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Quick Bites: Tiki’s, ‘Wine and Dine,’ Doraku, more
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Langtry Wine Dinner: Enjoy a wine dinner party featuring the wines of Langtry Estate & Vineyards at Tiki’s Grill & Bar on Monday.
Langtry Estate proprietor Easton Manson will be on hand for this five-course meal.
Start with an amuse bouche of Hawaiian opihi with yuzu ponzu, toasted kukui nuts and sea beans, to be paired with Guenoc Lake County Sauvignon Blanc.
Next is a day-boat scallop sphere with Big Island avocado paired with Guenoc Lake Country Chardonnay, followed by fresh Manoa rabbit confit gnocchi ravioli paired with Guenoc Claret North Coast 2010.
The highlight is “Three Game Meats” featuring Cervena elk, Big Island wild boar sausage ragout and pulehu-style buffalo steak and eggs, to be paired with a Langtry Estate Petite Sirah Serpentine Meadow flight from ’05, ’06 and ’07.
Dessert is a chocolate trio with candied bacon, pot de creme and macadamia nut truffle paired with Guenoc Port.
Langtry Estate & Vineyards is in Guenoc Valley in Lake County, Calif.
Cost is $59 per person. Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave. Tickets are available at tikilangtreeguenoc.eventbrite.com or 923-8454.
‘Wine and Dine’ Fundraiser: The Oahu Visitor Industry Charity Walk kicks off with a “Wine and Dine” fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Waterfront Plaza (Restaurant Row) on March 20.
Supporters can enjoy a cheese and fresh fruit platter, vegetable crudite, beef carving station (served with creamed horseradish and freshly baked rolls), mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, osso bucco ravioli, sweet potato casserole and, for dessert, tiramisu.
Southern Wine & Spirits will take care of pairing wines with each item on the special Ruth’s Chris Steak House menu.
The money raised will stay on the island to help benefit the community.
The fundraiser takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 500 Ala Moana Blvd.
Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations recommended by calling the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association at 923-0407 or emailing email@example.com. RSVP no later than March 15.
Doraku Kaka’ako: Doraku Kaka’ako is open at the Pacifica, the new high-rise condominium on Kapiolani Boulevard; next door, sister restaurant Blue Tree Cafe offers local, organic coffee, house-made almond milk, healthy juice blends and kombucha tea, along with a selection of pastries, a raw zucchini pesto salad and gluten-free macaroni made with quinoa shells.
Doraku Kaka’ako is the second restaurant opened on Oahu by the Aoki Group (run by Kevin Aoki, eldest son of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki). The first Doraku Sushi is on the second floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki.
Doraku offers sushi, sashimi, Japanese-style garlic steak, specialty cocktails, sake and more.
Look for specialty rolls like the Red Dragon Roll — spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and avocado topped with unagi, red tobiko, nori and spicy aioli.
Find the restaurants on the ground floor of the Pacifica, 1009 Kapiolani Blvd. (between Pensacola Street and Ward Avenue). Valet service is available in the Pacifica garage. Info: 591-0101 or www.dorakusushi.com.
To learn more about Blue Tree Cafe, visit www.bluetreehawaii.com.
Kailua Town Farmers Market: The inaugural Kailua Town Farmers Market took place on the last Sunday in February, and the market continues weekly.
The market, managed by Pamela Boyar and Annie Suite, offering a variety of foodstuffs, including local coffee, locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables, baked goods, paiai (freshly pounded taro), honey, goat cheese, sugar cane juice, fried green tomatoes, Belgian-style waffles and crepes, smoked fish and poke bowls. There’s also live music by Paul Izak & Seeds of Love and a shaded seating area.
Visit the Kailua Town Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Kailua Elementary School.
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