Quick Bites: Vino, d.k. Steakhouse, LCC

Apr. 2, 2015 | 1 Comment In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Chef Mavro will put a twist on traditional Vietnamese  pho by using free-range and grass-fed Niman Ranch pork and wrapping it with bacon. (Courtesy Chef Mavro)

Chef Mavro will put a twist on traditional Vietnamese pho by using free-range and grass-fed Niman Ranch pork and wrapping it with bacon. (Courtesy Chef Mavro)

BY MICHELLE RAMOS / mramos@staradvertiser.com

Welcome to Bourbon Street: d.k Steak House is offering a craft cocktail dinner for 36 people Thursday. Diners who snag a reservation will be treated to bourbon-based, handcrafted drinks created by Alicia Yama­chika of Livestock Tavern and Joanna Valerio of Lewers Lounge.

The libations will be paired with a Shinsato Farms head cheese and Hudson Valley foie gras pate, lyonnaise salad, blackened snapper and filet mignon with Gorgonzola cheese gratin. The meal will be topped off with a ganache-covered, spiced dark chocolate decadence dessert with a choice of coffee or tea.

Cost: $88. Find d.k Steak House at the Wai­kiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 2552 Kala­kaua Ave. Reserve at 931-6280.

Downtown Uncorked: Support the YWCA of Oahu with an evening at Cafe Julia featuring music, wine, sake and gourmet food, 6 to 9 p.m. April 10 at 1040 Richards St.

Pre-sale tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. To find out more, go to ywcaoahu.org and click on “Upcoming Events.”

Wine tasting: The topic of Vino’s next wine tasting is “Classical ‘Country’ Wines from Loire Valley.”

Attendees will taste four French wines — 2012 Chateau Epire Anjou Rouge Clos de la Ceri­saie, 2009 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge La Moussiere, 2012 Denis Jamain Domain de Reuilly Les Pierres Plates and 2012 Cham­pa­lou Vouvray — for $16.

The tasting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. To reserve, call 533-4476 or email Cheryle at cgomez@dkrestaurants.com.

Leeward showcase: The Pig & the Lady chef Andrew Le will work alongside culinary students at Leeward Community College to pre­sent a Chef Showcase Dinner on April 10. The event is open to the public.

Le’s eclectic menu is inspired by the home cooking of his mother, known as Mama Le; the culinary heritage of Vietnam, Asia and the Pacific; and the local food movement.

Le’s signature Salad of Sprouting Seeds will start out the meal, with seasonal fruit, chrysanthemum, Otsu­ji Farm lettuces, puffed rice and a date vinaigrette.

>> Featured on the menu: sashimi with citrus ice, smoked shoyu and wasabi greens; gnocchi served with an Octopus Bolognese, saffron, crispy potato skins, pomegranate and fennel fronds; and Shinsato pork with cho­rizo piper­rada, olive oil potatoes, leeks braised in espelette and apple cider, hazelnuts, tomato seed vinaigrette and mustard greens.

>> For dessert: Caramelized Avocado Cake with local bee pollen, strawberries, pea shoots and corn gelato.

Wine pairings will be set by sommelier Chuck Furuya.

Seating begins at 6 p.m., with a last seating at 7:30.

Cost for the dinner is $70, $85 with wine. Call 455-0298 for information and reservations.

Le, a 2001 graduate of Saint Louis School, completed a program at the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 2006. Upon returning to Hawaii, he worked with George Mavro­thalassitis, aka Chef Mavro, rising to sous-chef.

In 2011 he helped start up The Pig & the Lady farmers market stand, offering his family’s take on Vietnamese staples and inspired variations.

The Pig & the Lady found a permanent home in Chinatown and has since been recognized with numerous awards and accolades.

The showcase dinner, offered once each semester, provides LCC culinary students the chance to work with and learn directly from Hawaii’s top chefs.

Chef Mavro does pho: Chef Mavro has prepared a second part to his fresh, seasonal menu.

In celebration of the season, Mavro has taken traditional Vietnamese pho and kicked it up several notches by using free-range and grass-fed pork from Niman Ranch. Before roasting the meat, he wraps it with thin slices of bacon; he then takes the small pieces and bones and makes a pork jus which eventually becomes a consomme that the waiter pours over the pork, mung bean vermicelli and kale at diners’ tables.

For a complete menu and to reserve, call 944-4714 or go to chefmavro.com.

Free pizza for keiki: Sbarro at Ala Moana, Pearlridge and Royal Hawaiian shopping centers is offering kids one free cheese or pepperoni slice through April 19. To get the free piece, kids must bring in a picture of themselves with the Easter Bunny, and parents must spend at least $5.

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  • blackandwhiteohana

    “…parents must spend at least $5.”

    That is NOT my definition of free.