Weekend Picks – August 14, 2008


Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Bourbon on Beretania
The Honolulu Art Academy is transformed into New Orleans with Cajun food, jazz music and decorative Spanish moss for Showcase 2008, the fundraiser benefitting the Academy's youth education programs. The restaurant lineup includes Buzz's Steakhouse, 12th Avenue Grill, and a rare appearance by Cajun chef Kevin Tate , formerly of Kevin's Two Boots, Heaven on Earth Spa Cafe and now a KCC culinary instructor.
Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Honolulu Art Academy, 900 S. Beretania Street
Just a few tickets are left. Seats are $85 per person and include all food and wine. Call 808.532.6099 or visit www.showcase08.com

Give Me A Ring
What: Discounts and free shipping on all rings made by local jewelry designer Heather Anne Nelson.
When: Through August
Where: Online only, www.bellerocce.etsy.com

On Cloud Wine
What: Five-course dinner with wine pairings by Justin Vineyards. Appetizer, salad, entree, cheese course and dessert all come with a specially chosen, appropriate glass of vino (yes, that means five glasses of wine by the end of the meal).

When: Tonight, 6 p.m.
Where: Morton's Steakhouse, Ala Moana Center
Details: The dinner is $135 all-inclusive, but reservations are a must. Call 808.949.1300.

Act Locally
What: Hundreds of locally-made gourmet food products, jewelry, and decorative arts and crafts are all together in one massive shopping venue at the Made in Hawaii Festival.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 to 9; Sunday, 10 to 5.
Blaisdell Center
Details: Admission is $3. For more info, visit www.madeinhawaiifestival.com

Hit the Gas
What: Find out how much your daily driving actually costs you, calculated by local gas prices and the exact route you take. So you finally know if saving 5 cents a gallon at Costco is really worth the drive from across town.
Where: www.drivepricing.com