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Quick Bites: Cafe Julia, Lemongrass Cafe, Du Vin, more
Cafe Julia perks: If you haven’t had a chance to try Cafe Julia at the YWCA in downtown Honolulu yet, you might want to make it a stop after a visit to ‘Iolani Palace.
Show the cafe proof of your ‘Iolani Palace ticket stub (or YWCA membership) for 10 percent off your bill.
The cafe (named after architect Julia Morgan, who designed the historic YWCA building) offers a full menu for lunch.
Besides appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas, selections include the Cafe Julia Burger ($12.50), Filipino-inspired roasted pork belly ($14) and furikake-crusted New Zealand salmon on ochazuke risotto ($24) plus desserts including a yuzu creme brulee and mango cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
Cafe Julia is open for lunch Monday through Friday (breakfast Tuesday through Friday and Sunday) at the YWCA, 1040 Richards St. Reservations are recommended at 533-3334.
Wild dinner: If you love meat, you’ll be interested in “The Wild Things Pop Up Dinner” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lemongrass Cafe.
The McClellan men — Kekoa and his brother Keali’i, father James and Uncle Aimoku — will be cooking up a main course of smoked Lanai venison with saffron and crimini risotto, shepherd’s pie, boar bacon and Grand Marnier-infused truffles. Starters also include braised he’e (octopus) and hoio (edible fern) salad.
The Lemongrass Cafe is at the Pacific Gateway Center, 83 N. King St. Price is $30 per person. Wine, beer and mixed drinks will be available for purchase.
Only 50 seats are available, so reservations are recommended by calling 851-7010 or emailing email@example.com.
Summertime brews: The theme of Brasserie Du Vin’s next Brewer’s Table is summertime.
The four-course beer dinner features summer-inspired dishes starting with a watermelon, radish, baby mizuna and goat cheese salad paired with Deschutes Twilight; a second course of fried green tomatoes and crispy pork belly with a zesty chimichurri paired with Hawaii Nui Sunset Amber Ale; and a third course of New England lobster bake with clams and Kahuku corn in a rich saffron broth paired with Coopers Stout.
Dessert is a Pate a Choux Sundae — sea salt-caramel-flavored gelato-filled cream puffs topped with chocolate and candied pecans — paired with Lindemans Framboise.
Cost is $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations required; call 545-1115.
The Silk Road: Sample foods from countries along the Silk Road trade routes prepared by Alan Wong and accompanied by wines from R. Field as part of a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. July 29 at The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong at Macy’s Ala Moana Center.
Also enjoy entertainment by guitarist Shoji Ledward and the Gee Yung International Martial Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association. Proceeds support programs and services for people with multiple sclerosis throughout Hawaii.
Cost is $125 per person, $2,500 for a table of eight. Reservations required by July 20; contact Candice at 532-0808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening in Paradise: Hawaii island chefs are gathering for “An Evening in Paradise,” a culinary extravaganza benefiting Hawaii Island United Way from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows’ Hale Hoaloha Pavilion.
More than 23 Hawaii island chefs from Roy’s, Sam Choy’s and Huggos Fine Dining are featuring their signature dishes, along with Mauna Lani Bay’s culinary team.
Expect to enjoy plenty of fresh island seafood, beef from local ranchers and produce from local farmers. Desserts include mochi pudding cake, a lilikoi float and sugar cookies with dulce de leche. Young’s Market will be serving up a Ty Ku Coconut Sake Cocktail.
Cost is $85 per person (12 and older) and $50 per child (5 to 11 years old). Tickets are available from Hawaii Island United Way at 808-935-6393 or at KTA Super Stores, Waikoloa Village Market, and First Hawaiian Bank and Bank of Hawaii branches.