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Upcoming Food Events: Wine Dinners, Cooking Classes and More

The best food and drink events around Honolulu.


Outstanding in the Field

Join chef Mark Noguchi at this month's Outstanding in the Field dinner at Kualoa Ranch.


Penfolds Winemaker Dinner Party at Tiki’s

One of the oldest wineries in Australia, Penfolds, is teaming up with Tiki’s Grill and Bar for six courses of wining and dining. From Riesling to Chardonnay, Shiraz to Cabernet, each wine is selected by Penfolds winemaking ambassador DLynn Proctor and chef Ronnie Nasuti. The meal includes a Kualoa oyster shooter, tako, ocean-farmed moi, ostrich tenderloin tataki, sasusage cassoulet, lamb and a Mānoa chocolate trio.

2570 Kalākaua Ave., Jan. 14, 6–8:30 p.m., $79 early special, including tax and gratuity ($99 general), tickets available at eventbrite.com


No-Knead Bread

Learn to make your own bread (sans bread maker) without having to knead the dough till your arms fall off. Joan Namkoong, a freelance food writer (and sometimes contributor to HONOLULU), will show you the simple method at this Cookspace class. Other Cookspace classes are bound to fill up as well, so browse the website and reserve a spot now. 1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 2360, Jan. 15, 6–7:30 p.m., $52.33 including tax, 695-2205, register here


Ho‘oku‘i Pop-Up Dinner

At this month’s Honolulu Night Market, check out a Filipino-style dinner in the alley behind the warehouses. Ho‘oku‘i Catering will provide a five-course meal whose theme, “inihaw,” means to grill or cook over open fire in Tagalog. Chef Abraham Jazmin will prepare pandan-and-salt-roasted and grilled chicken, grilled steak with green onions and kalamansi aioli, grilled goat, cornbread, pickled green papaya and more. 441 Cooke St., Jan. 17, 7–9 p.m., $50, honolulunightmarket.com


Chef Vikram Cooks

Halekūlani executive chef Vikram Garg will prepare a vegetarian dinner with dishes drawing influence from across India, accompanied by wines from Young’s Market Co., to benefit the Hawai‘i Culinary Education Foundation. We’re talking momos from East India, pau bhaji from West India, paneer subz tikka, naan and more from North India, and chettinaad ‘ulu, beans porrial, sāmbhar and more from South India. And for dessert? Kulfi, an ice-cream-like dish made with roasted macadamia nuts, mango and pistachio. Go online to see descriptions of each menu item. 2199 Kālia Road, Jan. 25, 6–10 p.m., $160 including tax, gratuity and valet, chefvikramcooks.eventbrite.com

Squab at 12th Ave Grill

Squab at 12th Ave Grill
Photo: Courtesy of 12th Ave Grill


Opici Italian Wine Dinner

The 2015 Hale ‘Aina Restaurant of the Year, 12th Ave Grill, will host its first wine dinner of the year this month, featuring a Duroc pork tomahawk chop and complex Italian wines from Opici Wines. Each of the four courses, a sardine salad, scallop carpaccio, pork chop and squab, will be paired with a wine selected by wine director Rick Lilley. For dessert, enjoy an affogato with peanut butter biscotti and Meletti chocolate liqueur. See the menu and buy tickets here. 1120 12th Ave., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., $85 including tax and gratuity, 732-9469.


Outstanding in the Field

This roving supper club is back in the Islands for the fourth year in a row, this time reuniting Mark Noguchi with Kualoa Ranch. And, if you’re up for the trip, chef Bonita Lao of the Big Island will do a dinner on Jan. 28 at Mauna Kea Tea. 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, Jan. 25, 3 p.m., $210, outstandinginthefield.com


Cinco de Búho

May is still a few months away, but this rooftop Mexican restaurant wants to celebrate the fifth of every month. Coming up on Feb. 5 (and March 5, and April 5…), gorge yourself on $3 tapas, and join in the monthly taco-eating contest. Drinks on special are just $5 while live music wafts through the open-air lānai. 2250 Kalākaua Ave., Suite 525, Feb. 5, 6–10 p.m., 922-2846.


Valentine’s Day Scholarship Brunch

Leeward Community College’s annual fundraiser, whose proceeds go toward scholarships for high school students wishing to join LCC’s Culinary Arts Program, will feature those very students cooking brunch. Look forward to made-to-order omelets, banana pancakes with coconut syrup, a variety of salads, kabayaki meatballs and more. See the menu here. LCC Uluwehi Café and Lion Courtyard, Feb. 15, 7:30–11:30 a.m., $17 presale, $22 at the door, $8 for 5–10-year-olds, children under 5 free, 455-0298.




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