BACK WITH A BAM! EMERIL LAGASSE RETURNS TO THE KAHALA FOOD & WINE CLASSIC, APRIL 9 AND 10, 2010

Emeril Lagasse

"Who Dat" Cooking at the Kahala Hotel & Resort Again? It’s Emeril’s Kitchen for the Weekend Featuring Signature Dinners, Cooking Demos, Wine Tastings and Cigars

Fresh off of last June’s Kahala Food & Wine Classic, chef Emeril Lagasse returns this spring for another soon-to-be-sold-out Kahala foodie extravaganza. The Kahala Hotel & Resort welcomes back the beloved star-chef of New Orleans cuisine, and will also feature wine selections from the award winning Schrader Cellars and cigars from Davidoff.

Chef Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of thirteen award-winning restaurants, including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico). He is a national TV personality and best-selling author of 14 cookbooks, including Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking, which introduced the world to his creative take on Creole cuisine, and his latest book, Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast. His new, hour-long primetime television series "The Emeril Lagasse Show" will debut on March 28 on ION Television. He was the featured chef at the last Kahala Food & Wine Classic in June 2009.

The Kahala Food & Wine Classic featuring the Best of Emeril’s Kitchen includes these events:

E Komo Mai, New Orleans Opening Night Dinner
Friday, April 9, $150 per person
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration and Reception
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Outdoor dinner, Kahala o Ke Kai Lawn

By the shores of The Kahala, Chef Emeril, paired with the majestic red wines of Schrader Cellars, will present Spring’s freshest local ingredients and flavors of the Pacific. A night influenced by Hawaii, yet inspired by New Orleans. Cigars from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Cooking Demo: Emeril Live
Saturday, April 10, $100 per person
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Maile Ballroom

The stage is set for a culinary showcase; up close and personal with Emeril Live, just like the TV show. Be entertained by Chef Emeril, the heart and soul of New Orleans cuisine, as he highlights the magic of the Pacific. Emeril will be available to answer questions from the audience following the demonstration.
Wine-ology Wine Tasting
Saturday, April 10, $50 per person
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Waialae Ballroom

Wine tasting with Napa Valley vintner Fred Schrader and winemaker Thomas Brown of Schrader Cellars. The tasting will also feature paired tapas.
The Art of Blending and Tasting: A Cigar Lesson with Michael Herklots
Saturday, April 10, $30 per person
1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Kainoa Terrace

Dissect the science of cigars with the finest tobacco blends. Join Davidoff’s Michael Herklots for a lesson where all the secrets of the cigar are divulged, from plant to puff.
Emeril’s Kama’aina Affair: Final Night Dinner
Saturday, April 10, $150 per person
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration/Reception
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Plumeria Beach House

Come feel the love of New Orleans, highlighted with the flavors and produce of Hawaii. Prepared by Chef Emeril, and paired with the award winning wines of Schrader Cellars. The food, wine and celeb-appeal of Chef Emeril offer a truly unique Big Easy experience.
Mississippi Smokin’ (After Hours)
Saturday, April 10, $50 per person
10 p.m. – 12.30 a.m. Koko Head Lawn

Guests can enjoy the elegance and pleasure of Davidoff Cigars with "stickman" Michael Herklots and a glass of liquid gold.
Event prices listed above do not include tax and gratuity. Special room packages are available. For more information on packages, call The Kahala at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free (800) 367-2525; visit www.kahalaresort.com; or contact your travel agent.
The Kahala Food & Wine Classic is a regular themed culinary weekend featuring globally renowned chefs and winemakers in intimate settings. The two-day celebration includes gala dinners, dynamic cooking classes, wine tastings and cigar seminars. Past Classic events took guests on culinary journeys through Miami, Australia and Japan. The Kahala also hosts monthly themed menus at Hoku’s and Plumeria Beach House, focusing on unique ingredients. For more information on the Kahala Food & Wine Classic or to reserve your space at Emeril’s Kitchen, call the Kahala Hotel & Resort at 808-739-8760.

– About The Kahala –

With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an exclusive oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu’s social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai’i.
The Kahala has five restaurants including the award-winning Hoku’s, a spa, and a lagoon that is home to playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and is long recognized internationally as an icon among legendary resorts. In 2009, The Kahala celebrated 45 years as one of Hawaii’s top resort destinations.
For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at www.kahalaresort.com

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