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Events:

When's the last time you went to Waialua and explored some of its food and agriculture? This Saturday's fifth annual Taste of Waialua is your chance. Shop at Waialua Farmers' Market at 8:30am, attend a coffee seminar with coffee expert Shawn Steiman (author of The Hawaii Coffee Book), hop on the bus for a Waialua farm tour, from taro to cacao.

Farmers' market starts at 8:30 a.m., coffee seminar at 9:30 a.m. at Island X Hawaii, tours depart the historic sugar mill at 10:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Call 808-779-7439 to pre-register for a tour. tasteofwaialua.com

It's Stage's 5th birthday party. To celebrate, it's offering a two-for-one deal from April 9 through April 20.
Reservations are required, call 237-5429, stagerestauranthawaii.com

Think you make the best poke? Then enter the poke contest at the Hawaii Ocean Expo. Compete in three categories—ahi, tako and vegetarian poke—for a chance to win two round trip flights to the West Coast.
April 21 and 22. Find the full list of rules here.

Make your reservations for the Lancaster Winemaker Dinner, with a four-course dinner by Chef Hardy at Michel's, including an Alsatian style escargot soup, a DLT (duck prosciutto, lettuce and tomato sandwich with foie gras) and a napoleon of Wagyu tenderloin.
$110, 6 p.m. on April 24. Reservations required: 923-6552

Industry news:

The Lounge at Nobu Waikiki launches its new spring menu. On the savory side, find a tomato tostada with avocado miso, short ribs with potato croquette and skewers of house cured pork belly. For dessert, choose from "The Carrot," with carrot ice cream and a five spiced carrot crumble, or Matcha "Pudding" with kinako meringue.
The Lounge at Nobu is open nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight, 237-6999

The Blue Tomato by Alan Wong wins the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) cookbook award, one of the most prestigious in the industry. Fellow nominees included Home Cooking with Jean-George Vongerichten and The Art of Living According to Joe Beef. This is the first national win on such a level for any Hawaii-published cookbook.

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