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Upcoming culinary events — near and far

April 18, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Traveling to the Big Island? The oceanfront Manta restaurant at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big island will uncork an Italian wine dinner April 29, featuring Silvio di Silvio. Enjoy selections from wine regions of Italy such as Veneto, Umbria and Tuscany, paired with a multi-course feast by Executive Chef George Gomes Jr.

For instance, savor hand-cut pappardelle pasta with island wild boar ragu, grilled boar chop and baby carrots “agra dolce.” Then sip TorCalvano Vino Noble de Montepulciano 2007. Cost is $125 per person, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call (808)-882-5810.

On Maui, the 22nd Annual Maui Onion Festival will kick off at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, May 7 featuring celebrity chefs and free food samplings, the Maui onion recipe contest, keiki and adult raw Maui onion eating contests, food and product booths, local music and entertainment, retail offerings, and free parking. Activities continue until 9 p.m. Bring the whole family. Visit

The next Vegas Uncork’d will pay tribute to legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse. Sponsored by Bon Appétit magazine, the event publicity team has announced the addition of an extraordinary culinary experience, "Toques Off to Paul Bocuse," to its fifth annual weekend of events, May 5-8. On Saturday, May 7, an unprecedented lineup of the world's greatest chefs will gather at MGM Grand to pay tribute to the 20 century's most influential and revered culinary icon, Paul Bocuse. Creator of the Bocuse d'Or, the world's most prestigious international culinary competition held annually in Lyon, France-Chef Bocuse has influenced generations of chefs from around the world and multitudes of food lovers they serve.

Other highlights include Sparkling Brunch with world-renowned chef Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace on Mother’s Day. “Don’t just treat your mother; spoil her with an unforgettable experience at the elegant Restaurant Guy Savoy,” says publicist Erika Pope.

Vegas Uncork’d will also feature a Mother’s Day Brunch at Border Grill with an indoor outdoor setting at Mandalay Beach.

“For the first time, Vegas Uncork'd presents this exciting, interactive experience featuring cocktail and cuisine demonstrations with Master Chef Mary Sue Milliken and her team at the critically acclaimed Border Grill. This Mother's Day brunch lineup includes a welcome reception, interactive cooking demo, brunch, gift bags and more.

For more information, please contact Erika Pope, Vegas Uncork'd,

Maui Brewers Festival will flow Saturday, May 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. “This annual MACC fundraiser showcases the best craft beers made in Hawaii and beyond,” says Marketing Director Karee Carlucci. “Join us, Maui Brewing Co. and Hawai‘i Nui Brewing for a leisurely day of tasting micro-brews from over two dozen breweries, appetizers and desserts from island restaurants, and groovin’ to entertainment by local bands. Maui Brewers Festival logo items and brewery merchandise are available for purchase.” Tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for happy hour package. Day of the event, prices are $10 higher. Visit

Three culinary festivals will sizzle in New Orleans soon. The 19th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) kicks off summer with its five-day extravaganza May 24 – 28, 2011. It features over 175 wineries, 1000 wines, dozens of international wine and food experts, and raises over $125,000 annually for local charities. Event tickets and special hotel packages can now be reserved at

Long sultry days are welcomed with an abundance of fresh Louisiana seafood at the 4th annual Louisiana Seafood Festival June 11 – 12, 2011.Feast everything from a variety of Louisiana seafood to alligator, oysters and everything in between. Favorites include traditional Louisiana shrimp po’boy on fresh baked French bread and classic crawfish étouffée.

And the 9th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail will raise spirits of any summer-loving, food and spirit connoisseur July 20-24, 2011. Produced by the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society, it brings together award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration. Special packages are available now for a limited time only at


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