Oahu Hotel Celebrates Food and Wine

Tell your clients to grab their wine glasses and cooking aprons — The Kahala Hotel and Resort's 2011 Food and Wine Classic is bringing TV's chef Cindy Pawlcyn to town. Pawlcyn is a Napa Valley icon and James Beard Award-winning author. Her restaurant, Mustards Grill, has been open since 1983.

Cindy is joined by Napa vintners Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards. Michael Herklots from Davidoff Cigars of Geneva will also be on hand, as will award-winning vintner Fred Schrader of Schrader Cellars, who will also be MC for the weekend. The Kahala's own chef Wayne Hirabayashi will present a specialty menu paired with a oenology (study of wine) seminar, and will oversee the main dinners featuring inspiration from Mustards Grill and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen.

A favorite of foodies, wine and cigar connoisseurs, the Food and Wine Classic is in its fourth year at the Kahala. April's classic offers a variety of events including five-course gourmet dinners with wine parings by Pride Mountain Vineyards on Friday and Saturday nights; a Saturday night premium cigar-smoking session from 10 until half past midnight; a Saturday morning cooking class with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn; a Wineology Seminar with Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan; and a Saturday afternoon cigar lesson with Davidoff's main cigar man, Michael Herklots (who will be flying in from New York.)

The public is invited to attend all culinary events, and advance ticket reservations are available now. Single ticket prices for the seminars, gourmet dinners, and smoking events are listed below. A special hotel package will also be available. For more information, visit www.kahalaresort.com. To make reservations, call The Kahala's dining reservations at 808-739-8760. To book the 2011 Food and Wine Classic rooms package, call 800-367-2525.

Kahala Hotel & Resort Food and Wine Classic 2011 event schedule:

Friday, April 22
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen Gourmet Dinner: 6:30-10 p.m. on the Kokohead Lawn. $150 per person.

Saturday April 23

Cooking Demo with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn: 10 a.m. Hoku's; $80 per person
Wineology Seminar with Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards, cuisine by The Kahala's Chef Wayne Hirabayashi: 1-3 p.m. Waialae Ballroom $50 per person
Cigar Experience with Davidoff Cigar's Michael Herklots: 3-5 p.m.; Kainoa Terrace; $30 per person
Mustards Grill Gourmet Dinner: 6:30 - 10 p.m. Kokohead Lawn; $150 per person
After Dinner Cigars under the Stars: 10:30 to midnight, Kokohead Beach; $50 per person

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