Bethel St.; limited seating, reservations required; 545-1115:

• Dinner/wine pairing, 6 p.m. Mondays; $49; no menu substitutions.

• Wine Tasting Club, with different weekly themes and available meat/cheese plates, appetizers and happy-hour prices, 6 p.m. Tuesdays; $20 (tax and tip additional).

12th AVE GRILL "CRAFT BAR," featuring handcrafted microbrews, house-made tapas and handpicked wine flights; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 12th Ave Grill, Kaimukī; 732-9469.

COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTINGS, with different themes every week, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; and Pau Hana Wine & Cheese Tastings, 4-8 p.m. second and third Fridays; The Wine Stop; free; 946-3707.

MONTHLY RECIPE CONTEST, offered by Don Ho's Island Grill, Aloha Tower Marketplace, different theme monthly; winning recipe (must be original with "Island flair" matching restaurant's menu) will be monthly special. Drop off typed recipe, name, address and phone number at restaurant; information: 528-0807.

Send announcements to: Culinary Calendar, Island Life, The Advertiser, 605 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813; islandlife@honoluluadvertiser.com, with "Cul Cal" in the subject line; or fax 525-8055.