Haute Weekend Happenings

Calling all foodie adventurists and music mavens! Aside from the monthly Academy of Art’s Art After Dark hip Honolulu can also enjoy sipping innovative rum cocktails, munching on mango recipes, and taking in live music whether your choice be opera or indie pop. Happy weekend, Oahu!

Thursday, Aug. 26: Munch

Got the munchies? Honolulu’s most fashionable restaurant and lounge, Apartment 3, introduces Munch, a three-course dinner creatively paired with cocktails blended by Better Brands Master Mixologist, Joey Gottesman. Every last Thursday of the month guests will enjoy an innovative menu developed by Apartment 3’s executive chef Bob McGee. The co-hosts will educate diners on the art of pairing food and drink. This Thursday’s premier event is all about rum; meyer lemon and rum cured Opah paired with a White Pepper Daiquiri, lamb osso bucco washed down with the Zaya Swizzle, and sticky rice pudding with mango and pistachio enjoyed with Appleton buttered rum. Keeping it intimate and educational, there’s a limit of 25 diners. So, get bookin’ if you too, love all things rum.

For more information visit www.apartmentthree.com or call 808.955.9300.

Friday, Aug. 27: A Mango Throw Down

It’s Iron Chef, Hawaii style! This Friday at The Moana Surfrider Resort and Spa the island’s favorite chefs will go head-to-head in a friendly competition using mangoes as the main ingredient. Guests will tantalize their taste buds with small “mango happy” plates prepared by 17 local executive chefs. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and food editor Jo McGarry will judge and select winners for the following categories: Best Use of Mango, People’s Choice, Best Dessert and Overall Best Dish. Nobu-style uku mango ceviche, Roy’s Kona abalone mango consume and the Beachhouse’s lollipop lamb chop with curried mango couscous are just a few of the mango-fied menu items on deck. Proceeds from the “foodraiser” will go to benefit the University of Hawaii’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific. Tickets are $75 pre-sale and $85 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call special events at 808.923.2861.

Saturday, Aug. 28:  Owl City vs. Opera

Music makes the people come together…Haute concert promoters BAMP Project present Owl City this Saturday at Pipeline Café. Owl City became a musical phenomenon in the last year with his now platinum album, Ocean Eyes, No. 1 single “Fireflies,” and selling out several headlining tours across the globe. General admission and VIP tickets are available at www.groovetickets.com.

Pipeline Café is located at 805 Pohukaina St. For more information visit www.bampproject.com.

Prefer the Opera to Indie? Hawaii Opera Theater (HOT), hosts “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” at the Academy of Sacred Hearts. Opera stars Jake and Jill Gardner will perform a slew of Broadway and performing opera favorites including Gounod’s Faust, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Verdi’s La Traviata. Seating is limited. Call the HOT Box Office to reserve your seat at 808.596.7858.

Sacred Hearts Academy Auditorium is at 3253 Waialae Ave. For more information visit www.hawaiiopera.org.