Weekend Picks – October 2, 2008


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

Amazing Graze
Stroll around to tasting stations from 14 renowned chefs in honor of Roy’s 20th anniversary. Alan Wong will be there, so will Ming Tsai of Food Network fame and Lee Hefter from Spago Beverly Hills.
When: Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kapi‘olani Farmer's Market site
Details: Tickets are $200 per person, and proceeds benefit the Cuilinary Institute of America. Purchase at any Roy’s location.

Hail to the Chef
What: Want to know how to cook like Roy’s friends? One of them, local boy Tony Liu, who’s cooked at NYC’s Lespinasse, Daniel and Babbo restaurants – and now presides over the Big Apple’s Morandi restaurant – shows how to make Raw Squash Salad and Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe.

When: Monday, 5 p.m.
Macy’s Ala Moana Center, Demonstration Kitchen, Level Four
Details: Free and open to the public. For more info, call 945-5894.

Blast from the Past
What: Hawai‘i Fashion Incubator cleans out the closet at UH’s Costume Collection to show off some truly vintage looks in their Threads of Hope exhibit at Aloha Tower Marketplace. The authentic garments from the 1800’s to the 1980
s are all pink to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
When: Get the first look at the opening party Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.; exhibit runs through October.
Where: Exhibit space on second floor of Aloha Tower Marketplace, makai-Diamond Head center courtyard.
Details: Click here for exhibition schedule.

Paint the Town Pink
What: The Pink Party, a silent auction and cocktail party with all proceeds going to Design Within Reach’s Race For the Cure team. Sip Grey Goose L’Orange cocktails and bid on items like a Coach pink satin evening bag, haircuts with Kerastase conditioning treatments from Chop Salon, jewelry from Paradisus Jewelry, and a gift basket from Bare Escentuals.
When: Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Design Within Reach, Ala Moana Center
Details: Call the store for more info, 808.941.2112.

Bust-Have Jewels
What: Donate to breast cancer research and get some new bling while you’re at it. Midori Jewelry’s special earrings ($65) and necklace ($140), in shades of pink, are available only during October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from each piece – $50 from the necklace and $25 from the earrings – go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the name of your choice. Buy both items, and get a special limited edition Think Pink necklace from the Twinkle collection.
When: Through October 31
Where: Online at www.midorijewelry.com or check the site’s list of events where the jewelry will be sold.
Details: While you’re shopping, look for other pink items that are 20 percent off in the online store.

In Good Taste
What: Small plates from 20 restaurants, such as Formaggio, P.F. Chang’s and others, plus all the wine you can drink at the Taste at Kapolei.
When: Saturday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Ko‘olina Resort, Lagoon 4
Details: Tickets, $75 per person, benefiting Ko‘olina Charities. More info at www.tasteatkapolei.com

Art Me Up
What: Pecha Kucha night, a local artist speed show-and-tell with 20 designers, photographers and others giving quick 20-second, 20-image presentations of their work. Melisa Medalle of Meesah Jewelry and Aaron Yoshino of Honozooloo.com are just two who are featured this month. Founded in Tokyo, Pech Kucha nights are now held in 138 cities around the globe.
When: Thursday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Academy Art Center at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street
Details: Call 808.532.8700 or visit www.pecha-kucha.org