We’ve been hearing a lot about belt-tightening lately, but the end of February and beginning of March are a time for all of us to loosen our belts. Beginning this Sunday (February 27), you’ll have a rare opportunity to see the chefs of Ruth’s Chris step out of their usual menu and offer a five-course paired dinner with the exquisite and highly rated Duckhorn wines. Look forward to a Chinese-style snapper with the Migration chardonnay and the New Zealand lamb with the Duckhorn merlot, which wine enthusiasts are raving about. Dinner is $85 per person; call 661-8815 for reservations.
Hold on tight, ’cause the next evening (February 28) marks the Vineyard Dining Series at David Paul’s, a four-course dinner with passed pupus at the reception and champagne pairings. Chef David always amazes with his creativity and groundbreaking cuisine; a little birdie tells me we might be enjoying oysters with champagne sorbet. Some of the bubbly that will be popped: Tattinger, Nicolas Feuillatte, Vilmart and Piper Hiedseik. The dinner will be hosted by Sommelier Mark Du Mez. Price is $125 per person, but diva discounts will apply. Call 662-3000 to reserve.
On Tuesday (March 1), nurse that decadent hangover with free buttermilk pancakes at IHOP to honor Pancake Day. That’s right, free flapjacks all day, 7am-10pm. It’s a charity event, so chip
in with a donation to Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children. Last year the event raised $2 million for children’s hospitals nationwide—this year the goal is $2.5 million.